National Forums Groups

National Forums Groups

The National Forums are chaired by a prestigious group of industry leaders. A list of the existing Forums and the 2019 National Forums Leadership follows. (Based on members' interest, new National Forums are created from time to time.)

National Forums Chair
Michael Wachs

Principal
Linden Lane Capital Partners
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

General Forums

All NAIOP members with a minimum of 10 years related experience are eligible to apply for an appointment to these Forums.

Capital Markets Forum

Open to members actively involved in buying or selling, lending or borrowing for commercial real estate properties. More than 50 percent of members will be developers, owners or investors.

Capital Markets I Forum

Laurie Smith (Chair)
Blue Vista Capital Management – Chicago, Illinois

Peter Brockelman (Vice Chair)
TD Bank – Boston, Massachusetts

Capital Markets II Forum

Lauren O’Neil Goff (Chair)
JLL – Boston, Massachusetts

Capital Markets III Forum

Michael Wurtsbaugh (Chair)
CRG – St. Louis, Missouri

Capital Markets IV Forum

Britton Burdette (Chair)
Stan Johnson Company – Atlanta, Georgia

Carrington Brown (Vice Chair)
USAA Real Estate Company – Dallas, Texas

Capital Markets V Forum (NEW)

Scott Cloud (Co-chair)
Albany Road Real Estate Partners – Nashville, Tennessee

Bo Mills (Co-chair)
JLL – Los Angeles, California

Deal and Investment Concepts Forum

Drawing from both a diverse geographical and product type expertise, members bring experience in all aspects of real estate investment from research, architecture, development, construction, leasing, debt & equity capital markets, investment sales, and investment management. Both open and led discussions focus on changes and challenges encountered in the marketplace by members, best practices, professional and personal development, and specialized education related to distinct sectors of the industry.

Rivka Altman (Co-chair)
Invesco Real Estate– Dallas, Texas

David Grissom (Co-chair)
Vertex Investments – Lakewood, Colorado

E-commerce Forum

Open to members actively involved in the development, design and operation of new generation retail distribution facilities. (More than 50 percent of members will be developers, owners or investors).

E-commerce I Forum

Benjamin Conwell (Chair)
Cushman & Wakefield of Washington – Seattle, Washington

E-commerce II Forum

Matt Laraway (Co-chair)
Chesapeake Real Estate Group, LLC – Hanover, Maryland

Richard Burrow (Co-chair)
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. – Parsippany, New Jersey

E-commerce III Forum

Jay Todisco (Chair)
Ware Malcomb – Irvine, California

Entrepreneurial Investment & Development Forum


Comprised primarily of developers and owners of office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use real estate properties with portfolios from 1 to 50 million square feet. Through case analysis and discussion, members share and develop strategies to identify new opportunities, mitigate risk, and overcome organizational challenges. All market sizes are represented with a number of members having extensive experience in secondary and tertiary markets. The Forum is diverse in terms of age with membership ranging from mid-career professionals to seasoned industry veterans. The different age demographics in this group creates a dynamic environment where each generation brings different skills and talents to the table.

Court Thomas (Chair)
Atlanta Property Group, LLC – Atlanta, Georgia

National Industrial Perspectives Forum

National Industrial Perspectives I Forum

Ben Paolone (Co-chair)
CRG – Chicago, Illinois

Dustin Voltz (Co-chair)
JLL – Dallas, Texas

National Industrial Perspectives II Forum

Evan Lippow (Co-chair)
CenterPoint Properties – Saddle Brook, New Jersey

Grant Matthews (Co-chair)
JLL – Dallas, Texas

National Industrial Perspectives III Forum

National Market Perspectives & Practices Forum

Members come from markets across the country and represent a variety of commercial real estate disciplines, including: asset management; debt and equity capital markets; investment sales; leasing; and marketing. Both open and led discussions focus on changes and challenges encountered in the marketplace by members, best practices, professional and personal development, and specialized education related to different sectors of the industry. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning during meetings through project analysis, interactive project tours, and exclusive presentations by experts in the markets in which meetings are held. Forum membership is currently under 40 years old, however, the group is not age restricted.

Kelsey Rath (Chair)
Bose Corporation – Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Office and Industrial Trends Forum


Drew Richardson (Chair)
Primera Companies – Dallas, Texas

Property Investment Perspectives Forum


Members come from markets across the country and represent a variety of commercial real estate disciplines, including: development; investment management; acquisitions; debt and equity capital markets; brokerage; and construction. Group focus leans toward the industrial sector, but a number of members also work in office and retail. Both open and led discussions focus on identifying market opportunities, challenges faced by members, best practices, and professional and personal development. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning during meetings through interactive project tours and exclusive presentations by experts in the markets in which meetings are held. Forum membership is currently under 40 years old, but the group is open to all ages.

John Drachman (Co-chair)
Waterford Property Company – Newport Beach, California

Jimmy Love (Co-chair)
Distribution Realty Group, LLC – Chicago, Illinois

Real Estate Investments and Development Forum


Maghann Watson (Chair)
ARCO/Murray Construction Company – Tampa, Florida

Redevelopment Forum

The United States is witnessing a resurgence in the redevelopment of single use properties into mixed-use, pedestrian friendly developments fueled by demographic trends indicating demand for dense, walkable communities. This forum focuses on opportunities and challenges surrounding redevelopment in both urban and suburban environments. The majority of members consist of developers, owners, and investors, with the balance made up of other professionals typically engaged in this type of complex commercial development.

Allen Arender (Chair)
Holladay Properties – Nashville, Tennessee

Jason Woodard (Vice Chair)
Woodard Development – Dayton, Ohio

Technology in the Built Environment (NEW)

The Technology in the Built Environment Forum will be open to owners and other professionals who play a strategic role in the selection, integration and adoption of CRE related technology. The goal of the Forum will be to establish best practices in: utilizing technology; becoming an effective adopter; managing risk; and overcoming obstacles to replacing underperforming CRE technology solutions. Specific areas of focus for the Forum will be related to software and technology for: construction; building operations analysis; managing the tenant relationship; financial analysis; automation of CRE back office operations; and the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in utilizing data. Members will also address the impact that emerging trends such as AI/machine learning and drone technologies will have on the future of the industry.

Trends in Real Estate Development Forums

Open to a diverse group of real estate professionals who wish to focus on industry trends such as technology, sustainability, workplace, leasing and developing commercial real estate.

Trends in Real Estate Development I Forum

Megan Lantz (Chair)
HITT Contracting, Inc. – Falls Church, Virginia

Trends in Real Estate Development II Forum

Colleen Wevodau (Chair)
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause – Vienna, Virginia

Trends in Real Estate Development IV Forum

Misty Ponce (Chair)
Partner Engineering & Science, Inc. – Torrance, California

 

Limited Forums

Only Principal Members (company's primary focus is property development, ownership or investment) who meet the specific experience requirements are eligible to apply for an appointment to these Forums.

Build-to-Suit Development Forum

Limited to Principal Members actively involved in the development of industrial or office properties for the end user, or as a merchant developer.

David Orr (Chair)
David Orr Associates, Inc. – Reston, Virginia

Business Park Development Forum

Limited to Principal Members actively involved in developing in the mixed-use environment of the traditional park concept.

Tony Rosenberger (Chair)
Chapman Properties – Leetsdale, Pennsylvania

Family Owned Business Forum

Limited to Principal Members who are family members or professional managers of family-owned real estate companies.

Family Owned Business I Forum

Dean Kiriluk (Chair)
Kirco Development – Troy, Michigan

Family Owned Business II Forum

Paul Knapp (Chair)
Saint Paul Properties – St. Paul, Minnesota

Industrial Acquisitions Forums

Limited to Principal members with a leading role in the acquisition of industrial properties. This Forum focuses on the issues facing investors and owners in this process.

Industrial Acquisitions I Forum

Gary Jaye (Chair)
CBRE – Boston, Massachusetts

Industrial Acquisitions II Forum

Matt Goode (Co-chair)
Venture One Real Estate, LLC – Rosemont, Illinois

Matt Breaux (Co-chair)
Black Creek Group – Atlanta, Georgia

Industrial Acquisitions III Forum

Robert Stephens (Chair)
IDI Logistics – Cincinnati, Ohio

Industrial Acquisitions IV Forum

Andrew Houston (Chair)
Link Industrial Properties – New York, New York

Industrial Development Forums

Limited to Principal Members actively involved in industrial property development, ownership and investment.

Industrial Development I Forum

Jim Ryden (Chair)
Space Center, Inc – Atlanta, Georgia

Industrial Development II Forum

Ryan Stoller (Chair)
Venture One Real Estate, LLC – Rosemont, Illinois

Jeff Milanaik (Vice Chair)
Bridge Development Partners, LLC – Parsippany, New Jersey

Industrial Development III Forum

Mike Powers (Chair)
Molto Properties LLC – Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois




Industrial Development IV Forum

Patrick Pierce (Chair)
Selwyn Property Group, Inc. – Charlotte, North Carolina

Industrial Development V Forum

William Lu (Chair)
CenterPoint Properties – Los Angeles, California

Paul Licausi (Vice Chair)
LS Commercial Real Estate – Overland, Kansas

Industrial Development VI Forum

Christopher Stanley (Co-chair)
MDH Partners, LLC – Atlanta, Georgia

Peter Billipp (Co-chair)
Skyhawk Partners – Houston, Texas

Industrial Development VII Forum

Whitaker Levering (Co-chair)
Merritt Properties, LLC – Baltimore, Maryland

Carmon Hicks (Co-chair)
JLL – Denver, Colorado

Investment Management Forums

Limited to Principal Members actively involved as owners, developers or investors in investment properties and related real estate acquisitions and disposition transactions, including representatives of financial institutions, insurance companies, pension funds, public employee retirement systems and private investment groups.

Investment Management I Forum

David O’Reilly (Co-chair)
High Street Realty Company LLC – Roswell, Georgia

Jennifer Widener (Co-chair)
WPT Industrial REIT – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Investment Management II Forum

Brian Pieracci (Chair)
Heitman – Chicago, Illinois

Investment Management III Forum

Gardner Ellner (Co-chair)
CBRE – Los Angeles, California

Brian Seaman (Co-chair)
NYL Investors – San Francisco, California


Marketing and Leasing Forum

Limited to Principal Members who have a leading role department heads and vice presidents) in a developer's or owner's marketing, property sales or leasing areas. This Forum will focus on issues facing these functions from owner, investor and developer points of view as they relate to office and industrial properties.

Andrew Moss (Chair)
Forsgate Industrial Partners – Teterboro, New Jersey

Mark J. Ray (Vice Chair)
Ray Fogg Corporate Properties, LLC – Cleveland, Ohio

Mixed-Use Development Forum

Limited to Principal Members actively involved in mixed-use property development, ownership and investment.

Jeff Thompson
Freehold – Seattle, Washington

Office Acquisitions Forum

Limited to Principal members with a leading role in the acquisition of office properties. This Forum focuses on the issues facing investors and owners in this process.

Murray Jardine (Chair)
TIER REIT – Dallas, Texas

Office Development Forums

Limited to Principal Members actively involved in office building development, ownership and investment.

Office Development I Forum

Christopher Neelon (Chair)
Neelon Properties – Norwell, Massachusetts

Office Development II Forum

Joe Polito (Co-chair)
Touchstone – Seattle, Washington

John Robbins (Co-chair)
Granite Properties, Inc. – Atlanta, Georgia

Private Developers Forums

Limited to Principal Members who are real estate developers or owners from privately owned companies and want to focus on the operational aspects of their businesses, as well as development issues.

Private Developers I Forum

Nino Pedrelli, Ph.D. (Chair)
State Street Realty Advisors – St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Private Developers II Forum

Mark Nordland (Chair)
Launch Properties – Minneapolis, Minnesota

General Counsel Forum

Open to Principal and Associate members who have a leading role in providing counsel to and within commercial real estate firms. The Forum focuses on the issues that corporate counsel face within commercial real estate companies and practices and on such transactions as acquisitions, dispositions, leases, finance transactions, joint ventures, and mergers, among others.

Daniel J. Hemmer (Chair)
Bridge Development Partners LLC – Itasca, Illlinois

Developing Leaders Forum

Open to members with at least four years of related commercial real estate experience who would like to learn and network with senior industry professionals and peers at the national level.