Existing National Forums

The National Forums are chaired by a prestigious group of industry leaders. A list of the existing Forums and the 2014 National Forums Leadership follows. However, based on members' interest, new National Forums are created from time to time.

National Forums Chair
Larry A. Lance

EverWest Estate Partners
Lakewood, Colorado

General Forums

All NAIOP members with a minimum to 10 years 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

Steve Watten (Chair)
Strasburger & Price LLP – Frisco, Texas

Capital Markets II Forum

Scott Jamieson (Chair)
Avison Young – Boston, Massachusetts

Scott Haugen (Vice Chair)
Founders Properties LLC – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Capital Markets III Forum

L. Mark Billeaud (Chair)
Summit Realty Ventures - St. Louis, Missouri

Andrew Finn (Vice Chair)
Ryan Companies, U.S., Inc. - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deal and Investment Concepts Forum

Kate Nolan Bryden (Chair)
AMK Partners, LLC - Towson, Maryland

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.

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).

Mark Detmer (Chair)
JLL - Phoenix, Arizona

Medical & Life Sciences Development Forum

This Forum is open to members with experience in this area who are interested in discussing the issues and opportunities associated with medical office building, hospital, inpatient and outpatient facility, life science and research center development. (More than 50 percent of members will be developers, owners or investors.)

Bruce L. Likoff (Chair)
Bryan Cave HRO - Denver, Colorado

Philip Down (Vice Chair)
Health Properties Group – Annapolis, Maryland

National and Investment Perspectives

Open to members actively involved in all realms and perspectives of the real estate profession including development, investment, financing and transaction advisory services.

Colleen Wevodau (Co-Chair)
Baker Tilly – Vienna, Virginia

Paige West (Co-Chair)
Fullmer Construction – Ontario, California

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

Richard Burrow (Chair)
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. – Elmwood Park, New Jersey

James Mulligan (Vice Chair)
Snell & Wilmer LLP – Denver, Colorado

Trends in Real Estate Development II Forum

Alan C. Sheppard Jr. (Co-Chair)
Greenberg Traurig, PA - Orlando, Florida

Jay Gelose (Co-Chair)
DLR Group - Seattle, Washington

Trends in Real Estate Development III Forum

Jenny TeStrake (Chair)
Laird Norton Real Estate, LLC - Seattle, Washington

Kim Hofstede (Vice Chair)
Carlson Real Estate Company – Minnetonka, Minnesota

Trends in Real Estate Development IV Forum

Scott Syphax (Chair)
NCRF – Sacramento, California

Marc Gittleman (Vice Chair)
Rising Realty Partners – Los Angeles, California


Urban Redevelopment Forum

Open to members with a track record in urban redevelopment interested in discussing the challenges and opportunities unique to this type of development. More than 50 percent of members will be developers, owners or investors.
    
Kevin Cantley (Chair)
Cooper Carry, Inc. – Atlanta, Georgia

Carl Montante, Jr. (Vice Chair)

Uniland Development Company – Amherst, New York

 

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.

Katie Barthmaier (Chair)
W.P. Carey Inc. – New York, New York

Fritz Wyler (Vice Chair)
Prologis -San Francisco, California

Business Park Development Forum

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

Shannon Hondl (Chair)
Goodman Birtcher North America – Irvine, California

Randell Forister (Vice Chair)
Allegheny County Airport Authority – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Family Owned Business Forum

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

David Busker (Co-Chair)
Koch Development – St. Louis, Missouri

Kelly Shooshan (Co-Chair)
The Shooshan Company – Alexandria, Virginia

Industrial Acquisitions Forums

Industrial Acquisitions I Forum

Jason Sturman (Chair)
Duke Realty Corporation – Irvine, California

Industrial Acquisitions II Forum

Todd Carter (Chair)
DCT Industrial Trust - Atlanta, Georgia

Industrial Development Forums

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

Industrial Development I Forum

Peter Anderson (Chair)
Pattillo Industrial Real Estate - Jacksonville, Florida

Industrial Development II Forum

Rod Martin (Chair)
Majestic Realty Co. - Las Vegas, Nevada

Industrial Development III Forum

Graham Tingler (Chair)
Space Center, Inc. - Newport Beach, California

Industrial Development IV Forum

Adam Meinstein (Chair)
Equilibrium Equities, Inc. – Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Tal Hicks (Vice Chair)
Hillwood Investments – Dallas, Texas

Industrial Development V Forum

Jon Pettee (Chair)
Trigate Capital, LLC – Dallas, Texas

Andrew Burke (Vice Chair)
Terreno Realty Corporation – San Francisco, California

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

Gary Kroll (Co-Chair)
GID – Boston, Massachusetts

Alan Grabush (Co-Chair)
Creaney & Smith Group – Baltimore, Maryland

Investment Management II Forum

Amy Lerseth (Chair)
The Buzz Oates Group of Companies - Sacramento, California

Mark Kunkel (Vice Chair)
CarVal Investors – Hopkins, Minnesota

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.

James Feldman (Chair)
Regent Partners, LLC – Atlanta, Georgia

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.

Joanna Bartnick (Chair)
Alliance Commercial Partners, LLC - Lakewood, Colorado

Office Development Forums

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

Office Development I Forum

Eric Sporre (Chair)
Pacific Realty Associates, LP (PacTrust) - Portland, Oregon

Office Development II Forum

Rod Lawrence (Chair)
The JBG Companies - Chevy Chase, Maryland

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

R. Dean Bingham (Chair)
Agracel, Inc. - Effingham, Illinois

Private Developers II Forum

Barry Missner (Chair)
The Missner Group – Skokie, Illinois

Rob Huthnance (Vice Chair)
Ranch Capital Group – Dallas, Texas

Private Developers III Forum

Limited to Principal Members who are real estate developers or owners from non-major markets,

David Jorgensen (Chair)
VJS Development Group – Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Real Estate Law and Transactions Forum

Limited to Principal members who have a leading role (general counsel, or equivalent) in providing in-house legal counsel for an owner or development firm. The Forum will focus on the issues that corporate counsel face within commercial real estate companies and on such transactions as acquisitions, dispositions, leases, finance transactions, joint ventures, and mergers, among others.

Matt Cimino (Chair)
Welsh Property Trust - Minnetonka, Minnesota