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NAIOP SoCal Sets Stage for 2017

By Dennis Kaiser

NAIOP SoCal recently welcomed its 2017 Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and it encompasses a diverse collection of commercial real estate leadership across the region.

The 2017 NAIOP SoCal Executive Committee is led by President Lance Ryan, Watson Land Company; President-elect and Sponsorship Chair James V. Camp, Rockefeller Group; Vice President and Sponsorship Vice Chair Jeff Moore, CBRE; Treasurer and Real Estate Challenge Advisor Pamela L. Westhoff, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton; Secretary and I.Con Chair Rob Antrobius, Prologis; Programs and Education Liaison Alison Vukovich, LBA Realty; and Past President Kevin Jennings, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Connect Media asked Ryan to share what is on the horizon for NAIOP SoCal, some of the key issues it is tracking this year, as well as ways to get involved in the CRE industry organization.

Q: How is the local chapter focused on advancing the CRE industry?

A: We aim to advance the CRE industry through the three core pillars of NAIOP, which include education, legislative advocacy and networking. There is no other organization that supports the commercial real estate industry in these three areas as well as NAIOP.

Q: Are there any key regulatory issues to watch in 2017?

A: Yes, both at the state and federal level. In addition to monitoring hundreds of pieces of proposed legislation, our Legislative Committee has identified several areas of focus in 2017 which include CEQA reform, ballot box initiatives effecting land uses, and environmental legislation.

NAIOP remains the single unified voice of the commercial real estate industry in advocating for reasonable legislation that strikes the proper balance between funding government, protecting the environment and protecting the livelihood and well-being of Californians through new job creation. We continue to evaluate legislation impacting our industry from the perspective that quality of life begins with a job.

Q: How do you best recommend professionals get plugged into NAIOP this year?

A: Just show up! NAIOP SoCal is hosting informative educational events, forums, and panels almost every week. These are the best opportunities to learn something new that you can put into practice the same day. These events are also where the leaders in our industry gather, and as a result, the networking and discussion of emerging trends and new ideas is unparalleled.

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About Dennis Kaiser

Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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