PORTLAND, Maine (June 30, 2014) – The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) announces recent board changes. Retiring members include Eric Stauffer from Preti Flaherty, Geoff Gattis from Bath Savings Institution and Mark Malone from Malone Commercial Brokers, Inc. Joining the board to fill their seats are Timmi Paulson from Preti Flaherty, Theresa Hodge from Bath Savings Institution and Jennifer Small from Malone Commercial Brokers, Inc.
“MEREDA’s success is largely based on the support and commitment from its volunteers. We are thankful for all of the great contributions that our exiting board members have made to the organization,” said Drew Sigfridson, president of MEREDA. “We are pleased to welcome their successors going into our new fiscal year. We are confident that they will continue to add value to the organization and we look forward to their leadership in serving the real estate community.”
Eric P. Stauffer, of Preti Flaherty, has been an integral part of MEREDA for 28 years, as both a board member and long-time participant on MEREDA’s Legislative Committee, which he co-chaired for a number of years. Stauffer was the recipient of the 2007 MEREDA Volunteer of the Year Award, 1992 MEREDA Public Policy Award and 2002 MEREDA Founder’s Award. Stauffer will be replaced on the board by Timmi Paulson, a real estate attorney, also from Preti Flaherty and a MEREDA member.
Geoff Gattis, of Bath Savings Institution, was an active MEREDA member for the past 18 years. He will be replaced on the board of directors at the end of June by Theresa Hodge, Vice President of Commercial Lending at Bath Savings Institution and MEREDA member.
Additionally, Mark Malone, of Malone Commercial Brokers, Inc. who served on the MEREDA board for eight years will be replaced by Jennifer Small, an associate broker with Malone Commercial Brokers, Inc. and member of MEREDA’s Membership and Marketing Committee since 2010.
About the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA)
MEREDA is a nonprofit whose members banded together in 1985 to present the views of the state’s real estate industry to lawmakers in Augusta. Today, MEREDA’s more than 280 member firms are primarily from the commercial real estate industry and employ thousands of Maine citizens and drive a huge percentage of Maine’s economic activity. The organization aims to promote fair and responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout Maine. Additional information about MEREDA is available at www.mereda.org.