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Angels Vs. Dodgers Freeway Series Mixer

We got our game on at the annual Freeway Series held at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim. Our guests cheered and mixed and mingled at the Saint Archer Pub before heading to their seats to watch Game 3 of the four-game interleague series. Check out some of our pictures from the fun night!

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Sunshine, BBQ and CRE

Sunshine, BBQ and Commercial Real Estate, it doesn’t get more California than that! Check out some of our awesome pictures at the Balboa Bay Club from our Annual OC BBQ on June 15th! If you missed out on this one, contact us to make it our upcoming BBQ at the Jonathon Club on July 13th, 2017!

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Awesome VIDEO! See what you missed at Night at the Fights thanks to Connect Media!


Night at the Fights; Old Hollywood in all its Grandeur!

An amazing evening with Hollywood celebrities from the Golden Era, music, pizzazz and, of course, for the first time ever – our Real Estate Rumble, the finale of the evening: Chuck Campbell and Andrew Irvine brought out their gloves for the most intense and amazing bout of the evening! Our grateful appreciation to all of our sponsors for your support, and to the committee who labored long and hard to make it a truly memorable evening!

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The NIGHT at the FIGHTS is officially SOLD OUT!

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It’s official! Night at the Fights 2017 has completely sold out! Didn’t submit your registration in time? There may be a chance we can still help you with that! Submit your registration form to be placed on our waiting list and cross your fingers; we may still have a spot for you to attend the first Real Estate Rumble bout in NAIOP SoCal history! Email Becky Ezell with the number you’re looking for – we’ll let you know by Monday, May 8th, if we can accommodate you.


The first Leadership Summit went above and beyond our expectations, with over 300 attendees at the lovely Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, CA. The dedication and diligent work of our amazing YPG Alumni Committee was evident in the quality of the presentations, the networking opportunities and much more. So much knowledge and great ideas were shared from our amazing guest speakers, we’re ready to start planning for next year! Check out some of our awesome pictures below!

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Congratulations to our YPG Class of 2017!

Hard work pays off! We’re so proud of our 2016-2017 Young Professional’s Group as they commemorated the end of their year at the Red O in Newport Beach, CA. Check out some of the fun pictures below:

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Kicking off 2017 at the Port Theater in Newport Beach

Some of Commercial Real Estate’s shining stars graced us with their presence at our 2017 annual kick-off event at the Port Theater in Newport Beach. We were lucky to have Petra Durnin from CBRE who gave us a in-depth overview on Southern California Commercial Real Estate. If you missed out on this one, check out our pictures below and don’t miss out on March Madness on April 3rd!

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Every year each YPG class goes through an intense program that leads up to a final moment: the CapRock Cup. Five teams presented their assessment of a “live” project owned by the Irvine Company. After deliberating for months they showcased their findings on their strategic plans and proposal on the highest and best use for the project. Congratulations to the winning team!

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Peter Schafer
Thomas Turnage
Gregory Kosh

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OC Prospect Mixer – A “Happy” Happy Hour

We wanted to extend a large “THANK YOU!” to all our Developing Leaders and Committee members that attended our OC Prospect Mixer on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at Boss Cat Kitchen & Libations in Newport Beach to share their NAIOP SoCal experiences with new and prospective members. We would also like to thank our new guests for taking the time out of their busy days to learn about all the great things about NAIOP SoCal and making our mixer a fun night out!

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YPG Applications Now Being Accepted! DEADLINE JAN. 6, 2017


NAIOP SoCal is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017-18 Young Professionals Group (YPG) are now being accepted. Designed for individuals age 35 and younger who wish to further their educational and leadership skills, this 12-month, 70-hour course provides a broad-based understanding of the critical components of the real estate business, as well as key business and operating principles and networking opportunities with leading industry executives.

The application process begins NOW … deadline for receipt of ALL application materials is January 6, 2017, and March 10, 2017 for receipt of tuition and employer endorsement fees. Click here for a copy of the student application materials and preliminary syllabus, or here to download a Microsoft Word version of the application.

For more information regarding YPG click here

2016 Real Estate Challenge – UCLA Takes Home the Silver Shovel!


Congratulations to our 2016 Real Estate Challenge Winners: Team UCLA! On November 17, almost 300 industry professionals were at UCLA’s Carnesale Commons to watch the student teams from the Lusk Center at USC’s Marshall School of Business and the Price School of Public Policy compete with the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business as the teams presented their strategies for highest and best use proposals for a site that will be located near the new NFL stadium for the LA Rams. Click the button below to read more!



Y Games – Go For Gold!

Y Games competitors were definitely “going for gold” this year at the 4th annual YPG Y Games at the lovely Newport Dunes in sunny California. Not only was it an amazing time, but guests helped collect an abundance of business attire to donate to Working Wardrobes, a non-profit organization that helps men and women in crises return to work.

Click below to see Connect Media’s video that captures great highlights and even some fancy dance moves from YPG Chair Taylor Arnett himself.

After hours of fierce competition in events that tested the mental, physical and emotional limits of 200 competitors within Y Games’ 20 teams, three Teams rose above the rest.

Congratulations to our 2016 Y Games podium finishers. And they are… drum roll please…


Joel Stensby, Captain
Churchill Bunn, Co-Captain (‘16)
Derreck Barker (‘16)
Andy Bratt (‘16)
Chris Coetzee (‘16)
Chris Gaudreau (‘16)
Lindsey Olson (‘16)
Warren Ramsey (‘16)
Nick Shaffer (‘16)
Lucas Stensby (‘16)


2nd Place: Team Calgary ’88

Jim Proehl, Captain
Kevin Jones, Co-Captain (’14)
Christina Buhl (‘14)
Joon Choi (‘14)
Daniel Darnell (‘15)
Andrew Huffman (‘15)
Bryce Mordoff (‘14)
JP Smith
Brett Tanimoto (‘15)
Scott Wetzel (‘14)

3rd Place: Team Where’s Waldo

Brian Baker, Captain (’11)
Logan Flagg, Co-Captain
Francesca Braniger (’17)
Steven Hillgren (‘15)
Jesse Houston
Kyle Legrand
Jason Park
Gilbert Quinones
Deni Volkoff
Rema Wahid

 Special Thank You to our event sponsors:


NAIOP’s 2016 Developing Leaders Award

We’re proud to announce that TWO of our very own members have been selected to receive NAIOP’s prestigious 2016 Developing Leaders Award! Congratulations to Taylor Arnett,  Acquisitions Manager at CapRock Partners and Bradley Schmitt, Associate Director at Savills Studley.  In addition, YPG SoCal alum Megan Burrows (2011), who relocated to San Francisco and is now associate director, UBS Realty Investors, is also a DL Award recipient.  Click Below to read more!

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CRE.CON ’16 Early Bird Registration Expires July 29th!

Save $270: Register for CRE.CON ’16 by July 29th! Watch the video to check out some of the highlights below!


NAIOP SoCal Golf Tournament Beats the Heat!

We beat the heat at this year’s NAIOP SoCal Golf Tournament hosted at the lovely Virginia Country Club. With help from our amazing sponsors, the festivities were in full swing from competitive contests, ice cold drinks, cocktails and a delicious dinner in the historic clubhouse with awards and plenty of raffle prizes, we hope everyone enjoyed the fun “par-tee”!

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NAIOP SoCal Members – Leading the Way in Environmental Innovation

NAIOP SoCal has a brand new leadership series!

Whether on a local or global level, NAIOP SoCal companies are leading the way, providing benefits that extend beyond four walls to improve the industry, business, workplace, and community. Here we profile some of our environmental leaders: Watson Land Company, Irvine Company, PMRG and Deutsche Bank. Click below to read more…


KidWorks Building Dreams Foundation


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NAIOP SoCal made a $5,000 donation to the KidWorks Building Dreams campaign, marking one more milestone in the chapter’s ongoing work with this important organization.  The $5,000 donation was made in honor of Ava Steaffens, former CEO of KidWorks, who stepped down after many years of service.  She also spearheaded the current Building Dreams expansion campaign. The money will go to their new building fund nearly doubling their capacity of their after school homework tutoring program available to kids in some of the most troubled areas of Santa Ana.

Hey! March Madness OC… It’s Back!

Mark your Calendars because March Madness is coming back to Orange County on March 15, 2016 in Newport Beach! Details to follow

Kick Off Celebrated in High Gear!

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NAIOP SoCal members and guests gathered at the iconic Edwards Big Newport 6 theater to hear about the impact of the automotive industry on commercial real estate and watch the Orange County premiere of “A Faster Horse,” which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, crown jewel of the Ford fleet. There was also networking, a chance to see vintage and new Mustangs for the car enthusiasts, and an opportunity to meet the authors of the Real Estate Masterwork Series book showcasing a historical aerial perspective of Newport Center -Fashion Island. We would also like to thank Shea Properties for being our very generous event sponsor! See some of the pictures of the fun event below!

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NAIOP SoCal 2016 Kick Off!

Don’t miss our unique Kick-Off Event! On Thursday, January 14th, experience a high octane evening of sights and sounds when we delve into the impact of the automotive industry on the Southern California economy and get up close with the Ford Mustang – one of the most iconic car brands in the world. Hosted at the beautiful Edwards Big Newport, guests will get to see vintage and state-of-the-art Mustangs
up close, hear about the evolution of the auto industry in Southern California, and then watch the Mustang’s astonishing history– from Henry Ford to Steve McQueen. Space is limited! Have you registered yet?

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YPG: Now Accepting Applications!

The Young Professionals Group (YPG) is NAIOP SoCal’s industry-leading professional development and leadership program and the 2016-17 YPG class is now OPEN.  Applications and all supporting documentation must be RECEIVED by January 8, 2016. Click the button below to find out more!


Team USC Takes Home the Silver Shovel!

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Congratulations to our 2015 Real Estate Challenge Winners: Team USC! On November 19, almost 300 industry professionals were at USC’s Town and Gown to watch the student teams from the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and the Lusk Center at USC’s Marshall School of Business and Price School of Public Policy present their strategies and highest and best use proposals for an iconic Los Angeles County site. Click the button below to read more!


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Guest Celebrities: Pete Arbogast (left), Chris Roberts (right) with Terry Thompson (middle) former President of NAIOP SoCal

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Membership Bonus!

Membership Bonus! Join NAIOP today and receive the rest of 2015 FREE!


Y Games: Bigger and Better Than Ever!



With almost 200 attendees this year’s 2015 Y Games was the largest and most intense Y Games ever. From costumes, kayaks, jousting and dodge ball, guests enjoyed great networking, sunshine and friendly competition. Not only was it an amazing time, but guests helped collect an abundance of business attire to donate to Working Wardrobes, a non-profit organization that helps men and women in crises return to work. (Great job everybody!)


They also enjoyed delicious freshly made burgers and fries from the yummy TK Burgers Food Truck while they ran through the courses for the Gold Championship Trophy!

A large “hooray!” for our 2015 Y Games Winners:

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And our 2015 Y GAMES CHAMPIONS!! TEAM McEnroe!


What an awesome time everyone had, make sure you don’t miss out next year at the 2016 Y Games!


YPG Hikes for a Cure Against Cancer

NAIOP SoCal’s YPG hiked for a cure against cancer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) this past Saturday at the beautiful Crystal Cove State Park. Proceeds will help fund research to beat a cancer known as Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a devastating cancer that attacks the body through the blood cells. We had the honor of hiking alongside survivors of AML which included one of YPG’s very own alumni, Russ Parker. The hike was a wonderful and fun success! We would like to extend a large “Thank you!” to everyone who came out to help support the Beat AML Campaign!

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Majestic Realty Co. Named 2015 Developer of the Year

NAIOP SoCal congratulates Majestic Realty Co. whom NAIOP has bestowed its highest honor: 2015 Developer of the Year! Headquartered in Southern California, and with regional offices throughout the United States, Majestic is the largest, privately-held industrial developer in the United States and is widely-recognized as a long-term powerhouse in the development community and beyond.


Record Breaking Attendance at the OC BBQ Bash!

This year, on June 17th, NAIOP SoCal broke its highest record in attendance for our OC BBQ Bash at the Balboa Bay Resort! With a beautiful view, delicious food, and an abundance of people, this year was the best OC BBQ Bash we had for networking yet! If you missed this one, don’t worry- the Aloha Summer BBQ at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica is right around the corner on July 7th!— Sign Up Here!


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Night at the Fights Silver Anniversary Equals Massive Success!

Thank you to the 1,000 guests who attended NAIOP SoCal’s 25th Anniversary Night at the Fights!  From magicians, Marines and intense boxing bouts to beautiful hostesses, ice bar, and casino tables, this year was the greatest Night at the Fights ever and was a true celebration of 25 years of Making Magic Happen.  Our grateful appreciation to all of the sponsors for your support, and to the committee who labored long and hard to make it a truly memorable evening!

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NAIOP: We Are Commercial Real Estate

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Tickets are now available for purchase for Night at the Fights!

Join NAIOP SoCal as we commemorate 25 years of Night at the Fights, now recognized as Southern California’s premier evening of client networking, championship sports competition, and quality entertainment. Our silver anniversary, this year close to 1,000 real estate professionals will descend upon the Hotel Irvine to experience Making Magic Happen – an evening of surprise and celebration.

Click here  or contact us at (714) 979-9131 to find out more!

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NAIOP SoCal’s Young Professionals Group Announces Winning Team for 2015 CapRock Cup!

This year, five teams each presented their strategic plan and proposal on the highest and best use for an active commercial real estate site located in Commerce, CA owned by Prologis. Teams were judged by an esteemed panel of five industry leaders. The winning team receiving the 2015 CapRock Cup trophy included: Steven Hillgren, Wells Fargo; Jason DiRocco, Voit Real Estate Services; Brent Ozenbaugh, Vantage Property Investors; Brett Tanimoto, The Muller Company; Keith Greer, CBRE; Brad Johnson. LBA Realty; and McCay Major, John Hancock Financial Services. Congratulations on winning the CapRock Cup gentlemen!



Congratulations to UCLA who took home the Silver Shovel at the 17th annual USC vs. UCLA Real Estate Challenge. Speaking  to a crowd of over 250 at Covel Commons on Thursday, November 20th,  the school’s proposal for the redevelopment of the 21-acre site of the former Los Angeles Times printing  facility resonated with the judging panel. Kudos to both teams for a job well done!

Y Games…Want to find out who won?

After hours of fierce competition in events that tested the mental, physical and emotional limits of over 140 competitors within Y Games’ 18 teams, three Teams rose above the rest and to the podium following a nail-biting, Survivor-like closing ceremony. Congratulations to our 2014 Y Games podium finishers. And they are…drum roll please…

3rd Place

Team Risky Deeds

Kevin Jennings, Captain | Andrew Bennett (’12), Co-Captain
Chris Buchanan | Matt Buchanan | Josh Greer
Daniel Karcher (’09) | Megan Stutz | Olga Timofeeva

2nd Place

Team Fun Police

Pam Westhoff, Captain | Alison Ramsey, Co-Captain (‘08)
Ashley Heglar (‘13) | Lydia Lake | Sam Overton | Warren Ramsey | Jake Smith (‘08)

And the champions are…

1st Place

Team USC

Thomas Sherlock, Captain | Jason Matthews, Co-Captain
Mike Breiman | Aaron Goldstein | Colin Hooper
Chad Manista | Christopher Yamashita (‘15) | Alvin Zhu


Orange County BBQ Bash

Over 300 people gathered on the lawn at Balboa Bay Resort on June 18th to enjoy the view, great food and networking. If you missed this one, don’t worry – the Aloha Summer Barbeque at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica is right around the corner on July 10th – sign up now!

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Los Angeles Golf Tournament

A beautiful day, a challenging golf course, and great networking … what better way to spend a Monday? Our Los Angeles Golf Tournament on June 16th brought out 116 sponsors, members and their guests to play at the prestigious Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. A huge thank you to our event sponsors … we couldn’t do it without you!

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Thanks to Our Event Sponsors

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Chase-Commercial Mortgage Lending
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Rexford Industrial
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Lights, Camera… Action! Kick Off 2014 With NAIOP SoCal.

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USC Wins the Silver Shovel at the Annual UCLA vs. USC Real Estate Challenge

2013 marked the sixteenth year of the UCLA vs. USC Real Estate Challenge. This year’s location, the SeaPort Marina Hotel, is located at one of the busiest intersections in Long Beach, giving it the potential to become a go-to location. The student teams from each school spent six weeks creating development proposals for the best use of the site. Watch the video below to learn more.

The competition culminated in final presentations and judging on November 21st. USC won this year- but the competition provides invaluable hands-on, real-world real estate experience for all the students who have the honor to compete.

Says Bill Taormina of CleanCity, whose property was formerly a subject of the competition, “Working and spending time with the student professionals from USC and UCLA has changed my family’s perception of the value and development potential of our Anaheim holdings. The prestige and credibility we gained from our peers and the City planning department continues to this day. The NAIOP Real Estate Challenge is the best investment in real estate I have ever made! Go Bruins… Fight On Trojans!

The Real Estate Challenge has become one of NAIOP SoCal’s hallmark events, and the success of past student presentations is now evident in many sites that were previous subjects of the competition – and are now thriving, go-to locations. Watch the history of the challenge below.