Meet Our Trustees

The Trustees are the governing board of the Research Foundation.
F.E. Kalb, Jr.

F.E. "Skip" Kalb, Jr.

Chairman, NAIOP Research Foundation
President, Skip Kalb Strategies, LLC

NAIOP North Texas

Azle, Texas

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F.E. ‘Skip’ Kalb, Jr. is retired from BSNF Railroads and is now President of SDK Enterprises out of Azle, Texas. He has been a member of NAIOP since 2005.

Lewis Agnew

Lewis Agnew

President, Charles Hawkins Co.

NAIOP Nashville

Nashville, Tennesse

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The Charles Hawkins Co. has been one of the leading, independent, full-service real estate companies in Nashville, Tennessee since 1962. As president of the privately-held company, Mr. Agnew’s primary duties include managing the day-to-day operations involved with 15 employees and 20 brokers. Secondly, his responsibilities include asset management oversight for a $500 million portfolio of commercial property that totals approximately 9.6 million square feet.

Tracy Allen

Tracy Allen

Fundraising Committee Chair, NAIOP Research Foundation
Vice President, Director of Client Relations, ECS Group of Companies

NAIOP Northern Virginia

Chantilly, Virginia

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Tracy Allen is vice president, director of client relations for ECS (Engineering Consulting Services) located in Chantilly, Virginia. Founded in 1988, Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is a leader in geotechnical, environmental, construction materials, and facilities engineering. With over 1,400 employees, ECS has grown to more than 50 offices and testing facilities spread across the Mid-Atlantic, Southern, and Midwestern states. Tracy has been a member of NAIOP since 2000. She serves as a faculty member of the NAIOP Center for Education as has been a member of the Trends in Real Estate Development II National Forum since 2011.

Collin Barr

Collin Barr

NAIOP Board of Directors
President – Central US Division, Ryan Companies US, Inc.

NAIOP Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Collin Barr is President of the Central US Division for Ryan Companies US, Inc. In this role Mr. Barr provides executive leadership and oversight for the North Region based out of Minnesota and the Midwest Region based out of Iowa, and the SouthCentral Region based in Texas. These three business units encompass the disciplines of development, capital sourcing, architecture & engineering, construction, and property management where project solutions are delivered to customers across the United States in the market sectors of: office, industrial, retail, healthcare, governmental, hospitality, multifamily, and senior living. Mr. Barr joined NAIOP in 1987 and is a member of the Build to Suit Forum.

Bilijack R. Bell

Bilijack R. Bell

Partner, Wilson, Hull, and Neal

NAIOP Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

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Bilijack R. Bell is a partner at Wilson, Hull & Neal and Principal of Industrial Solutions Group, located in Atlanta, Georgia. A disciplined industrial focus providing real estate solutions for tenants, landlords, developers, and investors through brokerage, development, construction services, strategic land assemblage and entitlements in the Atlanta market. A NAIOP member since 2007, Bilijack is on the Georgia Chapter’s NAIOP Board serving as Governmental Affairs Committee chair. He is a former member of the E.CON, ICON Impact Projects Advisory, and Project of the Year committees. Bilijack is the current chair of the Business Park Development Forum and a former member of the Young Professionals II Forum.

Frank Baird

Frank Baird

Principal and CEO, Capital Associates

NAIOP Raleigh Durham

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Frank serves as a Principal and CEO of Capital Associates, located in Raleigh, NC. He joined Capital Associates in 1986 after moving from Dallas Texas. Prior to his role as CEO, Frank was a Development Partner with Capital Associates developing a number of projects throughout the Triangle. In Dallas, Frank served as Vice President of Development with Southland Financial Corporation for the Las Colinas Development. In his 40-year carrier, Frank has developed over 30 projects ranging in size from a small warehouse to the 1.2 million square foot Towers at Williams Square mixed-use project in Las Colinas. As CEO Frank has implemented a successful business strategy of brokerage, management and development revenue sources for Capital Associates. In 1978, Frank graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and later received an MBA from the University of Dallas. He served on NAIOP’s Environment and Infrastructure Subcommittee and has been a member of the Office Development II Forum since 1999.

Jean Kane

Jean Kane

Vice Chairperson, NAIOP Research Foundation
Industry Veteran

NAIOP Minnesota

Deephaven, 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.

Ninio D. Pedrelli

Nino D. Pedrelli, Ph.D.

Owner, State Street Realty Advisors, LLC

NAIOP Minnesota

Edina, Minnesota

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Nino Pedrelli, Ph.D. is the owner at State Street Realty Advisors, LLC, located in St. Louis Park Minnesota. State Street Realty Advisors provides a broad base of services, such as asset management, investment analysis, development consulting, and project management for family offices, individuals, non-profits and municipalities with real estate holdings.

Lex Rickenbaker

Lex Rickenbaker

Secretary/Treasurer, NAIOP Research Foundation
Executive Director, USAA Real Estate Company

NAIOP Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

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Lex is Executive Director, Real Estate Investments for the Southeast region with USAA Real Estate Company. He is responsible for the region's involvement in acquisitions, development, build-to-suits, joint ventures, and capital transactions which also includes senior and mezzanine debt, and preferred equity financing structures. Lex oversees all aspects of the deal process including sourcing transactions, market and property underwriting, due diligence, venture structuring, and closing across a variety of strategies with multiple capital sources. Additional responsibilities include supporting the initiatives of other company departments, working cohesively with the investment management team to develop transaction strategy, and advocating and presenting transactions to investment committee. Lex is a former member of the Board of Directors and served as the Developing Leaders representative on the Executive Committee. He is a past member of the National Forums Advisory committee. Lex has been a member of the Deal and Investment Concepts Forum since its inception in 2011 and served as its chair.

Eva Stevens

Eva Stevens

Industry Veteran

NAIOP Minnesota

Bloomington, Minnesota

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Eva Stevens is the former president and chief operating officer of United Properties, a privately held firm specializing in commercial and senior housing property investment and development, located in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Douglas Swain

Douglas Swain

Research Committee Chair, NAIOP Research Foundation
Vice President and General Manager, The Opus Group

NAIOP Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Douglas Swain is vice president and general manager of The Opus Group - a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country.

Thomas Bisacquino

Thomas J. Bisacquino

Former President and CEO, NAIOP

NAIOP Northern Virginia

Herndon, Virginia

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Thomas J. Bisacquino served for 33 years as NAIOP Inc. President and CEO retiring in June of 2022. He was responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the association, headquartered in Northern Virginia. Mr. Bisacquino directed NAIOP’s legislative activities on behalf of its membership in the federal, state, provincial and local arenas. Under his guidance and leadership, the headquarters staff served more than 20,000 members who are the developers, investors, and owners of industrial, office, retail, and multi-family properties throughout North America.