The Beckwith Estate plan is the culmination of a business partnership between two visionaries. Patrick Sheehan, a Boston-based businessman with Berkshire connections who bought the estate at auction in 2009, and Tony Guthrie whose professional life has revolved around reviving, developing, marketing and branding some of the region’s finest luxury resorts.
Patrick, the owner of Sheehan Acquisitions LLC, has been successfully managing and rehabilitating properties since 1990 throughout New England. His work is focused on commercial real estate and the long-term care industry, and he has developed businesses and properties in the Berkshires and elsewhere. With ownership interests in more than 20 businesses throughout New England in the past two decades, Patrick is driven by his marketing analysis acumen, and his commitment to employing talented, dedicated employees who are committed to business success.
A director of Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc., Patrick is also a long-time supporter of Berkshire Country Day School — where his children once attended school — and several arts and cultural organizations in the area, such as Berkshire Theatre Group. Patrick is a graduate of Babson College, with a degree in Business Management.
In 2009, Patrick fell in love the neglected, deteriorating Beckwith estate. He acquired the property, unsure what its future would hold. He envisioned the estate as part of the wider economy of the Berkshires–a jewel among New England’s vacation and cultural destinations. He also recognized the gradual decline in the number of year-round residents who contribute to the very foundation of the region’s allure and the need for viable, year-round employment in the area.
While vacationing with his family on Cape Cod, Patrick met Tony Guthrie, whose professional career of 30 years has involved redeveloping, branding, marketing, and managing some of the most successful resorts and clubs in New England. Tony had worked as resort manager for the Chatham Bars Inn for 10 years and oversaw a $50 million renovation and restoration of the property. He later became resort manager for the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club for 12 years. He has also run the Wychmere Beach and Tennis Club and is a real estate broker with Robert Paul Properties. Between these three resorts, he oversaw more than $100 million worth of restoration and renovation projects.
Tony has extensive experience working with municipalities’ zoning and planning entities and in working with neighbors and stakeholders to develop facilities compatible with their communities. He has served on board and leadership roles with Chatham Merchants Association, the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Museum of Art and the YMCA. He was vice president of the fundraising campaign to restore the Orpheum Theater in Chatham and has also helped raise funds for Monomoy High School Scholarship Fund.
Tony attended Niagara University where he studied Hospitality and Tourism Management.