Andrew J. Poffel dies at age 66

Andrew J. "Andy" Poffel, president of MacKenzie Communities LLC, whose career in commercial and residential real estate spanned more than 40 years, ended his life Sept. 6 at his Ruxton home. He was 66.

Mr. Poffel, the son of a businessman and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Stoneleigh. He was a 1965 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School.

After earning a degree in business from Loyola College in 1969, Mr. Poffel went to work in the real estate industry.

He had been a partner in Poffel & Walker Inc., a Lutherville real estate company, and for the past 15 years had been president of MacKenzie Communities LLC, the land development wing of the MacKenzie Cos.

Mr. Poffel was responsible for overseeing all facets of the development of its residential communities in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

He directed all strategic planning and operational aspects of the company, including site selection, acquisition, community product mix, architectural design, financing and necessary zoning required for such projects.

Mr. Poffel also was in charge of the company's feasibility analysis and marketing efforts as well as land planning, design of its communities and construction.

Since 1995, he had developed more than 2,500 residential building lots in communities in the Maryland and Pennsylvania region.

During his lengthy career, Mr. Poffel developed, owned and managed a variety of real estate including urban and suburban office buildings, retail shopping centers, multifamily apartment properties and medical condominium buildings.

"Under Andy's leadership, our residential division was the most successful ever," said Clark MacKenzie, chairman of the MacKenzie Cos., which he established in 1963. "His work was always the pride of our company."

Mr. MacKenzie added that Mr. Poffle's work reflected the "highest standards, great taste and tremendous attention to detail that created a product that our company will continue to be very proud of."

He said Mr. Poffel was not an aloof executive but was rather hands-on and enjoyed speaking and listening to home builders, owners and buyers on weekend visits to ascertain their needs.

Gary Gill, CEO of MacKenzie Cos., praised Mr. Poffle's "extraordinary business skills" and the "respect and kindness" he gave others.

His professional memberships included the Home Builders Association of Maryland, the Maryland Land Development Council and the National Association of Home Builders.

Mr. Poffel was an avid skier and golfer. He was a member and on the board of the Baltimore Country Club, and a member of the Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Fla.

A memorial Mass was offered Friday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, the former Diane Ward; a son, Andrew M. Poffel of New York City; a daughter, Samantha Poffel Buhl of Annapolis; his mother, Josephine C. Poffel of Stoneleigh; a brother, Jerome Poffel of Arizona; and three sisters, Gloria Poffel of Stoneleigh, Rita Saffron of Mays Chapel and Margaret Fiorini of Smyrna, Del.

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