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 2018 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

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

Peter Brockelman (Vice Chair)
TD Bank – Boston, Massachusetts

Capital Markets II Forum

Judson Clements
Cushman & Wakefield Texas – Dallas, Texas

Capital Markets III Forum

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

Michael Wurtsbaugh (Vice Chair)
CRG – St. Louis, Missouri

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)

Gregg Applefield (Co-Chair)
Rialto Capital – Irvine, California

Scott Cloud (Co-Chair)
Albany Road Real Estate Partners – Nashville, Tennessee

CEO Forum (NEW)

The CEO Forum is open to Principal members who are CEOs, owners, or in top leadership positions interested in examining and discussing key issues affecting decision-makers at this level. Leadership from various company types and sizes will share perspectives and industry knowledge to: strengthen leadership and decision-making skills; address individual business challenges; help to inform the development of thoughtful strategies; and establish best business practices. Topics such as securing capital; the current regulatory environment; cybersecurity and risk management; employee retention, incentivisation, and succession planning; and selecting and optimizing new technologies 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

Dan Letter
Prologis – San Francisco, California

Richard Burrow
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. – Parsippany, New Jersey

E-commerce III Forum

Jay Todisco (Chair)
Ware Malcomb – Irvine, California

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.

Court Thomas (Chair)
Atlanta Property Group, LLC – Atlanta, Georgia

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

Description to come.

Drew Richardson (Chair)
Primera Companies, Inc. – Dallas, Texas

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

Description to come.

Maghann Watson (Chair)
ARCO/Murray Construction Company – Tampa, Florida

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

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

Randy Wood (Chair)
Duke Realty Corporation – Dallas, Texas

Trends in Real Estate Development II Forum

Jeannette Meyers (Chair)
NELSON – Atlanta, Georgia

Trends in Real Estate Development IV Forum

Misty Ponce (Chair)
Partner Engineering & Science, Inc. – Torrance, California

 

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 &ndash 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.

William Guthrey (Chair)
KDC Real Estate Development & Investment – Dallas, Texas

Family Owned Business Forum

Limited to Principal Members who are family members or professional managers of family-owned real estate companies.

Family Owned Business I Forum

Kelly Shooshan (Chair)
The Shooshan Company – Alexandria, Virginia

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

Family Owned Business II Forum

Paul Knapp (Chair)
Saint Paul Properties – St. Paul, Minnesota

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

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

Thomas Fishman (Vice Chair)
Hillwood Investment Properties – Dallas, Texas

Industrial Acquisitions II Forum

John Meyer (Chair)
Terreno Realty Corporation – San Francisco, California

Nicholas Pell (Vice Chair)
Gramercy Property Trust – New York, New York

Industrial Acquisitions III Forum

Andrew Houston (Chair)
Talos Capital – East Rutherford, New Jersey

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

Andrew Mele (Chair)
Trammel Crow Company – West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Ryan Stoller (Vice Chair)
Venture One Real Estate, LLC – Rosemont, Illinois

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

Patrick Pierce (Chair)
Selwyn Property Group, Inc. – Charlotte, North Carolina

Industrial Development V Forum

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

Douglas Swain (Vice Chair)
Opus Development Company – Indianapolis, Indiana

Industrial Development VI Forum

Scott Morse (Chair)
Hillwood – Ontario, California

Industrial Development VII Forum

Whitaker Levering (Co-Chair)
Merritt Properties, LLC – Baltimore, Maryland

Carmon Hicks (Co-Chair)
JLL – Denver, Colorado

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

Andrew White (Co-Chair)
Gladstone Commercial – El Segundo, California

David O’Reilly (Co-Chair)
High Street Realty Company LLC – Roswell, Georgia

Investment Management II Forum

Mark Kunkel (Chair)
CarVal Investors – Hopkins, Minnesota

Investment Management III Forum

Jim Hoopes (Co-Chair)
NorthMarq Capital LLC – Bloomington, Minnesota

Gardner Lee (Co-Chair)
GCP – Birmingham, Alabama

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

Scott Marcus (Chair)
RSM Development & Management – Birmingham, Michigan

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

Nino Pedrelli, Ph.D. (Chair)
State Street Realty Advisors – St. Louis Park, Minnesota

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.