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Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

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27th Annual REFA Gala Honoree Announced
On Thursday, October 8th, Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager, Boston Properties, will join an elite list in the real estate community as the 27th Robert S. Swain Jr. Distinguished Service Award Recipient. Past recipients of the Robert S. Swain Jr. Distinguished Service Award include Pam Herbst of AEW Capital Management in 2014; Mayor Thomas Menino in 2013, Joe Fallon of The Fallon Company in 2012, Thomas Hynes of Colliers International in 2011, and Thomas DeSimone of WS Development in 2010. To learn more about the REFA Gala and other past recipients, please click here.

More information on this signature REFA event will be announced soon. Questions may be addressed to Maggie Collins at mcollins@gbreb.com or 617-399-7856

Join Us for an Industry Leaders Breakfast with Mark Howard-Johnson of BlackRock - June 4th
On Thursday, June 4th, Mark Howard-Johnson, Managing Director, Global Head of Global Real Estate Securities, BlackRock will address REFA Members and non-members at Morgan Lewis Bockius from 7:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

The REFA Industry Leaders Series features national leaders in the real estate finance industry to speak to the REFA community on a topic of interest in their respective role. Past Industry Leaders speakers include Anthony Frammartino, The Townsend Group; David Neithercut, Equity Residential; Tom DeSimone, WS Development; Pam Herbst, AEW Capital Management.

For more information on Mark Howard-Johnson's presentation, please click here. Questions may be addressed to Maggie Collins at 617-399-7856.

New Corporate Sponsorship Model
The contributions of REFA’s Corporate Sponsors are integral to its success and survival. We at REFA would like to thank our Corporate Sponsors for their continued support.

Beginning this year, REFA announced a new Corporate Sponsorship opportunity. We believe this model will be a great benefit to any interested in Corporate Sponsorship and will assist with your organization's visibility, professional development and education.

For more information on the Corporate Sponsorship and to see our current list of sponsors, please click here. Please direct any questions to Maggie Collins at mcollins@gbreb.com or 617-399-7856.

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Upcoming
Education & Events

Industry Leaders Breakfast Series
with Mark Howard-Johnson
Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate Securities,
BlackRock
Thursday, June 4th
 | Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Members Only Luncheon:
ICSC's RECon Recap & Urban Retail Trends in Boston
Wednesday, June 10th | Atlantic Wharf

Executive Insights Speaker Series:
Sam Schaefer, Tishman Speyer

Wednesday, June 17th | 125 High Street

Industry Leaders Series
with Chuck Leitner, Berkshire Group

Wednesday, July 15th | Morgan Lewis & Bockius

REFA Annual Charitable Golf Tournament
Monday, July 20th | Blue Hills Country Club, Canton

Save the Date
27th Annual REFA Gala

Thursday, October 8th | Westin Copley, Boston


Past Events

Click here for photos of past events!

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REFA Corporate Sponsors

A. W. Perry, Inc.
AEI Consultants
AEW Capital Management
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Beacon Communities LLC
Berkeley Point Capital LLC
Boston Financial Investment Management
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Cabot Properties, Inc.
Cambridge Trust Company
Capital One Bank
Chestnut Hill Realty
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Citizens Bank
Cohn Reznick
Colliers International
Colony Realty Partners
The Davis Companies
DLA Piper LLP US
Eastdil Secured
Eastern Bank
Equity Office Properties
Fantini & Gorga
Fidelity Investments
First American Title Insurance Company – National Commercial Services
First Niagara Bank
Goodwin Procter LLP
Goulston & Storrs
HFF
Hinckley Allen
Holland & Knight
Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation
John Hancock Real Estate Finance
KS Partners LLC
Locke Lord LLP
Marcum LLP
McCarter & English LLP
McCauley Lyman LLC
McGladrey LLP
Mintz Levin/ML Strategies
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
M & T Bank
National Development
Net Lease Capital Advisors
New Boston Fund, Inc.
Newbanks
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP
O’Connell Hospitality Group
People’s United Bank
PNC Real Estate
PwC
Prudential Mortgage Capital Company
Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
Riemer & Braunstein LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Salem Five Bank
Santander Bank
The Schochet Companies
Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, P. A.
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
TA Realty
TSG
UBS Realty Investors
US Bank
Walker & Dunlop
Webster Bank
Wells Fargo
WilmerHale
WinnCompanies

 

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