President’s Message

I am honored to serve as RELA Boston’s President and look forward to working with my esteemed peers across the CRE Boston industry that serve as our chapter’s officers. Through their dedication and experience, our board continues to create engaging educational and social programming centered on Boston’s robust real estate industry.

RELA Boston is the premier organization for real estate banking connections, partners, and education. Our mission is to support, enhance, and encourage the professional growth of our members through learning and networking, and the free exchange of ideas from talented real estate professionals. Our members consist of colleagues from over 20 financial institutions in the region. We cultivate the future leaders of the Boston Commercial Real Estate Industry, while also serving the greater Boston Community.

The board’s commitment to strong programming led to over 10 events for the 2022 – 2023 calendar year, including property tours, industry networking events, discussion panels and educational seminars. Our planning for the 2023 – 2024 year has already commenced, and I expect an exciting line-up of events in the coming months. I look forward to connecting with existing RELA members at our events and welcome the opportunity to speak with those interested in learning more about and/or joining our Boston chapter. 

Kevin Kavanaugh
RELA Boston, Chapter President


Sponsor RELA


Boston Chapter Officers


Kevin Kavanaugh, US Bank


Vice President

Peter Lennon, Brookline Bank


Membership Committee

Programming Committee

Kip Sanford, Fifth Third Bank

Jon Riedinger, Citizens Bank

Mike Allen, Santander

Dean Jewett, Wells Fargo

Bill Foley, Citizens Bank

Bill Massos, SVB, A Division of First Citizens Bank

Katherine Edgerton, Bank of America

Dave Heller, OceanFirst Bank

Doug Emerzian, J.P. Morgan

Sponsorship Committee

Immediate Past President

Chapter Liaison Officer

Emily Rush, First Citizens Bank

Young Members Committee

Dan Feyock, M&T Bank

Brendan O’Keefe, KeyBank Real Estate Capital

Brian Kenney, Berkshire Bank

Communications Committee

Special Events Committee

Educational Panel Committee


Rory Desmond, PNC Bank

Community Affairs Committee

Sponsorship & Finance Committee

Past Presidents

Clarke Cronin, Berkshire Bank

Membership & Communications Committee

Adam Bokon, Bank of Canton

Events Committee

Boston Sponsors