In February, a group of our members went to Washington, D.C. for the NAIOP Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat. What’s my takeaway for our members and the industry? Answer: We all must be engaged in Legislative Affairs. It is no longer enough to let someone else take care of it. Everyone must get involved. If we leave it up someone else, then our local, state and national government leadership will do as they wish with no regard to the value that the commercial real estate industry contributes to our economy. If our industry fails to wake up, stand up and get involved, then it will have nothing to complain about when Sacramento slowly puts us all out of business with astronomical regulations and taxes. If you want to learn more about how to get involved, please reach out to our Legislative Affairs Committee or contact our chapter office.
Another important focus of our chapter and industry is mentoring and encouraging the next generation of leaders. For 2018, we added five new Developing Leader board members who joined the four we already had in place. We also benefit from a liaison to the board from the Young Professionals Group (YPG) Alumni Committee. Our chapter benefits greatly from their energy and creativity at the board and chapter level. These new leaders are going to ensure our chapter remains relevant and sustainable for decades into the future.
Towards that end, I am excited to share that we will be holding the second annual Leadership Summit on March 14th. This event is a YPG initiative that began in 2017. The first Leadership Summit was a sell-out with close to 350 in attendance. We are already on track to sell out this year. What makes this event so special is that it brings a fresh perspective to what makes a leader and seeks to inspire our members to be better at business and life. Plan to be there on March 14th.
It’s hard for me to believe that YPG is now entering its 14th year. It’s no small coincidence that I am so proud of this program as I was there at the beginning, along with Tom Sherlock, Al Beaudette and Sayres Dudley. YPG began as a conversation at a membership committee meeting on how to attract new members. The four of us quickly realized that we were all over 40 years old with no younger members on the committee. Now looking back, I am honored to have been part of it and watch as it continues to grow and evolve each year.
Finally, I am looking forward to this year’s Night at the Fights and the second annual Real Estate Rumble, which will include two bouts featuring commercial real estate executives. We have been holding Night at the Fights for more than two decades, but each year there is new energy and ideas added to what is an outstanding client and networking event.
In closing, all I can say is that this is going to be an exciting year for our chapter!