NAIOP selected seven young professionals to receive its prestigious 2018 Developing Leaders Award. NAIOP SoCal is honored that two of the 2018 recipients are from Southern California: Chris Drzyzga, a vice president with Voit Real Estate Services, and Matt Milich, a director with Brasa Capital Management. The annual award honors up-and-coming professionals under the age of 35 for their exceptional accomplishments, strong leadership and community involvement. According to NAIOP, this year’s selection process was extremely competitive and the candidates all highly qualified.
“Chris and Matt are outstanding representatives for our chapter. It’s exciting for our local chapter to know that two of our young professionals were chosen for this national honor, further underscoring the incredible talent in the Southern California commercial real estate community,” said James V. Camp, NAIOP SoCal 2018 president and Rockefeller Group senior vice president and regional development officer for the West Region.
Drzyzga is a vice president in Voit’s Irvine office. His experience encompasses all property classes and transaction types including leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants, purchase and sales, ground-up development and redevelopment. He specializes in representing tenants, landlords, business owners and investors throughout Southern California in office, medical office and flex property transactions. Drzyzga has personally completed over 125 transactions and has been involved in more than $75 million in total consideration for transactions throughout the Western United States. He is a graduate of NAIOP SoCal’s YPG Program and currently serves on its Alumni Committee as co-chair for the YPG Final Project Case Competition. He also donates his time to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Pacific Symphony. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.
Milich has been with Brasa Capital Management since its inception and is responsible for the acquisition and asset management of investments across the West Coast and Texas. In Milich’s role as a Director with Brasa, he provides joint venture equity and mezzanine debt to best in class operators and developers of commercial and residential properties. Prior to Brasa, Milich was the lead West Coast acquisitions officer for Pearlmark Real Estate, where he closed on over $220 million in high-yield debt and equity investments. Prior to Pearlmark, Milich worked for AEW Capital Management and was involved in the acquisition and disposition of over $350 million of value-add and opportunistic investments on behalf of AEW’s Partners Group fund series. He is on the NAIOP Office and Industrial Trends National Forum and is a member of the Selection Committee for the NAIOP YPG program. Milich is involved with the Posse Foundation’s Los Angeles Chapter and is a City of Hope Building Hope Board Member. Milich received a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and MBA and Master of Real Estate Development degrees from University of Southern California.