Visionaries Lend Their Voice to the Research Foundation

NAIOP Research Foundation Newsletter, November 2017

The inaugural class of the NAIOP Visionaries was introduced at CRE.Converge 2017 in Chicago. Ten invididuals were selected based on their career accomplishments, history of involvement with NAIOP, and a demonstrated interest in the Research Foundation’s mission.

“The Research Foundation Visionaries are individuals 40 years of age and less who want to connect with the Foundation’s mission and share their time and perspectives toward our work,” said Research Foundation Chairman Ralph Heins, president of Primera Companies in Dallas. “We believe these fresh viewpoints will bring a new dynamism to the Foundation’s research, and on behalf of the governors, it is my honor to recognize the inaugural group of Visionaries to the program.”

The Foundation established the program with the goals of:

  1. Providing an opportunity for exemplary industry professionals in the early part of their careers to gain industry and career development insight from governors.
  2. Recruiting rising industry leaders whose expertise and experience will help inform the Foundation’s research development process.
  3. Ensuring that the perspectives of NAIOP members under age 40 are represented in Research Foundation activities and discussions.
  4. Educating Visionaries on the benefits of becoming a governor by exposing them to thought leadership and mentoring.
  5. Cultivating future governors to support the Research Foundation’s work.

“The continued growth of the Governors program has made for more robust and insightful discussions at Foundation meetings, as more geographic regions and company types are represented,” said Marc Selvitelli, CAE, executive director of the NAIOP Research Foundation. “Engaging these rising industry professionals will bring important new perspectives to the Foundation’s work.”

Professionals age 40 and under make up an increasing percentage of the commercial real estate profession and NAIOP’s membership. Developing Leaders (individuals age 35 and under) comprise 28 percent of NAIOP’s total membership and 53 percent of new members annually.

Meet the Visionaries:

Lewis Agnew
President, Chas. Hawkins Co. Inc./CORFAC
Nashville, Tennessee

Jordan Angel, CMB
Senior Director, HFF
San Francisco, California

Kate Nolan Bryden
Vice President — Development, MRP
Baltimore, Maryland

Peter Cocoziello Jr.
Director of Asset Management, Advance Realty
Bridgewater, New Jersey

Megan Creecy-Herman
Vice President, Leasing and Development
Liberty Property Trust
Scottsdale, Arizona

Matt Milich
Vice President, Pearlmark
Arcadia, California

Drew Richardson
Director of Leasing, Primera Companies, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

Lex Rickenbaker
Executive Director Investments
USAA Real Estate Company
Atlanta, Georgia

Colleen Wevodau
Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Vienna, Virginia

Chris Zarek
Partner, Form Development
Salt Lake City, Utah

The next application period will open July 2018. To learn more about the Visionaries program, visit