Development group searching for professionals under 35

Looking to build a strong cadre of young professionals in the commercial real estate industry, the northern Nevada chapter of NAIOP has launched a Developing Leaders program.

Commercial real estate professionals aged 35 and younger will be invited to participate in Developing Leaders.

Matt Grimes, who works with the office team in the brokerage firm of CB Richard Ellis in Reno, spearheaded creation of the Developing Leaders group.

He said NAIOP, a commercial real estate development association, hopes to build stronger membership among young professionals. The 97-member NAIOP chapter in northern Nevada currently includes 22 members aged 35 or younger, and Grimes said the group hopes to boost the number of young members to 40 by year-end.

The standard NAIOP dues of $850 a year are reduced to $250 for young members, said Amanda Pratt, executive director of the local chapter.

Just as important, NAIOP officials hope to build the professional skills of young members, said Brad Woodring, president of the northern Nevada chapter.

"They are our hope for the future," said Woodring, who noted that development of industrial, office and commercial properties has been an important economic engine for the region.

Grimes said the Developing Leaders group will host informal roundtable discussions with developers, bankers, brokers and other key players in the commercial development arena.

Woodring noted, too, that the NAIOP national organization sponsors numerous seminars, Webinars and other training for its members.


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