The Rivers School’s Conservatory Program

Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts


Now serving as Baystone Development’s principal, Roy MacDowell is the founder and past president of the MacDowell Company. In addition to his work in real estate, Roy MacDowell previously served as the president of The Rivers School’s board of trustees in Weston, Massachusetts.

The Rivers School created its Conservatory Program to offer musically-inclined students the opportunity to develop their skills via a challenging curriculum with the support of its talented faculty. Students undertake a rigorous program of classes, and regularly hold performances showcasing their work. Many who complete the Conservatory Program develop the skills required to attend some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and music schools, such as London’s Royal Academy of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Students immerse themselves in a stimulating environment that combines musical training with intensive academic study. The Conservatory Program offers 15 advanced placement (AP) courses and a range of honors courses, in addition to providing students the opportunity to join their peers in numerous musical endeavors such as men’s and women’s choruses, jazz combos, chamber ensembles, and orchestra.


Boston Children’s Hospital Research Finds Kidney Regeneration Strategy

Boston Children’s Hospital


A veteran real estate developer, Roy MacDowell serves as a principal at Baystone Development outside of Boston. Roy MacDowell has remained active in the community through a number of leadership positions and is a former trustee of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital recently found that a gene named LIN28 is linked to approximately one-third of the cases of a pediatric kidney cancer called Wilms’ tumor. In mice models, blocking the gene caused disease regression. Researchers hypothesize that blocking or deactivating the gene in humans could have a similar therapeutic effect.

Further investigation of LIN28 in mouse models revealed that controlled expression of the gene could actually cause new kidney growth. Thus, the gene could also play a role in kidney regeneration in adults who have experienced kidney damage. The Boston Children’s Hospital team is now working to see exactly how LIN28 relates to kidney development and how it could be used to trigger kidney regeneration.

Important Sustainability Research at the NAIOP

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National Association of Industrial & Office Properties

An experienced real estate professional, Roy MacDowell is a principal with Baystone Development in Weston, Massachusetts. To stay involved with his professional community, Roy MacDowell is a trustee of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP), a commercial real estate development association.

The NAIOP conducts research in many fields related to commercial real estate development, including sustainability. In recent years, sustainability has become an important issue and something that tenants, even commercial ones, are increasingly looking for in the spaces that they rent.

On its website, NAIOP has published a number of research papers that will help developers understand how to make their properties as green as possible. One paper, for example, looks at different energy-harvesting devices that buildings owners can install on rooftops to see which are most effective in various environments.

Another paper looks at LEED design approaches for larger spaces, including warehouses and distribution centers. Yet another great resource examines the federal and local government incentives for green construction to show developers how they can get the largest return on their investment.

The Greater Boston Real Estate Board – Scholarships for Students

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Greater Boston Real Estate Board

Real estate developer Roy MacDowell serves as a principal of Baystone Development, a firm based in Weston, Massachusetts. Accordingly, Roy MacDowell maintains membership with the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

The Greater Boston Real Estate Board, established in 1889, represents 8,000 real estate and land use professionals across all sectors of the industry. It supports property owners, managers, and sales professionals by giving them up-to-date information and ample networking opportunities within the real estate world.

In order to support the next generation of real estate professionals, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board operates a scholarship foundation for undergraduate students. Established in 2012, the GBREB Foundation Scholarship helps students from low income backgrounds access a postsecondary education.

The Foundation awards scholarships in amounts between $1,000 and $5,000 each year. Winners are selected based on need, scholastic achievement, community involvement, and a written essay. All graduating seniors in the Boston area are welcome to apply.

Three Tips for Better Strategic Planning

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Baystone Development

Upon leaving his role as the president of The MacDowell Company, Roy MacDowell became principal of Baystone Development, a real estate developer located in Weston, Massachusetts. A regional leader in real estate development and investment, Roy MacDowell is responsible for establishing the strategy of the organization and planning its path. If you find yourself with a similar task to perform, keep these tips in mind to improve your strategic planning.

1. Get rid of all of the buzzwords and awkward terminology that is often associated with strategic planning. Your aim should be to be as clear and concise as possible.

2. Create a good team made up of people with diverse skill sets and actually listen to the advice they provide. You will gain a better understanding of how your strategic decisions affect each department of the organization.

3. Create goals for the plan and make them actionable. You should review everything from the various tasks that need to be undertaken to how accountability will be considered. This is crucial in gaining buy-in from senior management and boards.

The Rivers Day Camp – Unforgettable Experiences for Young Minds


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Rivers Day Camp

Roy MacDowell leverages decades of experience in the real estate industry to operate efficiently as a principal with Baystone Development in Weston, Massachusetts. When not working, Roy MacDowell is deeply involved with the community and formerly served as the president of the Board of Trustees of The Rivers School.

During the summer, The Rivers School provides opportunities for continued growth through the Rivers Day Camp. At present, two different camps exist. The Junior Camp is for children aged 3.5 to 5.5 and provides a structured environment for learning and having fun. Participants engage in age-appropriate swimming and crafts while playing field sports and developing camping skills. Children can also participate in music, dance, and woodworking workshops.

The Boys’ & Girls’ Camp is meant for students in kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school. Through the camp, children develop independence while also having the chance to collaborate on meaningful projects. Structured mornings give way to afternoons that provide the freedom to pursue personal interests. Students have the ability to choose the activities they want to participate in, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, and archery.

The Work of the Raab Family’s Confronting Anti-Semitism Program

Raab Family

The founder and former president of the MacDowell Company, a New England construction and landscaping services firm, Roy MacDowell is now the principal of real estate company Baystone Development. Beyond his work, Roy MacDowell serves as a trustee for the Anti-Defamation League of New England (ADL), which oversees the Raab Family’s Confronting Anti-Semitism Program (CASP).

The CASP’s goal is to help Jewish youth, families, and communities develop a greater understanding of anti-Semitism and acquire the skills needed to confront it. To achieve this aim, CASP operates the three internal programs described below:

Family Awareness Workshops. Open to 7th and 8th-grade students and their families, these workshops provide young people with the opportunity to discuss anti-Semitism in their communities and create safe strategies for confronting the issue.

Confronting Hate and Anti-Semitic Incidents (CHAI) Workshops. Focused on adults, CHAI helps members of the Jewish community identify instances of anti-Semitism in neighborhoods, work, and at home, in addition to equipping participants with the tools needed to respond appropriately.

Words to Action Workshops. Available to college students and young people preparing for college, these workshops prepare participants for confronting anti-Israel bias on college campuses and examine practical ways to confront anti-Semitism.