Washington, D.C.



Welcome to the RELA DC Chapter!  RELA’s Washington DC chapter provides an exciting platform for the area’s commercial real estate lenders to learn, network and share ideas with their colleagues and counterparts.  Our dedicated Board coordinates an unrivaled real estate event schedule encompassing different aspects of commercial real estate with a lender’s viewpoint at its foundation.  The programming includes insightful & educational speaker events, engaging project tours and various networking opportunities.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our past speakers, panelists and Sponsors whose support has been instrumental to DC RELA’s success over the years.  We are especially grateful to the law firm Venable and Blake Real Estate Valuation & Consulting for their continued support of our organization.

As we continue to put the pandemic behind us, the local Board looks forward to a healthy 2022-2023 membership year with return of our core in person luncheons in the beautiful Venable conference space, local walking tours and plenty of networking happy hours.  Our goal for the upcoming year is to bring our members thought provoking events and opportunities to learn and network with their friends in the industry.  DC RELA has been fortunate to have a strong long term corporate membership base and we will continue to strive to reach and include banks of all sizes throughout the Greater Washington market.

Please feel free to contact me or any of your organization’s RELA representatives if you have any questions or ideas on how to continue improving our organization.  I am honored to serve as the DC Chapter President and look forward to this 2022-2023 year!

Brendan Bayer
M&T Bank, Commercial Real Estate Finance
RELA DC, Chapter President 2022-2023

Sponsor RELA


Washington, D.C. Chapter Officers


Brendan Bayer, M&T Bank

Vice President

Grey Emmons, TD Bank


Kathy Harbold, Eagle Bank

Dan Kroll, Sandy Spring Bank

Mike Reale, PNC

Brian Gormley, US Bank

Jennifer Niedzwiecki, Capital One

Membership Committee

Programming Committee

Scott Cook, Truist

Rob Lavery, United Bank

Sponsorship Committee

Immediate Past President

Chapter Liaison Officer

Paul Kinyon, Bank of America

Young Members Committee

Communications Committee

Special Events Committee

Educational Panel Committee


Community Affairs Committee

Sponsorship & Finance Committee

Past Presidents

Michael Antonelli, Atlantic Union Bank

Zach David, Citizens Bank

Elizabeth Halling, M&T Bank

Washington, D.C. Sponsors