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

Thomas Hamilton

Thomas Hamilton, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Hamilton, CRE, FRICS is the Gerald Fogelson Distinguished Chair in Real Estate at Roosevelt Univeristy’s Heller College of Business. Previously he was Dr. Thomas Hamilton, a Commercial Real Estate Professor at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and founder and president of Karvel-Hamilton Real Estate Analytics/PROTEC. Tom holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Wyoming. Tom has been a consultant to the telecommunications and utility industries in the United States for over 20 years. Dr. Hamilton is an independent board member of AEI Core Property Income Trust, Inc., and is a licensed real estate broker and a licensed appraiser. He is a former Fellow and Adjunct Faculty member of the Lincoln Land Institute in Cambridge, MA and former Research Associate with the International Association of Assessing Officers in Chicago, Illinois.

The data is compiled and analyzed by Tom Hamilton, Ph.D., MAI, CRE, and Gerald Fogelson Distinguished Chair in Real Estate at Roosevelt University in Chicago. The survey questions and statistical methodology were created, refined and finalized between 2014 and 2016 by the NAIOP Distinguished Fellows listed on the online NAIOP Sentiment Index.

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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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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.