REAP, the nation’s leading real estate diversity initiative helping to build the bridge between talented multicultural professionals and commercial real estate, has graduated its class of 2018.
Ken McIntyre, interim executive director of REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) congratulated 35 members of the REAP NYC Class during a ceremony hosted by the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), one of REAP’s original and ongoing major sponsors.
REAP’s Board Chair, G. Lamont Blackstone, CRX, principal, GL Blackstone & Associates, called the current class “exemplary of the talent we claim.”
He asked the graduates to stay connected to REAP in many and varied ways: “pay it forward: share information on deals, on crowdfunding; pay it sideways and become a source of support among yourselves; pay it backwards, look for opportunities with instructors and REAP alumni.”
Noting that the connections gained through REAP are vast and extend throughout the nation and the globe, he said, “If we connect collectively and consistently on a regular basis, that will constitute a down payment on the progress of REAP.”
Dwayne Jeffrey, acquisitions director, Carthage Real Estate Advisors, a REAP local planning committee member and board member of NYREC (New York Real Estate Chamber), told the class, “This group is part of your network. This game isn’t played individually, it’s played by a team.”
Francilia Wilkins, CEO, R.F. Wilkins Consultants, Inc., a fellow board member of NYREC, also applauded the graduates. Lyneir Richardson, CEO Chicago Trend and executive director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship at Rutgers University, gave a keynote speech outlining his own journey to leading Trend and at Rutgers helping shape careers for entrepreneurs.
Graduates included Robert Elegba who emigrated from London to attend the program and works at Denham Wolf; Yulin Peng, an agent with Corcoran; Janis Irish, marketing manager with Lexis Nexis; Sirobe Carstafhnur, architectural project manager with RXR Realty and; Joseph Cole, architect with Gensler.
REAP also graduated classes in Chicago and Washington DC this spring.