National Forums Groups

National Forums Groups

The National Forums are chaired by a prestigious group of industry leaders. A list of the existing Forums and the 2017 National Forums Leadership follows. (Based on members' interest, new National Forums are created from time to time.)






National Forums Chair
Jeffrey J. Milanaik

Bridge Development Partners LLC
Parsippany, New Jersey

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

Laurie Smith (Vice Chair)
Blue Vista Capital Management – Chicago, Illinois

Capital Markets II Forum

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

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

Capital Markets III Forum

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

Capital Markets IV Forum

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

Carrington Brown (Vice Chair)
USAA Real Estate Company – Dallas, Texas

Capital Markets V Forum (NEW)

Kimberly Hofstede (Co-Chair)
Founders Properties LLC – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gabe Philibert (Co-Chair)
Bell Bank – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coworking (NEW)

Open to members of all types who are involved in the development, operation, and design of coworking spaces, including: coworking places, startup oriented incubators, and total office space. The Forum focuses on building owner operations, tenant management and operations, marketing, space design, financing, identifying commercial and hospitality trends, and legal issues (among others). Finding synergies in the relationship between commercial real estate and coworking firms, as well as how to adapt as the model for this product type changes over time, will be discussed.

Deal and Investment Concepts Forum

Drawing from both a diverse geographical and product type expertise, members bring experience in all aspects of real estate investment from research, architecture, development, construction, leasing, debt & equity capital markets, investment sales, and investment management. Both open and led discussions focus on changes and challenges encountered in the marketplace by members, best practices, professional and personal development, and specialized education related to distinct sectors of the industry.

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

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).

E-commerce I Forum

W. Scott Lamson (Chair)
Prologis – San Francisco, California

E-commerce II Forum

John Huguenard (Chair)
JLL – Chicago, Illinois

Entrepreneurial Investment & Development

Comprised primarily of developers and owners of office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use real estate properties with portfolios from 1 to 50 million square feet. Through case analysis and discussion, members share and develop strategies to identify new opportunities, mitigate risk, and overcome organizational challenges. All market sizes are represented with a number of members having extensive experience in secondary and tertiary markets. The Forum is diverse in terms of age with membership ranging from mid-career professionals to seasoned industry veterans. The different age demographics in this group creates a dynamic environment where each generation brings different skills and talents to the table.

David Jorgensen (Chair)
VJS Development Group – Pewaukee, Wisconsin

National Market Perspectives & Practices Forum

Members come from markets across the country and represent a variety of commercial real estate disciplines, including: asset management; debt and equity capital markets; investment sales; leasing; and marketing. Both open and led discussions focus on changes and challenges encountered in the marketplace by members, best practices, professional and personal development, and specialized education related to different sectors of the industry. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning during meetings through project analysis, interactive project tours, and exclusive presentations by experts in the markets in which meetings are held. Forum membership is currently under 40 years old, however, the group is not age restricted.

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

Office and Industrial Trends (NEW)

Description to come.

Property Investment Perspectives

Members come from markets across the country and represent a variety of commercial real estate disciplines, including: development; investment management; acquisitions; debt and equity capital markets; brokerage; and construction. Group focus leans toward the industrial sector, but a number of members also work in office and retail. Both open and led discussions focus on identifying market opportunities, challenges faced by members, best practices, and professional and personal development. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning during meetings through interactive project tours and exclusive presentations by experts in the markets in which meetings are held. Forum membership is currently under 40 years old, but the group is open to all ages.

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

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

Real Estate Investments and Development (NEW)

Description to come.

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

Joseph McLoughlin (Chair)
Commonwealth Land Title – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Trends in Real Estate Development IV Forum

Scott Syphax (Chair)
NCRF – Sacramento, California

Marc Gittleman (Vice Chair)
Rising Realty Partners – Los Angeles, California

Redevelopment Forum

The United States is witnessing a resurgence in the redevelopment of single use properties into mixed-use, pedestrian friendly developments fueled by demographic trends indicating demand for dense, walkable communities. This forum focuses on opportunities and challenges surrounding redevelopment in both urban and suburban environments. The majority of members consist of developers, owners, and investors, with the balance made up of other professionals typically engaged in this type of complex commercial development.

Greg Trimmer (Chair)
The JBG Companies – Chevy Chase, Maryland

David Cunningham (Vice Chair)
Granite Properties Inc. – Plano, Texas

 

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 I 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

Dean Kiriluk (Vice Chair)
Kirco Development – Troy, Michigan

Industrial Acquisitions Forums

Limited to Principal members with a leading role in the acquisition of industrial properties. This Forum focuses on the issues facing investors and owners in this process.

Industrial Acquisitions I Forum

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

Daniel Goldman (Vice Chair)
DRA Advisors LLC – San Francisco, California

Industrial Acquisitions II Forum

Brian Townsend (Chair)
Talos Capital – Northfield, 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

Seth Adler (Vice Chair)
Adler Development – Edison, New Jersey

Industrial Development IV Forum

Troy Estacio (Chair)
The Buzz Oates Group of Companies – Sacramento, California

Industrial Development V Forum

William Burton (Vice Chair)
Hillwood Properties – Ft. Worth, Texas

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

Industrial Development VI Forum

Scott Morse (Chair)
Hillwood – Ontario, California

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 (Chair)
CarVal Investors – Hopkins, Minnesota

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

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.

Bo Jackson (Chair)
Transwestern – 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

Michael Montante (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

Peter Garver (Chair)
Garver Development – Baltimore, Maryland

Private Developers II Forum

Rob Huthnance (Chair)
Port Logistics Realty – Dallas, Texas

Real Estate Law and Transactions Forum

Open to Principal and Associate members who have a leading role in providing counsel to and within commercial real estate firms. The Forum focuses on the issues that corporate counsel face within commercial real estate companies and practices and on such transactions as acquisitions, dispositions, leases, finance transactions, joint ventures, and mergers, among others.

Matt Cimino (Chair)
Welsh Property Trust – Minnetonka, Minnesota

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.