FRA Treasurer, Board of Directors
Executive Director, Delray Beach CRA
Q: What is your best business advice for a new FRA member?
Renee: “Get involved! Take an Academy class…join a Committee…sign up for members’ access… take your pick or do all of the above. When I started working for a CRA, I signed up for member access on the FRA site and joined the Legislative Committee and the Conference Planning Committee. I was immediately immersed in the CRA world and saw firsthand the dedication and advocacy provided by the FRA to support all CRAs. When I attended my first Annual Conference, I was able to connect with the people that I had worked with remotely and now have connections with so many amazing people. You will learn a lot and meet fantastic people so you really can’t lose by jumping in.”
Q: If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?
Renee: “An impenetrable shield to help be more resilient when challenges happen.”
Q: We are going out for dinner/entertainment in your CRA District. Where are we going and why?
Renee: “Take your pick! The CRA District in Delray Beach has so many unique and fabulous places where you can enjoy an evening out. Over the years the CRA has made significant investments in infrastructure in our District which has contributed to the growth in our District. Just take a trip to Pineapple Grove, The Ave., Historic 5th Avenue, or Osceola Park, and it won’t take long to feel the special energy that you can only find in the Delray Beach Community.”
Q: What do you hope to be remembered for?
Renee: “My hope is that I can be an inspiration to others and encourage them to never give up. Life can have so many ups and downs, but it is imperative to keep pressing forward. Sometimes this is not an easy task and I strongly believe that an encouraging word or supportive presence can go a really long way. Let the light in you shine bright and be a positive presence in the lives of others.”
Q: What is the most exciting part of being in redevelopment?
Renee: “We are in a unique position at the CRA to really make a difference in people’s lives. I love being able to have a vision for a project and after some hard work seeing the vision become reality.”