Class is officially in session for the Developing Leaders Institute Class of 2023! DLI classes are held on the 2nd Monday of each month and will take place at the CBRE office. This year’s class consists of 22 professionals in the commercial real estate industry who will learn all things development from various subject matter experts. After each class, there is intentional networking at Born & Raised with the class teachers, NAIOP Board Members and DLI Alumni to further show this organizations commitment to the younger classes’ success.
DLI Class #1 – Commercial Real Estate Overview
The first DLI class was held on October 17, 2022 and was led by the President of Thomas & Mack Development Group, Rick Myers. Rick begun the class by discussing an article that he asked the class to read prior to meeting. The article covered the story of T. Boone Pickens as he navigated a market takeover and showed what it takes to be forward thinking and persevere amongst your competitors.
In addition to highlighting what it takes to be successful in the business, he provided a basic overview of the industry from the various product types, to financing and development. He provided examples as to how each product type is evolving and offered insight on how to stay on top of trends and lead the market.
To conclude the first class, the group voted for class president and class vice president. Congratulations to Chris Molina with McDonald Carano for being nominated as class president and Megan McInerney with Colliers International for being nominated as class vice president.
Thank you to MDL Group for sponsoring this class.
DLI Class #2 – Market Analysis & Site Selection
The second DLI class was held on November 14, 2022 and began with a current economic overview led by John Restrepo, Principal of RCG Economics. John provided a macro view of the economy and went into detail on the Nevada economy as well as offered insights into how these trends effect the commercial real estate market. He also went into detail about what states are best to do business in and why companies chose to do business in those states. Overall, Nevada came in at #39 on the list.
The second portion of the class was led by Adam Malan, Vice President at Colliers International and Ryan Martin, Senior Vice President at MDL Group, who spoke about market analysis and site selection. Both shared examples of completed projects and walked through the initial site selection process. They explained the risks you take and hurdles that you must overcome to develop successful projects.
Thank you to Schnitzer Properties for sponsoring this class.
DLI Class #3 – Due Diligence, Planning and Entitlements
The third DLI class was held on December 12, 2022 and was led George Garci of G.C. Garcia Inc., and Marianna Hunnicutt with Kimley-Horn and Associates.
George’s firm, the red tape Sherpas, taught the class the importance of investing in high quality due diligence up front in a deal to save all parties time and money later on. He provided many examples of situations that could have been avoided by better due diligence in the planning stages of a project.
Marianna taught the class the importance of understanding the various jurisdictions that review your projects as well as discussed various factors that play into the engineering of a project from mapping, drainage, traffic, utilities, etc. She tasked the class with their first group project where they were given a blank site and had to lay out a project while being aware of ingress/egress, grading, drainage, etc. The class took away a lot of valuable lessons from this group activity.
Thank you to G.C. Garcia, Inc for sponsoring this class.