About REFA

The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) is an association of real estate finance professionals from a variety of institutions who work to enhance the profession through education, thought leadership, professional development and advocacy. Formed in 1988, REFA has established a reputation for excellence in promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community. REFA holds over 30 programs and events per year that range from high-level speaking forums, to educational programs and networking events, including the Annual Gala Awards dinner. Currently, REFA has over 500 members including 62 corporate sponsors and 150 emerging leaders.

2013 REFA President
Michael Hussey, US Bank

REFA Past Presidents
2012         James Lerner, Goulston & Storrs
2011         Eric Nelson, Winstanley Enterprises
2010         Marci Griffith Loeber, Griffith Properties
2009         William Tanski, TriSail Capital
2008         Jeffrey D. Rahn, MMA Financial
2007         Beth H. Mitchell, Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP
2006         John Wolff, Bank of America
2005         Michael Lindgren, Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage
2004         James A. Canfield, McCall & Almy, Inc.
2003         Gary Leach, Eastern Bank
2002         Susan M. Wolkoff, Bank of America
2001         Richard S. Novak, K&L Gates LLP
2000         Richard C. Liljedahl, Net Lease Capital Advisors
2000         Michael Speidel, Brown University Investments
1999         Floyd P. Wiggins, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
1997-98   C.J. "Tony" Harwood, Harwood Associates
1996        Richard F. Burns, Lend Lease Real Estate Investments Inc.
1995        Susan Winston Leff, Wells Fargo Bank
1994        Garlan Morse Jr., Morris & Morse Company, Inc.
1993        Richard E. Bonz, Bonz & Company, Inc.
1992        Evan L. Weston, TWC Realty Advisors
1991        Leo T. Spang, Shawmut Bank, N.A.
1988-90  George J. Fantini Jr., Fantini & Gorga


To learn more about REFA and membership opportunities, please contact Tylor Tourville at
617-399-7867 or email at ttourville@gbreb.com


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