Matthew B. Whalen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Matthew Whalen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cord Meyer Development Company. He brings to Cord Meyer 30 years of experience in such real estate sectors as multifamily, office, industrial, hospitality and single family.
Most recently, Whalen served as Senior Vice President of Development at AvalonBay Communities, Inc., responsible for leading AvalonBay’s development and acquisition activity across Long Island, Westchester, and Connecticut and bringing more than $1.5 billion of new rental development and more than 5,000 apartments to those markets.
Whalen is a 1988 graduate of Princeton University, where he received a B.A. in history.
Chief Operating Officer
John Simone is Chief Operating Officer of Cord Meyer Development Company. He brings more than 30 years of real estate experience to Cord Meyer. Most recently, Simone served as Vice President-Development at Mattone Investors (Westbury, NY), overseeing several large re-positioning projects in Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
A graduate of Bucknell University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Simone is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Commercial/Industrial Brokers Society, the Long Island Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Kevin Schmidt, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Schmidt is Chief Financial Officer of Cord Meyer Development Company where he oversees Cord Meyer’s finance and accounting operations, while being actively engaged in the company’s financial planning.
Schmidt, who joined Cord Meyer in 1991, is a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors. He earned a BBA from Baruch College and is a member of the New York State Society of CPA’s.
Vice President Controller
Joseph Forgione is Vice President Controller at Cord Meyer Development Company. He began his career at Cord Meyer in 2005 as Finance Department & Benefits Manager. His responsibilities include analyzing and assessing leasing, operations, and development initiatives as well as budgeting payroll and benefits for an approximately 70-employee staff. In 2022, he was named Vice President Controller, a position that requires he oversee all accounting activity and prepare financial reporting for the company.
Forgione is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications specializing in Business and Public Relations.
Vice President Construction
Scott Fradenburg is Vice President Construction at Cord Meyer Development Company. He has deep roots in the construction industry and comes to Cord Meyer from AvalonBay Communities, Inc., which he joined in 2011.
A veteran multi-family construction manager, Fradenburg has managed the construction process of nearly 1600 apartment homes and multiple complicated site developments throughout his tenure with AvalonBay.
Fradenburg has extensive multi-family construction knowledge in budgeting, scheduling, contract negotiations, project implementation, deployment, and leadership. He has a strong background in development, consultant, and municipality collaboration to meet project milestones and budgets.
Vice President Leasing
Matthew G. O’Grady is Vice President Leasing at Cord Meyer. He comes to Cord Meyer from Colin Development L.L.C., where he served as Director of Acquisitions, Development & Leasing.
O’Grady has considerable experience overseeing urban and suburban assets; assembling and managing teams of project consultants; interacting with retailers and municipalities on ground up and redevelopment projects; and identifying investment opportunities through marketed and off-market channels.
A 2002 graduate of University at Albany, O’Grady went on to study relevant coursework in Real Estate Development & Investment at New York University. He is a licensed NYS Real Estate Broker.
Chief of Staff
Nora Nolan joined Cord Meyer Development in June of 2004. She currently serves as Chief of Staff, assisting and communicating with executives throughout the decision-making, program management, and initiative implementation stages. She also organizes procedures to ensure optimal efficiency and productivity.
Before joining Cord Meyer, Nolan was the Director of National Meetings and Programs for a major beverage company for over 20 years, responsible for sales, marketing and incentive meetings and events.
Martin G. Berger
John F. Collins
Carrie L. Hoffman
Pliny Jewell IV
George C. Meyer III