The Atlanta satellite of the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP) recently hosted its culminating trade association night, an event that offered its current participants a chance to network with REAP alumni and representatives from major industry trade associations.
Founded 20 years ago, REAP is a national educational initiative dedicated to increasing diversity in the commercial real estate industry through a multi-layered program of education, mentorship and networking for individuals who have already achieved professional success. The fall 2018 offering is REAP Atlanta’s ninth such program.
The event introduced current REAP Atlanta students as well as several REAP alumni to real estate associations that can help advance their careers in commercial real estate through information, education and networking opportunities.
Marie Worsham, managing director, Colliers International–Atlanta and current president of Building Owners and Managers Association–Georgia, applauded the REAP students and a large number of women present, especially notable as CRE is a traditionally male-dominated field.
She also noted that BOMA Georgia is “the premier CRE industry association with over 1100 members,” outlined 12 “great committees” within BOMA, and detailed opportunities available through BOMA International, a nonprofit, independent educational institute that provides training and expertise in property management and facility management.
Bruce A. Kellogg, managing director, MG Valuation and head of BK Consulting, LLC, represented CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and offered a different perspective on careers related to CRE through his own active involvement with RICS, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Organized by Project REAP National together with local planning directors Green and Solomon Colvin III, a financial and real estate professional and a REAP Atlanta alumni, the evening event was hosted by SunTrust at the SunTrust Garden Conference Center.