REAP Supporters and Sponsors

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quote Minorities are under-represented in the shopping center industry. While we cannot go back and right the wrongs of the past, the future is ours to change. ICSC is therefore supporting REAP, which was created by the Greater Washington Urban League, the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and Giant Food.

- Michael P. Kercheval, President
International Council of Shopping Centers

quote I entered the REAP program to gain knowledge of the various disciplines of commercial real estate and I have to say REAP did not disappoint me. I've learned so much and have a new appreciation for Investment Analysis and Asset Management. I also came away with an understanding of various finance concepts such as cap rates, NPV, IRR and NOI and the importance of networking and developing relationships.

- Georgia Peart
REAP New York Class of 2010

quote I highly recommend the REAP program for minorities interested in entering the commercial real estate field. REAP offers a high level of training from instructors with real world experience. My classmates had a variety of backgrounds, which contributed to a dynamic environment. I graduated with invaluable knowledge, contacts and colleagues to start my career.

- David Staton
REAP New York Class of 2010

quote One of our outstanding young retail property managers came to us through REAP, and he is a true superstar.

- James W. Todd, President
The Peterson Companies

quote Project REAP gives the industry access to a new pool of property management talent.

- Edmund B. Cronin, Jr. – President, Chairman, and CEO
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust

quote Without REAP, I wouldn't even have gotten an interview. If you're not in the industry already, it's hard to break in. It's a Catch-22.

- James Morrow, REAP Washington Class of '98
Vice President for Jones Lang LaSalle

quote Before REAP, I never considered commercial real estate as a career. My 12-month Associate position was so successful, I was ultimately offered a full-time, permanent position with a top firm, working with a great and supportive team.

- Carla Merritt, REAP Washington Class of '99
LeDroit Park Development Company, LLC

quote I knew nothing about real estate before starting the class. Now I'm responsible for all the day-to-day functions for the properties I help manage.

- Robb Parker, REAP Washington Class of '98
Property Manager for The Peterson Companies

quote We don't find many candidates trained that well. REAP is a great resource for the industry. There really is not a training ground for what we all do.

- William J. Wolfe, President and CEO
First Washington Realty

quote There is nothing like REAP in other cities…

- Malachy Kavanagh, Vice President Communications
International Council of Shopping Centers

quote REAP is a template for the future because it affords an opportunity for African-Americans to help themselves.

- Eddie Williams, President Emeritus
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

quote REAP is an absolutely fantastic introduction into the world of commercial real estate. REAP afforded me the opportunity to meet and be educated by top industry executives and deal makers. The Advisors and REAP alumni have provided mentorship/co-creation that is second to none. I was also able to study and develop relationships with high caliber peers from diverse backgrounds. Coming from London, I know of no other program that would give me such exposure to the commercial real estate industry in New York, and indeed internationally. As a recent graduate and new REAP alumni, I look forward to building upon this great foundation and enjoying a prosperous career in real estate.

- Justine Martin
REAP New York Class of 2010

quote REAP is a win-win. It provides a unique opportunity for minorities to consider a professional career in commercial real estate by offering educational classes, industry networking, and a chance to secure a 12 month "on the job" training experience, while also offering commercial real estate organizations an opportunity to better match the fabric of their customers and communities. NAIOP is strongly encouraging its membership to actively participate in this worthy program.

- Thomas Bisacquino, President
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

quote [REAP Associate] Sean [Moore] came into our company and hit the road running, quickly establishing his present value and future potential. He has exceeded our expectations and now distinguishes himself as a full-fledged member of the team.

- Dwight Taylor, President
Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)

quote REAP has tremendously impacted my perspective of the commercial real estate space. The program was equally well planned and executed. Every class was a building block for the next class. The instructors balanced real estate theories with their professional experiences. The class was engaging on all fronts. I highly recommend the program to anyone interested in transitioning to a commercial RE career.

- Pierre Nicolas
REAP New York Class of 2010


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