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
All NAIOP members with a minimum of 10 years related experience are eligible to apply for an appointment to these Forums.
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
Lex Rickenbaker (Chair)
USAA Real Estate Company – Atlanta, Georgia
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.
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
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.
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
Description to come.
Kelsey Rath (Chair)
Talcott Realty Investors – Hartford, Connecticut
Description to come.
John Drachman (Co-chair)
Stillwater Investment Group – Irvine, California
Jimmy Love (Co-chair)
Distribution Realty Group, LLC – Chicago, Illinois
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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)
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
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
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
Limited to Principal Members actively involved in mixed-use property development, ownership and investment.
James Feldman (Chair)
Regent Partners, LLC – Atlanta, Georgia
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
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
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
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