Bruce is the President and founder of Green Castle Group and leads the development side of the firm. Bruce’s background is as a commercial lawyer, with over 20 years experience working with entrepreneurs, business owners and banks, focusing on real estate development, land use, business planning & securitized lending. Bruce also has developed, directs, owns & manages an extensive real estate portfolio of his own by and through Green Castle Group. Bruce is also a founding member of the law firm of Clarke Demas & Baker.
In the Community.
-Vice Chair, City of Burlington Vermont Planning Commission 2008-Present.
Bruce serves vice chair of Burlington’s Planning Commission. This commission develops overall land use and development policy for the City of Burlington including land use plans and capacity studies, and the development of land use regulations.
-City of Burlington Mall Redevelopment Task Force 2016 to 2017.
Bruce served on the City of Burlington Development Agreement Public Advisory Committee (DAPAC), which provided oversight & guidance to the Burlington City Council in connection with re- development of the Burlington Town Center mall and helped approve the development agreement with Mall owners.
-City of Burlington Permit Reform Advisory Committee 2017 to 2018
Bruce currently serves on the City of Burlington permit advisory committee, which is tasked with simplifying and streamlining Burlington’s permitting systems.
-City of Burlington Inclusionary Zoning Working Group – 2017 to 2018
Bruce served on the City of Burlington Inclusionary Zoning Working Group (IZWG). The IZWG was established by the Burlington City Council to review & recommend changes to the City of Burlington’s inclusionary housing regulations.
-Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 1991, Summa Cum Laude)
-Wake Forest Law Review Editorial Board, -Wake Forest University School of Law - 1989-1991
-University of Vermont (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1986)
Selected Publications & Presentations
- Presenter and United States Representative, 2016 International Urban Planning Symposium Seoul National University of Science & Technology Graduate School of Architecture
- Land Use Planning in One of America’s Most Livable Cities. August 2015 Seoul National University of Science and Technology Press
-Real Estate Workouts in Vermont, National Business Institute
-Corporations and Partnerships in Vermont, National Education Network
- Probate Practice and Procedure in Vermont, National Business Institute
- Entity Formation in Vermont, National Business Institute
Greg has a long history in Vermont having grown up in Stowe, Colchester and Essex. After graduation from the University of Vermont, he lived in Boston for 5 years before returning to Vermont. He and his wife raised two boys in Jericho, both now working in Boston and New York City. He had a 30 year career in the Insurance Industry, much of that in a number of senior management roles with National Life Group in Montpelier, VT. Greg has deep experience in project and people management. After electing early retirement from National Life in 2013, Greg moved into the role of Director of Operations of Green Castle Group.
With Greg’s involvement, this property management and consulting business has grown considerably over the past 5 years such that today Green Castle Group management encompasses over 10 buildings with over 50 apartment units and 200 tenants focusing on the college housing market. Greg and the Green Castle Group team have also been heavily involved in real estate development during this time. 4 new development and renovation projects have added 30 new units to our offerings. These projects have entailed design, planning, permitting, construction management, budgeting and overall project management responsibilities in order to bring these buildings and units to the market successfully.
A 30+ year veteran in the high-stress world of legal administration, Debra provides essential support and organization to the Green Castle Group team. Debra is responsible for organization and communication with current Green Castle tenants, as well as assisting with showings, construction organization, and many other administrative tasks.
Entrepreneurial by nature, Bob Baker has owned companies in the hardware, business consulting, construction, and property management industries for over 27 years. He received his pilot's license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1987 and a bachelor's degree in small business management from the University of Vermont in 1991. He then purchased a hardware store in Northern Vermont and added a lumber yard, greenhouse and garden center. Years later he purchased a modular home dealership, started Paramount Homes, Inc. and built single family homes. Having a background in aviation, Bob has also done consulting work for an aerospace engineering firm to help them develop their Management Information Systems. After that project, he changed his company name to Paramount Building Solutions and focused on multi-family modular project management and multi-family property management. Bob has recently managed the construction of a modular apartment building in Burlington, VT and remodeling projects in Burlington as well. His hobbies include flying airplanes, playing music and building micro controller based electronics projects.
John Caulo brings extensive experience in development and project management to Green Castle Group on a project basis, acting primarily as owner’s representative and project manager. Between 2011 and 2018, John served as Associate Vice President of Campus Planning & Auxiliary Services at Champlain College, where he was directly responsible for the planning and execution of more than $100MM of capital projects. Notable projects include the recently opened $36MM, mixed-use student apartment building located at 194 St. Paul Street in downtown BTV, and the Center for Communications and Creative Media, the redevelopment of two adjacent campus academic buildings resulting in an iconic structure for academic, social and arts-related programming. John also provided executive oversight to several Champlain College departments, including the Physical Plant, Events Center, Public Safety and Sustainability.
Prior to joining Champlain College, he was the owner of LandPlan Advisors, LLC, providing a comprehensive set of real estate development services, including land use and strategic planning. Notable projects included the expansion of King Arthur Flour’s flagship office/ retail/bakery facility in Norwich, Vermont, as well as facility improvements to the Montshire Museum of Science, also in Norwich, VT. For 11 years between 1999 and 2010, he also served as Associate Director of the Real Estate Office at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. John, and his wife Deb, live in Burlington’s South End.
A native Vermonter, Ben moved to Burlington to attend the University of Vermont. During his time there, he raced for the UVM cycling team and worked full-time as a counselor at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, running group and individual counseling and eventually specializing in youth crisis intervention. After graduating Ben continued to work at Woodside but added a second career as a nutrition counselor and personal trainer, specializing in sports nutrition and injury rehabilitation.
Ben began working at the Green Castle Group in 2017, initially dealing with current and prospective tenants. Ben currently has a variety of responsibilities, including current and prospective tenant maintenance, special projects including building layout, assisting in permitting, construction planning, and general building maintenance.
Hank Baker helps manage the maintenance needs of the Green Castle Group portfolio, including grounds management. With more than a decade of experience as the owner of a building supply retailer and more than two decades as the owner of a modular home building company, Hank has experience in all facets of the construction field. Having built over 60 homes, Hank has a wealth of knowledge in the modular home industry that includes the disassembly and relocation of homes. Hank has also bought, remodeled, and sold over 10 homes. In addition, Hank has owned and operated rental units in Burlington and Alburg VT and owned and operated King St laundry.