Dave Pogorelc is Founder and “Chief Encouragement Officer” of Core Investments, Inc. He started the company in 2001.
What do you actually do at Core?
I look for undervalued assets. I call it treasure hunting. But also having a vision for what they can be. I hire the right people and create an excellent team, internally or externally. Development, accounting, asset services internally. And, outside, our consultants. We’re good at that. Also it involves understanding momentum, trends. You look for undervalued assets, going into an area or neighborhood that can be repositioned, or going into the near future, trending into an upward market location-wise or industry-wise. And it has added value for the neighborhood in the area – going back to our slogan: It’s a Community, not a Commodity.
Dave, what did you do before Core?
Prior to Core, I was a partner in another firm, Helm Investment Partnership, doing very similar things for about seven years.
Where did you go to school?
Bryant University. I majored in marketing and minored in economics. I went there because it has a beautiful campus – that’s how I selected it.
And where did you grow up?
In Needham and South Natick, and in Minnesota. I went back and forth. I was born in Minnesota, and when I was three we moved to South Natick. When I was 12 or 13 we moved back to Minnesota. And when I was in ninth grade we moved back to Needham. My dad was a vice president of sales and marketing in the Boston area and Minneapolis and then in sales and marketing for an electronic security access devices company in Natick.
Where do you live now?
In the Back Bay.
What do you do to have fun or outside work?
I like to take my Jeep and drive in remote areas, like the beaches of Nantucket. I like to travel and I like traveling out west in the U.S. or going to Europe. I also like to tinker. I just bought a nice ’32 “highboy” hotrod with a fiberglass body with a 350 engine.
What’s a favorite place of yours in the Boston area?
In the Boston area I like to get in my car and drive around. Driving out west of Boston on the country roads to clear my mind. Being on the water helps me reflect too.
Is there anything new in your life?
I’ve had covid twice. How’s that?