Summer 2024 Issue

Chapter Merit Awards

NAIOP Southern Nevada received the Chapter of the Year Award for large chapters.

NAIOP recognizes chapters and individuals for excellence in a variety of program areas.

Earlier this year, NAIOP honored select chapters and individuals as part of the annual Chapter Merit Awards. The awards recognize success in diversity, equity and inclusion, education, legislative affairs, membership and special events, as well as individual leader recognitions and Chapter of the Year. Recipients are chosen by a committee of their peers composed of volunteer judges.

Chapter of the Year

The Chapter of the Year Award honors chapters for overall excellence throughout the year, including involvement with NAIOP Corporate, chapter growth, community service and more. This year’s winners demonstrated an unyielding dedication to providing value for NAIOP members at every level.

Medium chapter: NAIOP Inland Empire

Large chapter: NAIOP Southern Nevada

Outstanding Leadership by a Chapter President

The award for Outstanding Leadership by a Chapter President is presented to a chapter president who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to their chapter’s growth and success. This year’s winners worked to increase and diversify membership, elevate programming, empower volunteers and engage local leaders.

Small chapter: Kyle Rea, NAIOP Northern Nevada

Large chapter: Travis Hale, NAIOP Washington State

Chapter Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a chapter volunteer for their exceptional efforts and contributions to their chapter. This year’s winners possess incredible work ethic and commitment and have proved to be integral to their chapters’ success.

Small chapter: Paul Kinne, NAIOP Northern Nevada

Medium chapter: Joe Farr, NAIOP New Mexico

Large chapter: Cassie Catania-Hsu, NAIOP Southern Nevada

Outstanding Contribution by a Chapter Executive

The Outstanding Contribution by a Chapter Executive Award is presented to chapter leaders for their valued contributions, innovation and knowledge. This year’s winners developed exciting initiatives, engaged members in fresh ways and grew their chapters’ membership.

Small chapter: Debra Wimpee, NAIOP Oklahoma

Large chapter: Suzanne Kinney, NAIOP Arizona

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award recognizes chapters that have worked to advance DEI within their chapter and in commercial real estate. This year’s award winners stood out for their efforts in supporting the next generation of commercial real estate professionals and increasing diversity within the industry.

Large chapter: NAIOP Washington State, DEI programs for rising leaders


The Education Award is presented to chapters that organized an exceptional program, series, event or seminar with educational content. These winning chapters hosted unique and engaging market tours, speaker series and more.

Small chapter: NAIOP New York City for PropTech Competition

Large chapter (tie): NAIOP Southern Nevada for Developing Organizational Leadership Institute

Large chapter (tie): NAIOP Arizona for “Becoming a Tier 1 City” Education Series

Legislative Affairs

The Legislative Affairs Award recognizes chapters whose government affairs activities and advocacy influenced important state and local issues. This year’s winners strengthened relationships with decision-makers and elected officials, and made their voices heard on issues critical to commercial real estate.

Medium chapter: NAIOP Inland Empire for defeating tax measures and establishing a legislative task force

Large chapter: NAIOP Minnesota for public policy committee successes


The Membership Award is presented to chapters that have demonstrated success through their retention and recruitment programs, conveying NAIOP’s exclusive member benefits.

Large chapter: NAIOP Washington State for high member retention, student membership growth and new member mentoring

Special Events

The Special Event Award celebrates chapters that have planned and executed exceptional and unique chapter events.

Small chapter: NAIOP Oklahoma for Women in CRE Networking Luncheon Series

Medium chapter: NAIOP Inland Empire for Broker Challenge

Large chapter: NAIOP Southern Nevada for Spotlight Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Membership Growth

NAIOP honored NAIOP Sacramento Valley for the largest percentage of member growth (31.7%) based on year-end membership data.

Highest Number of New Members

NAIOP celebrated NAIOP SoCal for achieving a record highest number of new members (135) among all 53 chapters in 2023, based on year-end membership data.