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David Violette, president of IOREBA for 2008-2009

Sep 18 2008
Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

Somerset, NJ - The Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area Inc. (IOREBA) has announced the installation of its 2008-2009 officers. Founded in 1927, IOREBA is one of the oldest office and industrial real estate brokers associations in the U.S. and has grown from just 33 members to more than 300 located throughout NJ, NY, PA, CT and other states.

David Violette, who has been named as president, heads the new slate of officers. Violette, VP of Colliers Houston & Co.’s property management division in Somerset has been with IOREBA for more than a decade. Most recently, he chaired the membership committee, helping the organization achieve double-digit growth in the past year,

Charles Logan Jr, president and CEO of the Aztec Corporation in Iselin, will serve as VP of the organization; Sean Brady, sr. director of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (East Rutherford) will serve as secretary; and David Knee, managing director of Jones Lang LaSallein Hasbrouck Heights, will serve as treasurer for the coming year.

IOREBA’s officers also include a 15-member executive committee and a senior council comprised of more than 30 industry leaders. “Membership in IOREBA means having the opportunity to meet with distinguished leaders in the real estate field, expand professional education, and network with brokers, owners, developers and others in the industry,” said outgoing president and senior council member Hal Messer, who is an associate VP with NAI James E. Hanson in Hackensack.

“These kinds of experiences help to sharpen business, provide important contacts, and keep members current in this challenging and ever-changing industry. The expertise and experience of this new slate of officers are certain to continue the organization’s important and expanding mission.”

IOREBA is dedicated to providing the brokerage community with a forum for networking, education and training. A mix of brokers, developers, financial service providers, attorneys and those in related real estate industry support services comprise its diversified membership.

The organization’s monthly meetings feature distinguished speakers, while its popular networking events include an annual Developer’s Night and a Golf, Tennis and Dinner Outing. Additionally, IOREBA awards substantial cash scholarships annually to undergraduates studying real estate at universities and colleges in its members states.