NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, recently honored the NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter, its 2020 Board of Directors President Julie Cleaver and the local chapter’s 2020 virtual bus tour with Chapter Merit Awards (CMAs).

In honoring NAIOP Southern Nevada as the nation’s “Large Chapter of the Year,” the national association recognized the local chapter for overall excellence throughout the year, including involvement with NAIOP Corporate, chapter growth, civic service and more. NAIOP Southern Nevada demonstrated an unyielding dedication to providing value for NAIOP members at every level, according to the award.

The “Outstanding Leadership by a Chapter President” award is presented to a local chapter president who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to a chapter’s growth and success. Throughout the pandemic, Cleaver worked to increase and diversify membership, elevate programming, empower volunteers and engage local leaders. Cleaver is vice president of planning and design at The Howard Hughes Corporation in Las Vegas.

The “Special Event Award” celebrates chapters that planned and executed exceptional and unique chapter events, despite a limited ability to host in-person events during 2020. NAIOP Southern Nevada was honored for its annual bus tour, which was reimagined in 2020 to become an all-new virtual event, including a flyover video, interactive website and expert panel discussions.

NAIOP’s “Chapter Merit Awards” recognize success in education, special events, membership, legislative advocacy and leadership by its local chapters throughout the nation. CMAs are presented annually at NAIOP’s Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat. Recipients are selected by a committee of their peers comprised of volunteer judges.