In 1974, Bill Raveis opened the first William Raveis Real Estate office in a room above a grocery store. Today, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is one of the top companies in the nation and a full service real estate, mortgage and insurance brokerage with over 3,500 sales associates and 110 offices throughout the Northeast, annual real estate sales of nearly $8.1 billion and a total mortgage volume of over $9 billion. William Raveis Real Estate is ranked the No. 1 Family-Owned Real Estate Company in the Northeast, the No. 3 Largest Family-Owned Real Estate Company in the United States and the 8th Largest Real Estate Company in the Nation based on 2013 sales volume by REAL Trends. Additionally, Bill Raveis was named Entrepreneur of the Year from the Ernst & Young company and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of REALTORS®.
Throughout his career, Bill Raveis has had a focus on giving back to the communities where his business operates. He has been co-chairman of Connecticut Committee of the Regional Plan Association, on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, a member of The Greenways Committee, on the Board of Overseers for the Connecticut Audubon Society, on the Advisory Board Environment/2000, on the Corporate Advisory Board for The Nature Conservancy, Connecticut Chapter, on the Board of Directors for the Music Foundation for the Handicapped of Connecticut, on the Board of Trustees for the The Horace Bushnell Society.
Candy is a native of Connecticut and started her volunteer life as a teenager helping in the local hospital each summer and raising funds with her mother for the American Cancer Society. She has given timeless service to the Boards of Special Olympics of Connecticut, Woodfield Family Services, Grasmere Elder Care, The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival, Near & Far Aid Association in Connecticut. She is one of the founders, a former president and has committed 35 years to The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival – an organization dedicated to raising funds for agencies that help women and children in crisis, the homeless, housing for the mentally challenged and critical care. The Near and Far Aid Association provides funding for projects that address the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. Candy has held many positions during her 33-year board tenure including chairing both the heralded Southport-Westport Antique Show and the Designer House Tour.
In Naples, Florida, Candy has served on the advisory board of the Guadalupe Center, an organization that offers educational and support programs for children strategically designed to start from six weeks of age through college graduation. Candy is a member of the board of the Naples Shelter for Abused Women & Children. The Shelter’s mission is to lead the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. Additionally, Bill and Candy share a sincere interest in education. Together they have assisted the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
In 2014, Candy was diagnosed with leukemia, and is undergoing treatment at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital. The process for treating leukemia, and many other cancers, has been refined through ground-breaking, innovative research conducted by industry leaders. Candy has taken her experience and translated it into her work as the official spokesperson for the partnership between the William Raveis Charitable Fund and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
Meghan Raveis joined the William Raveis Charitable Fund as the Managing Director in 2014. She manages and oversees the partnership with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which aims to promote market awareness within the community as well as produce fundraising events to raise money for cancer research. In addition, Meghan manages and oversees the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund, which benefits organizations within the community, that offer physical and emotional support for individuals currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Before joining the charitable fund, Meghan worked in the financial services industry for mutual fund companies State Street Research, Columbia Management Group, and most recently Legg Mason, where she served as Vice President of Sales and Product Training. In this role, she developed and implemented a comprehensive training program for a group of over one hundred sales professionals. Meghan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Williams College in 2000.
Meghan left the corporate work force in 2009 to start a family with her husband, Ryan Raveis. They have three children and live in Fairfield, Conn. She now enjoys baking, both indoor and outdoor cycling, and keeping active so that she can keep up with her energetic children.
Lorraine has been the Director of the William Raveis Charitable Fund, Inc., heading the operations of the Fund since its inception in 2004. She is responsible for all aspects of licensing, permitting, reporting, raffle ticket and forms creation, distribution and accountability of funds and support for the volunteers and the events they host. In 2004 and 2005, Lorraine managed the production and promotion of nine tri-state wine tasting, silent and live auction events, with nearly 1,000 attendees each year. Since 2006, fundraising has been anchored by the sale of the sought after pink raffle tickets.
Lorraine has been with William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage and Insurance since 1995 and is currently Vice President of Facilities and Purchasing. Prior to this role, Lorraine held the positions of Relocation Manager, Director of Marketing, Regional Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations and Compliance Officer.