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.

William Hunt

William E. Hunt

Vice Chairman, NAIOP Research Foundation
President and CEO, The Elmhurst Group

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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William E. Hunt is President and CEO of the Elmhurst Group, a Pittsburgh-based organization that invests in commercial real estate and operating businesses.

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 the development of manufacturing plants in rural America.

Paul Ciminelli

Paul F. Ciminelli

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

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 nearly 16 million square feet.

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. Kalb, Jr.

F.E. "Skip" Kalb, Jr.

President, Skip Kalb Strategies, LLC

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, Colliers International | Minneapolis St. Paul

Minnetonka, Minnesota

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Jean Kane is CEO of Colliers International | Minneapolis St. Paul. She leads a team of 240 professionals who are responsible for delivering a broad range of business property service solutions to their clients.

Barbara Schaefer McDuffie

Barbara Schaefer McDuffie

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

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Barbara Schaefer McDuffie is Managing Director of Business Development in the East Region for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.

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 18,000 members who are involved with the development, ownership, and investment of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties throughout North America.