Real Estate Finance Association was founded in 1987 with the goal
of assisting real estate finance professionals by:
Communicating industry information
Providing continuing education and networking opportunities
Offering venues for members to exchange experiences
In 2001, the REFA
chapters in Hartford and Fairfield/Westchester formed the
Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut (REFA-CT).
Nine firms became the Founding Sponsors contributing significant
grants to help launch REFA-CT from a strong financial
foundation. REFA-CT has continued as a well-funded and
The Founding Sponsors:
Carlton Fields Jorden
CIGNA Realty Investors
Day Pitney LLP
The Fidelity Family of Title Insurers/Chicago Title
Insurance Company/Commonwealth Land Title/Fidelity
First American Title Insurance Company
Hart Realty Advisers, Inc.
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has nearly 400 attorneys and government and financial services consultants serving clients from offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Washington, D.C. The firm is known for its national litigation practice, including class action defense, trial practice, white-collar representation, and high-stakes appeals; its regulatory practice; and its handling of sophisticated business transactions and corporate counseling for domestic and international clients.
Investors is a division of healthcare provider
CIGNA Corporation, sourcing new real estate
Day Pitney LLP is
a full-service law firm with more than 300
attorneys in offices in New York, New Jersey,
Connecticut, Boston and Washington, DC. The firm
offers clients strong corporate and litigation
practices, with experience working on behalf of
large national and international corporations,
as well as emerging and middle-market companies
Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) is currently ranked
number 472 on Fortune's list of America's
Largest Companies and through our subsidiary
companies and other investments is the leading
provider of title insurance, mortgage services,
and diversified services.
The First American
Family of Companies' core business lines include
title insurance and closing/settlement services;
title plant management services; title and other
real property records and images; valuation
products and services; home warranty products;
property and casualty insurance; and banking,
trust, and investment advisory services.
Advisers is a closely held real estate
investment manager specializing in the
acquisition and management of domestic private
equity, core, value-added and opportunistic
investment opportunities. Founded in 1982 and
registered as an SEC Investment Advisor in 1988,
our highly-experienced team of committed real
estate professionals has continually delivered
performance excellence while controlling risk.
Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP ("MDM&C") is a diverse
practice with lawyers who place the client
first. MDM&C has more than 300 lawyers in ten
offices in seven states, and offers a full range
of legal services, including municipal and local
government, litigation, labor and employment,
healthcare, real estate, insurance,
environmental, fidelity and surety,
construction, corporate transactions, white
collar crime and corporate compliance.
Bank is a subsidiary of People's United
Financial, Inc., a diversified financial
services company with $28 billion in assets.
People's United Bank, founded in 1842, is a
premier, community-based, regional bank in the
Northeast offering commercial and retail
banking, as well as wealth management services
through a network of 416 retail locations in
Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont,
New Hampshire and Maine.
Informative and Fun
From the beginning, REFA-CT's innovative and highly valuable
programming attracted larger and larger audiences. As real
estate finance professionals discovered that REFA offered
truly unique opportunities that were educational and
enjoyable, both chapters enjoyed significant increases in
members and sponsors.
In 2004, REFA-CT introduced its highly successful charity
golf event. Since then, the annual REFA Golf Outing has
raised more than $50,000 for Habitat for Humanity, the
Mutual Housing Association, Adopt-a-House, and local food
While making a difference in the community, REFA continued
to expand its member benefits. Expanded offerings included:
an online job bank, a website directory of speaker
presentations, an e-newsletter, and online membership
renewal and program registration. The targeted emphasis on
member benefits continued to grow membership and further
increased REFA's financial position.
In 2006, REFA-CT held its inaugural Gala Celebration, which
became the association's most popular event of the year.
Headline entertainment at the Gala has included acts and
comedians, such as The Capitol Steps, Second City, Alonzo
Boden, John Hefron, and Jake Johannsen.
Today, REFA-CT membership includes more than 600 of the
industry's leaders with its continued focus on offering
valuable industry knowledge as well as abundant networking
To expand the knowledge and
contacts of real estate finance professionals in Connecticut by
providing popular educational programs and networking events that foster
the exchange of ideas and experiences.
REFA-CT seeks to constantly maintain its status as the premier
information resource for the Connecticut real estate community.
Increase business opportunities for its members
Exceed continuing education expectations
Create networking environments that are eagerly
anticipated and enjoyed by all
Grow membership by developing top-quality programs that
naturally attract new-member interest
Communicate important industry and member news in
a timely and frequent manner
REFA-CT's continued success is tied to a strict adherence to its core
The REFA Executive Board of Directors provides governance, coordination,
communication, consistency, income and expense allocation, and
administrative cooperation among and between the chapters of REFA - CT.
The Chapter Directors for each chapter oversees chapter programs and
events, establishes goals, reviews the chapter's financial condition,
and makes recommendations regarding procedures and activities to the
Board of Directors.
The committee is comprised of the president, vice president, the three
most-recent past presidents, directors, and committee chairpersons.
The Membership Committee is responsible for the recruitment, retention,
and monitoring of membership for each chapter, as well as recommending
dues structures and overseeing the chapter member communication
The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for securing organizational
support and non-dues revenue through the recruiting and retention of
member firms to serve as REFA Sponsors.
The Program Committee is tasked with developing and managing the
breakfast/luncheon, members-only, and open programs with the purpose of
educating, entertaining, and engaging real estate professionals in
Real Estate Finance Association of
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"As a new
member of REFA, I would like to share my appreciation of
the annual Gala. The venue was lovely, and the food and
entertainment was fantastic.