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Distinguished Fellow Spotlight

Larry Wofford

Larry Wofford

Larry Wofford has experience in academia and as an entrepreneur.In academia, he developed and taught a real estate program at the University of Tulsa and was a founder and President of the American Real Estate Society.He has been an active researcher, editor of the Journal of Real Estate Research, and authored or co-authored two real estate textbooks. As an entrepreneur he enjoyed working on developing diverse business enterprises.Larry earned B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Tulsa, an M.L.S. from the University of Oklahoma, a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Oxford.He is an urban planner having received the AICP designation from the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Advanced Studies Institute. Larry serves on the board of directors of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global. He has a long-time research interest in the interaction between practicing professionals and academicians in the real estate area.

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Research Reports

The Promise of E-commerce

The Promise of E-commerce: Impacts on Retail and Industrial Real Estate Submitted By: Curtis D. Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide and Steve Schellenberg, Vice President, IMS Worldwide

As e-commerce sales continue their robust growth, manufacturers, transportation providers, distribution and fulfillment center operators and retailers all are being pressured to modify the retail logistics chain. To meet customer expectations, retailers must have merchandise on shelves for instant purchases as well as in distribution centers for delivery directly to customers. Additionally, retailers need to ensure that their deliveries—both to stores and directly to customers—are predictable and remain cost effective.

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Meet all of the Foundation's Governors

The Foundation's Governors support the Foundation's work through their contributions and sharing their expertise.

Foundation News

NAIOP Research Foundation Announces Appointment of Tracy Allen, Engineering Consulting Services, as Governor

The NAIOP Research Foundation announces the appointment of Tracy Allen as one of the Foundation’s 57 Governors. Allen demonstrated her commitment to the Foundation’s mission by making a significant contribution to its endowment and accepting the lifelong distinction of Governor.

NAIOP Advantage Series: What’s Next for the Dynamic Industrial Market?

The NAIOP Advantage Series is an exclusive member benefit, delivering expert insights into the latest research to help you make informed business decisions. Not a NAIOP member? Learn more about how NAIOP membership connects you with people, knowledge and education to help you stay ahead of the curve.

Frank Wuest, NAIOP Research Foundation Trustee, Passes

Frank Wuest died on August 13, 2016, while participating in a fundraising swim in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. At the time of his passing, Frank was president of Marcus Partners in Boston, Massachusetts, having established a successful career in real-estate investment and development.