While I watch the days on the calendar speed by I can’t help but appreciate how much our chapter has accomplished already as well as recognize how much we still will do for our industry this year.
NAIOP SoCal is best known for its education, business development and legislative advocacy. While all three of these tenets are important to our members, our commitment to protecting the business interests of our industry at the local, state and federal level has become the most important.
The split roll initiative will be on the November 2020 ballot. I encourage you to read the article in this issue on the impact of this initiative and what it could do to our business and economic future.
Our local chapter’s fierce dedication to education and action on behalf of commercial real estate further underscores why NAIOP matters to you and your business – and Southern California. We are committed to being a leading voice in this area for our industry. You will be hearing more on how you can get involved and help us to stop this threat because it’s vital we unite to collectively protect our future.
It’s also apparent how rapidly our industry is changing. I see it through the evolving nature of office, retail and industrial environments, new expectations in the workplace, the growing recognition for greater diversity throughout commercial real estate as well as the encouragement and training of the next generation. Our executive committee is now looking at what the future of NAIOP SoCal looks like and how we can best respond to all of these evolutions while remaining efficient and impactful for our members.
I look at the strength of our committees and the composition of our board and young professionals group (YPG) as a strong sign that we are moving in the right direction. We are developing exciting programs for our members and incorporating new ideas and energy into the organization through YPG. I think we are in a good place and working hard to add value to your membership.
For example, the YPG Leadership Summit held earlier this year provided more thought-provoking ideas about leadership and brand development. We had another sold-out Night at the Fights event, and each year I witness how hard the committee works to broaden the entertainment value of this superb networking event to further increase its appeal to the SoCal community. Plus our LA Golf tournament hosted more than 100 golfers and sold out its sponsorships. We will be holding our OC Golf event soon and this fall marks the return of the Fall Forum on Capital Markets and the popular USC vs. UCLA Real Estate Challenge. I’m proud of these dynamic education and business development events and the people who volunteer to make them happen and the sponsors who provide their support.
I saw many of my peers and NAIOP members at the recent I.CON West event in Long Beach. The national strength of the Southern California industrial market has become so pronounced that I.CON is now annually held here, and will be in Huntington Beach in 2020.
I also look forward to seeing our industry out in force at the CRE.Converge 2019 event that will be held in Los Angles this October. NAIOP is bringing its outstanding annual conference to our backyard, and I am counting on our members to represent this region well. Special thanks to Kevin Jennings, senior vice president, Southern California market manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who was our Board representative on the CRE.Converge planning committee, and Tom Wulf, senior vice president, Lowe, who also helped with the planned conference tours.
When you look at all that our chapter and organization has accomplished and is planning for the balance of 2019, I know you will agree that we are at the forefront of responding to change and providing our members and the industry with the tools to adapt and succeed.
I look forward to seeing you at the Fall Forum and hearing from you if you have ideas for the chapter. More importantly, I hope you will take a serious look at how you and your organization can step up and help us on the legislative front. We will need all of you in 2020.