2013 Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat Wrap Up

Chapter leaders from across the NAIOP network joined together in Washington, D.C., for the annual Chapter Leadership & Legislative Retreat, February 11-14. Over 300 individuals attended the Retreat.

Among the highlights of the sessions was a keynote presentation by Ed Barks, who discussed the necessary strategies and tactics needed for attaining goals through public speaking. Attendees had their choice of concurrent sessions that explored their roles as leaders and provided strategies and techniques. Sessions focused on various topics, including Developing Leaders programs, branding strategies, membership values and government affairs priority issues.

From the legislative perspective, all attendees heard from U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and U.S. Congressman John Barrow (D-Ga.). Congressman Paulsen is a member of the Ways & Means Committee and supports pro-growth initiatives and believes that open markets are the key to a strong economy. Congressman Barrow serves on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and currently serves as the group’s Co-Chair for Administration.

Additionally, senior writer of The Weekly Standard and New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hayes shared his perspectives on the political and legislative environment, and provided insight on important international issues and their impact on the United States.

On Wednesday, February 13, eighteen chapters and three individuals were honored with special recognition at the annual Chapter Merit Awards gala. The awards recognized extraordinary programs and efforts by these chapters throughout the year. Three NAIOP chapters were singled out as winners in the small, medium and large category for Chapter of the Year.

On the final day of the Retreat, more than 141 attendees traveled to Capitol Hill for scheduled visits with their state’s elected officials to voice NAIOP's legislative concerns on critical issues. Throughout the Retreat, NAIOP’s government affairs staff provided materials and knowledge on the issues most pressing to the association and industry.

Get a glimpse of the 2013 Chapter Leadership & Legislative Retreat by viewing photos online.

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Kathryn Hamilton