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About Real Estate Exchange (REEX) Summer Programs

The History of REEX

Founded in 2016 by Kirk Sykes (Board Chairman, Real Estate Executive Council (REEC)) & Steve Martin (then Chairman, NAIOP), the REEX (Real Estate Exchange) Summer Programs are aimed at addressing the dearth of African Americans and Latinos working within the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. Working with leading CRE sponsors/organizations to implement a residential summer program at top colleges and universities across the country, REEX aims to expose 1,500 top talent, diverse teens to careers in the CRE industry by 2023.In 2017, REEX launched its inaugural summer program at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University (GSU), yielding a cohort of 28 diverse students. By expanding its programs to three (3) additional universities in 2018, REEX impacted 84 new diverse students: 28 new students at GSU; 28 students at the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University (Villanova, PA); and 28 students at Columbia University and Fordham University (New York City, NY). In 2019, REEX expanded its programs to four (4) new universities and impacting 103 new diverse students: 28 students at the Baker School of Real Estate at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY); 28 students at the Center for Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA); 19 students at the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL); and the Herbert Business School at the University of Miami (Miami, FL).

Our Mission

To expose teens of color to a variety of colleges and universities, as well as career opportunities.  Our goal is to expose 1,500 scholars to careers in commercial real estate by 2023.

Our Team

The Real Estate Executive Council

Board of Directors

Tammy K. Jones – Board Chair

James H. Simmons III –  Board Vice Chair

Jeffrey Beckham

Kyle D Bolden

Gwendolyn Hatten Butler

Gina Baker Chambers

Denise J. Lewis

Roland S. Merchant, Jr.

Amanda G Strong

Kirk A. Sykes

Chad Tredway

Pamela M. West

Gregory M. Weston

Stephanie L. Williams

REEC Staff

Ken McIntyre – CEO

Oscar Groves – Executive Director

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