The League School’s newest Friends member, Richard Pilla, is looking forward to helping the League School through his business connections. The founder, manager, and principal broker for Paramount Partners, a commercial real estate firm, has worked with a variety of business leaders throughout New England. “As someone who has been in the business world for many years, I have had the good fortune to meet scores of civic-minded people who support worthy causes in and outside their communities,” said Richard. “One of the ways for me to contribute to the League School is to reach out to these business owners to identify vocational opportunities for the school’s students and graduates. Businesses without appropriate work may have an interest in contributing in other ways. All one has to do is ask.”

A resident of Walpole, Richard Pilla was not familiar with the League School despite its location in his hometown. Roger Lockwood, Chair of the Board and a long-time friend and client, introduced Richard to the school. “Richard Pilla brings a wealth of real estate and business savvy to the Friends of League,” said Roger. “The school will benefit from his strengths as a strategic planner. Richard knows New England well and has particularly extensive knowledge of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets. And, with his vast network of connections, Richard will be a wonderful ambassador for the school. He cares about the students and how the school supports the autism community.”

“Between the amazing stories I heard at the November League School Gala and seeing the interaction between students and staff, I was impressed,” said Richard. “The League School is preparing students to be active and productive members of society despite the challenges they, and their families, deal with each and every day. As a fellow member of society, I decided to do what I can to assist that progress, and I only wanted to join if I could bring something to the table.” Composed of a group of professionals, the Friends of League share their knowledge and expand the school’s network of ambassadors and advocates.

“Bringing together business people for a day of exercise, outdoor pleasure, comradery, networking, and contribution to wonderful, yet challenged, children at the annual “Fore” Autism Golf Classic is a win-win for all,” said Richard. “Given the percentage of children born with Autism every year, many of the people I would be reaching out to may have family members or family members of friends and colleagues who are on the Autism spectrum.”

Richard Pilla and his firm specialize in tenant representation and site selection, property assemblage and dispositions, bank branch investment sales, and bank development consulting. Prior to launching a career in commercial real estate, Richard worked in the hospitality industry in the City of Boston. He is a member of the Retail Brokers Network (RBN) Advisory Board, the Capital Markets Real Estate Network (CMRE), and Innovative Commerce Serving Communities (ICSC). He is also a member of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bankers Associations and the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council. For the town of Walpole, he served as a Town Meeting member and as a representative to the Norfolk County Advisory Board.

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