Las Vegas retail project near Ikea to break ground this year

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Eli Segall
Oct. 24, 2018

  • J Dapper, Dapper Development
  • Michael Panciro, Magnum Opes Corporation

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Sun Commercial Real Estate’s Cassie Catania-Hsu Receives NAIOP’s Developing Leaders Award

Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2018) – NAIOP, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association has recognized Cassie Catania-Hsu, managing director and broker, Sun Commercial Real Estate, with its prestigious 2018 Developing Leaders Award.

“We are pleased to honor Cassie Catania-Hsu of NAIOP Southern Nevada chapter with this award.  She is a remarkable young professional who is deeply engaged in the industry and her local community,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, President and CEO of NAIOP.  “She is passionate about making a real impact and is leading by example in her professional work and community efforts.”

“Cassie represents the very best from Southern Nevada and her efforts showcase the kind of young talent our community fosters and supports,” states NAIOP Southern Nevada President Mike Mixer.  “It’s great to see Cassie receive the recognition she richly deserves!”

As Managing Director and Broker for Sun Commercial Real Estate, Catania-Hsu oversees all business operations and brokerage management, which includes recruiting and business development.  She works to help Sun Commercial continue to grow its footprint by providing hands-on training and recruiting quality agents.  In her previous role in office sales and leasing at Sun Commercial, she maintained a 450,0000+ square foot portfolio and expanded her team to three agents to accommodate the increasing demand.

One of seven young professionals to receive NAIOP’s honor this year, Catania-Hsu was honored before 1,300 industry colleagues at an award ceremony on Tuesday, Oct 16th at NAIOP’s CRE.Converge 2018 Conference in Washington, D.C.

Established in 2006, the Development Leaders Award has been given to rising industry professionals from across NAIOP’s chapter network in all sectors of commercial real estate.  The annual award honors up-and-coming professionals under the age of 35 for their extraordinary professional accomplishments, strong leadership and community involvement.

Photo by Dennis Brack

Spotlight Awards – Submittal Workshops – 2 to choose from

Save the date for the 22nd Annual NAIOP Southern Nevada Spotlight Awards on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa. Properties are submitted & nominations are in!  Click here for the event’s homepage.

Sponsorships are still available but going quickly.  Don’t wait…. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

The Spotlight Awards Committee is hosting TWO workshops to give applicants insight on how to submit a winning entry. The workshops have been updated to include this year’s new categories and questions. Mark your calendars for the Spotlight Submittal Workshops – there are two opportunities to attend this year! Choose between November 27, 2018 or December 5, 2018.

OpenWater is back and better than ever! This online program streamlines the submittal application process. Both Project and Industry awards will be discussed along with tools to help with project details and photograph submittals.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Alternative Management
1880 E. Warm Springs Road #100
Las Vegas, NV 89119


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Sun Commercial Real Estate
6140 Brent Thurman Way, Suite #140
Las Vegas, NV 89148

Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the magical evening!

Awards Chair
Cassie Catania-Hsu
Sun Commercial Real Estate, Inc.
702-968-7324 |

Event Chair
Ashley Gould
The Korte Company
702-531-9781 |


Takeaways Episode 17 – NAIOP October Program: Election 2018 What You Need To Know

TAKEAWAYS – Life. Lessons. Learned. explores learning from the wisdom of others.

My guest Shawn Danoski and I sat down to discuss our Takeaways from this program. Shawn is the CEO of  DC Building Group a leading general contracting firm in Las Vegas, NV.

Leading up to Early Voting NAIOP brought in Nevada’s marquee political commentator Jon Ralston.

The format for the program was very well done with questions from the audience starting out right away. Dan Tuntland, President at DJT Enterprises, facilitated the conversation from the floor fielding questions from the audience and filling in with some of his own.

What were some of our Takeaways?

• For any and all things politics in Nevada there is
• What is causing many voters the middle to simply check out?
• Which are the most important races and ballots this cycle?

I hope you enjoy!

Hayim Mizrachi, CCIM
President | Principal
MDL Group
T 702.388.1800 | C 702.340.9600 |

Community Service Committee Update

FINISHED! Phase 1 of the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has been completed! Thank you everyone who has donated large sums and in-kind donations such as Colliers Links for Life Foundation, Martin-Harris Construction, Roofing Southwest, Heller Companies, DeSimone Consulting Engineers and AMA Multimedia not to mention over 600 volunteer hours from our membership! We will be posting before and after photos to the website soon. Let’s keep this momentum moving forward with Phase 2, no amount is too small! Click here to view our photo album of this project!

From big projects to smaller ones, we have no shortage of big hearts. September saw some of our members represent Team NAIOP at the annual Candlelighters 5K. We were also able to collect a great deal of food and paper products along with a good amount of monetary donations to help the seniors in valley assisting Helping Hands of Vegas Valley.  As always WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

Want to get involved?  Contact me and join the committee for 2019!

Community Service Committee Chair
702-270-6600 ||


DLI Program Graduation & Overview

September marked the end of the 2018 Developing Leaders Institute Program and the DLI graduation was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the year‐long commitment and accomplishments of all its members.

For those who are unfamiliar with the DLI Program – every other year, NAIOP Southern Nevada hosts a year‐long program that fosters an environment for young professionals to learn, grow, network and flourish. In this year’s class, 21 promising leaders of Las Vegas’ real estate industry met once a month for a 3‐4 hour class on various real estate topics. Led by prominent leaders of our industry, these classes covered subjects such as Market Analysis, Finance, Construction, Marketing, Real Estate Operations, Investment Analysis, Architecture and Economic Development.

In addition to these monthly meetings, the class was assigned a group project, which took over 6 months to complete. There were four total groups that, given the same project guidelines, were responsible for selecting a site and creating an office, industrial or retail development that would be viable in the real world. Prior to the graduation, each group presented its complete project to a panel of NAIOP’s finest judges, with the winning team to be announced at graduation.

Hosted at Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Club, graduation night started off with a casual mixer and an opportunity for the 21 graduates and their guests to mingle with class sponsors, the DLI Committee, former DLI graduates and NAIOP’s Board of Directors. It was also an opportunity to feel out the competition as we all anxiously anticipated the announcement of who this year’s DLI Class Project Winner would be. After some drinks and appetizers, we were seated together with our teams for dinner. Matt Hoyt, the DLI Committee Chair, welcomed everyone and gave a quick overview of the program. He then invited each team, one by one, to come up to the front and give a 3‐minute overview of the projects we had been working on all year. This was the first time we were able to hear what the other groups chose to do for their projects, and it was very interesting hearing striking similarities as well as vast differences between groups. At the end of each group’s presentation, each graduate was presented with a Graduation Certificate and ‘Class of 2018’ crystal paperweight.

After all the presentations were complete, Matt shared feedback from the judge’s panel that this year’s group of graduates presented the most competitive group of projects they had ever seen in many years of judging. Kudos were given to each team, as we all significantly raised the bar for future classes. But, ultimately, there was only one winning team, which Matt then announced as Team 1, comprised of Nick Abraham, Mike DiFabbio, Blake Olson, Katelyn Panella and Karina Salazar. Congrats to Team 1!  Congrats to all the 2018 DLI graduates – we should all be so proud of this year’s hard work, accomplishments and the life‐long friendships that were formed.

Our class, officially dubbed ‘the Best DLI Class Ever’, is eternally grateful to the committee members, Board of Directors, class instructors and sponsors and would like to thank you all for making this program possible. Each of us walked away with invaluable knowledge and opportunities because of this program and we are so appreciate of the opportunity to be a part of it.

Be Part of the 2020 DLI Class
If you are under 35 years old and aspiring to take your career to the next level, please consider applying for the 2020 DLI Class! Get involved in committees at NAIOP Southern Nevada, go to the monthly breakfasts and put yourself in situations where you can learn from the resources around you. Anyone who has participated in the DLI Program can attest that they have seen a significant impact on their careers—whether its through promotions, new business ventures, life‐long friendships/relationships or Board of Director positions within NAIOP. We look forward to passing the experience along to the next group of young leaders and hope you will consider getting involved.

DLI Committee Member
Samantha Flaherty, First American Title Insurance Company
National Commercial Services
O:  702.251.5175 | C: 702.420.9253 | Email:

Brenden Graves
DC Building Group
O: 702-494-9991 | Email:



NAIOP Southern Nevada Board Elections

The Board election email was sent to NAIOP Southern Nevada Members on Monday, October 1, 2018. The email and link is required for voting.

This year, there are six (6) openings on the Board; one is selected by the Board and five (5) will be elected by the membership.  The Bylaws require a minimum of five (5) Principal or Principal Affiliate members on the Board; this requirement is met by the current board members.

The slate of nominees for the 2019 – 2020 term is:

Principal / Principal Affiliate Nominees:

Julie Cleaver, The Howard Hughes Corporation
Jay Heller,  Heller Companies

Associate / Associate Affiliate Nominees:

Sabrina Borghoff, Martin-Harris Construction
George Garcia, G.C. Garcia, Inc.
Matthew Hoyt, CommCap Advisors
Adam Malan, Logic Commercial Real Estate
Hayim Mizrachi, MDL Group
Steven Neiger, Colliers International
Jennifer Turchin, Coda Group Inc.

Ballots are available online 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018. – See the your email for the link.  Your vote counts!

1 October Anniversary

On the anniversary of the 1 October shooting, NAIOP Southern Nevada remembers and continues to send our deepest and heartfelt thoughts to all the victims and those impacted by the tragedy.

We continue to show our sincerest gratitude to the courageous first responders and to all that stepped in with bravery to assist and rescue victims.

The community has shown its strength, resilience and remains bright after such a dark healing time. We are #VegasStrong.

Community Service – Helping Hands of Vegas Valley Food & Supply Drive

The Community Service Committee is collecting canned goods, non-perishable food & paper supplies at the October 18th breakfast meeting for Helping Hands of Vegas Valley. These donations help low-income senior citizens in the valley who often have to make a choice between eating, buying prescriptions or paying necessary bills to remain independent in their own home. Click here  for details & how to get you and your company involved! 

IT’S GO TIME!!! St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Cottage Renovation is currently underway! Roofs and flooring has been replaced, painting is underway along with cabinet installations…if you’re wanting to volunteer, we need you!  Fridays and Saturday until mid October – click here to sign up to volunteer and click here for project details.  Colliers International-Las Vegas Links For Life Foundation has generously donated $20,000 and Martin-Harris Construction donated $5,000. They really set the bar high!  We truely appreciate such large donations .  Click here today to donate $100 today!

In August, we held a really successful annual school supplies and donation drive to help Howard Hollingsworth Elementary School. Thank you to our $250 cash match sponsor Logic Commercial Real Estate again this year!

Community Service Committee Chair
702-270-6600 ||

Takeaways Podcast – Episode 15 – NAIOP September Program: A Market Panel

Click here for a link to a podcast that explores learning from the wisdom of others below.

Takeaways – Life. Lessons. Learned. explores learning from the wisdom of others.

Once again we’re recording on site at the NAIOP Southern Nevada September Program. The title was An Eye on Our Market – a Market Panel.

Shawn Danoski was out of town so I got to sit down with Reed Gottesman to discuss our Takeaways from this program. Reed is Vice President Regional Director of Leasing at Harsch Investment Properties, the largest commercial landlord in Southern Nevada.

The moderator was Dan Doherty, SIOR, of Colliers International.

The panelists included:
Adam MalanLOGIC Commercial Real Estate – Retail
Dan Palmeri, SIORCushman & Wakefield – Office
Jim StuartMatter Real Estate Group – Development

What were some of our Takeaways?

• Is retail dying or evolving?
• Which big tenants are looking to locate in Las Vegas?
• What will the next big office development offer to the market place?

I hope you enjoy!

Hayim Mizrachi, CCIM
President | Principal
MDL Group
T 702.388.1800 | C 702.340.9600 |