President's Message

It is my honor and privilege to serve as President of GRACRE for 2020. Thanks to the hard work of our Board of Directors, Executive Committee and our Members, we have grown to nearly 600 strong over the course of 2019. My sincere thanks to Greg Campbell for his leadership and for setting GRACRE up for continued success in the next decade. GRACRE had a busy 2019, boasting the following accomplishments:

  • 2019 reached the highest membership to date
  • Under the Leadership of Kristie Inge, we launched an invigorated Diversity & Inclusion Committee who is dedicated to offering a GRACRE experience to be enjoyed by all. Coupled with a newly formed Membership Committee, we aim to make every single member feel included and armed with the tools they need to succeed.
  • Our partnership with the Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP) continues and puts GRACRE on the frontlines in helping to sell the Richmond region to companies and site selectors. The site selectors promote the area for economic development and identify companies to move or expand in the Richmond market. Our support of them has a direct impact on our city and the surrounding counties.
  • Under the leadership of Bobby Proutt, our Legislative Committee continues to drive advocacy for matters essential to a successful real estate sector across the state. This group includes the like efforts of our sister organizations, HRACRE (Hampton Roads) and NAIOP Northern Virginia. 
  • Our signature events included the annual Market Review, which sold out with discussions with top brokers and real estate professionals, the Annual Real Estate Awards, the Oyster Roast, and our very popular and successful Golf Tournament, which raised over $17,000 for UPRVA.


One of the primary secrets to our success is the dedication of our association staff and specifically, Diane Munn without whom GRACRE would not exist - plain and simple! Alongside Diane, our Board of Directors and all our committees work hard to provide the best monthly programs and networking opportunities possible. Lastly, our strong corporate support from our members allows GRACRE to keep the cost of membership and monthly meetings affordable.

My goal for 2020 is to continue helping in providing our members with a first-rate experience to include superior networking and educational programs while continuing the financial strength of the GRACRE organization. I encourage each of you to reach out to a committee chair to discover what you may have to offer our group. If you are not already a member of this premier commercial real estate organization and would like more information, please peruse our website (www.Gracre.org) and contact us! I look forward to a fun 2020 and thank you in advance for your help and energy in making it a great year for all our members.

Sincerely,

Mercer Ferguson
2020 GRACRE President

 

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