Submitted by Whitney Hake, Cassidy Turley Fuller Real Estate
Year after year, Dinner with the Icons is a successful event for NAIOP's Developing Leaders, and 2012 was not an exception. The energy at The Magnolia Hotel was palpable, and it felt as if the commercial real estate market was picking up in Denver with each positive word spoken by the Icons. As a newbie to this particular NAIOP event, I found the audience and conversations to be especially engaging becuase there was a true mix of experience and naivety in the room. A mixed environment, like Dinner with the Icons, is the real reason why young professionals should donate their time and energy to Developing Leaders. I walked away from this event with several useful nuggets of information that will help me further my career in commercial real estate:
- Information moves faster than in any other real estate cycle to-date, so investors are all on a level playing field, which lowers expected yields.
- Investment sales are a process that is repeated over-and-over again to be profitable, but that process must be set and perfected before sales can be executed successfully.
- Workers are moving to Denver not because of the Rocky Moutnains, but for the urban core lifestyle (3–mile radius of Downtown Denver).
- The commercial real estate markets in primary coastal cities (Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston) are already in full swing. The secondary coastal cities are prime for investment, including: Miama, Atlanta, Portland, etc.
Attendees participated in a round robin format, allowing time to meet and converse with multiple leaders in an intimate dinner setting. Without a prepared script or preconceived agenda, Developing Leaders and Icons engaged freely in topics ranging from 1801 California and multi-family development to comparing thoughts on the future of commercial real estate.
Successful programs such as Dinner with the Icons require tremendous effort from NAIOP staff and volunteers. The Developing Leaders committee would like to thank our Programs Committee and volunteers for the event:
Joanna Bartnik, Alliance Commercial Partners
Rob Boydston, Newmark Knight Frank Frederick Ross
Kyle Brunger, Shepherd Law Group PC
Whitney Hake, Cassidy Turley Fuller Real Estate
Brinley Kelly, Herman Miller Workplace Resource
Matt Lyons, Weston Solutions Inc.
Jim Miller, Consolidated Investment Group
Sarah Miller, The PrivateBank
Justin Pless, Pless Law Firm, LLC
Doris Rigoni, First National Bank Santa Fe, Denver Office
We also want to especially thank the “Icons” who graciously offered their time and expertise to NAIOP's young professionals:
Tammy Door, Downtown Denver Partnership
Bob Holmes, Bryan Cave, LLP
Chris King, DPC Development Company
Dave Larson, Legend Retail Group
Stephanie Lawrence, Granite Properties
John Miller, First American Title – NCS
Dave Naus, Equity West Investment Partners
Sandy Sauer, US Bank National Association
Matt Ritter, Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Mike Winn, Cushman & Wakefield
Stay tuned as NAIOP's Developing Leaders reveal more opportuniities for networking and professional development through its successful programs! Click Here to view all the pictures from this event.