New Voices THE CHANGING FACE OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Fifteen Outstanding Developing Leaders
Shaping a Bright Future for CRE
NAIOP’s 2015 Developing Leaders Award recipients have distinguished themselves
through exceptional commitment and contributions to the industry.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, and these
young professionals intend to make
it all the way. Drawing strength from
the high energy, fast pace and collaborative nature of commercial real
estate, the recipients of NAIOP’s
2015 Developing Leaders Award are
throwing themselves into the industry
at full throttle. They received this
prestigious honor on October 14 in
Toronto at NAIOP’s Commercial Real
Estate Conference 2015, in recognition of their exceptional commitment
and contributions to the industry. Read
on for glimpses into how the unbridled
enthusiasm, tenacity and leadership of
these 15 young professionals continue
to impact commercial real estate in
Q: What are some of the most
rewarding aspects of your job?
Stillwater Investment Group
A: I love building a company from
scratch and seeing my projects come
together to provide value to my investors and to the local communities in
which they are located.
Distribution Realty Group LLC
A: Development is rewarding in a
tangible way. Outside of building new
buildings, as an industrial landlord I
have a great view of the businesses
that ;re our American economic engine. America’s industrial companies
are doing and making some really cool
Senior Associate, Colliers International
A: The most rewarding aspect of my
job is that I have the ;exibility to work
on a variety of different asset classes.
No two assignments are the same;
some days I’m working on developing land and other days I’m working
on a high-rise multifamily building. I
value the diversity and complexity of
appraising different properties.
Assistant Project Manager
The Rockefeller Group
NAIOP New York City
A: In the development ;eld, the
ultimate satisfaction is to see a new
building come to fruition. With numerous years going into a single development before construction even begins,
I like to see the smaller undertakings,
such as ;nishing negotiating a contract or obtaining site plan approvals,
as rewarding aspects of the job.
Associate, CBRE Inc.
NAIOP San Diego
A: I absolutely love helping clients
achieve their real estate goals and
teaching them about the sales
process. For many private clients,
managing their CRE investments isn’t
necessarily their day-to-day profession.
They rely heavily on me to look out
for their best interests and help them
capitalize on current market conditions to achieve their ;nancial goals.
Q: How has being a member of
NAIOP helped your career?
Senior Leasing Manager, Prologis
A: Being a member of NAIOP has
given me the opportunity to build new
relationships with industry professionals as well as maintain existing relationships. I have also had the opportunity to network with professionals who
don’t necessarily focus on what I do
on a daily basis. My involvement with
NAIOP Georgia’s NAIOP Future Leaders (NFL) has truly been invaluable.
NFL has helped me learn more about
the organization and its charitable
causes, and offers monthly opportunities to meet the leaders in our industry.
NAIOP is undoubtedly an essential key
to my success as a CRE professional.
Nicole Wilhelm Smith
Business Development Manager
ECS Mid-Atlantic LLC
A: NAIOP has been invaluable for me
in my career. It has introduced me to
a group of people who are incredibly
knowledgeable and eager to help me
succeed. At my relatively young age,
it would have been impossible to have
entered the inner circle of the Maryland commercial real estate industry
without this association.
Partner, Linville Team Partners
NAIOP North Carolina Piedmont Triad
A: I have been a NAIOP member
since the ;rst year of my career. As a
younger professional in the industry,
NAIOP provided a great platform for
industry knowledge and networking
with our market’s top leaders. NAIOP