Walker & Dunlop Launches Industry Coalition to Close Diversity Gap
To help close a wide diversity gap in commercial real estate, Walker & Dunlop has launched CREUnited, an alliance of industry heavyweights and minority-owned businesses, dedicated to increasing minority representation and assets under management.
With member companies including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Camber Creek, Greystar, Kayne Anderson Real Estate, KKR, Pacific Life, Symetra, Manulife Investment Management, and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the partnership covers all aspects of the industry, including lenders and private equity firms, institutional investors, and owners and operators of all asset classes.
“We have seen good intentions in the industry to increase the participation of minority owners and operators, but real, sustainable change requires the industry to come together,” said TJ Edwards, managing director of Walker & Dunlop’s Proprietary Capital group. “CREUnited brings together organizations from across the CRE industry – all under one common interest: knocking down barriers that have hindered minority owners and operators from thriving in this industry.”
Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces.
Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications.
Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).