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Kirk Anthony Sykes

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Developer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains
Favorite Quote:
It's All Good.

Birthplace

Born:
4/29/1958
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Developer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains
Favorite Quote:
It's All Good.

Birthplace

Born:
4/29/1958
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Real estate developer Kirk A. Sykes was the lead partner in the development and operation of the first African American-built hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The 175-room, ten-story Hampton Inn & Suites, one of a small number of minority-owned hotels which operate under a major franchise name, sits on the edge of Roxbury, a predominantly black neighborhood. Throughout his career, Sykes has used his unique blend of talents to help improve urban communities.

Born in Queens, New York in 1958 and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Sykes graduated from the Moses Brown School, a private Quaker secondary institution. He then studied architecture at Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. degree. He would later attend both the MIT Center for Real Estate Development Executive Program and the Owner and Presidents Management Executive Program at Harvard University Business School.

Sykes first gained notoriety with Winthrop Estates, a townhouse complex he developed for the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston. Held up as an example of forward-looking urban development, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was featured on a PBS documentary. Since then, Sykes has worked on a number of important development projects in the Boston area, including the redevelopment of the Boston Specialty Rehabilitation Hospital site and the Southwest Corridor retail project. In 2004, Sykes served as architect for the Democratic National Convention in Boston, converting the sports and concert-focused Fleet Center into an appropriate venue for the event.

Sykes is president of the New Boston Urban Strategy America Fund, a group which invests projects aimed at improving urban communities.

He and his wife Karen (née James) have two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Kirk Anthony Sykes' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Kirk Anthony Sykes lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes his current occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about his paternal grandfather, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about his paternal grandfather, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kirk Anthony Sykes shares his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about his family gatherings and vacations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes the schools he attended in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes his experience at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kirk Anthony Sykes recalls deciding to become an architect
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kirk Anthony Sykes remembers the jobs he had during high school in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes his experience studying at the Leysin American School in Leysin, Switzerland in 1974 and 1975
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes his experience as a skiing instructor in Jackson, New Hampshire after graduating from Moses Brown School in 1976
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kirk Anthony Sykes recalls enrolling at the Cornell University School of Architecture in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kirk Anthony Sykes recalls joining the architecture firm of Stull and Lee Associates, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kirk Anthony Sykes shares his impressions of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about meeting his wife, Karen James Sykes, and starting their family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about some of the important projects he worked on at Stull and Lee Associates, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes his design career after leaving Stull and Lee Associates, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about building his design and development firms, Primary Group and Primary Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about designing the Central Artery Project in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes the launch of Primary Corporation in 1996 and his work with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes his experience in the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kirk Anthony Sykes shares the lessons he learned from his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes the genesis of his work with the New Boston Fund
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes the development of Crosstown Center in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes the development of Crosstown Center in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about financing the Hampton Inn and Suites Boston Crosstown Center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes becoming President of the New Boston Urban Strategy America Fund
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about the development of Boston State Hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about developing the South Bay Harbor Trail in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kirk Anthony Sykes talks about the master plan to redevelop the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kirk Anthony Sykes reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kirk Anthony Sykes reflects upon African Americans who influenced him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Kirk Anthony Sykes reflects upon his life and career choices
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Kirk Anthony Sykes shares his message for today's youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Kirk Anthony Sykes describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Kirk Anthony Sykes reflects on his life as a skiier
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Kirk Anthony Sykes narrates his photographs