Meet Our Trustees

The Trustees are the governing board of the Research Foundation.

Ralph Heins

Ralph Heins

2017 Board of Director | Chairman, NAIOP Research Foundation
Chairman, NAIOP Research Foundation, President, Primera Companies, Inc. Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

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Ralph Heins founded Primera Companies in 1989 together with his wife, Cornelia and has built a 3 million square foot real estate portfolio with focus on bulk state-of-the-art distribution centers, managed and leased by Primera. He also co-owns and manages 400,000 SF of office space including his most recent project, Tennyson Place, in the Legacy Business Park in Plano, a small-suite concept office building. He is also a member of the Family Owned Business I Forum.

William Hunt

William E. Hunt

Vice Chairman, NAIOP Research Foundation
President, The Elmhurst Group

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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William E. Hunt is president of the Elmhurst Group - a Pittsburgh-based organization that invests in commercial real estate and operating businesses. Elmhurst's real estate holdings total more than 2.5 million square feet of office, distribution, flex space and a hotel, all in Western Pennsylvania. The firm has also invested in the retail, medical, hospitality, oil and gas, and electronic security industries. Mr. Hunt joined NAIOP in 1994 and was the 2012 chairman of the NAIOP’s National Board of Directors. He is a former chairman and member of the Government Affairs Committee and a past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter. He also served on the Nominating Committee. He is a current member of the NAIOP Board of Directors, Audit Committee, PAC Trustee, and the Private Developers I Forum.

Jack Schultz

John "Jack" Schultz

Secretary/Treasurer, NAIOP Research Foundation
Founder and CEO, Agracel, Inc.

Effingham, Illinois

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Jack Schultz is founder and CEO of Agracel, Inc., an industrial development firm focused on development in rural America. Agracel began in 1986 and since then Agracel has completed projects in 14 states - owning over six million square feet of industrial space, which has facilitated over 5,000 jobs. Agracel also owns fifteen business parks and a short line railroad. Mr. Schultz is the author of Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns, was published in early 2004. He has been a member of NAIOP since 1995. He is a past member of the National Forums Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Schultz is the current chair for the Research Foundation’s Research Committee, Foundation Trustee and head of the Industry Trends Task Force. He is also is a member of the Entrepreneurial Investment & Development Forum.

Paul Ciminelli

Paul F. Ciminelli

Chairman of the Distinguished Fellows Credentialing Committee
President and CEO, Ciminelli Real Estate Corportation

Williamsville, New York

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Paul F. Ciminelli is President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, a full service real estate development company, with offices located in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, that manages and developed over 15 million square feet. Current projects range from 30,000 - 400,000 sq. ft. health care, research, clinical and educational developments; urban developments, consisting of residential adaptive reuse apartment projects of 45 - 250 units. Mr. Ciminelli is a member of the Office Development I Forum. He is also a current Research Foundation Trustee.

Christopher Haley

Christopher Haley

Chairman of the Research Committee
Partner, Palladian Realty Capital LLC

Lutherville, Maryland

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Christopher Haley is co-founder of Palladian Realty Capital LLC, with offices in Maryland and Delaware. As a boutique real estate advisory-firm, Palladian offers differentiated and independent services to its privately-held and publicly-listed constituents supported by a research-oriented foundation. Palladian leverages its principals' advisory- and research-oriented capabilities to assist property-oriented businesses in their capital- and strategic-planning efforts. Prior to Palladian, Mr. Haley was managing director in Wachovia Securities' Equity Capital Markets division where he led its research and investment efforts in the real estate securities sector beginning in 1993. Mr. Haley is a trustee of the Research Foundation. He is also the chairman of the Foundation’s Distinguished Fellows Credentialing Committee and a member Foundation’s Research Committee.

F.E. "Skip" Kalb, Jr.

F.E. "Skip" Kalb, Jr.

President, BNSF Railway Company

Argyle, Texas

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F.E. ‘Skip’ Kalb, Jr. is retired from BSNF Railroads and is now President of SDK Enterprises out of Argyle, Texas. He has been a member of NAIOP since 2005.

Jean Kane

Jean Kane

2017 Board of Director
CEO, Welsh Companies and Colliers International | Minneapolis St. Paul

Minnetonka, Minnesota

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Jean Kane is CEO, Welsh Companies and Colliers International | Minneapolis St. Paul- a fully integrated real estate services group offering Brokerage and Real Estate Management (operating as Colliers International | Minneapolis-St. Paul), Construction, Architecture, Capital and Facility Services. She joined NAIOP in 1992 and served as the chairman of NAIOP’s National Board of Directors in 2014. She is an alumna of the Harvard University Leading a Real Estate Company program and served as chair of the NAIOP’s Education, Government Affairs, Membership and Industry Trends committees.

Barbara Schaefer McDuffie

Barbara Schaefer McDuffie

Chairman of the Fundraising Committee
Director, Baker Tilly | NAIOP Northern Virginia

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Barbara Schaefer McDuffie is Managing Director of Business Development for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP’s Washington, DC, office located in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Baker Tilly is a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm and is ranked as one of the 12 largest in the country. Barbara has been a member of NAIOP since 1990 and is a past chairman of the Northern Virginia Chapter and has served three terms on the national board. She has also served on NAIOP’s Business Development and Industry Trends Task Force committees, and is a current member of the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee, Editorial Board, and the Trends in Real Estate Development I Forum.

Lawrence Pobuda

Lawrence A. Pobuda

Chairman of the Nominating Committee
Senior Vice President and General Manager, The Opus Group

Phoenix, Arizona

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Larry Pobuda is senior vice president and general manager with The Opus Group. In this role, Pobuda pursued new business opportunities in the Phoenix market across a variety of sectors, including office, industrial and residential. He became a member NAIOP in 1994 and was the chairman of NAIOP’s National Board of Directors in 2010. Mr. Pobuda is the current chairman of the Research Foundation and a member of the Office Development I Forum.

Eugene Reilly

Eugene Reilly

CEO, The Americas, Prologis

Denver, Colorado

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Eugene Reilly oversees all aspects of Prologis’ business in the United States, Canada and Latin America and is a member of the technical committee of FIBRA Prologis. He joined AMB Property Corporation in 2003 and has more than three decades of experience in real property investment, management and operations throughout the Americas. He has been a member of NAIOP since 2000 and served as chairman of NAIOP’s National Board of Directors and is a member of the Nominating Committee. He is also a Foundation Trustee and member of the Investment Management II Forum.

Thomas Bisacquino

Thomas J. Bisacquino

President and CEO, NAIOP

Herndon, Virginia

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Thomas J. Bisacquino has served as the association's chief executive officer since 1991. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the association. He directs NAIOP’s legislative activities on behalf of its membership in the federal, state and local arenas. Under his guidance and leadership, the headquarters staff is responsible for serving more than 17,000 members who are involved with the development, ownership, and investment of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties throughout North America.