Gerald W. Blakeley, Jr.
Gerald W. Blakeley Jr. is currently President of Blakeley Investment Company, which has major investments in real estate.
As President, Chairman and principal stockholder of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes Co., he developed the Boston-based firm into one of the largest real estate companies in the country. He is acknowledged to have revolutionized the real estate industry with the introduction of the first major planned suburban industrial park in the United States in 1952. He sold the company in 1979 to Field Enterprises of Chicago, and remained as its Chairman until 1983.
Blakeley introduced many innovative ideas into both the real estate and finance industries. His vision to integrate development with the natural environment led to
the concept of the landscaped industrial park - instead of blanketing sites with concrete and asphalt, he chose to create a park-like atmosphere with lawns, trees and attractive landscaping. Throughout his career, Blakeley has worked closely and successfully with community groups in the planning and development of his projects.
CC&F planned the initial development of 8,200 acres in Laguna Niguel, California,
and Wintergreen, a 13,000 acre resort in Virginia. CC&F also participated in the rejuvenation of a half dozen of the nation's city centers, and built landmark buildings
in Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Baton Rouge, and Seattle.
Blakeley continues his real estate interests in California. These include land holdings of 13,200 acres in Ventura, Butte and Colusa Counties, comprising an R&D park, various residential subdivisions and ranching operations.
He was formerly a director of Pennwalt Corporation (now a division of Elf Aquitaine), INA Corporation (now CIGNA), and President and owner of the Ritz-Carlton Corporation for 28 years. Active in civic, philanthropic and educational endeavors, Blakeley has served on many boards.
He is a former trustee of Boston University, a former Overseer of the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, and an Overseer Emeritus of Bowdoin College
He formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Morehouse School of Medicine, and is a Life Member of the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, a Director and former Chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation, and a Honorary Trustee of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.