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RECA works best when its members take an active role, whether helping to organize and run RECA's biggest philanthropic event of the year, or getting more engaged through our Policy Briefings or Regional Updates. If you're a RECA member, we invite you to become an active participant on one or more of these groups to get more engaged and involved. If you have any questions, please contact RECA Director of Membership Ariel Zimmerman at

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Membership Committee

  • Kathy Smith, HDR | Vice Chair, Membership
  • Kelsey Shebay, JLL | Co-Chair
  • RECA Staff Contact - Ariel Zimmerman

RECA's Membership Committee focuses on developing new strategies for recruiting new members from the Central Texas region and retaining current ones. Committee members help welcome new members at RECA events and take on other special projects to improve the overall RECA membership experience.

Events & Communications Committee

  • Rachel Coulter, JLL | Vice Chair, Events & Communications
  • Kristin Thompson, Ryan Companies | Co-Chair
  • RECA Staff Contact - Paula Romano

RECA's Events & Communications Committee plans, develops and supports communications and programs that encourage engagement and participation from RECA members and the public. The committee meets regularly to discuss ideas for topics, speakers, content and creative ways to communicate effectively with our members and the Austin community.

Christmas in October Committee

  • Ken Hebson, UFCU | Co-Chair
  • Caleb Dickerson, Ryan Companies | Co-Chair
  • RECA Staff Contact - Paula Romano

RECA's Christmas in October Committee plans and implements an improvement/renovation project for a worthy organization. The committee works with the recipient organization to define project scope and identify donors for materials, culminating in a workday on a Saturday in October on which all RECA members are invited to participate.


Get Engaged

Policy Briefings

RECA Policy Briefings provide members with regular updates on a range of current issues including local and regional transportation, development, city government and more. Attending Policy Briefings is a great way to stay informed on current and upcoming issues facing the industry. All of the meetings take place at the RECA office and there's no need to sign up to participate — notices for upcoming briefings are sent to all RECA members. You can also find upcoming meetings on our calendar here.

Regional Updates

RECA's Regional Updates provide members with a quarterly opportunity to drill deeper into a wide range of topics through guest speakers and events in surrounding communities. The program topics range from regional infrastructure issues such as water and energy to land-use policies of cities and counties throughout Central Texas and more. All meetings take place outside of the RECA office in nearby communities. There's no need to sign up to participate — notices for upcoming meetings are sent to all RECA members. You can also find upcoming meetings on our calendar here.

Participate in a Young Professional Program

RECA has two main avenues for young professionals to get involved, build relationships with peers and learn more about the commercial real estate industry: the Leadership Development Council (LDC) and RECA REAL YP. Learn more about both of those programs here.