Wassel, Flanagan named principals at Saxum

Matt Wassel and Kieran Flanagan have been promoted to principal at Saxum Real Estate, the national boutique real estate investment and development firm based in Summit.

The promotions, announced by founder and Managing Partner Anthony Rinaldi, come after another banner year for Saxum, which now has more than 30 team members.

Wassel, who joined Saxum as director of leasing in the first quarter of 2018 to spearhead the leasing of the firm’s portfolio, has played a critical role in the growth of the firm — signing more than 2 million square feet of leases.

Rinaldi said Wassel’s role as leader in the firm has expanded to become a critical voice in Saxum’s long-term growth, leasing, asset management and strategic planning. Wassel also was responsible for the opening of Saxum’s office in Austin, Texas, in 2020. As a newly promoted principal, Wassel will continue to lead Saxum’s growing leasing team to execute on Saxum’s multiple investment strategies.

About Saxum

Saxum Real Estate is a national boutique real estate investment and development firm based in Summit that specializes in value-add and opportunistic development opportunities across the U.S. in multiple asset classes. By leveraging their vertically integrated platform, Saxum officials feel they have the ability to implement a unique investment approach to creating value and enhancing real estate at every step of the investment life cycle.

“Matt is a quintessential team player who immediately added value from Day One across Saxum’s verticals,” Rinaldi said. “His diverse skill set, coupled with his excellent work ethic and incredible professionalism makes him a truly unique leader. Through his determination and grit, Matt has consistently executed on leasing the firm’s portfolio, even though the most challenging of circumstances.

“Matt has been a critical leader of the firm and we are grateful for his leadership, dedication and stewardship of the firms’ values and vision.”

Flanagan joined Saxum in 2016 as director of construction. He has overseen the construction and development of over 4 million square feet of Saxum’s rapidly growing portfolio. With more than 30 years of experience in construction spanning multiple asset classes, he has been a critical force in Saxum’s growth, especially through one of the most challenging construction environments in the last 50 years. Flanagan has grown his dynamic team of construction professionals executing on dozens of projects across the country.

As principal, Flanagan will continue to lead the execution of Saxum’s construction projects across the country while also strategically building and expanding the organizations’ ability to continuously meet and exceed its growth expectations nationwide.

“Kieran’s vast construction experience has proved invaluable to the growth of the firm, especially over the last 24 months, which have been one of the most challenging construction environments in recent history,” Rinaldi said. “Through his incredible experience and ability to lead with determination and focus, making countless critical decisions along the way, Kieran and his team have consistently delivered our most challenging projects.”