"Thereís a ton of benefits to becoming a member of MEREDA. MEREDA is an advocate so itís helping the industry. Iím on the commercial lending side so to the extent weíre able to develop; Iím able to finance those things, so thatís good. The educational piece, and this is an example of it [the 2011 Spring Conference], you learn an awful lot from the best people in the industry through what MEREDA does. Thereís also a very good networking capability here. Again you take a look at the breaks here, they have breakfast sessions as well, and social gatherings and anybody really whoís involved in the commercial real estate business, itís not just the developers, itís the brokers, itís the bankers, itís the architects, itís everybody, theyíre all there, all in one spot and so thatís a huge benefit."

Noel Graydon

Regional Vice President and Commercial Lender at Norway Savings Bank

Saco, ME


"Being outsiders, MEREDA has been a great introduction to the real estate community in Maine. Itís been a very good thing for us."

Robert Gordon

Managing Director of City North Development

Haverill, MA


"The thing I liked most about the Spring Conference so far was listening to former Governor King and listening to Gunnar talk about sustainability and talk about in a very thoughtful way the trends that are facing us, and not just recycling another presentation but really engaging with the audience and really putting some thought behind what they were doing.

The thing I like best about being a member of MEREDA is itís an organization thatís looking out for me in Augusta and other places while Iím out doing what I do. I can go be a developer and still a lot of the stuff that I would advocate for if I had more time, I can rest easy knowing that MEREDA is advocating for it, for me. "

Kevin Bunker

Founding Principal of Developers Collaborative

Portland, ME


"The fact that MEREDA has been sensible and balanced in dealing with complicated real estate issues says a lot about the way the organization approaches its mission. Real estate development often gets a bad rap, so itís important to belong to an organization that can appreciate the perspectives of the various competing interests and strive for some common ground."

Bill Shanahan

Northern New England Housing Investment Fund


"Belonging to MEREDA has enabled Avesta Housing to join forces with enough development leaders to meaningfully affect public policy, while introducing us to incredibly talented and resourceful professionals."

Dana Totman, President

Avesta Housing


"I have been an active member of MEREDA for over 10 years. In addition to making sure our legislators remain keenly aware of the role of responsible real estate development in the overall health of our economy, MEREDA continues to be a valuable business development and networking tool for me and my company. Through MEREDA, I've gotten to know dozens of real estate professionals from all over the State, and the continuing education seminars are timely and informative. MEREDA is by far the best trade organization for our business. "

Jamie Whelan

Q10 | New England Realty Resources


"Serving as president of MEREDA from 2006 to 2008 gave me a new appreciation of the breadth of our organization.

The talent, knowledge and depth of experience of the board, committee members and the membership at large is truly impressive. That's why MEREDA continues to grow in size and influence. You can see the enthusiasm at MEREDA educational and networking events, as well as in Augusta where our members' advocacy with lawmakers and top state officials is having a positive impact on laws and regulations that affect real estate in Maine.

Supporting Responsible Development is our tagline. That's what MEREDA does, but the way our members make that happen is what makes MEREDA such an outstanding and valuable organization. "

Roxane A. Cole, Managing Member

Roxane Cole Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Portland, ME



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