Jay Nuss is the Principal of the firm. He has over 30 years of experience in all facets of commercial real estate brokerage with special emphasis on the selling and leasing of office, industrial, and mixed-use properties in the Greater Boston Area.
He provides support services associated with Massachusetts 21E environmental due diligence in coordination with other professionals such as architects, attorneys, bankers, builders, and engineers. He has extensive support experience with the highest and best use analysis and valuation issues, as well as the various phases of permitting a project through completion and occupancy.
When not helping clients find their ideal commercial space, Jay is actively involved in many organizations including the Knights of Columbus where he is the immediate past Grand Knight, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Worthy Village and In Control, a non-profit organization which offers the nation’s first state-certified crash prevention training program to drivers of all ages. He is also a past chair of the Business Council, past president of the Braintree Rotary Club, and a former member of the Braintree Zoning Board of Appeals. Just recently, Jay completed helping to spearhead the effort to build the South Shore’s first non-profit hospice home through the Campus of Caring organization where he served on the executive committee of the Board of Directors. The home has now officially opened in Hingham, MA. He had been the Vice Chairman of the Work, Inc. Board of Directors for many years and has been a commercial real estate advisor to many other area non-profit organizations. In addition, he has been involved in establishing Advisory Boards for area small businesses.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University where he graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the school’s graduate honor society. He is also a graduate of the Realtors Institute and has earned the Certified Real Estate Broker Manager (CRB) designation. Jay continually updates his real estate knowledge and has completed commercial real estate courses at MIT, Harvard University, Boston University, and Northeastern University. He is a former Massachusetts Certified General Appraiser. Married and the father of two, Jay has been active in various youth community service projects and sports programs over the years.
Liz Tavares, Esq.
Liz Tavares, Esq. joined the team in 2017, previously working as an Office Manager in a boutique real estate office, where she conducted research on commercial properties, and acted as a sales and leasing agent, as well as an advisor, coordinating with lenders and attorneys to negotiate the best terms for her clients. Prior to that, for 30 years in the Massachusetts Trial Court, Liz most recently served as Chief Administrator in Probation Service, developing and negotiating policies across all professional levels, upholding compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines, presiding over disciplinary and grievance hearings, devising workforce reduction strategies and program implementation and overseeing a budget of $118 million.
It is this comprehensive experience that Liz seamlessly applies when guiding and negotiating the best commercial real estate deals for her clients.
Liz graduated first from Fitchburg State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, and then from Boston University with a master’s degree in Education. In 1991, she earned her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.
An avid participant in giving back to the community, Liz volunteers her time to several causes that are consistent with her professional pursuits, routinely involving herself in activities that encourage stronger families and promote education. She has offered her time to the Family Access Center in Newton, coordinating grant initiatives that support programs offered by the organization, for the benefit of local families. At the Family Access Center, Liz also volunteered as an instructor in the Child Assaultive Prevention Program (CAP), visiting elementary schools and teaching young students the necessary skills to defend themselves in abusive situations. Additionally, she has volunteered at the Newton Free Public Library, teaching in English as a Second Language (ESL) program, instructing limited English speakers the rules of grammar. Liz participated in the Newton Serves Program, hosted by Newton North High School, which organizes a full day of needed community service. She also was a parent liaison for the Student-Faculty Advisory Committee at Newton North, an initiative for the students to voice concerns to the principal, for the good of the student body.
An active cyclist, Liz, and her spouse participated in the Second Annual Cycle for the Cause, the Northeast AIDS ride. This ride raises funds to fight AIDS. The ride was three days, covering 275 miles, from Boston to New York City.
A Dorchester native, Liz now resides in Newton. Her personal and professional familiarity with the Greater Boston Area, specifically the North and Metro West areas, as well as ongoing relationships with attorneys, lenders, and community officials contributes to her success.
When Steve Gilman joined Jay Nuss Realty Group, LLC, he knew it was a great fit for his professional pursuits and personal interests. As a ‘serial entrepreneur,’ a phrase coined by Jay himself, Steve brings his passion for real estate, problem-solving, and customer service to his clients.
As someone who owned his first property when he was twenty years old, this whet his appetite for his continued involvement in the real estate market, while he professionally pursued a career first in IT, then in foodservice.
Ultimately, Steve’s trademark in advising clients is his ability to leverage wealth. His experience of managing his own IT company has been an added benefit to his clients when negotiating deals because he knows the work involved and costs associated with setting up an IT infrastructure. His knowledge and familiarity with the real estate market on the South Shore, and his connections made through his past business ventures and association with various organizations, put Steve in a prime position to carefully guide his clients on finding the best locations and fulfilling property requirements needed to promote and sustain their coffee shops, convenience stores, grocery stores, and restaurants.
As a life-long resident on the South Shore, Steve is a graduate of the South Shore Charter Public School and the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He is also actively involved in a number of organizations.
Steve has been a member of the Weymouth Rotary for over ten years and has been the Chairman of the Annual Pancake Breakfast, taking his passion for his local community and pairing it with his interest of building a stronger community over a shared, and favorite, activity.
He is also an advocate and regular volunteer at the Scituate Animal Shelter, participating in animal rescue. This pursuit stemmed from a close relationship with his great aunt, who instilled in him the value of animals in a person’s life.
Steve has parlayed his concern for the community on an international scale, with his involvement in the Safe Passage project in Guatemala, which sponsors children in disadvantaged communities.
Karen Bunch, the newest addition to our team, serves as an Urban Advisor as she brings a wealth of experience in the commercial real estate industry specifically in the Boston market. With her unique style, Karen is highly skilled in building and cultivating relationships while working with integral community leaders and stakeholders when proposing the redevelopment of urban space and sites.
Karen not only brings critical “know-how” to the table, but she also has a distinctive pulse on neighborhood nuances and recognizes the importance of garnering support, commitment, and genuine interest from all parties in promoting a comprehensive project development concept. As a member of the Boston community, Karen has established herself as the “go-to” commercial real estate professional for the Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester areas.
As a project consultant, Karen provides advisory services for commercial projects from small to large properties. Karen works to coordinate all phases of the permitting and regulatory process with municipal offices and local community organizations. Where fitting, Karen engages media companies, franchisees, municipalities, and nonprofits for the collective planning and marketing of community initiatives.
Prior to her work in the commercial real estate industry, Karen worked in the corporate sphere where she used her expertise in fostering partnerships and alliances within the organization. Karen assumed a leadership role while broadening perspective and enhancing growth. As a sales manager for several Fortune 500 companies, Karen’s significant contributions in delivering and maintaining accounts substantially impacted the bottom line. As a marketing representative for a wellness firm, Karen focused on wellness while adopting green technology in assisting client’s transition from traditional chemical-based products to environmentally friendly products. As a team leader for the marketing staff, she created a successful path for clients to reach their personal goals. She embodies this steadfastness when coordinating and negotiating a commercial real estate transaction.
As an avid supporter of the community during the last several years, Karen has served as the President of Grove Hall Main Street and also sits on the Board of Urban Edge, both nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for area residents. Karen, a golf enthusiast, operated the Caddy Scholar Program for the City of Boston for several years, and most recently, she participated in the 2019 Mayors Annual Golf Tournament and was recognized for the longest drive for women at the William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park.