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January 28, 2020 at 7:10 am · · Comments Off on Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Recognizes Outstanding Members with Annual Awards

Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Recognizes Outstanding Members with Annual Awards

Portland, ME: In a ballroom overflowing with the broad spectrum of Maine’s real estate and development professionals, MEREDA President Gary Vogel singled out five individuals at last week’s annual Forecast Conference. If tasked with building a structure, this quintet certainly would be qualified to do so: an architect, an interiors expert, a City planner, a lawyer and an artisan took the stage. Instead of an assignment, Vogel handed out MEREDA’s Annual Awards to this group responsible for significant and lasting contribution of responsible real estate development in Maine in 2019.

Brian Curley, President of CHA Architecture, received the 2019 Robert B. Patterson, Jr. Founders’ Award, recognizing his distinguished contributions and support of MEREDA as a highly effective volunteer, providing significant leadership and guidance. An active and enthusiastic member of MEREDA’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2019, Curley served as vice president for four of those years; he also served on the Executive and Conference Committees.

MEREDA awarded this year’s President’s Award to Bruce Jones, recently retired from Creative Office Pavilion, and the MEREDA Board in December of 2019. MEREDA relies heavily on its volunteer board and committee members, and Vogel singled out Jones as an exceptionally dedicated volunteer who contributed with energy on every level. Since joining MEREDA in 2010, Bruce served on the Board of Directors for seven years, as the Vice President for four years, co-chaired the Conference Committee, and served on the Executive Committee.

Each year, MEREDA presents the Public Policy award to an individual whose efforts have had a considerable impact on public policy changes to benefit responsible real estate development in Maine. Jeff Levine, Adjunct Faculty at the Muskie School and MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, took home the 2019 Public Policy award. From his willingness to present at numerous MEREDA events, to his passionate and diligent work on the behalf of the City of Portland, this award is certainly well-deserved.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is given by MEREDA’s current President to those who selflessly and tirelessly give their time, talents, and energy to MEREDA and its efforts. In recognition of their invaluable work on MEREDA’s 2019 Spring Conference, Shannon Richards of Hay Runner and Matt Worthen of Eaton Peabody shared this year’s Award. Shannon and Matt spearheaded the development of the 2019 Spring Conference, which fostered a thought-provoking discussion around the future of housing in Maine. The duo also served as the program’s moderators.

MEREDA congratulates these five outstanding members, and thanks every volunteer whose contributions of time and talent make the association’s continued success possible.

Gary Vogel, MEREDA President, Jeff Levine, Adjunct Faculty at the Muskie School and MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Shelly R. Clark, MEREDA Vice President of Operations, Matt Worthen, Eaton Peabody, Shannon Richards, Hay Runner, Bruce Jones, recently retired from Creative Office Pavilion, and Brian Curley, CHA Architecture.

September 17, 2018 at 7:00 am · · Comments Off on Join MEREDA for another great “meet-and-greet” opportunity, this time on Portland’s Waterfront!

Join MEREDA for another great “meet-and-greet” opportunity, this time on Portland’s Waterfront!

Another great “meet-and-greet” opportunity, this time on Portland’s Waterfront, you are invited to the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s (MEREDA’s) highly-anticipated Annual Fall Social on October 25th!

MEREDA’s networking events attract key players in Maine’s real estate industry and provide our members with excellent opportunities to interact with the experts.

Join us on Portland’s waterfront for hors d’oeuvres, spirits, and great conversation with colleagues, friends and other industry professionals for our Annual Networking Fall Social on October 25 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Join us for a cocktail or two, and reconnect with colleagues and friends, both old and new!

Before the official “networking” gets underway, MEREDA will hold its Annual Meeting of the Members beginning at 4:45 PM – Members Only

 

About the Event:

MEREDA’s Annual Fall Networking Social

October 25, 2018 – 5:00PM to 7:00PM

Hilton Garden Inn, Portland Downtown Waterfront
65 Commercial Street
Portland, ME

Registering for this Event:  click here.

Your RSVP is requested by October 18. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after October 18.

Ticket Prices:

MEREDA Members: $45 each | Non-Members: $60 Each
Prices Increase by $10 after October 18.

MEREDA’s 2018 Annual Fall Networking Social is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, J.B. Brown & Sons and Preti Flaherty.

July 26, 2018 at 8:00 am · · Comments Off on Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Announces Appointments to Board of Directors

Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Announces Appointments to Board of Directors

Dan Brennan, Director of MaineHousing, and resident of Winslow, and Shawn McKenna of Scarborough, Vice President, Commercial Banking, at Bangor Savings Bank, have been elected to the board of directors of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers.

In April, the Maine Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Dan Brennan, a member of MaineHousing’s leadership team, as Director of the $1.7 billion financial institution that serves more than 90,000 people statewide annually.  The Senate vote followed a unanimous vote by the Maine Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, April 3. He was nominated by Governor Paul LePage on March 19.  Brennan has been serving as Senior Director of Programs, overseeing departments responsible for creating single and multifamily housing, addressing homelessness, managing Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, and administering the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) as well as the Department of Energy Weatherization Program. Brennan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in Orono and his Master’s in Business Administration from Thomas College in Waterville. He is currently participating in the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine program.

MaineHousing is a $1.7 billion financial institution that bridges public and private housing finance, combining them to benefit Maine’s low and moderate-income people. MaineHousing brings millions of new private and federal housing funds to invest in Maine to create safe, affordable, warm housing.

In his role as a vice president and commercial real estate lender, Shawn is a creative individual that is eager to thoroughly understand any idea, product, or concept.   Over the last two decades with Bangor Savings Bank, he has held roles as a commercial underwriter, real estate appraisal review specialist, and commercial portfolio manager.  Shawn’s interest in solving problems, conceiving new concepts, and understanding a borrower’s needs comes in handy when working with a multitude of commercial banking clients.

Outside of the office, Shawn is an avid automobile and outdoor enthusiast that enjoys spending time with his wife Traci and their two French bulldogs, Boston and Una.  Shawn currently serves on MEREDA’s Membership & Marketing Committee.

“Both MaineHousing and Bangor Savings Bank have been great supporters of MEREDA over the years and we are pleased that Dan and Shawn have accepted our invitation to sit on the board.  We look forward to their active participation in furthering MEREDA’s mission of promoting responsible real estate development throughout Maine,”  says Shelly R. Clark, Vice President of Operations for MEREDA.

For further information, please contact MEREDA’s Vice President of Operations, Shelly R. Clark at 207-874-0801 or visit www.mereda.org.