Meet Our Trustees

The Trustees are the governing board of the Research Foundation.

William Hunt

William E. Hunt

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

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Bill is President and CEO of Elmhurst Group, which invests in commercial real estate and private operating businesses. Elmhurst’s real estate holdings include over three million square feet of office, hotel, flex and distribution space throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Eva Stevens

Eva Stevens

Vice Chairman, NAIOP Research Foundation
President and COO, United Properties

Bloomington, Minnesota

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Eva Stevens is 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.

Bilijack R. Bell

Bilijack R. Bell

Chairman of the Fundraising Committee
Partner, Wilson, Hull, and Neal

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.

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.

Ralph Heins

Ralph Heins

Chairman of the Nominating Committee
President, Primera Companies, Inc.

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.

F.E. Kalb, Jr.

F.E. "Skip" Kalb, Jr.

Chairman of the Research Committee
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

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 Visionaries Program 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.

Ninio D. Pedrelli

Nino D. Pedrelli, Ph.D.

Industry Consultant

Edina, Minnesota

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Nino Pedrelli, Ph.D. is a principal 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.

Douglas Swain

Douglas Swain

Vice President and General Manager, The Opus Group

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

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 19,000 members who are involved with the development, ownership, and investment of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties throughout North America.