CREFC 20 Under 40


Celebrating today’s innovators and tomorrow’s leaders of commercial real estate finance


Nominations for the CRE Finance Council’s 2024 Class of 20 Under 40 are now open.

Each year, we recognize the achievements of outstanding young commercial real estate finance professionals who are reshaping the industry with their ideas and innovation. 

CREFC Young Professionals (YP) have navigated unprecedented challenges associated with a post-COVID economy and a dynamic market environment. They have embraced technological advances and brought fresh perspectives. This wave of talent is a driving force shaping our industry's evolution and helping ensure its future with their creativity and determination.

You will find CREFC YPs in every segment of the CRE industry - balance sheet and securitized lenders, bond investors, private equity firms, servicers and rating agencies – and their active participation in CREFC committees, events, and initiatives has shaped the development and implementation of our programming. Their voice and ideas have ensured that CREFC’s YP programs remain relevant and impactful.

Let's recognize and celebrate this next generation of rising stars that brings a wealth of fresh perspectives, innovative approaches, and expertise.

Nomination Qualifications and Details:

  • All nominees must be active CREFC members who are employed in the CRE finance industry.
  • Each nominated YP must be 40 years of age or younger (as of June 10, 2024).
  • Nominees are required to submit a photo ID.
  • Nominations for others as well as self-nominations are accepted. 

The deadline for nominations is March 29th. 

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To learn about past recipients of CREFC’s 20 Under 40 please click here


The CRE Finance Council (CREFC) is the trade association for the nearly $6 trillion commercial real estate finance industry with membership that includes more than 400 companies and 18,000 individuals. Member firms include balance sheet and securitized lenders, loan and bond investors, private equity firms, servicers, and rating agencies. For 30 years, CREFC has promoted liquidity, transparency, and efficiency in the commercial real estate finance markets, and acted as a legislative and regulatory advocate for the industry, playing a vital role in setting market standards and best practices, and providing education for market participants.