MassLandlords, Inc. is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association. Our mission is to create better rental housing in Massachusetts by helping current, new, and prospective landlords run profitable, compliant, quality businesses. We are democratically governed by our annual election for the statewide Board of Directors, as well as our ongoing policy priorities survey. The next annual election is in December 2023, and nominations are needed now.
Two Formal Ways Members Can Give Input
MassLandlords members can steer our actions through two formal voting channels. The first is our policy priorities survey. The second is our annual election for director.
On December 31, 2023, a Director from our statewide Board of Directors must step down. Our form of term limits prohibits consecutive terms, ensuring that every election is an open race with no incumbent. (Any past director can run again in a subsequent year.) We use score voting (highest average score wins) instead of a plurality (most votes win). This diminishes the impact of polarization. The directors who get elected tend to be those widely accepted by the most members at the time.
Alec Bewsee, Outgoing Director
This winter we lose Alec Bewsee, whose term expires Dec 31, 2023. Alec is a managing partner of Forge Property Management based in Westfield, MA. He received his B.S., Cum Laude, in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Western New England University in Springfield, MA before going on to support various Fortune 100 companies in the high-technology sector including United Technologies and Lockheed Martin. Alec’s skills in productivity systems, automation software, financial analytics, and project management have allowed him to scale his company and better serve the Pioneer Valley. Alec has been involved in real estate since high school when he started analyzing local market growth and purchased his first rental property while still in college. Since then, he has built a portfolio of rental housing throughout Western Mass that particularly aims to help college students and their parents find quality, safe, and affordable housing near New England campuses. Alec is also a founding member of a successful real estate investors community group that helps newer investors learn the ropes in renovating houses, landlording, personal finance, and technology. When Alec isn't enthralling himself in real estate ventures, he loves to play volleyball, enjoys Thai cuisine, and writes. Alec currently resides in Westfield, MA where he grew up and continues to engage with local leaders and give back to the community.
Will you or a colleague step up to carry Alec’s work forward? We have a great team of Directors in place.
Meet our Continuing Board of Directors
Michele Kasabula, whose term expires Dec 31, 2024, has been a MassLandlords member since 2014 and was on the Worcester Board of Advisors from 2017 to 2019. She is a Massachusetts real estate attorney, practicing since 2002. She started her own law office in 2017, The Law Office of Michele F. Kasabula, PLLC located in Sutton, MA. She represents buyers, sellers and lenders in both residential transactions and small commercial real estate purchase and refinance transactions. She also performs most of the real estate titles exams for those purchase transactions. She owns 3 single family rental properties on the south shore. She was also asked for a short time to manage one of her client’s rental properties which consisted of four 6-unit buildings (24 units). She was the main contact for any and all issues. She also handled the remodeling of the units which increased the rental income by over 50% on some of the units. She is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and a member and the Vice Chair of the BBB of Central Mass, a Title Agent for Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Co. and a Massachusetts Real Estate Broker.
Steffen Landrum, whose term expires Dec 31, 2025, brings a wide array of experiences to the Board of Directors. He was born to teenage parents in what was then known as the Bromley-Heath Housing Projects in Boston. He’s a benefactor of social programs. Steffen started on welfare Head Start and from there went to high school at Lincoln Sudbury through METCO. He then enlisted in the army and served for five years, with a leave to start and complete college at Bridgewater State. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science, was commissioned as an army officer (lieutenant), and flew as an army aviator for six years. Steffen then transferred to the air national guard. He has flown C-130s, C-21s, Hueys, and Black Hawks. Simultaneously he became an airline pilot for a regional carrier (an express branch of a major airline). He then became a pilot for United Airlines in 2013, where he is now a 737 captain. All this time he has helped his father maintain his rentals. Steffen bought his own property in 2011 (a two-family). He has since grown to roughly 18 units across four properties, nine units of which are commercial. He has two properties in Boston and two in Worcester. He uses and highly values the MassLandlords services, forms, and training.
Patrick Sullivan, whose term expires Dec. 31, 2026, grew up, in his words, “dirt poor” in South Boston. “I even keep a framed food stamp on my desk now as a reminder,” he says. At age 16 Patrick quit high school. At 18 he sold his first company to a major tech firm. He has spent the majority of his life working in various forms of IT, eventually working as a Senior Systems administrator for Oracle as the last 9-5 ‘job’ he would ever have. He began real estate after that, became a Realtor and started a large team buying and selling. He then returned to self managing his real estate. His IT experience makes him see things all a bit differently. He now specializes in sober homes and property management, has hundreds of beds and units under management, and pursues an eclectic variety of side businesses.
Russell Sabadosa, whose term expires Dec. 31, 2027, founded Premier Choice Realty in 1993, which has grown from a property management company to a full-service real estate brokerage. He is president and oversees all aspects of the rental and sales on a daily basis. He is also the owner of over 100 rental units across multiple LLCs with property sizes of 2 units to 28 units. He has brokered over 50 million in multi-family units across several multi-million-dollar and or multi-property transactions. Other positions held adding to his management and leadership skills are project engineer 1989-1995 for large corporate Raytheon aerospace, IT director for small private company Commonwealth Packaging 1995-2002, and public sector for the state of Connecticut Manchester Community College as full tenured professor 2002-2015. Since 2015 he has been focusing solely on Premier Choice Realty growth and community service. He previously served on the Board of Directors for MassLandlords from 2019-2021, returning after his term limit gap year. Other professional volunteering includes: the Realtor Commercial Alliance MA since 2018, President 2021 and 2022; the MA Association of Realtors since 2017; President of the Rental Housing Association of Greater Springfield - 2008-2015; the Meadows Masons - Assistant Treasurer since 2015, Board of directors since 2018. He enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs and encouraging them to engage in volunteering and leadership positions at professional and community organizations. Personal interests include travel, skiing, and motorcycle riding.
Reach Out to Us
Each region where MassLandlords members meet has a local network and message board and in many cases a volunteer board. The local volunteer boards may be by appointment or by local decision.
You can also run for state-wide director yourself. But remember it’s a state-wide race! You will need to prepare a biography detailing what you can bring to the Board and what is your vision of MassLandlords in five years. You will also need to campaign on the message boards at a minimum.
The Board of Directors
Read more about our Annual Business Meeting and Annual Elections.
Nominate someone for the statewide Board of Directors