What an exciting and eventful year it has been for me, our industry and our association. NAIOP is certainly operating on all cylinders as the industry continues to flourish amid the longest recovery on record.
For me, it has been an incredibly rewarding experience to serve as your chairman. I’ve truly enjoyed meeting members from all corners of the U.S. and Canada. Sharing what NAIOP has meant to me, and learning how it’s shaped others’ careers and advanced our industry, has been a meaningful opportunity.
The end of 2019 concludes the second year of our current strategic plan, which was developed by our board with the input of members via surveys and focus groups. We are already starting the research and member-input portion of the 2021-2023 plan. I encourage you to participate by offering your ideas and feedback so that we can ensure our goals align with your expectations and needs.
NAIOP has moved the ball forward on many of our strategic goals this year, which demonstrates the association’s firm commitment to advancing the programs, research and services that benefit our members, including:
An exciting achievement for the close of 2019 is the addition of our 20,000th NAIOP member. This is a huge triumph and one that clearly shows the value our members receive from NAIOP, both locally in chapters and across the organization through our research and events that help advance businesses and connect members.
I’ve been fortunate to visit 18 chapters as chairman, and from small to large, each chapter is thriving, and members really appreciate what NAIOP means to them and their businesses. I’ve particularly enjoyed getting to know the Developing Leaders and sharing how my NAIOP membership has been so valuable to me and my company thanks to the many relationships that have been created.
I’m pleased to pass the gavel to Larry Lance, our 2020 chairman. I know that our future is bright under his leadership and the many chairs who will follow. My thanks to the executive committee, board of directors, members and staff for your support and encouragement this year.
Gregory P. Fuller
President and Chief Operating Officer, Granite Properties, Inc.
2019 NAIOP Chairman