Employee Spotlight : Karen McShea


Meet Karen McShea. As Vice President of Real Estate Development at Lupoli Companies, she loves the fast-paced, ever-changing nature of real estate. She brings her energy and experience to Lowell where she is spearheading the Thorndike Exchange project, a mixed-used development featuring upscale residences, modern dining options and the latest in commercial space.

Right now, you can find Karen downtown at the Thorndike Experience Center. It’s here that she hosts community events, like workshops for Girls, Inc., while shaping Lowell’s most anticipated live-work-play development and working alongside the Lupoli team. “I love my colleagues! I am honored to work with such a talented dedicated group of professionals,” she says.

To get to know her a little better. We asked her a few questions.

What is something people may not know about you? I love to cook and entertain. I was a semi-finalist on Master Chef for the Boston area. 

Your career defining moment: The creation of the Puerto Rico Convention Center District with over 4 million square feet of mixed-use space, including a 560,000 SF convention center, hotels, retail, residential and office space.

One item you’d take with you on a desert island. My 19” Chef’s knife

Your go-to snack food. CHEEEEESE!!

Must-see TV show. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Best book you ever read. The Art of Racing in the Rain

Favorite movie of all time. Grand Budapest Hotel

Adjective that best describes you: Enthusiastic

Fun fact about you. I used to teach aerobics to the Marines during my lunch break at the American Embassy in Moscow


Now that you know a little bit about Karen, learn more about the Thorndike Exchange and Thorndike Experience Center