Widewaters is a vertically integrated real estate organization with over 50 years of experience in the development, construction, acquisition and management of retail, hospitality, residential and office/industrial properties across North America.
We have developed or acquired over 13 million square feet of institutional quality real estate assets with a value in excess of $2 billion. In-house capabilities include acquisitions, site selection, entitlements, feasibility, legal, leasing, financing, accounting, construction, property management, and asset management. Leveraging our entrepreneurial instincts, capital and expertise, Widewaters continues to develop and acquire high-quality real estate across North America.
Widewaters’ corporate office is in Syracuse, New York, with additional operations in the Charlotte, North Carolina, and Salt Lake City, Utah, areas.
We are a diversified commercial real estate organization that performs at the highest level of integrity and dedication to our associates, clients, partners and investors. By prioritizing dynamic growth opportunities and leveraging our depth of talent and expertise, we continually demonstrate excellence in real estate markets, investments and services.
Widewaters is passionate about delivering best-in-class excellence in real estate investments and services. A vertically integrated organization with highly experienced professionals with expertise across multiple asset classes, we develop, acquire, manage, construct and broker.
Joseph R. Scuderi
Joe has been with the company since its inception in 1982. As one of the founders, he has guided the company’s growth from a single office building located in upstate New York to a multi-property, retail, hospitality, office and industrial portfolio across the U.S. and Canada. Also, during his tenure, Widewaters formed its own management company, The Widewaters Group, Inc.; and construction company, Widewaters Construction, Inc.. Today, he is responsible for new retail development, strategic long-range planning, right-to-build, site acquisition, feasibility studies and acquisition analysis. Joe is a graduate from the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management.
William S. Holstein
Senior Vice President
Bill has been with the company since 1985. Since that time he has played a significant role in the growth of the organization and portfolio. Bill’s responsibilities include oversight of development, acquisitions, investment strategies and capital raising efforts. Bill has extensive experience in site selection, entitlements, feasibility and design. As a principal in the organization he participates in corporate strategic planning and growth strategies. Bill helped lead the formation and evolution of Widewaters’ hotel, multifamily and industrial platforms. Bill also directed development and leasing of Widewaters Class A office portfolio. Bill graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a BS in Hotel Administration.
Vice President, Asset Management – Hospitality
In his role as Vice President of Asset Management, Bob is responsible for overseeing and optimizing the value of the company’s portfolio of hotels. His 30+ year career in the hospitality industry brings expertise in economic, financial and operational analysis. He has an extensive operational management background in all of the major hotel brands, including new hotel openings and ramp up stratagies, as well as all facets of the food and beverage industry.
Prior to his current role, Bob was the Chief Operating Officer for Widewaters Hotels. Before joining Widewaters, he spent a large part of his career as a Vice President with Remington Hotels.
Stephen A. Ranieri
Senior Vice President
Mr. Ranieri has been part of the Widewaters team since 1990 and from 1993 until present is in the position of Vice President of Design and Construction. Throughout his time at Widewaters not only has he been involved in all aspects of design and construction but all facets of the development process working closely with site acquisition, legal, finance, leasing, and operations. Having constructed assets across all of North America he retails licensure in 17 states and has constructed projects in all sectors; commercial, retail, hospitality, multi-family, educational, industrial, and institutional totaling almost 20 million square feet. Building types ranged from large volume buildings with challenging site conditions to high rise urban structures. Expertise in challenging geotechnical conditions, complex structural systems, advanced MEP systems, historic restorations/adaptive re-use, and international commodity and component procurement. Heavy implementation of design and construction technology in the early 90’s with constant evolution has led to economically recognized innovation and exceptional efficiencies in all aspect of construction and risk mitigation. Prior experience was achieved in the Boston, MA and Providence, RI markets. Memberships include the CMAA and the AGC. He is a proud alumnus of Syracuse University.
Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Snyder has been a part of Widewaters Team since August of 2000, after departing his law practice of over ten years, where he represented numerous successful development companies, including Widewaters and national retailers. He has been a member of the NYS Bar since 1987. He has had numerous appearances as a guest lecturer on corporate and commercial real estate matters for both the NYS Bar and the International Counsel of Shopping Centers. Over the years at Widewaters he and his legal team have represented the company in all matters of corporate, equity, financing, acquisitions, dispositions and development, among others. He received his BA and MBA from The University of Rochester, with distinction, and his law degree from Syracuse University, also with distinction.
John J. Ferris
Vice President of Property Management
John has been with Widewaters since 2009. He is responsible for managing tenant development and property management functions at Widewaters. These responsibilities include facilitating a successful and efficient design process, working with tenants through out the process, creating and approving architectural drawings, and building out tenant spaces. John holds a B.S. in Management Science/Finance from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an MBA from Babson College.
Vice President of Information Technology
In his role as Vice President of Information Technology, Tim is responsible for providing vision, leadership, strategic planning, and management of information technology systems and services. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. Tim brings over 25 years of information technology experience, including IT leadership, security, networking, application development and project management. He joined Widewaters in 2015, after serving as the CIO of VNA Homecare.
Edward G. Shagen
Vice President of Development – Western Region
Ed oversees development activities in the Western United States and Canada. His responsibilities include project feasibility, site acquisition, right-to-build, construction planning and overall management of active projects. He has over 20 years of experience in development planning and management, corporate real estate and construction management, and was previously a Project Manager for Widewater 1996-2000. In the interim, Ed was the Executive Director of Aliant Development Services and the Regional Manager of Corporate Real Estate for Whittman-Hart Inc. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a B.S. in Building Construction.
Brian R. Long
Director of Development – Southeast
Brian has been with Widewaters since 1999. He is responsible for leading development/acquisition activities and oversight of project development for the Southeastern United States. He began his career at Widewaters’ New York headquarters, subsequently moving to Charlotte, NC to open their regional office in 2007. Brian has overseen 2+ million square feet of commercial development, including retail, multifamily, and hospitality projects. Prior to joining Widewaters, Brian worked for Hannaford Brothers and Ames Department Stores, in management and providing real estate/market analysis. Brian graduated with a degree in Economics from Siena College in Loudonville, NY.
James W. Lavelle
Vice President of Retail Leasing
Jim is the Vice President of Retail Leasing and has been with Widewaters since 1993. He is responsible for Widewaters Retail Leasing and Tenant Representation Services. Jim and his team are primarily responsible for identifying and recruiting potential tenants and retailers. Widewaters Tenant Representation provides exclusive representation to numerous national and regional retailers. Jim is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Prior to joining Widewaters, Jim was employed by Pyramid Brokerage. Jim has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Tracy S. Lauer
Leasing Agent – Northeast
Tracy is a Leasing Agent and has been with Widewaters since 1999. Tracy’s strength’s include developing solid market knowledge across the state, assessing the retail needs, and sourcing compatible tenants. Tracy handles business negotiations from the the onset through the lease process and construction phases. She also handles third party projects for exclusively listed properties. Tracy is also a Tenant Representation broker and handles the real estate needs for many national tenants throughout New York state. Prior to joining Widewaters, Tracy was employed by Pyramid Management Company as a Leasing Representative. Tracy is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a licensed real estate broker in the state of New York. Tracy is an alumnus of SUNY Delhi’s Hospitality Program.
Christopher W. Kutlick
Leasing Agent Southeast
Chris is a Retail Leasing representative and has been with Widewaters since 2007. Chris’ primary responsibilities include the leasing of Widewaters shopping centers and tenant representation in the Southeast region. Chris began his career with a brokerage firm in Charlotte, NC, leasing retail shopping centers, office properties, and out-parcels. Chris is also a Tenant Representative broker who handles the real estate needs for tenants throughout North and South Carolina. Chris is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Chris holds a B.S. in Biology from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, SC.
OUR COMPANY HISTORY
Joseph T. Scuderi forms Pyramid Brokerage Company of Syracuse, the predecessor to the Widewaters Group.
Under the Pyramid Brokerage name, Joseph T. Scuderi develops single-tenant office buildings in DeWitt, Liverpool and Sherburne, New York.
50-acre site in DeWitt, NewYork, acquired for the development of the Widewaters Office Park.
Pyramid Brokerage Company’s development division is incorporated as The Widewaters Group, Inc.
Widewaters expands to the Rochester, New York, market with the development of the Bushnell’s Basin Office Building in Pittsford.
Widewaters acquires a site in Fairport, New York, for Woodcliff, a 285-acre mixed-use project.
Woodcliff Office Building opens, bringing the Widewaters office portfolio to nearly 500,000 square feet.
Sylvan Glen, Widewaters’ first residential development, opens in Woodcliff.
Widewaters enters the Retail Development sector with the construction of the 200,000-square-foot Roseland Center in Canandaigua, New York.
Widewaters’ Class-A Office inventory exceeds 1 million square feet with the opening of the MetLife Building in Utica, New York.
Widewaters IX Office Building opens as the final phase of Widewaters Office Park and becomes the new home for The Widewaters Group and the Pyramid Brokerage Company.
Widewaters Construction, Inc., is formed to perform construction management and services for a growing portfolio.
Widewaters develops its first project outside New York State, a 175,000-square-foot shopping center in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Widewaters develops and opens the Aroostook Centre Mall in Presque Isle, Maine.
Widewaters’ Retail portfolio reaches 1.5 million square feet with the opening of the Chenango Towne Center in Norwich, New York.
Widewaters enters the Hotel Development sector with the opening of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Victor, New York.
In a four-year span, Widewaters develops six more hotels in five different states.
Widewaters sells its Class-A Office portfolio consisting of nearly 2 million square feet.
Widewaters opens a Charlotte, North Carolina, office, establishing a base for its growing development activity in the mid-Atlantic states.
Widewaters develops its 15th hotel and first Canadian project – the Residence Inn in Downtown Moncton, New Brunswick.
Widewaters opens an office in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area, establishing a base for future development activities in the western U.S. and Canada.
Widewaters expands hotel development to the western region, opening 11 new hotels totaling 1,734 rooms in seven states and one Canadian province.
Widewaters completes its first multifamily project, the 350-unit ParkStone Village in Knightdale, North Carolina.
Widewaters enters the Washington, D.C., market with the acquisition of its 38th hotel, the Hyatt House Herndon/Reston in Virginia.
Widewaters builds a new office building for company headquarters and the Pyramid Brokerage Company.