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Meet NE/SAE's Chair, Stephen E. Sousa

Monday, July 20, 2020  
Posted by: Andrew Finn
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NE/SAE would like to welcome our new Chair of the Board of Directors for 2020-2021, Stephen E. Sousa.


Steve is Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers, headquartered in Boston, MA.  

Steve shared his insights on his career in association management, his role as an association professional, and what he hopes to accomplish as Chair of NE/SAE this year. 



What three words would you use to describe your year as Chair? 

Unique, challenging, adapting

What would you like to accomplish, or focus on, during your term as Chair?  

Equipping NE/SAE for the future. Organizationally, one task force is examining NE/SAE’s stance on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, a second task force is reviewing the association’s nominating process, while a third will work to expand membership in all New England states. 

How have you participated in NE/SAE prior to your serving as Board Chair? 

In addition to attending as many meetings as possible, I volunteered to serve on the Finance Committee and, after a few years, was asked to join the Board.  

Tell us about your job at MBREA, The Association for Valuation Professionals…

The MBREA is a 501(c)(6) professional organization serving real estate appraisers in Massachusetts as well in neighboring states. We’re a small staff of one and a half employees so as the CSE I have my fingers in all aspects of the association’s activities. 

Where did you work prior to MBREA? 

My association career began in 1990 and continued with a couple of detours until today. Some would say the detours were to the dark side (association members) but each provided me with new skills and the realization that my heart really belongs in association management. More specifically, my past experiences include time with a national title insurance company and as the associate publisher of two real estate-related weekly newspapers and a variety of association magazines.

What, if any, changes do you anticipate in NE/SAE in the future? 

I can see the next generation of association professionals moving up and leading NE/SAE to new heights.

What opportunities do you see in the larger environment for associations to make a difference in society?

Principles must stand above association politics. Society is experiencing rapid and transformative change and associations must be in the forefront of leading members through this time, and be willing to make difficult decisions with the conviction to challenge members who fail to live up to the association’s values and standards.

Why do you think people should volunteer with NE/SAE and for NE/SAE leadership roles? 

There are two reasons that I hope sound familiar – for personal and professional growth, and to give back to their profession. After a long career in association management, I continue to learn from those around me on the NE/SAE board and committees.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?  

Spending time playing with eight grandchildren, reading, a bit of truly duffer golf, and enjoying our house near the Maine coast.

Who is your biggest supporter in your life?  

There is only one correct answer as she will be reading this – my wife, Debbie, who is the executive director of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association. 

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