Name: Justin Knippel
Title: Vice President
Company: Bergelectric Corp.
# years in the industry: 25
Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Las Vegas: I’m originally from Wisconsin but made my way to Southern California where my career at Bergelectric began. I relocated to Las Vegas in August 2008 (yes, 10 minutes before the great recession of 08) and have been here ever since.
What has NAIOP provided you that has helped you grow professionally or personally? Networking Consistency. I took a break from NAIOP for a couple of years, after finding myself too busy to take advantage of what NAIOP has to offer and I decided to let my membership coverage lapse. I know, what was I thinking right? After a couple years hiatus, I renewed my membership and quickly found a lot of the same familiar faces that have been with NAIOP for years. It’s a great place to connect with industry friends and hopefully make some new ones along the way.
What has been your favorite experience or story that happened at NAIOP event? After we all have gone through over the past year, my favorite experience(s) are simple… breakfast meetings, golf tournaments, bowling tournaments, spotlight award dinners, etc. The ability to shake someone’s hand and see people’s faces without masks are some basic highlights! Over the past year, I sure hope we’ve all learned not to take it for granted…. our lives can get turned upside down and we need to be thankful for what we have, when we have it!
Who have you met at a NAIOP event that has influenced you or that you have become close friends with? I have met some great people through NAIOP and throughout this industry. Luckily, a few of them have become close friends and they know who they are.
What do you want your legacy to be in the Southern Nevada community? I’m very fortunate for where I’m at, for my family, for my friends, clients and colleagues. In fact, many of us are very fortunate for all of the same. However, so many in our community are less fortunate, so when we have the opportunity to give back to the community, we need to. Our legacy should not be one of fame, but simply being good people. Help your friends, your family, your neighbors; lift others up and do what you can to help others succeed!