Affinity Groups

Designed to maintain a small group dynamic even as the Association's membership grows, affinity groups allow members to discuss topics of shared interest. Each affinity group, open to a maximum of 40 individuals from member firms by invitation, is devoted to a specific topic, such as green building, international investment or capital markets. Affinity groups meet during the Spring and Annual conferences and members sign on for two year terms.

How do I join?

Affinity groups present excellent opportunities to dig deeper into specific topics during the major conferences. Interested PREA members should complete the application form and email it to Amy Laffargue, Director of Meetings and Events (860-785-3846).

Affinity Group Leaders

Alternative Real Estate Investment

Denise Olsen
GEM Realty Capital, Inc.

Shawn Veldhouse 
New York State Common Retirement Fund

Capital Markets – Blue Flight

Jon Dishell
Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate

Bleecker Seaman
Broadshore Capital Partners


Capital Markets – Red Flight

Stephen Coyle
The Davis Companies

Chris Miers

Defined Contribution Plans

Adriana de Alcantara
Nuveen Real Estate

Jani Venter
JPMorgan Asset Management



Angelo Bianco
Crocker Partners, LLC

Matthew Claeys


Laura Craft

Nils Kok


International Real Estate Investment

Jacques Gordon
LaSalle Investment Management

Dev Subhash
StepStone Group

Reporting & Valuations

Douglas Poutasse
Bentall Kennedy (US) LP



Mark Fitzgerald
USAA Real Estate

Jack Kern
Yardi Systems, Inc.