Winter 2023/2024 Issue

A Year in Review

By: Kim Snyder

Kim Snyder

What an exhilarating and eventful year it has been for our industry and NAIOP! The organization remains strong and relevant as the commercial real estate industry continues to adapt in a period of financial uncertainty and changes in demand.

It has been an exceptionally rewarding experience to serve as NAIOP chair and to talk with members from across the United States and Canada at our events and during chapter visits. Sharing what NAIOP has meant to me, and learning how it’s shaped others’ careers and advanced our industry, has been especially meaningful.

NAIOP has served its members and chapters in several ways this year, thanks to the support and engagement of our board, chapters and staff. Our achievements are many. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • We developed a new strategic plan that will guide the association during the next three years. The plan includes expanding our member value proposition; enhancing the public perception of the CRE industry; strengthening our position as the association of choice for CRE professionals; and deepening NAIOP’s leadership and involvement in advocacy on all levels. Members and chapters were involved in the plan, and I’m looking forward to seeing how our strategies and tactics shape the association’s future.
  • Three I.CON conferences sold out entirely this year — an exciting accomplishment for the organization! The fervor of the industrial market and NAIOP’s recognition as the leader in industrial real estate helped drive these meetings to success.
  • We launched a new NAIOP chapter in Boise, Idaho, bringing our total number of chapters to 53.
  • We hosted an executive-level conversation on the seismic shift in office, bringing together top office developers, owners and investors to discuss office demand, the availability of credit and financing, and the future of the space as we navigate current market conditions and prepare for what’s ahead. A second gathering of this group took place at CRE.Converge in Seattle.
  • Both the National Forums and the Research Foundation programs continue to grow, with new forums added and several new governors pledging to support the important work of the Foundation. These next-level opportunities drive thought leadership and long-term engagement with the association.
  • Legislatively, we’ve worked on federal issues regarding Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and forthcoming legislation on incentives for adaptive reuse. Our government affairs team has collaborated with chapters on such pressing issues as affordable housing, tax increment financing, regulatory and permitting processes, and more.

One of the achievements I’ve been most proud of this year is how our chapters have invested in operations, services and member benefits that positively impact the CRE industry and deliver member value. Using the resources of the Chapter Support Fund, 20 chapters received grants to launch new programs, deepen advocacy efforts and create important initiatives.

Finally, as any chair who has come before me would agree, the NAIOP staff is an impressive group, and I’ve appreci-ated the opportunity to get to know them and collaborate this year. Marc Selvitelli has done an excellent job as our president and CEO during his first year, and I’d like to acknowledge all the successes that have happened under his leadership.

I’d like to thank our valuable members and all they bring to the association. I have been honored to serve as chair this year, and I’m excited to pass the gavel to Brian Walker, our 2024 chair. I know our future is bright under his leadership.

Thank you for the opportunity to lead this organization!

Kim Snyder, President, 
Western Region
2023 NAIOP Chair



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