About the REFA Gala

The REFA distinguished service award is named in honor of the late Robert S. Swain, Jr. In his 33-year career in his profession, Mr. Swain gained the admiration and respect of his colleagues throughout the real estate finance industry. He was a valued member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board for over 25 years and was an active member and leader of the Mortgage Finance Committee, which developed into the present Real Estate Finance Association. This award is an annual recognition of an outstanding contribution made to the real estate industry either by lifetime example or specific achievement. The award itself is the Boston Harbor Bowl, a piece requisitioned by Shreve, Crump & Low, the famous Boston jewelers. It is fashioned in the style of a Chinese export punch bowl, is the product of Japanese potters and is decorated by German and American craftsmen. Around the bowl is a picture of Boston, circa 1800, taken from a lithograph by Deroy.



Past Award Recipients

2011 Thomas J. Hynes, Jr.

2010 Thomas J. DeSimone

2009 Jordan P. Krasnow

2008 Edward A. Fish

2007 Robert L. Beal

2006 Jerome L. Rappaport, Jr.

2005 Arthur M. Winn

2004 Ronald M. Druker

2003 Susan Winston Leff

2002 The Corcorans: John M., Joseph E., P. Leo

2001 Kevin C. Phelan

2000 The Griffith Family: J. Brad, Marci, Maura

1999 Philip J. Ward

1998 George J. Fantini, Jr.

1997 John P. Fowler

1996 Edward P. Dowd

1995 Thomas J. Flatley

1994 The O’Connors:
Charles, Jeremiah, Joseph,
Kathleen, Paul, Peter & William

1993 William F. McCall, Jr.

1992 Charles H. Spaulding

1991 William S. Edgerly

1990 Peter C. Aldrich

1989 Marvin M. Siflinger







  • BOMA
    Building Owners
    & Managers Association
  • CBA
    Commercial Brokers Association
  • GBAR
    Greater Boston
    Association of REALTORS®
  • REFA
    Real Estate Finance Association
  • RHA
    Rental Housing Association