November 20, 2018
Ari Abramson of CRC Moderates National Multifamily Housing Council’s Speaker Series Event Meeting in Atlanta
Colin Dunn, Director, Advocacy and Policy for NMHC; Matthew Berger, Vice President of Tax for NMHC; Paula Cino, Vice President of Construction, Development and Land Use Policy for NMHC; Ari Abramson, Vice President, Acquisitions for Continental Realty Corporation and Kimble Ratliff, Vice President of Government Affairs for NMHC.
Ari Abramson, Vice President, Acquisitions for Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) and incoming Co-Chair of National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC)’s Emerging Leadership Group, moderated a NMHC Speaker Series panel that offered an insider’s view of Capitol Hill and updates on key issues including Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) reform, tax policy, opportunity zones, flood insurance, construction and land use issues.Panelists participating in the “Emerging Leaders” event, held in Atlanta, were NMHC officials Matthew Berg, Vice President, Tax; Paula Cino, Vice President Construction, Development and Land Use; and Kimble Ratliff, Vice President, Government Affairs.
The panelists reviewed the mid-term election results and discussed fair housing matters, rent control, the potential for the introduction of an infrastructure package introduced by the current administration, and ramifications emerging by the expiration of Mel Watt’s term as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency next January.
NMHC’s Emerging Leaders Program is designed to cultivate future leaders in the apartment industry. The program offers national and regional networking events that allow emerging leaders an opportunity to meet and interact with their peers. It also provides a forum where participants can meet and learn from top industry leaders who share their insight, lessons learned, and steps taken to achieve their success.
Abramson’s industry observations, as noted in his opening remarks included:
- Currently in the United States, there are approximately 39 million apartment renters and the cumulative industry contributes $1.3 trillion annually to the nation’s economy
- It is incumbent for apartment industry leadership to actively lobby legislators on Capitol Hill to ensure that our voices are heard, as well as presenting to decision-makers at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United States Treasury, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and The White House
- With the mid-term elections behind us and changes to legislator leadership imminent in Washington, D.C. and it is critical to protect the apartment industry and monitor the modified policy agenda
Continental Realty Corporation (CRC), headquartered in Baltimore and founded in 1960, is a full-service commercial real estate investment and management company. The privately-owned firm owns and manages a diversified portfolio of retail centers consisting of over 4 million square feet of space, as well as apartment communities featuring more than 10,000 apartment homes. Positioned throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, the value of the portfolio exceeds $2 billion.