Chuck Witters Condolence

NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter extends our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Chuck Witters who passed away on Christmas day, 2018. Chuck was an active member and leader in our association since arriving in Las Vegas in 1993. He served on the Board of Directors from 1997 – 2005, dedicated countless hours to numerous committees, was awarded 1995 Associate of the Year and earned Office Broker of the Year five years running from 1999 through 2004. Chuck cared deeply for the success of the Chapter, consistently striving to ensure that member needs were met. Even after retiring, he was a frequent guest at NAIOP events.

Spotlight Awards Final Submissions Due This Week

Don’t delay!  The Spotlight Awards final submissions are due this Friday, January 11th. This includes property submissions and all industry nominations.  This is a hard deadline, no extensions.  Questions? Contact either:

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


Johna Savage
NAIOP Southern Nevada
702-798-7194 |

Community Service Committee Update – January 2019

Happy New Year to all!

To keep the spirit of giving, in December the committee rallied together purchasing beanies, gloves, bags, emergency blankets, hand/foot warmers, snacks and supplies for 200 care packages for the poor and homeless.  They helped Catholic Workers Las Vegas serving breakfast at 6 am on a bitter cold morning and handed the care packages out afterwards.

Thank you again for everyone’s time and donations in completing Phase 1 of the St. Jude’s Cottage Renovation. We raised a total of $50K and donated 720 volunteer hours towards the project. Thanks again to Colliers Links for Life and Martin Harris Construction for your gracious donations.

HERE WE GO!  We are gearing up to begin Phase 2 starting around the beginning of April. We’ll be posting details soon, but in the meantime, please start us off on the right foot by donating in 2019. Don’t have half a heart…we want a big heart Click here to donate today!













Community Service Committee Chair
Chris Teachman
702-270-6600 ||

NAIOPSNV Adds Enormous Value – 2018 Stats

As Nevada’s leading commercial real estate and development association, NAIOP Southern Nevada has set a standard for membership, participation, and referrals between members and their companies. Among the top commercial real estate organizations in Las Vegas, NAIOP has the largest membership, highest attendance records and raises the most money for charity year after year. That is something to be extremely proud of!

In 2018, membership grew to more than 550 members and the local Chapter raised almost $500,000 from events and sponsorships. The chapter hosted nineteen different programs ranging from breakfast panels with local and regional experts, real estate and development educational workshops, industry tours, projections on current and future markets to special events such as bowling for a cause and the much anticipated annual bus tour. The Chapter’s ability to create, nurture and host events is second to none. With a reach of more than 1,500 people, the Chapter left a memorable impression on the market this past year.

In what other ways has NAIOP made a mark? Our commitment to volunteering and social outreach has beneficially impacted hundreds of lives throughout the valley. The organization’s presence on social media and commitment to local charity events has set a new standard for corporate responsibility. Through 11 different committees, 250 social media posts, 50+ media mentions, 170+ committee members, and countless meetings; the group has been able to make a difference locally, regionally and even on a national scale.

Most people join an organization to create more business, grow their network, or market themselves and their companies, but NAIOP Southern Nevada successfully gives those reasons substance. As the 12th largest Chapter in the nation and 5th in growth, we have much to celebrate, but the Chapter isn’t stopping there. With 2019 President, Shawn Danoski at the helm, the goal for 2019 is nothing less than a record-breaking growth of increasing membership to 600+ members, along with a continuing increase in Chapter revenue.

When setting your goals for 2019, consider making NAIOP a priority. If you’re not yet a member, join. If you’re already a member, take some next steps by attending more events and even volunteering on a committee. If you’re interested in taking your involvement to the next level, join NAIOP Corporate. Make the most of your membership by getting more involved and you’ll gain valuable insights and connections. NAIOP Works. Get Involved.

Click here to see our complete 2018 infographic.

Cassie Catania-Hsu
Sun Commercial Real Estate
Direct:  702-968-7324 | Cell: 702-556-7100 | 

Brenden Graves
DC Building Group
Office 702-494-9991 | |

NAIOP Members Jennifer Turchin AIA & Ashley Gould CPSM receive AIA Nevada Distinguished Service Awards

NAIOP Southern Nevada congratulates our members, Jennifer Turchin, AIA and Ashley Gould, CPSM and for receiving AIA (The American Institute of Architects) Nevada Distinguished Service Awards. Jennifer received the 2018 AIA Nevada Emerging Professionals Leadership Award and Ashley was named 2018 AIA Nevada Member of the Year.

Jennifer Turchin, AIA has been a NAIOP member since 2008 and currently serves on the NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter Board of Directors. She is the current Board Liaison and past Chair of the DLI Committee and also serves on the Education Committee. Her past accomplishments include 2008 DLI Graduate, 2013 Developing Leader Award Recipient and 2016 Associate Member of the Year.

The AIA Nevada Emerging Professionals Leadership Award is awarded to an individual Associate Member who has contributed significantly to the profession of architecture through their membership and participation in their local Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Jennifer emulates this through her commitment to advancing the profession, to elevating our community, and in her service in a number of committees including as the COTE Committee Chair. She currently serves as AIA Las Vegas President and will soon take on the role of President of AIA Nevada.

Ashley Gould, CPSM has been a NAIOP Member since 2006 and is currently co-chair of the Spotlight Awards Committee and a member of the Community Service Committee. She has spent countless hours helping both committees fulfill their mission and is a 2018 graduate of the Developing Leaders Institute (DLI).

The AIA Nevada Allied Award is awarded to the individual Allied Member who has contributed significantly to the profession of architecture through their membership and participation in their local Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Ashley contributions include her invaluable support to the Las Vegas Chapter by volunteering to assist with the Golf Tournament and Product Show and chairing the Volunteer Committee for the A’19 Conference on Architecture being hosted by AIA Las Vegas June 6-9, 2019.

Cassie Catania-Hsu
Sun Commercial Real Estate
Direct:  702-968-7324 | Cell: 702-556-7100 | 

2019 Spotlight Awards

Our 22nd Annual NAIOP Southern Nevada Spotlight Awards will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa.

There are select few sponsorships remaining.  Click here for details.

The Spotlight Awards Committee offered TWO workshops this year to give applicants insight on how to submit a winning entry.  The workshops were updated to include this year’s new categories and questions. Both Project and Industry awards were discussed along with tools to help with project details and photograph submittals.

Final application submissions are due January 11, 2019 – no extensions.

Watch for your invitation and more details on the magical evening!

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

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

Community Service Committee Update – December 2018

The year may be winding down, but the Community Service Committee hasn’t slowed down a bit.  After a really successful Phase 1 renovation of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children cottage renovation project, we’ve been approved by the Board of Directors to move forward with Phase 2 in 2019.  Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for more details and if you’d like to donate, both monetary and in-kind donations are greatly accepted.  Click here to donate.

Thanks to Vegas Youth Ambassadors, Communities in Schools and Ronald McDonald House and our committee, we were able to decorate and fill Thanksgiving baskets for 30 families again this year!

We collected 270 toys this year at our Members Only Holiday Reception last week at Cili to benefit the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas.  Toys are for their annual Angel Tree Winter Celebration holiday party on December 15th, a huge celebration with food, games, entertainment and about $50 worth of gifts for every child in foster care in Clark County.  Click here for details on the event.

It’s been a great year for NAIOP and for the committee.  Want to get involved?  Contact me and join the committee for 2019!

Community Service Committee Chair
Chris Teachman
702-270-6600 ||

NAIOP Southern Nevada Awards Scholarships to UNLV Students

NAIOP Southern Nevada is proud to continue it’s longtime partnership with the LIED Institute for Real Estate Studies to provide Academic Scholarships for students interested in the commercial real estate industry. This semester, five (5) students were recipients of the $1,000 scholarships provided by our local chapter. Congratulations to Anthony Guttman, Hollie Janae Martinez, Sally Myint Oo, Luke Ramous and Matthew Yapjoco.

Hollie Martinez is a double Major BS in Economics  and Real Estate & Urban Economics with an anticipated graduation in May 2019. Sally Myint Oo is a Major in Real Estate and Minor in Earth & Environmental Science with an anticipated graduation in Fall 2019. Luke David Ramous is a Major in Finance and Minor in film with an anticipated graduation in May 2019. Matthew Yapjoco is a Major in Finance with an anticipated graduation in Fall 2019. Anthony R. Guttman is a Major in Finance and 3 minors: Real Estate, Global Entrepreneurship, and Philosophy (concentration in Law and Justice) and Graduated in Spring 2018. He is now attending Law School in the Washington DC area.

“The LIED Institute for Real Estate Studies is very pleased to receive five scholarships from the local chapter of NAIOP for UNLV students who are preparing for a career in commercial real estate. The criteria for the scholarship was both need based as well as based on overall performance as a student in the Lee Business School. We hope that we continue to reward students in the future and increase the pool next year for this scholarship.” Vivek Sah, PhD, Director. 

Our chapter recognizes the value that graduating students bring to our industry. NAIOP Southern Nevada is honored to help build a pipeline of potential new talent for our members and sponsors.

The UNLV LIED Institute also offers a robust Mentorship Program for students interested in commercial real estate. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor please reach out to Matt Hoyt at or 702-792-7558.


Cassie Catania-Hsu, Managing Director/Broker
Sun Commercial Real Estate
Direct:  702-968-7324 | Cell: 702-556-7100 | 


My first question is, why didn’t more of our chapter members attend the conference? In fact, we’re so curious about this that we’d love to hear from you. In October, a few of the local members attended CRE.Converge, which is the National NAIOP Conference. This year the conference brought 1,300 commercial real estate leaders together in Washington, D.C. Personally, we got a lot out of the conference and were surprised that more Southern Nevada members weren’t in attendance. The conference itself is quick, it spans about 2 days in total and has a combination of keynote speakers, project tours and breakout sessions. We really enjoyed the breakout sessions because we were able to pick from a couple of different topics each session depending on our areas of interest. We made some great contacts and enjoyed meeting NAIOP members from all over the country. The conference agenda also allows time for networking and meeting new people.

Additionally, Cassie was very interested to learn more about the National FORUMS that are an integral part of the NAIOP platform. There are Limited Forums open to NAIOP members with requisite experience who are employed by a company or organization whose primary business is the development, ownership, management of, or investment in industrial, office or mixed-use real estate. There are General Forums open to all NAIOP members with requisite experience and there are Developing Leaders Forums which provide commercial real estate industry professionals (35 years of age and under and with at least four years of related commercial real estate industry experience) the unique opportunity to advance their careers by gaining insights from and networking with seasoned commercial real estate professionals and peers over a two-year period. For more information on joining a Forum, please click here.

Overall, the conference covered everything from office, industrial and retail to Amazon HQ2 to new technologies to trends. There was something for everyone!

Here’s a sample of the breakout sessions from the conference:

  • A Strategic Approach to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • First Mile: Ports and Inland Ports Impact on Distribution
  • Creating Personalized Experiences with Big Data and Smart Buildings
  • Blurring the Retail Line
  • Trains, Planes and Automobiles: An Infrastructure Discussion
  • The Outlook for Capital Markets
  • Views on Economic Indicators
  • How Amazon Has Changed the Way EDCs Think and Act
  • Providing Office as a Service
  • Trends and Transformations in Office and Industrial Design
  • Climate Resilience Adaptations and Strategies
  • Mall Doctors: Filling Vacant Retail Space with Medical Office

We’re already looking forward to next year’s national conference in Los Angeles, California. Save the date from Monday, October 14th, 2019 – Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at JW Marriott LA Live. Check the website for the latest information at

Cassie Catania-Hsu, Managing Director/Broker
Sun Commercial Real Estate
Direct:  702-968-7324 | Cell: 702-556-7100 | 

Shawn Danoski, CEO
DC Building Group
Office: 702-434-9991 |


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

Click here for the article