NAIOP Night was a huge success

NAIOP Night was held on February 18th at The St. Regis Atlanta.  Over 600 were in attendance making it THE commercial real estate networking event of the year.  NAIOP Georgia donated $50,000 to each of our designated charities, YES!Atlanta and the Ron Clark Academy.  Check back soon for more event photos.

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Pictured from left to right are:

  • NAIOP Georgia President/Event Co-Chair, Dwight Bell, Cannon Equities
  • NAIOP Advisory Council Chair/Event Co-Chair, Robert Turner, The Brookdale Group
  • NAIOP Georgia Executive Director, Debbie Koenig
  • YES!Atlanta Chairman, Carmen Davis
  • The Ron Clark Academy Founder, Kim Bearden
  • The Ron Clark Academy Founder, Ron Clark
  • NAIOP Corporate President and CEO, Tom Bisacquino

Here’s What You Missed

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at the May Breakfast Meeting:

C-Suite View: A discussion with national decision makers

President-Elect, Dwight Bell (President/CEO, Cannon Equities) began the meeting by introducing NAIOP GA Advisory Council member and Ron Clark Academy board member, Jeff Mixson, and NAIOP GA Executive Director, Debbie Koenig, for a special presentation about NAIOP’s work with the Ron Clark Academy. Attendees were treated to a moving speech by former RCA student, Jalil Allah, who was accompanied by his mother, Nadege Allah-Delva. Jalil was the recipient of NAIOP’s first-ever Xtreme Dream Room Makeover, and he excelled at the Ron Clark Academy after that amazing transformation. Jalil then went on to succeed and graduate from high school with ROTC honors.

Chris Riley (Vice Chairman, CBRE) moderated as the panelists commented on a wide array of topics from talent to challenges, how information has changed our industry and the opportunities for firms, big and small. Here are some highlights:
Donald Miller, CEO & president of Piedmont Office Realty Trust, said that it’s hard not to be bullish in the Atlanta office market. Don commented that our market was late to the game, so we’re still catching up – but in order to stay competitive, we need to improve our regional planning standpoint. He also mentioned three major changes in what his firm is doing, including path of travel, increased parking and re-positioning their portfolio to be closer to 24-7 live, work, play environments.

Gene Reilly, CEO, The Americas, Prologis, commented on how much talent has changed. Gene said that you no longer just need to be a ‘real estate person,’ but you need to understand culture and human resources to be successful. Gene noted that the leasing market was white hot, and there’s an opportunity for rent growth. He’s bullish about Atlanta and thinks it still has excess capacity for development talent.

Michael Dardick, president and CEO of Granite Properties said some of the qualities for achieving success in our industry include believing in people and wanting to grow others in the industry, along with humility, curiosity and keeping a learning orientation your whole life. Looking through history, each cycle comes every 7 years, so if history repeats itself, we should have another 2 years left in this cycle. While office still has massive supply in several markets, Michael is also bullish about Atlanta.

Jay Cornforth, global head of industrial at Brookfield Property Group and CEO of IDI Gazeley Brookfield Logistics Properties said he believes we’re in the 2nd period of a 3-period hockey game; he said that while we’re still catching up to 2007, we’ve destroyed a lot of value on the way. We’re seeing ramp up in supply, but we still have a couple years of rent growth. Jay advised the crowd to be prepared for the next downturn – be well capitalized and be on the offense. Because of all the land in Atlanta – in all directions – and because Atlanta lagged in its recovery, there is still demand for industrial.

Click here to view Part 1 of the program.
Click here to view Part 2 of the program.

Here’s What You Missed


at the Million Dollar Club Luncheon:

Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, gave the keynote. We learned a lot from him – including Chris can ‘crush’ karaoke! Chris also spoke about partnerships, as they are a huge reason it is a great time to do business in the Metro Atlanta region right now.

Governor Deal has created several initiatives to find out what companies need to be successful in Georgia, including the High-Demand Career Initiative, to assist with workforce development and eliminating sales tax on energy and manufacturing. Chris reminded the luncheon attendees that his department is willing to work with all companies and industries and offer resources to help drive success in Georgia.

The Commissioner discussed some of the hot areas Georgia is currently attracting, and also what is drawing them to our state. Four areas he mentioned were: headquarters, international (especially German and Japanese), automotive and innovation. These companies – including Mercedes and Keurig Green Mountain – are attracted to Georgia for many reasons, including: existing infrastructure, world class university system, outdoor activities, culture, climate and our geographic proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson and ports. Speaking of innovation, Chris told attendees that of the $4.7 trillion in transactions that occur worldwide, Georgia companies are responsible for 75 percent, thanks to our booming financial transactions industry.

Chris reminded us that Georgia moves at the speed of business, and companies from across the world are noticing.

Click here to view a complete video of the program.