REFA Emerging Leaders

The REFA Emerging Leaders membership was introduced in 2005 to educate the next generation of real estate industry leaders. The Emerging Leaders membership offers full REFA membership benefits to individuals aged 35 and younger at a reduced rate per year. 

The REFA Emerging Leaders Committee meets monthly to connect as a group for networking, market discussions/presentations and collaboration on program planning. The Committee plans the annual Emerging-Leaders sponsored Summer Panel Event, two Executive Insight programs, After-hours events (market/project tours followed by informal happy hours) and community service projects throughout the year. The monthly meetings and programmed events provide outstanding opportunities to network and engage in the membership, and to learn from peers.  Meetings provide younger members of the industry the ability to discuss market insights, present a project or deal to their peers, and develop a network of other young professionals.

Emerging Leaders Executive Insights Programming:
Offered exclusively to REFA Emerging Leaders is the REFA Emerging Leaders Series. This series is designed to bring emerging leaders and senior real estate industry leaders together for an informal, closed-door conversation. Limited to 18-25 attendees, our industry leader speakers talk about their careers, how they got to where they are today, provide advice for emerging leaders and their take on the market outlook.

Past speakers include:
John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston
Marci Griffith Loeber, Principal & CIO, Griffith Properties, Inc.
Steven Marsh, Managing Director, MITIMCo
Andrew Maher, Founder and Managing Director, Anchor Line Partners
Emerging Leaders Committee Tri-Chairs
Greg Bohenko, Samuels & Associates
Colleen Carey, Eastdil Secured
Ian McKinley, Hunneman

Past charities served include:
Rebuilding Together Boston
Greater Boston Food Bank
Heading Home, Inc.
Rosie’s Place
FamilyAid Boston 
Home for Little Wanderers
Community Servings
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Upcoming Events

REFA Annual Forecasting Program