Existing National Forums

The National Forums are chaired by a prestigious group of industry leaders. A list of the existing Forums and the 2016 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 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

Timothy Kenny (Chair)
Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC – Hartford, Connecticut

Capital Markets II Forum

Scott Haugen (Co-chair)
Founders Properties LLC – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jeremy Giles (Co-Chair)
Prologis – Dallas, Texas

Capital Markets III Forum

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

Andrew Finn (Vice Chair)
Founders Properties, LLC – Minnetonka, Minnesota

Capital Markets IV Forum

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

Deal and Investment Concepts Forum

Lex Rickenbaker (Chair)
USAA Real Estate Company – Atlanta, Georgia

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

Energy Market Forum (NEW CONCEPT)

Open to members located in energy-sector dependent markets, or from CRE firms that cater to the energy industry, impacted by fluctuations in the prices of oil and natural gas. Members will discuss how market fundamentals are affected by changes in energy prices across industrial, office, mixed-use, retail, and multi-family product types. Strategies, such as mitigating downside risks and working effectively with tenants, will be discussed.

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.)

Philip Down (Chair)
Bentall Kennedy – Boston, Massachusetts

National Market Perspectives & Practices Forum

Description to come.

Kelsey Rath (Chair)
Talcott Realty Investors – Hartford, Connecticut

Property Investment Perspectives

Description to come.

John Drachman (Co-chair)
Stillwater Investment Group – Irvine, California

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

Public/Private Partnership Forum (NEW CONCEPT)

Open to members engaged in public/private sector development of buildings and infrastructure through a developer consortium or other partnership vehicles. Discussion will focus on design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of public facilities, including those built in conjunction with private facilities. Legal, financial, procurement and political parameters, as well as strategies for building strong stakeholder relationships, will be explored.

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

Jody Belsick (Chair)
Walker Engineering, LLC – Las Vegas, Nevada

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 Naab (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.
    
Carl Montante, Jr. (Chair)
Uniland Development Company – Amherst, New York

Colby Durin (Vice Chair)
Sentinel Development – Irvine, 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.

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.

Cole Schnorf (Chair)
Manekin, LLC – Columbia, Maryland

Bilijack Bell (Vice Chair)
Wilson, Hull & Neal – Atlanta, Georgia

Family Owned Business Forum

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

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

Industrial Acquisitions Forums

Industrial Acquisitions I Forum

David Fazekas (Chair)
Industrial Income Trust – New York, New York

Robert Micera (Vice Chair)
Four Springs Capital Trust – Paradise Valley, Arizona

Industrial Acquisitions II Forum

Brian Townsend (Chair)
Chicago, Illinois

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

Jon Morris (Chair)
Beacon Partners – Charlotte, North Carolina

Industrial Development III Forum

Peter Schultz (Chair)
First Industry Realty Trust, Inc. – Exton, Pennsylvania

Industrial Development IV Forum

Pat Gallagher (Chair)
Dermody Properties – Scottsdale, Arizona

Industrial Development V Forum

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

Tony Pricco (Vice Chair)
Bridge Development Partners – Chicago, Illinois

Industrial Development VI Forum

Casey Hankinson (Chair)
Ryan Companies US, Inc – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Matt Tucker (Vice Chair)
Gladestone Commercial – McLean, Virginia

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

Dave Burlak (Co-Chair)
State Board for Administration of Florida – Tallahassee, Florida

John Campbell (Co-Chair)
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management – Chicago, Illinois

Investment Management II Forum

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

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

Investment Management III Forum

Anthony Polston (Co-Chair)
Black Cap Halcyon – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Edward Griffin (Co-Chair)
Griffin Partners – Houston, Texas

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.

Brandon Flickinger (Chair)
Gladstone Commercial – McLean, Virginia

Office Development Forums

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

Office Development I Forum

A-P Hurd (Co-chair)
Touchstone LLC – Seattle, Washington

Dan Ethridge (Co-chair)
The Brookdale Group – Atlanta, Georgia

Office Development II Forum

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

Michael Montante (Vice Chair)
Uniland Development Company – Amherst, New York

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)
Port Logistics Realty – 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 focuses 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