June 26, 2019
John Banks is retiring as president of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), and will focus on his family and philanthropic causes. REBNY’s board of governors confirmed Jim Whelan, who has served as EVP for the past nine years, as the group’s next president, effective July 1.
“Throughout my career, I have been extremely fortunate to work with people and organizations that have helped me grow both personally and professionally; and because of this tremendous support I now have the ability to make this very personal choice,” said Banks.
A veteran of 33 years in the public and private sectors, Banks joined REBNY in March 2015. Previously, he was VP of government relations at Consolidated Edison for nearly 13 years. He was also chief of staff for the New York City Council and deputy director of the Council’s finance division, and served in the Mayor’s Office of Operations during the Koch administration.
“John led the Real Estate Board with a steady and expert hand, and the organization and our industry is better for his leadership,” said REBNY chair William Rudin. “He successfully guided us through many challenges and complicated issues.”
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