REAAC gains momentum with clear goals, packed agenda.

A Miami city planner event. A developer’s panel luncheon co-sponsored with the Florida International University (FIU) Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute. A session focused on Miami logistics, infrastructure and trade and how they influence the real estate markets.

One look at the Real Estate Alumni Affinity Council (REAAC) calendar of events planned for this year and it’s clear the organization is on a roll.

“Our goal is to come together with business and community leaders to create an environment for exchanging ideas and identifying market trends,” said Enrique Lopez (BBA ’02), REAAC president. “At the same time, we want to create greater awareness of the real estate graduate and undergraduate programs at the FIU College of Business.”

Spiros Balntas, business development and real estate manager, Miami Downtown Development Authority, introduces business incentives for new and existing retail and office tenants during the Business Incentives and Opportunities event held at FIU Downtown on Brickell.

To that end, many of the planned REAAC events bring together FIU alumni with the real estate community at large.

“We are focused on bringing in quality speakers and professionals who have something important and insightful to share about the current and future state of Miami area real estate,” Lopez said. “We want to trigger discussions and help build relationships, which is especially important as the local real estate market begins to show signs of rebounding.”

New plan fosters continuity in REAAC leadership.

To ensure continued growth in membership and relevance, the REAAC board recently created a new president-elect position.

“The president-elect works for one year side by side with the REAAC president,” Lopez said. “Then the next year, that person steps up to be REAAC president. It’s a two-year commitment that we believe will work to sustain and strengthen our organization.”

Fernando Arencibia, FIU REAAC president-elect, and the Realtor Commercial Alliance staff welcome attendees to the Transportation in the 21st Century event held at Miami International Airport

REAAC is also ramping up its social media activities, including a greater presence on Facebook and Twitter as well as the upcoming launch of a new website.

For more information on future events and other news, visit the current REAAC page on the college’s website. Or contact Lopez at


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