A name is the first impression people have of a brand – or of anything, for that matter. Professional associations, just like companies and others, need to make sure that their name best conveys its brand to target audiences.

NAIOP knows this first-hand. In 2008, NAIOP went through an extensive period of research, interviews and member and chapter interaction before rebranding to the NAIOP we know today. The input was varied – some strongly supported a change, while others were not so sure. Chapters in particular were concerned about the cost of rebranding, and also a potential loss of name recognition with lawmakers and other stakeholders.

After all the research and feedback, NAIOP’s Board of Directors and principal members elected to change the association’s name from “National Association of Industrial and Office Properties” to the name most people used anyway – NAIOP (pronounced Ná-opp). With this change, NAIOP became both a word and the official name. The change was effective Jan. 2, 2009. Our chapter’s name is NAIOP Southern Nevada.

To further identify who we are, we added the definer (tagline) of Commercial Real Estate Development Association. This isn’t officially part of the name, but is reflected in our logo and how we describe our association. Including the word “development” in the tagline separates NAIOP from other real estate associations, and nods to the increasing desire to include all professionals who work in our industry.

In the end, the goal was to clarify the vision of NAIOP and more accurately define the membership and our mission. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has become the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises more than 20,000 members nationwide and provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities through a powerful North American network.

So, as legendary radio show host Paul Harvey used to say, now you know the rest of the story.

Pro tip: Update your resumes and bios and any press materials using NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, removing outdated references to the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

 

Denyce Tuller
Senior PR Account Executive
B&P Advertising Media Public relations
702-375-5539 | dtuller@bpadlv.com

A name is the first impression people have of a brand – or of anything, for that matter. Professional associations, just like companies and others, need to make sure that their name best conveys its brand to target audiences.

  • In 2008, NAIOP went through an extensive period of research, interviews and member and chapter interaction before rebranding to the NAIOP name we know today.
  • The association’s name changed from “National Association of Industrial and Office Properties” to NAIOP, becoming both a word and the official name. Our chapter’s name is NAIOP Southern Nevada.
  • In the end, the goal was to clarify the vision of NAIOP and more accurately define the membership and mission. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has become the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.

Pro tip: Update your resumes, bios and any press materials using NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, removing outdated references to the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

 

Denyce Tuller
Senior PR Account Executive
B&P Advertising Media Public relations
702-375-5539 | dtuller@bpadlv.com

Dear NAIOP Members,

I’d like to briefly share my vision for 2024 with you by sharing what NAIOP means to me and my ask of our members.

To me, NAIOP is more than the commercial estate development association. NAIOP is a community of like-minded professionals who want to make an impact. You are members because your willingness to join this chapter is seen and your financial support is appreciated.

NAIOP provides access to NEWS, ADVOCACY, INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES and PEOPLE. NAIOP!

To me, NAIOP is the source of the latest CRE NEWS. We are consistently pushing the latest news and information to your inbox or across our social media platforms. Thank you, Chantal and the entire Communications committee.

To me, NAIOP is ADVOCACY! Our aggressive government affairs efforts yield results for our community. In 2023, we took a quantum leap by hiring our own in-house government affairs coordinator and awarded our first Developers Champion Award. Thank you, Steve and your entire GA committee.

To me, NAIOP is INFORMATION. We put on timely and relevant breakfast programs and education programs throughout the year on issues that impact your bottom line and our community. We focus on providing access to the experts, developers, knowledge and tools that help us do more business together. Thank you Turchin, Tuntland and the entire programs, education committees, and our Bus Tour committee.

To me, NAIOP is OPPORTUNITIES. We offer countless opportunities to network with industry professionals via our membership mixers, summer mixers, Spotlight Awards and various other events throughout the year. These network opportunities provide visibility to everyone, seasoned and new to the industry. They provide opportunities to strengthen existing relationships and start new ones as well. I can tell you that I haven’t made any major decisions in my professional life without consulting with several of our esteemed members. We are very fortunate to have such a strong and close-knit CRE industry in our community. Thank you to the membership committee, community service committee, golf tournament committee, Spotlight Awards and sponsorships committees for bringing us together.

To me, NAIOP is PEOPLE. Look at the people in our membership. We get to meet, learn and work with some of the most respected people in the industry. NAIOP provides us access to elected officials, policy makers, developers, property managers, lenders, brokers, asset managers, general contractors, subcontractors, industry vendors, and so many more. We also advance our people through our DLI & DOLI programs. Thank you to the DLI committee, DOLI committee and all of the committee chairs and committee members for making this happen.

So, my ask for all of you this year is to think about ways to increase your involvement within the local and national NAIOP organization. I’m proud to say that my involvement at both the local and national level has helped me in so many ways both personally and professionally. By increasing my involvement within the chapter and strengthening my relationships it’s given me the confidence to keep growing knowing that I have a strong network of people around me who support me.

So, say YES more in 2024! Say yes to volunteering! Say yes to new opportunities! Say yes to attending more, doing more and being more! We’re not surviving until 2025, we’re going to THRIVE until 2025!

Join one of our committees and step up. And, the National NAIOP Conference is being held right here in Las Vegas in 2024! I’d love to see our membership show up. Mark your calendars now for October 8-10th at Caesars Palace. Let’s show up and let the rest of the NAIOP chapters know what NAIOP Southern Nevada is about.

And in conclusion, I’d like to announce your 2024 NAIOP Southern Nevada Board of Directors.

NAIOP Southern Nevada’s 2024 Board of Directors:

  • President – Cassie Catania-Hsu, CBRE
  • President-elect – Matt Hoyt, LaPour
  • Treasurer – Reed Gottesman, Schnitzer Properties
  • Secretary – Marianna Hunnicutt, Kimley-Horn and Associates
  • Immediate Past President – Reed Gottesman, Schnitzer Properties

NAIOP’s 2024 directors:

  • Lisa Brady, Prologis
  • Tim Castello, CCIM, Castello Group
  • Shani Coleman, Clark County Economic Development
  • Patti Dillon, SIOR, Colliers
  • Phillip Dunning, CCIM, Panattoni Development Company
  • Venessa McEvoy, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Steve Neiger, CCIM, CAST
  • David Strickland, CCIM, Thomas & Mack Co.
  • Jamie Thalgott, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
  • Dan Tuntland, DJT Real Estate
  • Tom van Betten, Matter Real Estate Group
  • Katrina Bruce, NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter Executive

2024 NAIOP Southern Nevada President
Cassie Catania-Hsu
Managing Director
CBRE | Market Leader Las Vegas
702-369-4921 | mailto:cassie.hsu@cbre.com

NAIOP National and Prologis are partnering to provide scholarships for rising professionals, helping prepare a pipeline of diverse talent for careers in commercial real estate development and operations.  Apply now >>

Eligibility – Requirements for application:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience and current employment in the real estate industry, including development, architecture, planning, government, transportation, engineering, finance, sustainability and nonprofits.
  • Member of a group underrepresented in the commercial real estate industry.
  • Age 38 or younger.

Winners Receive – Complimentary registration and a travel stipend for either the I.CON West 2024 or the I.CON East 2024 conference, NAIOP’s premier industrial real estate events. Scholarship recipients will be recognized during the event.
NAIOP Certificate of Advanced Study in Commercial Real Estate Development at the completion of four courses: two required core courses, Essentials of the Development Process and Advanced Development Practices, and two elective courses.

Apply online:

Application deadline is Jan. 10!

Priority is given to NAIOP members. Current Prologis employees are not eligible.

Name: Carol Browning
Title: Marketing Manager
Company: DC Building Group
# years in the industry: 16 years

Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Las Vegas:
I am from South Bend, Indiana (yes, I am a huge Notre Dame fan!). I moved to Las Vegas in 2005. So, 18 years.

What has NAIOP provided you that has helped you grow professionally or personally?

Networking opportunities where I can connect with professionals in the industry. These opportunities are valuable in building relationships as well as gaining insight from peers. I would also say access to industry information. NAIOP provides information regularly to keep members informed about industry news and developments.

What has been your favorite experience or story that happened at NAIOP event?

There are lots of stories, but I would say dressing up for the 70’s NAIOP event in 2022 and winning first place for women’s best costume. Sorry Jen Levine!

Who have you met at a NAIOP event that has influenced you or that you have become close friends with?

Melissa Eure from GC Garcia. She has a wealth of knowledge and is very good at what she does. Recently I had the opportunity to speak to UNLV students during their real estate class with Melissa. I learned so much from her regarding entitlements.

On a personal note, I am passionate about Heaven Can Wait Animal Society and have been a supporter for many years. Come to find out Melissa is the President on the Board of Directors for the shelter. We are huge dog lovers!

What do you want your legacy to be in the Southern Nevada community?

That I made an impact in the Las Vegas community not only professionally but with charitable organizations. My passion is to help others in need and I do this by volunteering my time. It makes me feel good to know I can help make a difference.

 

The deadline for commercial properties across Southern Nevada to upgrade their nonfunctional, decorative grass is creeping ever closer.

A state law passed in 2021 prohibits the use of Colorado River water to irrigate nonfunctional, decorative turf starting Jan. 1, 2027. Businesses, HOAs and other non-single-family properties across the valley have already taken a large step towards compliance with the law, having converted more than 10 million square feet of turf to drought-friendly landscaping in just the last two years alone.

There is still a substantial amount of turf that needs to be removed before that deadline arrives, and costs for plant materials and landscape installations could rise as conversion projects continue to ramp up over the next three years. Cash incentives provided through the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Water Smart Landscapes (WSL) rebate program are available for such commercial conversion projects so act now.

Businesses are eligible for a cash rebate of $3 per square foot through the WSL rebate program. The program provides $3 per square foot for the first 10,000 square feet of converted turf, and $1.50 per square foot thereafter.

For Southern Nevada, grass irrigation remains the largest consumptive use of water from the Colorado River, which provides 90 percent of our water supplies. Despite last year’s great winter, the river will remain in a federally declared shortage condition in 2024.

Once fully implemented, the law will help Southern Nevada save 9.5 billion gallons of water annually. Additional information about both Nevada law and the SNWA’s Water Smart Landscapes rebate program is available at snwa.com.

State law prohibits the use of Colorado River water to irrigate decorative, nonfunctional turf on commercial properties across Southern Nevada starting Jan. 1, 2027.

Our last Members Only Workshop of the year was on 12/1/2023 at the Las Vegas Realtors sponsored by Commercial Alliance Las Vegas.  AI in Commercial Real Estate: Leveraging the Technology.  Speakers were:

Victory Igbinobaro
Co-Founder/CEO
AeroAI

Preston Martin
Project Manager – Land Acquisition
Lewis Operating Corporation

Timothy May
Principal
Insight Sciences Corporation

Moderated By: Chris Wiesen
President
BLT SMRT, LLC

Introduction:
As the year draws to a close, NAIOP’s education series culminated in a timely and thought-provoking panel discussion on artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in shaping the future of work. This final installment in the series underscored the growing relevance of AI in the industry, as evidenced by the high attendance and keen interest of the participants.

Panel Discussion Overview:
The panel explored a spectrum of AI-related topics, starting with an introductory overview of AI concepts. This laid the foundation for deeper discussions on accessing AI services, the fundamentals of AI implementation, and the considerations for developing custom AI tools.

Key Questions Addressed:
The panelists engaged in an interactive Q&A session, addressing pressing concerns such as:

  • Ethical and privacy considerations in AI deployment.
  • Strategies for staying abreast of emerging AI models and technologies.
  • Safeguarding proprietary information in an AI-driven landscape.

These questions highlighted the audience’s eagerness to understand AI’s implications in a broader context.

Main Takeaway:
A central theme emerged from the discussion: there exists a significant appetite for knowledge about AI’s capabilities and potential. Much like the underutilized potential of everyday tools like Google Search, the vast majority of people are yet to fully comprehend what AI can achieve. The consensus was that hands-on experimentation with AI tools is essential for understanding their possibilities and limitations.

Looking Ahead:
As AI technology continues to evolve, NAIOP is committed to keeping its members informed and at the forefront of technological advancements. We anticipate further engaging and informative discussions as we continue to explore the ever-changing landscape of AI.

Conclusion:
The panel not only provided valuable insights into AI but also sparked curiosity and a desire to learn more among the attendees. It marked a fitting end to this year’s education series, setting the stage for continued exploration and discussion in the realm of AI and its impact on our industry.

Click HERE for the PowerPoint from the program.

 

NAIOP Education Committee Member & Workshop Moderator:

Christopher Wiesen | President
BLT SMRT, LLC | BIM Solutions & Software
chris@bltsmrt.com | 702.744.7848
www.bltsmrt.com

Clark County vacant land auction January 29-31, 2024.