Opal Management Biographies
Our seasoned management team has experience in over 125 US markets. We invite you to take a look at the diverse experience that makes each of our Opal management team members uniquely qualified to meet your company's specific objectives.
- Peter A. Picknelly
- Frank Fitzgerald
Peter A. Picknelly is the Chairman of Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc. … one of the largest privately-owned intercity bus companies in the nation. A family-operated business established in 1933, the bus line is headquartered in Springfield and provides regularly scheduled bus service to more than 100 communities throughout the northeast.
Peter is the third generation of Picknellys to lead the bus company. The company’s founder, Peter C. Picknelly, led the company until his death in 1964, when Peter Pan was still a small New England carrier. Upon his father’s death, Peter L. Picknelly transformed the bus line from a regional carrier into the nation’s second largest intercity bus line. Under the guidance of Peter A. Picknelly, who became Peter Pan’s president in 1986, the company expanded its scheduled route service to include Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia. The bus industry was revolutionized when Peter Pan entered into a northeast pool service alliance with Greyhound Bus Lines, Inc. in 1999.
The Peter Pan family of companies includes Bonanza Bus Lines, Arrow Line, BoltBus, Coach Builders, Peter Pan ShowBus, Camfour, Hill Country Wholesale, Belt Technologies, Architectural Windows & Doors, and Century Woodworking. They operate a fleet of 300 motorcoaches and employ 1,200 employees.
Peter’s experience in real estate development and ownership is formidable. It consists of over 1 million square feet of development within nine separate companies locally and nationally. Peter is a principal and/or manager in all these holdings. In addition, Peter oversees all real estate associated with Peter Pan Bus Lines and its family of companies. In order to more clearly focus his real estate interests and expand on real estate development opportunities, Peter has formed OPAL Real Estate Group which he will cultivate as the predominant real estate brand throughout Western Massachusetts. In order to achieve this goal, Peter has assembled the best-in-class group of real estate professionals for the execution of large scale high profile development opportunities and the management of his existing holdings.
Peter is an active member of the community in which he grew up. He is on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Boys’ Club, the Willie Ross School for the Deaf and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The bus line is a member of the American Bus Association (ABA) and New England Bus Association, and Peter sits on the ABA Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Born and raised in Springfield, Peter attended high school at Wilbraham-Monson Academy and furthered his education at Boston University. He and his wife, Melissa, reside in the City with their twin daughters Lauryn and Alyssa, son Peter, and daughter Olivia.
Frank heads one of the four primary divisions within OPAL Real Estate Group. His successful record of career accomplishments represents over 20 years of experience with commercial and investment real estate. Frank’s enthusiastic attitude and results driven approach make him the perfect choice to lead our team that services our corporate clientele. His primary responsibilities are to meet our clients’ unique commercial real estate requirements and develop strategic plans that allow our clients to focus on their core business. He has experience in developing and implementing creative and cost effective solutions to satisfy clients’ needs including operating expense/lease audit, landlord/tenant relations, construction and tenant finish management, contract administration, portfolio administration and evaluation, real estate appraisal, tax abatement, feasibility studies and site selection, economic and public incentive evaluation and negotiation, real estate finance evaluation and coordination, market research and analysis, move management, layout and design supervision, and customized real estate consulting. These services are expertly coordinated with our Development, Brokerage and Property Management Divisions.
Before joining OPAL Frank served as a Director of Property Management for a commercial and industrial real estate firm based in Western Massachusetts. He was responsible for the management of a diverse range of properties throughout New England and New York. Frank was also Director of Valuation Services for the same organization with specialized experience in office properties and industrial facilities.
Frank’s career began as right of way agent with a leading natural gas distribution company where he fostered his lifelong skill in cultivating solid client relationships.
Current significant projects include the addition of solar arrays to several FedEx facilities throughout the Northeast, upgrades to transportation hubs for Peter Pan Bus Lines and management of renovations to institutional and office buildings occupied by the Federal Government.
Frank focuses his free time on giving back to his community by coaching youth soccer and serving on the board of directors for Human Resources Unlimited, a human services organization devoted to providing people with opportunities for meaningful work and skill building.