Developing Leaders Award

2023 Developing Leader Award Recipients

NAIOP is proud to announce the 19th annual Developing Leaders Award honoring up-and-coming commercial real estate professionals, 35 years of age and under, for their valued contributions and commitment to the industry. The 2024 Developing Leaders Awards will be presented to recipients who have shown exemplary achievements and demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishments in the commercial real estate industry.

Each applicant must be a member of NAIOP in good standing and will be selected based on the following criteria: leadership, professional competency, career goals, NAIOP participation and community involvement.

Award recipients will be honored at CRE.Converge in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 8-10, 2024, in addition to receiving publicity and unrivaled networking opportunities. Furthermore, registration to attend CRE.Converge for the award recipient and their immediate supervisor, will be complimentary (a combined $2,890 value). Supervisor registration is nontransferable.

Applications are closed for 2024.

Questions? Contact Beth Gulding at or 703-904-7100.

Award Criteria


  • NAIOP member in good standing.
  • 35 years of age and under.
  • Commercial real estate professional (full-time students are not eligible).
  • Support from your organization to attend CRE.Converge, October 8-10, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Previous winners of this award are not eligible.


Recipients of the Developing Leaders Award will be selected based on the following:

  • Leadership.
  • Professional competency.
  • Career goals.
  • NAIOP participation.
  • Community involvement.

Applications will be judged by leading industry professionals.

Submission Checklist

Each online submission should include the following information:

  • Co mpleted online application 
    • Career Overview (not to exceed 100 words per question)
      • What motivated you to get involved in commercial real estate?
      • What is your ultimate career goal?
      • NAIOP involvement and awards won (both chapter and corporate level).
      • How has being a member of NAIOP helped your career?
    • A personal statement of why you should be selected for the Developing Leaders Award (not to exceed 500 words).
    • Resume (not to exceed two pages).
  • Chapter Support Form (required).
  • Supervisor Consent and Recommendation Form (required).
  • Proof of age may be requested.


  • Award recipients will receive one (1) complimentary registration to CRE.Converge 2024.
  • Award recipient’s supervisor will receive one (1) complimentary registration to CRE.Converge 2024 (supervisor registration is nontransferable).
  • Award presentation and reception event at CRE.Converge 2024.
  • Press release announcing the Developing Leaders Award recipients.
  • Article featuring the Developing Leaders Award recipients in Development magazine (print and online).
  • Recognition of Developing Leaders Award recipients on NAIOP’s Market Share Blog.

Past Winners

2023 Developing Leaders Award Winners
Press Release and Development magazine profile

2022 Developing Leaders Award Winners
Press release and Development magazine profile