Rex Bell, Co-Founder and Partner


img_3597Rex Bell is founder and partner of the innovative Maine-based development company Northland enterprises which has a successful track record including 14 properties under ownership and completion of nine projects totaling over $31 million since 2009.

Rex’s ability to see, analyze, manage and deliver successful development projects comes from 25 years of hands-on experience in virtually every aspect of the real estate business.

In 1988, Bell and his brother formed a Vermont based construction, property management, and real estate brokerage company.  The company built new homes, did renovation work and acquired properties in need of re-positioning and had an ownership interest in more than 50 investment properties. In addition, the company provided property management and disposition services for two prominent Vermont banks.  Over seven years, the company participated in the management and disposition of approximately 700 bank owned (REO) assets with sales volumes in excess of $70 million.

That kind of hands-on experience on projects of nearly every size has allowed Bell and business partner Josh Benthien to build Northland into a company known for finding creative, innovative ways to make deals work where others have passed.  Two examples include the $4.5 million Baxter Library in Portland, Maine and the $11.5 million Sanford Mill in Sanford, Maine.  Both were passed on by other developers and went on to win statewide awards after Northland successfully completed them.

Rex’s passion for making deals work for investors, tenants and communities is matched by a lifelong love and involvement in competitive skiing and ski jumping, including competing, coaching and now sponsorship of the USA Ski Jumping Team and Olympic Ski Teams.

Originally from the Buffalo, NY area, Bell was a competitive ski jumper in high school and college. Following graduation from the University of New Hampshire, he coached skiing for two years at UNH before taking a position with the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee.  After the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics he coached for eight years with the US Ski Jumping and Olympic Teams.

Today, as part of its charitable giving and sponsorship program, Northland is a proud sponsor of the USA Ski Jumping Team and USA ski jumper Chris Lamb.  

Since 2000, Rex and his wife Marilyn have lived just outside Portland, Maine.

“Completing a complex real estate project and landing your best ski jump in national or international competition both require hard work, attention to detail, teamwork, overcoming obstacles and a will to be the best.”  – Rex Bell

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