New Real Estate Board adopts an innovative mission.

The newly appointed Real Estate Alumni Affinity Council (REAAC) board has had quite a successful start this fiscal year. Real estate industry professionals attended the “Meet the New Board” networking party at Town Center One at Dadeland, which graciously sponsored the event.

Real Estate Alumni Affinity Council and industry professionals attend networking party at Town Center One, Dadeland, Miami, Florida. From left: Ed Redlich (BBA ’01), president of REAAC; Real Estate faculty William Hardin and Paul Jones; and Enrique Lopez (BBA ’02), REAAC vice president of education and scholarships

Ron Shuffield, president of EWM, spoke about new urbanism in the Dadeland area. Members of the board, along with the college’s real estate professors Ken H. Johnson, William Hardin, and director of the Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute, John Zdanowicz, were present, along with founding alumnus of the college’s REAAC, Paul Jones.

“I am truly honored with this opportunity to serve as this term’s president of REAAC, which has assembled an enthusiastic new board of directors,” Ed Redlich said. “Our goal is to continue to establish REAAC as a prominent group of real estate professionals that offers its members and sponsors a variety of career, educational, and business networking opportunities. The first event of the year, held at the new Town Center One development project in Dadeland, was an impressive event due to the venue and the high caliber of its attendees.”

On Thursday, August 30, 2007, REAAC hosted a Real Estate Speaker Series at the prestigious Havana Club.

It proved to be an overwhelmingly popular event, with more than 150 guests in attendance. ComReal sponsored it, and REAAC partnered with the Realtors Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches (RAMB) to bring it to fruition.

Tom Dixon of Dixon Commercial Real Estate was the guest speaker. He explained the current status of property taxes in Miami-Dade County and a petition was passed around for those attending to sign in favor of reducing property taxes.

REAAC has planned an extraordinary year that will bring educational value and networking opportunities to real estate professionals and students throughout South Florida. An education committee has been established to ensure all events have educational value for its members. The committee has been busy planning a workshop and will award its first scholarship to a student in the real estate graduate program—the Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE).

The next scheduled event is a career forum for students interested in the real estate industry. The event will be held on October 11, 2007, at the Radisson Hotel from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. If you or your company is interested in becoming a sponsor of this event, please contact Zoe Leal at 305-348-0421/zoe or, or for more information about REAAC, contact Michelle Joubert at 305-348-0397 or

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