John Fish is the new chairman of the Roundtable Board of Directors; Debra Cafaro awarded as Roundtable Chair for her effective three years
WASHINGTON, DC – The Real Estate Roundtable today announced its new leadership for FY2022, with John F. Fish (Chairman & CEO, Suffolk) elected Chairman for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2021 – after an effective, prolific tenure of Immediate Former Chair Debra A. Cafaro (Chair and CEO, Ventas, Inc.). The members of the round table also approved a 22-person board of directors and committee representatives.
“I feel honored and humble to take on this new role at such a crucial moment for the real estate industry. Our communities face a myriad of challenges – from unprecedented political polarization to the growing threat of climate change to the comeback of the global pandemic – but wherever we see barriers, we also see opportunities to grow jobs, provide housing and help businesses are developing in the post-Covid economy, “said Fish.
“The Real Estate Roundtable and its members have a tremendous legacy of engaging in difficult times, and I look forward to working with my colleagues and business and government leaders to build on the great work that is already underway . Together we can continue to use our knowledge and resources to have a positive impact on our industry and the world. “
“We are committed to sustainable national policies that strengthen and expand long-term economic growth and opportunities for all, stimulate job creation and promote capital formation,” said Jeffrey D. DeBoer, President and CEO of Roundtable. “The real estate industry provides jobs to tens of millions of people, is a significant source of income for local governments to fund schools, hospitals and much-needed community services, and is a major investment allocation for pensions and other retirement funds. I thank Debra for her guidance and look forward to working closely with our new Chairman John Fish on these policy issues and continuing the fact-based, data-driven lobbying of The Roundtable. “
The Roundtable’s Immediate Past Chair said to Cafaro, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Chair for the past three years, and I am delighted to pass the baton on to my friend and colleague, John Fish. John is uniquely positioned to lead this organization as we advance the issues of pandemic economic recovery, job creation, sustainability, infrastructure and taxation that are at the fore in Washington political debates. “
The Real Estate Roundtable brings together leaders from the nation’s leading public and private real estate owner, development, credit and management companies with the leaders of major national real estate associations to collectively discuss key national policy issues related to real estate and the wider economy.
The 22-member FY2022 Board of Directors is elected from among the members and includes three elected executives from national property trading organizations from The Roundtable’s 19 partner associations.
Under the leadership of Mr. Fish, Suffolk has grown into one of the leading private construction companies in the country. With annual sales of around 4 billion US dollars, Suffolk is currently number 23 on the national list of the “Top 400 Contractors” in the Engineering News Record. Mr. Fish is also an integral part of numerous boards focused on improving the economy, strengthening the economy and creating jobs, and has served on The Roundtable’s board of directors since 2017.
The Roundtable’s business and trade leaders are trying to ensure that government officials and the public hear a unified voice from the industry about real estate and its important role in the global economy.
As of July 1st, members of The Roundtable’s Board of Directors are:
- George Johnson, CEO, Johnson Development Associates, Inc.
- Brian Kingston, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Brookfield Property Partners
- Kara McShane, Head of Commercial Real Estate, Wells Fargo
- Mark J. Parrell, President & Chief Executive Officer, Equity Residential, Member, National Multifamily Housing Council
Here is the full list of the Board of Directors’ Roundtable for Fiscal Year 2022.
As of July 1st, the following people will step down from the Roundtable Board:
- Shelby Christensen, Chairman and Chief Elected Officer, Building Owners & Managers Association, International
- Richard B. Clark, Managing Partner, WatermanCLARK
- Charlie Dawson, Vice President, National Association of REALTORS®
- Robert R. Merck, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate, MetLife Investment Management
- William C. Rudin, Co-Chairman and CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc. Chairman Emeritus, The Real Estate Roundtable
For the 2022 financial year, the committee heads of the round table will be:
Committee on Justice, Diversity and Inclusion
- Jeff T. Blue (Affiliates) remains Chairman
The Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) is jointly organized by
- Amanda S. Mason (Related companies) and
- Keith Wallace (Marriot International)
The Advisory Committee on Real Estate Capital Policy (RECPAC) is jointly chaired by:
- Kathleen Sullivan Farrell (Confidante),
- Gregg Gerken (TD Bank) and
- Michael H. Lowe (Low)
The research committee is jointly headed by:
- Spencer Levy (CBRE) and
- Paula Campbell Roberts (KKR)
The Advisory Board for Sustainability Policy (SPAC):
- Anthony E. Malkin (Empire State Realty Trust) remains Chairman,
- Daniel Egan (Vornado Realty Trust) remains Vice Chairman
- Ben Myers (Boston Properties) is a new vice chairman
The Advisory Committee on Tax Policy (TPAC):
- Frank G. Creamer Jr. (FGC Advisors, LLC) remains Chairman
- Catherine Perrenoud (Johnson Management, LLC) is the new vice chairman
The round table members represent over 3 million people who work in the real estate industry; approximately 12 billion square feet of office, retail, and industrial space; over 2 million apartments; and more than 3 million hotel rooms. It also includes senior, student, and prefabricated homes, as well as doctor’s offices, life science campuses, data centers, cell towers, and self-storage properties. The total value of the assets of the Roundtable members exceeds $ 3 trillion.
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