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Updated: August 7, 2020 / 2020 40 Under Forty Honorees

Ford Gurall


Ford Gurall

Age: 38

Company: GRE

Title: Founder/Managing Principal

No. of years with current company: 5

Town where I live: Simsbury

Town where I work: Hartford

College: Bowdoin College

Highest degree: Bachelor’s degree in literature

Ford Gurall is the founder and managing principal of GRE, a real estate advisory and owner’s representative firm that provides a comprehensive range of real estate strategy, development, construction planning, and project management services.

Gurall has successfully managed development work valued in excess of $750 million, including 1 million square feet of life science spaces and more than 1,000 hotel keys. In 2015, Gurall formed GRE to deliver a $7-million hotel portfolio renovation. Today their team manages single real estate programs valued in excess of $250 million.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

Finding tremendous professionals to join our team and orienting them to unlock their potential.

How are you involved in the community?

I am a supporter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project as a team leader.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside the office I spend time with my wife Abigail chasing our two boys Jack (4) and Henry (1). The boys are learning to fish, ski, bike, swim and we are along for the ride.

What part of work life did you miss most during the pandemic?

Zoom meetings are great but absolutely missed in-person conversation, collaboration and humor.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

In five years GRE has grown its capabilities significantly, starting with a $7-million project and now managing $250 million-plus projects.

GRE is a national leader in coordinating highly complex life science projects that will advance the fight against COVID-19.

In 2020 GRE will complete the world’s most efficient diagnostic testing laboratory (for Quest Diagnostics) servicing 40 million patients in the Atlantic region.

Honored that GRE maintains a track record for delivering complex projects on time and under budget.

Fun Fact 

GRE was started in the attic of my home. We now occupy 3,500 square feet in downtown Hartford with offices in New Jersey.

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