President’s Message – Nov 2017

Carisa Stanley

First Vice President, Amalgamated Bank


It is my pleasure to welcome you to our 14th Annual AAREP Awards Gala.  Tonight, we acknowledge a collection of leaders for their achievements in commercial real estate and contributions to AAREP, the community and our industry.  AAREP is honored to celebrate their success, which highlights our theme of “Impacting Our Community Through Inclusive Development.”


2017 was a year of hard work and execution for AAREP.  We delivered impactful programs that resulted in new business opportunities, a copious exchange of ideas and relationship building for our membership.  A few notable highlights of the year include our 2nd Annual Access to Capital Symposium and our Women in Commercial Real Estate Forum.  We also had the privilege of hosting a Conversation with Councilmember McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. During that event, we released our 2017 Legislative Platform, a living document that defines our principles and guides our advocacy activities. 


For more than 20 years, AAREP has served as a voice in a dynamic industry and its commitment to the advancement of its members is unwavering.  I am thankful for our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and corporate sponsors who contributed resources and support to the organization.  This year’s success is a direct result of your efforts.   


Together, we march forward.


Carisa Stanley

AAREP President