As the year comes to an end, I want to thank everyone for all their contributions to NAIOP SoCal in 2019 and honored that I had the opportunity to serve as Chapter President. It’s been a privilege for me to serve with the talented and committed industry leaders on our board and Executive Committee. I also want to recognize the commitment and passion of all our members, our committee leaders, volunteers and the hardworking teams that support us, including our incredible partners at CGF Associates and Talley & Associates.
Each day I am reminded how vital NAIOP SoCal is to the future of our industry. We are taking the lead on legislative and policy issues that impact our future. That has never been more important than it is right now with what is coming at us in Sacramento next year. We are also committed to providing training, education and encouraging more connectivity and networking to support our members in their business endeavors. Our goal is to be the most impactful CRE industry organization in Southern California and make a difference for all our sponsors and members.
Our chapter’s influence is significant and we take that responsibility seriously. That is why we are looking at ways to restructure the organization to better respond to what the industry, members and sponsors need. There will be more news on that in 2020 but it is important to note that we refuse to rest on our laurels and need to adapt to a changing environment. We take our leadership seriously because we want to make sure you value your membership in NAIOP SoCal.
As my year as chapter president comes to a close, I want to acknowledge a few of our key successes of 2019. Our two iconic events, Night at the Fights and the UCLA vs USC Real Estate Challenge, were outstanding and I personally want to thank Ryan Gallagher and Mark Mattis and their committees for making these events so great. Night at the Fights is a highly sought-after ticket and the industry fights were entertaining for everyone who was in the ballroom this year. I’m also impressed once again at the high level of knowledge and creativity demonstrated by the graduate student teams from UCLA and USC during this year’s Real Estate Challenge. Congratulations to the USC team that won it this year in another very close competition.
The Young Professionals Group (YPG) continues to pave the way, and we are committed to increasing its leadership on the board. It has been almost 15 years since this group began and it has evolved into an organization that is redefining the next generation of real estate leaders and innovators. They are all rock stars and influencing our chapter’s direction for future years.
Looking forward, I know the chapter is in good hands, thanks to our incoming Board of Directors and the leadership of our incoming president Pamela Westhoff. I have served with Pam for many years and watched her commitment to this chapter. She is a strong leader who cares about our members.
Thank you again for making this a meaningful year for me. I value and appreciate each and every one of the important relationships that I have developed through my association with NAIOP. I hope that you feel the same way and wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and much success in the coming year. Let’s make a difference in 2020!
2019 NAIOP SoCal President