also provided me a leadership opportunity through service on the board early
in my career, where I was able to dive
deeper into national market trends
and further understand the effects
of NAIOP’s lobbying efforts across
our entire industry, both locally and
Assistant Vice President
Construction and Maintenance
Harsch Investment Properties
NAIOP Southern Nevada
A: The relationships I have formed as
a member of NAIOP have become vital
to my career. I can pick up the phone
and call any municipality, utility, engineer or contractor and reach someone
who I met either at a NAIOP function
or through a NAIOP colleague.
Vice President, Asset and Portfolio
Management, Barnhart Asset Management
NAIOP Greater Toronto
A: In our business, a strong network is
a vital component of being successful.
NAIOP is the best organization bringing together real estate professionals
in Toronto, and it has allowed me to
make great connections across Canada
and throughout the U.S.
Q: What advice would you offer
to other young professionals in
commercial real estate?
Leasing and Marketing Manager
Argent Development Group
A: Become active in your development
community. If a local NAIOP chapter
exists, join it! You get out of this busi-
Christine Choi Moore
Nicole Wilhelm Smith
Lauren Richter James Love
John Drachman Alison McGavigan
ness what you put into it. Enjoy what
you do; success is as much about your
attitude as it is anything else.
General Manager, Real Estate
Equium Group Inc.
A: Never underestimate the power of
positive thinking and perseverance.
Those qualities, along with networking, are essential for success within
Account Executive, First Republic Bank
NAIOP South Florida
A: Don’t waste your time; it’s the most
valuable asset you’ll ever own.
Christine Choi Moore
John Hancock Real Estate
A: Work hard and differentiate yourself
amongst your colleagues and competitors. Strategically invest your time
to make yourself a value-add in all
aspects of what you do.
Vice President, Colliers International
NAIOP Northern Ohio
A: Strive to achieve a balance of humility and con;dence. There is always
something to learn in this business,
whether it’s your second or 20th year.
Being open to always learn and adapt
helps to keep you humble while also
enabling you to gain valuable experience that strengthens con;dence. ■
By Marie Ruff, communications senior