Meet NAIOP 2015 Chairman Steve Martin

January 07, 2015

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has named Steven D. Martin, managing principal with SDM Partners, Atlanta, Georgia, as its 2015 Chairman of the Board. In this role, NAIOP’s highest elected position, Martin will lead the association’s executive committee and staff in the planning and execution of industry- and association-wide initiatives. His one-year term begins January 1, 2015.

“Steve will provide the forward-looking perspective of an enterprising strategist with more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP President and CEO. “He is a dynamic and passionate leader who recognizes the value and power of bringing together people from different sectors of the industry. We anticipate that he will work with our Executive Committee and Corporate staff to leverage the many strengths of our members so that the industry can achieve even greater goals in 2015 and beyond.”

Martin’s commercial real estate expertise includes acquisitions, development and finance. SDM Partners focuses on acquiring opportunistic real estate transactions in the southeastern United States. Prior to forming SDM Partners, Martin was Atlanta managing director for Granite Properties, where he was responsible for more than $350 million in successful transactions over a six-year period. Previously, he held positions with Brannen Goddard Company, Aronov Realty Company, Trammell Crow Company and Mellon Bank.

“I am humbled, honored and excited to be selected as the 2015 NAIOP Chairman,” said Martin. “I plan to continue the momentum of my predecessors in promoting NAIOP and our great industry.” Martin also said he plans to “visit as many NAIOP chapters and meet as many members across North America as possible,” in his role as chairman.

Martin accepted the position during the traditional passing of the gavel from 2014 Chairman Jean Kane, CEO, Welsh Companies / Colliers International-Minneapolis-St. Paul, at NAIOP’s fall 2014 meeting.

A 23-year member of NAIOP, Martin has held several association leadership positions including vice chair of the Education, Membership and Business Development committees. He has also served on the Corporate board and has been active in NAIOP Georgia. He holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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About NAIOP: NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 20,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. For more information, visit

Kathryn Hamilton