Robert O’Brien, CEO, is a senior business leader with extensive experience directing business development and growth utilizing proven management skills and by developing business relationships and partnerships with individuals and firms that can expedite growth. He has proven experience in program development, process re-engineering, full life-cycle global product management, business outsourcing, and team management skills.
Bob and his partner moved the CleanTech Center, formerly a business incubator from Newburyport to Amesbury, MA, and formed the Collaborative Innovation Works (CI Works) in 2015. It is a 100,000 square foot multi-use facility in one-hundred-year-old buildings. Amesbury is recruiting businesses to restore economic vitality to the town to rejuvenate the community. It is a facility where businesses can go to grow. Previously, Bob was president of the Newburyport CleanTech Center in Newburyport, MA, and is a founding director. He played the key role in establishing licenses with over twenty early-stage companies in a co-located space that has been instrumental in their success and have created hundreds of jobs in the CleanTech sector. CI Works – Amesbury is now home to 62 companies and over 200 jobs.
Prior experience includes Fidelity Investments – Capital Business Development, Emerging Technologies, Enterprise Utilities, Retirement Services, and Global Institutional Investments; International Business Machines – Global Business Services; Financial Technologies Inc.; Point Management Group; Dun & Bradstreet; and State Street Bank. Bob held various positions in senior management roles including sales, client management, business development, partner development, marketing, enterprise utility development, and operations management.
Bob’s experience in the not for profit sector includes as an originating board member and president of the Newburyport Education Foundation, president of the Newburyport CleanTech Center, founding board member of Assoc. of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION), and on the board of the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport. Bob graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Mark Friery, CFO & Co-Founder of CI Works, a real estate development and management company in Amesbury, MA that focuses on re-purposing commercial properties into multi-tenant innovation centers mixing mature companies with innovative growth companies in a manner that fosters a mutually beneficial “business ecosystem” while strongly anchored by a quality lease portfolio. Prior real estate accomplishments include managing a commercial / industrial building in Newburyport, MA (operating as the Newburyport CleanTech Center, developing and managing commercial mill space in Amesbury, MA (2005-2010), and ongoing development and management of commercial real estate in Newbury, MA.
Mark is a creative business leader with a track record of starting and developing small businesses and business partnerships in a variety of industries, from the perspective of executive leadership within start-ups, a professional services firm, and a Fortune 500 company.
As a former director at FleetBoston Financial, Mark brings a wealth of experience in the funding aspects of emerging organizations. Working for Bioquest Inc. out of Atkinson, NH, Friery was directly responsible for funding company expansion through several rounds of private equity and debt transactions. A founder and COO of Dicer Corporation, Mark led the acquisition of the Bolton Dicer line of plastic size reduction equipment from Bolton Emerson America.
An attorney and member of the New York Bar, Mark has experience with corporate law and issues related to company mergers and acquisitions and began his career as an attorney with the tax-focused M&A practice group in the NY office of Coopers & Lybrand. Friery holds or has held affiliations with many not-for-profits including a position on the board of directors of both the Greater Newburyport and Amesbury Chambers of Commerce. Mark is also a current board member of the Plum Island Foundation, the Greater Newburyport Eco-Collaborative, and the Newburyport CleanTech Center. Mark is a graduate of Carroll School of Management at Boston College and Albany Law School of Union University.