Research

The NAIOP Research Foundation helps build better communities through practical research and education. The Foundation's research projects, educational programs and outreach activities have a united purpose: to support developers, owners and others involved in commercial real estate in meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our communities, now and in the future.

Distinguished Fellow Spotlight

Charles Tu

Charles C. Tu, PhD, CFA

Charles Tu is the Daniel F. Mulvihill Professor of Commercial Real Estate and Academic Director of the MS in Real Estate program in the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. He teaches a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including real estate finance and investment, real estate capital markets, real estate management, and real estate development. He is also the principal instructor of Advanced Real Estate Finance in Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate School. Tu earned his PhD in business administration from The George Washington University in 1999 and received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2000. He became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009 and is ARGUS Software Certified for both ARGUS Valuation-DCF and Developer. Tu is also a NAIOP Distinguished Fellow.

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

Foundation News

NAIOP Research Foundation Announces Appointment of Bilijack Bell of Wilson, Hull & Neal, and Industrial Solutions Group as Governor

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

NAIOP Research Foundation Announces Appointment of Eva Stevens, United Properties, as Governor

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

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.