NAIOP Source Updates 1/27

Activate Your Lobby

Vibrancy in commercial real estate is often applied to street life but rarely to office lobbies, which are often elegant but also quiet and sometimes intimidating. Dallas-based Granite Properties recently turned the lobby of a new office building into a “corporate living room.” Read More

NAIOP Statement on the 2015 State of the Union Address

In response to the 2015 State of the Union Address last week, NAIOP advised the president to carefully consider the impacts of his new plans on investments in commercial real estate to ensure a strong economic recovery. Read More

Tenant Star Legislation Passes Senate; Attached to Keystone Pipeline

Legislation to create a program recognizing energy efficiency upgrades and practices in tenant space passed in the Senate, but is attached to larger bill under a veto threat from the Obama Administration. Read More

Uber for the Trucking Industry?

Transfix, a “digital freight marketplace,” could make commercial trucking vastly more efficient. Read More

Five Tech Trends Transforming BIM/VDC

Building information modeling and virtual design and construction techniques continue to evolve, changing the way commercial buildings are designed, built and operated. Read More


NAIOP Source Updates

Commercial Real Estate Industry Hoping President Will Push for Infrastructure Investment, Growth Policies in State of the Union

In preparation for President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening, Thomas J. Bisacquino, President and CEO of NAIOP, called for pro-growth tax policies and investments in transportation and infrastructure to ensure a strong CRE industry and benefit the economy. Read More


Edge Markets Go Mainstream

Soaring demand for creative and alternative office space is driving growth in noncore submarkets. Read More


How Does Your Compensation Match Up?

Whether you’re hiring or looking for a new job, find out if your salary and bonus package is competitive with the 2014 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey, available for sale now. Read More

Showcase Your Company with NAIOP

Become a NAIOP Sponsor Today!

Our sponsors are a vital part of the NAIOP Charlotte. Your support enables the high level of service and programming we provide to our members.

Top Three Reasons to be a NAIOP Sponsor

#3 – Gain recognition by the top commercial real estate firms in the Charlotte area.
#2 – Support the mission and programming of NAIOP Charlotte.
#1 – Guaranteed participation in NAIOP Charlotte events throughout the year.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Cornerstone Sponsorship
Our Annual Sponsorship program was created to support and enrich our chapter, while offering professionals and organizations an opportunity to participate in, and get more out of, our chapter activities and services. We invite you to participate in our Cornerstone Sponsorship program – an excellent way to gain visibility while supporting the commercial real estate industry in Charlotte.

Statewide Conference
Gain recognition at this annual conference to be held February 26-27 in Pinehurst. This is the one time a year all three NAIOP NC Chapters meet under one roof, bringing together Commercial Real Estate Professionals from across the state. View the conference agenda here or register for the event.

Become a NAIOP Sponsor

Commitments are rolling in and the sooner you commit, the sooner we can begin to recognize you as a sponsor! To learn more about these and event sponsorship opportunities, contact Theresa Salmen (704-940-7394) or Kate Kaeli (704-940-7393), or visit the website at

2nd Annual Cornerstone Awards

Nominate a Project Today!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual NAIOP NC Cornerstone Awards. NAIOP Members from all three NAIOP NC chapters are encouraged to submit projects completed during the 2014 calendar year. Award winners will be announced at the 2015 NAIOP NC Statewide Conference in Pinehurst on February 26, 2015.

There are (3) winning categories: NAIOP Building Project of the Year, NAIOP Green Project of the Year, and NAIOP Real Estate Deal of the Year.

Click here for specific award criteria. Only (1) digital copy of your submission is required. Awards will be judged by a diverse panel of NAIOP NC members.

All projects must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.


The award presentation will be at the NAIOP NC Statewide Conference being held at the Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst Village, NC, February 26-27, 2015.


Contact us at 919-473-3256 or

2015 North Carolina Statewide Conference

naiopheader2015 North Carolina Statewide Conference
February 26-27, 2015
Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst, NC

Join us at the NAIOP NC Statewide Conference as we bring together a diverse group of Commercial Real Estate Professionals in NC to explore issues, education, legislative matters, and how they affect our industry & communities. The NAIOP NC Statewide Conference is a unique and unparalleled opportunity for participants to share successes, opportunities, and challenges while networking and attending cutting-edge programs on pressing issues affecting CRE Professionals. The conference includes speakers, skills building workshops, research based panels, networking opportunities and exhibits. In addition, the statewide conference deepens connections across constituencies and beyond, and unifies and strengthens the voice of NAIOP.


  • $280 for Members
  • $350 for Non-Members

Conference Registration includes Thursday luncheon panel, breakout sessions, developing leaders event, cocktail receptions, keynote dinner, dessert mixer, and Friday morning breakfast.

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Conference Highlights

Development Drivers – Projects Spurring Development in NC
N.C. Business Leader Moderated Panel featuring:
Daniel C. Cramer, Senior VP, Development, Wexford Science + Technology
Peter B. Pappas, Partner, Crosland Southeast

Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets Conditions & Trends
A breakout session of key terms and conditions of financing today, sources and uses of funds today, and NAIOP’s position + role in the stream of financing commerce.

Legislative Breakout Session
A Commercial Real Estate Legislative Panel featuring:
Toby Burke, Senior Director of State & Local Affairs, NAIOP Corporate
Lisa Martin, Director of Government Affairs, North Carolina Home Builders Association
Richard Beard, Principal, Simpson Schulman & Beard
Chris Thomas, Partner, Childress Klein

Developing Leaders Extravaganza
A fun event hosted by the NAIOP NC Developing Leaders, open to all conference attendees.

Retooling Cocktail Party
Networking at its best!

Keynote Dinner & Cornerstone Awards
Keynote speaker

Dessert Mixer
After dinner cocktails, desserts, and networking.


This event will be held at Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina Vista Dr., Pinehurst, NC 28374. Click here for directions.

Overnight Accommodations at Pinehurst Resort

  • $149 Room Rate (includes breakfast)

Last day to book a room at that rate is Monday, January 26, 2015. Call 1-855-318-2887, option 1 to book a room (if needed, the NAIOP booking ID # is 49539). Rooms are in the Carolina or the Holly Inns, room cannot be guaranteed until check in.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The NAIOP NC Statewide Conference is the one time a year all three NAIOP NC Chapters meet under one roof, bringing together Commercial Real Estate Professionals from across the state.

By sponsoring this event, your company will reach CRE leaders and professionals that serve as a portal to a statewide network. The NAIOP NC Statewide Conference will allow you to maximize exposure while more efficiently allocating precious marketing dollars. Brand your company as a solid supporter and catalyst for Commercial Real Estate. Click here below for sponsorship information.


If you have questions about the 2015 NAIOP NC Statewide Conference, please contact the NAIOP Research Triangle at 336-379-0603; or

New E-commerce Project of the Year Award

Yesterday, NAIOP announced a new NAIOP award: the E-commerce Project of the Year. This award recognizes the innovation and speed-to-market activity that our members are doing for e-commerce facilities. This new award will be presented to our winner at the March E.CON conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has identified the following 11 key principles in transforming public spaces, including parks, plazas, public squares, streets, sidewalks and other outdoor and indoor spaces — including those within commercial real estate projects — that have public uses in common into vibrant community places.

1. The community is the expert; identify and involve people within the local community who can provide historical perspective, insights into how the area functions and an understanding of what matters to people there.

2. Create a place, not a design; introduce physical elements as well as programming and management practices that make the space comfortable and inviting.

3. Look for partners, such as local institutions, museums and schools.

4. You can see a lot just by observing; notice how people use successful public spaces as well as how they fail to use unsuccessful ones, to determine which new elements or activities may be needed to improve them.

5. Have a vision, “an idea of what kinds of activities might be happening in the space, a view that the space should be comfortable and have a good image, and that it should be an important place where people want to be.”

6. Start with the petunias; experiment with inexpensive, temporary, short-term improvements that can be tested, refined and built upon over the years.

7. Triangulate; arrange various elements (seating, food kiosks, plantings) so that they encourage activity and interactions.

8. They always say “it can’t be done;” figure out how to overcome the obstacles that invariably arise.

9. Form supports function; although design is important, understanding how spaces function and how people use them is essential.

10. Money is not the issue; many of the elements that make a public place work are inexpensive, community partners can help reduce costs. More importantly, when enthusiasm for a project builds, costs will be viewed as less significant.

11. You are never finished; good public spaces require continuing attention.