This is my NAIOP story.

My first NAIOP event was sometime in 2008. A leasing executive at a major landlord in town invited me to one of the breakfasts while we were touring space. Someone that morning told me that DL membership (a membership category for 35 and under) was only $195 per year. I registered and joined the membership committee.

Linda Gonzales came in my office one afternoon in 2009 (we worked at the same company back then). She handed me an application for Developing Leaders Institute and a letter of recommendation that she already wrote for me. “Do yourself a favor and sign up for this,” she said. I did. I don’t fully remember how I paid for it because I definitely remember having less than $200 in my bank account that next summer before I got married.

Over the next decade I attended most social events, Spotlight Awards, education events and oh-so-many monthly breakfasts. I was invited to participate as a panelist at a few breakfast programs. I have been a moderator a handful of times. I’ve served on a few committees, but the Programs Committee grasped my passion enough for me to Chair for a couple of years. I put myself forward to run for the Board in 2018.

I came to NAIOP because someone that I respected invited me. I stayed because of the professional development, relevant education, and ability to serve. Perhaps the thing I value most is the personal relationship I developed along the way.

And now I will add serving as Chapter President in 2022 to my NAIOP story.

The last several years have been turbulent. Yet, we enter 2022 on strong footing as an industry. And the Southern Nevada commercial real estate development market is healthy.

Still, there is uncertainty from lingering pandemic affects, inflation, supply chains, and even local municipalities.

I draw confidence knowing that NAIOP Southern Nevada Board Members: [Lisa Brady, Cassie Catania-Hsu, Julie Cleaver, Shawn Danoski, Reed Gottesman, Jay Heller, Matt Hoyt, Jennifer Levine, Michael Newman, Steve Neiger, John Restrepo, Mike Shohet, Dan Tuntland and Katrina Bruce] have chosen to make service to NAIOP a part of their NAIOP story. I draw confidence knowing that you have made NAIOP a part of your story.

Whatever 2022 writes, I believe we stand a better chance facing it because we have incorporated NAIOP into our narratives. It connects us. It provides collective leverage to face challenges, and celebrate successes, as one industry.

I would like to invite you to think about your NAIOP story. When did you originally join and why? What causes you to continue with your membership? And if you’re inclined, email me to share your NAIOP story hmizrachi@mdlgroup.com.  Happy 2022!

Hayim Mizrachi, CCIM
MDL Group
NAIOP Southern Nevada President