Member Recognition - 2018 Awards  
  2018 Presidentís Award  
  Sam LeGeyt & Cameron Woodford, Harnden Commercial Brokers & Northern New England Housing Investment Fund

The President’s Award is given by MEREDA?s current President in recognition of someone who has significantly stepped up to the plate on MEREDA’s behalf.   The co-chairs of MEREDA's DevelopME program, Sam LeGeyt and Cameron Woodford will share this year’s Award, in recognition of a significant, new, and/or emerging contribution on MEREDA’s behalf.

Through DevelopME, LeGeyt and Woodford have engaged with the next generation of leaders from MEREDA's membership to create professional development opportunities for emerging real estate and development professionals, including content-deep lunch and learn sessions and a mentorship program meant to cultivate and connect.

In addition to his work with DevelopME, LeGeyt, of Yarmouth, is the newest member of MEREDA’s board of directors, sits on MEREDA’s membership and marketing committee, serves on the City of Westbrook's Economic Vitality Committee, and is an associate broker with Harnden Commercial Brokers, specializing in office and investment in the southern Maine market.

Woodford, of Freeport, will serve on MEREDA’s board of directors next year, currently sits on MEREDA's events committee, and serves as an acquisitions analyst with Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, where he helps source and analyze equity investments in affordable housing projects across Maine and New Hampshire.

  2018 Public Policy Award  
  Brit Vitalius, Vitalius Real Estate Group

This award is presented each year to a member whose efforts have had a significant impact on public policy changes to benefit responsible real estate development in Maine.  We are proud to present this year’s award to Brit Vitalius of Yarmouth.

Last fall, Vitalius' leadership, coalition building, and active role as a spokesperson and visionary led to the defeat of a rent control ordinance in the state's largest city, which would have had a devastating impact not only for landlords, but also for tenants looking to live in safe, comfortable, affordable buildings, and might have risked a trickle-down effect to other municipalities across Maine.

Founder and designated broker of Vitalius Real Estate Group, Vitalius is in his fourth term as president of the Southern Maine Landlord Association, an annual presenter at MEREDA's Forecast Conference, and serves on Portland’s Fire Safety Task Force. Vitalius is also a member of the board of Maine Listings and personally owns and manages multi-unit investments in Portland and Yarmouth.

  2018 Robert B. Patterson, Jr. Foundersí Award  
  Peter Merrill, MaineHousing

This career recognition award is to acknowledge members of MEREDA who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions to the real estate industry and/or to MEREDA over many years.  Peter Merrill, of Portland has been selected for this year’s Robert B. Patterson, Jr. Founders’ Award.

With the Maine State Housing Authority for more than two decades, Peter serves as the agency's deputy director and was recently named interim director (for the second time).  At MaineHousing, Peter is responsible for general operations and for representing MaineHousing before the Legislature. 

Peter has served on MEREDA’s public policy committee for more than a decade.   He has tremendous insight into of the workings of the legislature and has provided MEREDA with invaluable counsel in its legislative endeavors. 

As a senior leader at Maine’s housing finance agency, Peter has been instrumental over his career in helping the organization meet its mission to address the problems of unsafe, unsuitable, overcrowded, and unaffordable housing.   Whether through the issuance of bonds to finance single family and multi-family housing for Maine’s low and moderate income citizens, supporting the homeless, or in working with policy leaders to administer federal housing programs including rental subsidies, weatherization and fuel assistance, housing block grants, the low-income housing tax credit program, or a myriad of other initiatives, it is fair to say that Peter has left many fingerprints throughout Augusta and Maine, and that, through his role at MaineHousing, and through his vast contributions to MEREDA’s legislative efforts, he has helped to make a difference for the real estate industry and for our fellow citizens.

  2018 Volunteer of the Year Award  
  Ethan Boxer-Macomber, Anew Development

MEREDA’s success is largely based on the support and commitment from its volunteer members.  Ethan Boxer-Macomber of Portland, will receive MEREDA’s Volunteer of the Year Award for enthusiastically sharing his time, energy and passions with the organization.

For instance, this past summer and into late fall, Boxer-Macomber lent considerable time and energy alongside others in efforts leading to the successful defeat of Question 2 on Portland's municipal ballot, which would have provided a zoning loophole so that a small number of residents could thwart a project that might otherwise benefit the city, such as a proposed cold storage locker, affordable housing
developments, or others.

Boxer-Macomber also recently lent his expertise to standing-room only crowds at MEREDA's young professionals group, DevelopME, presenting twice on the topics of “how to break into development" and "analyzing the deal."

A municipal planner by education who previously held public posts in both Davis, California and Portland, Maine, Boxer-Macomber is now the principal of Anew Development with 18 years of experience in real estate, housing, and community development, having successfully led multiple large-scale residential development projects across southern Maine.


From left to right: Paul Peck, Brit Vitalius, Cameron Woodford, Peter Merrill,
Ethan Boxer-Macomber, Sam LeGeyt, Shelly R. Clark

  Congratulations to all recipients!

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