George J. Fantini, Jr. started his career as a credit analyst at State Street Bank in November of 1964. After 15 years as a lender at State Steet Bank and BayBank, in 1981 Mr. Fantini established a mortgage banking operation at The Boston Financial Group, then one of the nation's leading real estate investment banking firms. In 1995 he co-founded Fantini & Gorga with John Gorga.
Over the past five decades, Mr. Fantini has been involved in the successful completion of more than one thousand transactions, dealing with both debt and equity on every conceivable type of property. Mr. Fantini holds a BSA from Bentley University and an MBA from Boston College. He has been noted speaker on industry trends, was the founding author of the Master Money Matrix © series which has been published in the New England Real Estate Journal for over 30 years and is widely used as a teaching tool in the real estate finance programs at many colleges and universities.
He has served as a director of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, Atlantic Bank, Northeast Savings, NAIOP, and the Boston Financial Group; and he has been a trustee of Meditrust and of Bentley University. In 1987, Mr. Fantini persuaded the Greater Boston Real Estate Board to launch a separate division to deal solely with real estate finance, and served as the founding president of what is known today as the Real Estate Finance Association ("REFA"), with over 2,000 members. In 1997 REFA honored him with the Robert Swain, Jr. award for his distinguished contributions to the real estate finance industry and at the 2014 REFA 25th anniversary banquet he was awarded life membership for his founding role in REFA. The below video clip includes his remarks concerning the founding of REFA.
In an effort to share some of his impressions and reflections developed over fifty years Mr. Fantini has commenced writing an occasional "Chairman's Perspective" which is available on this site.
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