In October, more than 1,500 of commercial real estate’s top leaders gathered to connect, learn and make deals at CRE’s hottest event, NAIOP’s Converge. For anyone that missed this outstanding national event, I encourage you to visit the NAIOP website to gain access to resources and presentations from this important gathering. Click here to learn more about NAIOP’s Converge.
In honor of NAIOP’s 50th Anniversary, the association brought together past and current national and chapter presidents at Converge. It was exciting to be part of that group and recognize the leadership that came before us as we all reflected back on the industry and looked to what the future holds.
What began in 1967 as a small group of owners and developers of industrial parks in the eastern U.S, NAIOP today is an organization that now represents 19,000 members across North America. NAIOP has and continues to make a significant difference in the success of our industry. It will be exciting to see what changes occur over the next 50 years.
Looking ahead, I hope to see our members out in support of the graduate student teams at the annual UCLA vs USC Real Estate Challenge that will occur November 16. We are holding this year’s 20th anniversary event at the Omni Hotel in downtown LA. This event underscores the high level of CRE education we have here in Southern California as each year the students wow the judges and audience with their presentations. Don’t miss this truly unique industry event, featuring our very special guest emcee KNX 1070 Newsradio Business Reporter Frank Mottek.
I want to applaud the hard work that brought about another terrific Y Games event. Our young professionals continue to raise the bar – at all levels – whether their work is in the boardroom or on the beach. If you want to get a taste of the 2017 Y Games, click here to check out the video produced by Connect Media.
Now we are in the process of planning for 2018 and I am encouraged by the opportunity to bring more of our young leaders onto the board of directors. This level of succession planning is so critical. An association such as NAIOP that has thrived and served for 50 years is only as good as the people who take on critical leadership roles. The same is true for our chapter as we bring together the next era of leaders.
In closing, I want to thank the NAIOP SoCal Board of Directors and our Chapter Sponsors for their continued support. None of what we achieve as a chapter occurs without their commitment and their focus on ensuring that we maintain a high level of quality in all that we do.
Thank you for a fantastic 2018. It has been an honor to serve as President.
Lance Ryan, President