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
San Francisco, California
All NAIOP members with a minimum to 10 years 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
Steve Watten (Chair)
Strasburger & Price LLP – Frisco, Texas
Capital Markets II Forum
Martin Kane (Chair)
Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors LLC – Glastonbury, Connecticut
Scott Jamieson (Vice Chair)
Avison Young – Boston, Massachusetts
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
Kate Nolan Bryden (Chair)
AMK Partners, LLC - Towson, Maryland
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
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)
Sachuest Group – Annapolis, Maryland
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. (Chair)
Greenberg Traurig, PA - Orlando, Florida
Jay Gelose (Vice Chair)
DLR Group - Seattle, Washington
Trends in Real Estate Development III Forum
Ryan Collins (Chair)
Clarion Partners – Dallas, Texas
Jenny TeStrake (Vice Chair)
Laird Norton Real Estate, LLC - Seattle, Washington
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
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.
Mike Graham (Chair)
Graham & Company, Inc. - Birmingham, Alabama
Randell Forister (Vice Chair)
Allegheny County Airport Authority – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Limited to Principal Members who are family members or professional managers of family-owned real estate companies.
James Moxham (Chair)
Cameron Brothers Corporation - Santee, California
Edward Zigo (Vice Chair)
Clarke - Hook Corporation - Chantilly, Virginia
Industrial Acquisitions I Forum
Michael Pelt (Chair)
MDH Partners, LLC - Atlanta, Georgia
Industrial Acquisitions II Forum
Todd Carter (Chair)
DCT Industrial Trust - Atlanta, Georgia
Limited to Principal Members actively involved in industrial property development, ownership and investment.
Industrial Development I Forum
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
Hillwood Investments – Dallas, Texas
Industrial Development V Forum
Andy Petry (Chair)
Liberty Property Trust - Boca Raton, Florida
Jon Pettee (Vice Chair)
Trigate Capital, LLC – Dallas, Texas
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
Eva B. Stevens (Chair)
United Properties – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Amy Lerseth (Vice Chair)
The Buzz Oates Group of Companies - Sacramento, California
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.
Don Logie (Chair)
Build Toronto, Inc. – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.
Steven D. Martin (Chair)
SDM Partners - Atlanta, Georgia
Joanna Bartnick (Vice Chair)
Alliance Commercial Partners, LLC - Lakewood, Colorado
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
Kurt Rosene (Chair)
The Alter Group - Scottsdale, Arizona
Rod Lawrence (Vice Chair)
The JBG Companies - Chevy Chase, Maryland
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
Ed Lewis (Chair)
Butte Companies - Scottsdale, Arizona
Barry Missner (Vice Chair)
The Missner Group – Skokie, Illinois
Private Developers III Forum
Limited to Principal Members who are real estate developers or owners from non-major markets.
Tom Rankin (Chair)
Rankin Development - Springfield, Missouri
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, MN