During the NAIOP Chapter Leadership & Legislative Retreat held in Washington, D.C. NAIOP SoCal was honored with two coveted Chapter Merit Awards. Each year NAIOP recognizes the best in education, special events, membership, legislative advocacy and more. Recipients are selected by a committee of their peers comprised of volunteer judges.
Past President James Camp was honored as the Chapter President of the Year and Taylor Arnett was named Chapter Volunteer of the Year.
Camp has been providing service to NAIOP at the national, state and local level for many years. According to our legislative team, Camp’s dedication to the commercial real estate industry is very strong and he fights for things he believes will be harmful. It is probably fair to say that if he had not gotten so engaged in the dual agency fight, that bill may have passed and dual agency would be banned in California. Camp has been long-term chair of the NAIOP State Council which brings all the NAIOP Chapters in California together to work on common issues.
Camp was unaware he had been nominated and was shocked and surprised at the announcement. “This award is really a reflection of our organization, the strength of our board and our committees. I was lucky enough to be the president of an outstanding organization so I just needed to drive a ship that was already on a good course,” Camp shared.
He further added that the award was, for him, the culmination of more than 20 years of service to NAIOP. Camp shared that the most memorable part of his experience and greatest personal accomplishment with the chapter was being part of the formation of the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and now seeing the program’s success throughout the industry today.
Arnett shared how he was surprised and honored by the award, especially knowing that there were plenty of great NAIOP volunteers in the running. “This award means a lot to me. I’ve volunteered a lot of time with NAIOP and YPG since becoming a member over 10 years ago, and it’s nice to receive recognition for all my hard work,” said Arnett.
Arnett is now proud of the work he is doing with NAIOP-U, citing some of the 2018 programs of merit such as tax reform, Title 24, gender diversity, marijuana legalization, co-working and opportunity zones. “NAIOP has been a constant in my career and has provided great value to me both at the networking and educational level. My work with the chapter has helped to mold my leadership skills which has in turn helped me grow professionally. On a more personal level, I consider many of my fellow NAIOP members to be personal friends first, and business contacts second,” Arnett said.