Meet NAIOP SoCal’s New CEO Tim Jemal

The chapter is taking an important step forward, for its members, sponsors, industry and for its future by bringing Timothy “Tim” Jemal on board in the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer.

Tim brings 30 years of experience in all aspects of association management, government relations advocacy, fundraising and communications in California, nationally and internationally. His work includes representation for international, national and regional business and trade associations serving a range of industries such as technology, healthcare, construction materials and small business.

We asked Tim to share more about this new role as well as addressing the opportunities and challenges ahead.

What are your priorities for this position? As NAIOP SoCal’s first CEO, my priorities include: building on the chapter’s success by growing membership, bolstering our legislative advocacy, offering top-notch programs that provide value to members and fostering a talent pipeline that brings youth and diversity to the commercial real estate industry. We’ll also focus on modernizing the association’s operations and member engagement using cutting-edge technology.

Why does NAIOP SoCal matter now?  While COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to commercial real estate and the economy, it has also shown why NAIOP SoCal is more valuable than ever. NAIOP SoCal is connecting people and sharing best practices to adapt and successfully emerge from this crisis. In Sacramento and local jurisdictions, legislation and regulations continue to surface that seriously threaten our industry. The best way to combat harmful legislation and regulations that threaten our industry and cause economic damage is to unite and speak with one voice. NAIOP SoCal will mobilize our collective resources to advocate in support of an industry vital to California’s economy.

What should industry / business be doing today? Despite ominous legislative threats to commercial real estate, I am confident the industry will thrive. NAIOP SoCal will be the leader in telling a compelling story to decision-makers of the substantial benefits provided by commercial real estate to economic growth and job creation.  We plan to put a face to the property owners, developers and investors who care about their tenants and seek economic growth that benefits our region and state.

Final thoughts: Business success is still driven by hard work, creativity and innovation. The same is true for the people and companies that comprise NAIOP SoCal. The chapter is a dynamic community of ideas, best practices and peer-to-peer networks. I look forward to meeting with members and sponsors – whether that is online or soon in person. In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out to me at tjemal@naiopsocal.org.