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The affairs of CRE Finance Council are managed by a Board of Governors, selected from the general membership, which meets at least two times a year. During the periods the Board is not convened, the Executive Committee has full authority to transact all CRE Finance Council business. The Executive Committee is made up of the chairman, chairman-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer, membership chair, administrative executive, as well as four additional Executive Committee members.  View the CREFC By-Laws.

Chair, CRE Finance council board of governors
Adam Behlman
President, REIS
Starwood Property Trust
Chair-Elect, cre finance council board of governors
Eric Thompson
Global Head of Structured Finance Ratings
Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc.
Past Chair, CRE Finance Council Board of Governors
Chuck Lee
Head of CRE Securitization and Warehouse Finance 
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
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Vice Chair
Cory Olson
Chief Operating Officer
Rialto Capital Advisors
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Leah Nivison
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs
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Mike Syers 
Membership Committee Chair
Zanda Lynn
Managing Director, Structured Finance Business & Relationship Management
Fitch Ratings
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Policy Committee Chair
Pat Sargent
Alston & Bird LLP

Program Committee Chair
Paul Vanderslice
Chief Executive Officer
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Long Range Planning, Investment Committee Chair
Robert P. Brennan
Co-Chairman Board of Directors
Greenbacker Capital Management
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Executive Committee Member
Larry Brown
Executive Chairman
Starwood Mortgage Capital
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