John B. Hynes, III is the CEO and Managing Partner of Boston Global Investors. John’s roots in Boston run deep and he is a long-time resident of the Boston area. After growing up in Chatham on Cape Cod, he graduated in 1980 from Harvard where he also served as the captain of the hockey team. His late father Jack was regarded as “the dean of Boston broadcasting” and John’s grandfather of the same name defeated political legend James Michael Curley more than once to serve as the Mayor of Boston, which he did from 1949-1959 earning him the nickname “the architect of the New Boston.”
While raising his five children in Milton, Mr. Hynes spent 10 years as a commercial leasing and sales broker with the Codman Company and RM Bradley & Co. and 10 years as the local Operating Partner for Lincoln Property Company. During that time, he participated in more than 300 leasing and sales transactions in the Boston market, representing millions of square feet and billions of dollars in economic impact to the city and surrounding area.
From 2000 to 2010, as President/CEO of Gale International, he oversaw the development of One Lincoln Street in Boston (also known as the State Street Financial Center), as well as the $35 billion, 100-acre master plan New Songdo City project in South Korea—an entire city built from scratch that is about the same size as downtown Boston.
In 2010, Mr. Hynes split off from Gale International, founded Boston Global Investors and turned his attention back home in order to lead the master plan of the Seaport Square development on the South Boston Waterfront. Under Mr. Hynes’ leadership, BGI, Morgan Stanley and their partners sparked and oversaw the complete transformation of over 23 acres of surface parking lots to what is now known as the Seaport District today.
In 2013, the founding members of Mass Fallen Heroes were sent to Mr. Hynes by Joe “Dodo” Nee and Jack Hart, in hopes of finding a home for their idea: a memorial to honor our state’s fallen since 9/11. Without hesitation, Mr. Hynes offered the Seaport’s most prized location: in the center of a waterfront park that was a year away from starting construction. With the revision now reality, Mass Fallen Heroes was able to fundraise for and grow their mission on a completely different level, and Mr. Hynes has continued to support the organization since that very first meeting 10 years ago.
Currently, Mr. Hynes is focused on the ongoing construction of the 600,000 square foot lab and office tower at 10 World Trade in the Seaport, as well as the repositioning of the historic Motor Mart Garage in Boston’s Back Bay.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hynes has remained committed to and active within the Boston and Cape Cod communities and sits on the board of several non-profit and professional organizations. He resides in South Boston, Massachusetts, Chatham, Massachusetts and Delray Beach, Florida. In addition to his five children—one son and four daughters—his two stepchildren and 11 grandchildren (and counting), he has always been most proud of the lasting impact of his work, both on the skyline and the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people and families who have benefited both directly and indirectly from his decades of hard and honest work.