Chairman’s Message

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Dear NAIOP-AZ Members,

It is with great pride and honor that I serve as the 2015 NAIOP-AZ Chairman.  Thanks to your involvement, and the involvement of other members all around the country, NAIOP has grown to become one of the largest and most well respected real estate organizations in North America with over 16,000 members and 51 chapters.  Locally, and under the tutelage of a long list of well-regarded past chairmen, we have seen our Arizona chapter thrive and grow to become one of the largest chapters in the country.

Over the past year, there are many accomplishments of which to be proud. Under the leadership of Megan Creecy-Herman, last year’s chairman, not only did our membership grow to 737 members making us the 7th largest NAIOP chapter in the country, we also improved our footprint in the overall commercial real estate community through the creation of a communications committee and brought back both the Signature Speaker Series (featuring Billy Beane from "Moneyball" fame) and a tour of properties coming on-line in Tempe.  We also continued to feed the homeless through our Dream Teams, and raised $10,000 for Ryan House through our Crawfish Boil.

In addition to strengthening our membership base and continuing to grow our public policy and philanthropic efforts next year through the creation of a not-for-profit foundation, there are several areas I’ve identified as opportunities to further strengthen our organization.  This includes improving our mentorship program for our Developing Leaders by offering more educational content and adding a group project competition.   We also will be improving the application and judging process for our Best of NAIOP and publishing our lineup of events well in advance.

In the end, any organization is only as good as its people.  I strongly encourage you to make the most of your NAIOP membership by getting involved. In addition to attending our signature events such as Best of NAIOP, Night at the Fights, Thursday Night Live, and the annual golf tournament, please consider joining one of our many committees.  I truly believe that the more you put into your membership, the more you will get out of it. Please do not hesitate to contact me or our great staff to inquire about these opportunities.

Tom Johnston
2015 NAIOP–AZ Chairman


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