Dusty Burke has been President of American Commercial Real Estate since 1991. Dusty’s deal portfolio of new construction retail projects he has brokered (identified in this website under Portfolio) is unparalleled in the industry.
A 1981 graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst (English), Dusty managed restaurants (KFC), car dealerships (Volvo/Honda), and a family land company (Newport Farms) before and after college, prior to his joining the Fafard Real Estate Company in 1987. As a boy, Dusty sold popcorn at Harvard Stadium, cut and sold firewood, mowed lawns and painted houses and boats. As a college student, he founded the UMass Amherst Intramural Ice Hockey Program. Dusty has participated as a student or teacher in many certificate programs in sales and the study of Human Behavior and has written numerous articles on Retail Real Estate in the NEREJ. He is a member and contributor to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is licensed to practice real estate in MA, NH, RI, CT, and NY. He is an avid ocean swimmer and skier, yoga practitioner, has previously taught tennis and ice skating, coached baseball and hockey, served as President of Friends of Farm Pond, Chairman of the Farm Pond Advisory Committee and Sherborn Tennis Committee, and founded the Annual Admiral Funbelow Fundraiser Swim at Farm Pond in Sherborn.
Dusty has an office at 50 Ledgeview Way in Wrentham, and he and his partner of 30 years, Billie, live in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard with their 4 children.
Billie grew up in Southington, CT and moved to MA to attend Phillips Academy at Andover. She received her BA from Wheaton College and her MA in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University in Cambridge. She worked in financial services for 15 years at Paine Webber in Boston before redirecting her full-time efforts to raising her and Dusty’s 4 children, owning a home day care for 5 years, volunteering and working at Pilgrim Church in Sherborn, MA. Billie is certified as a professional chef and Kaiut yoga instructor.
In 1996, Billie joined Dusty full-time at American Commercial Real Estate with her Real Estate License as Partner and Office Manager. Billie and Dusty reside on Martha’s Vineyard where they are visited frequently by their 4 adult children.
Bobby Burke has been vice president of American Commercial Real Estate since 2003. His interest in a diverse mix of national, regional and local entrepreneurial businesses has provided Bobby the opportunity to expand his tenant representation to include retailers such as Planet Fitness, Firefly Yoga, Lux Dental, Valvoline Quick-lube, Lash L’Amour, Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub, Sprint Wireless, Medi-Weightloss Clinic, Kiwi Burst, Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yogurt, and Accelerated Performance Personal Training.
Bobby’s earlier experience in the auto body industry as a master technician was a natural fit to commence leasing space to high profile auto franchises like Meineke, International Auto Parts, Valvoline Quick-lube, gas stations and used car dealers. Success here led to Bobby’s becoming the head leasing agent at several new construction retail centers and mixed use projects such as Chestnut Green in Foxboro, Horace Mann Plaza in Franklin, Charles River Plaza in Dedham, Petruzziello Plaza in Dedham, Islington Village in Westwood and 755 GAR Highway Plaza in Swansea.
Bobby’s many specialized licenses and certifications include licensed Real Estate Broker, ICSC member since 2006, licensed Contractor/Supervisor, certified welder, certified A/C repair and replacement, licensed auto damage appraiser, certified airbag diagnostics and replacement, certified plastics/composites identification and repair, and certified BMW aluminum Z8 repair.
As an initial investor in Maritime Tactical Systems (www.maritimetacticalsystems.com), Bobby has provided sales consulting on advanced maritime autonomous drone technology that is being used worldwide in defense surveillance and exploration of a range of different applications, including work with the Army Corp of Engineers and other US agencies.
Bobby continues in service to others by mentoring many who have been afflicted by drug addiction and alcoholism for the past 18 years. He has coached youth soccer and baseball for over 13 years. Bobby enjoys hockey, boating, swimming, hiking, exploring, and skiing. Other passions include Harleys, home construction, classic cars, invention, and traveling with his three children.
Joe Evans is a Vice President of American Commercial Real Estate. Joe’s interest includes new industrial, retail, and commercial project leasing, sales, and development. Joe has experience in negotiations with both commercial sales and leasing and also large, complex, housing developments with national home builders.
Joe found and negotiated with American Tower Company, the largest cellular tower company in the United States, for the sale of a 3 major carrier cellular communications tower for $3.8 million, far exceeding the appraised value.
Joe is a graduate of the 75th Recruit Training Troop of the Massachusetts State Police academy, recently retiring after 20 years of dedicated service to the Commonwealth. He is also President and Founder of East Coast Driving School Inc., a company devoted to the mission of producing safe and confident teenage drivers. He is a 1997 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Joe’s spare time is spent with his family and his dogs and he is actively involved in the Beagle Freedom Project.
Dusty Burke recently joined American Commercial Real Estate as a Sales Associate.