2021 President’s Greeting
Greetings to my North Texas friends!!! While many of us are happy to see 2020 in the rear-view mirror, 2021 looks to hold a similar COVID 19 double-edged sword. While we continue to deal with the challenges of the pandemic at the local level, more severe shutdowns and regulatory environments in other states due to COVID 19, are driving companies and jobs to Texas in massive numbers. Our state and region continue to lead the country in terms of net in migration of people and corporate relocations! Our favorable regulatory and tax environment continues to bolster population growth, job growth and economic growth for North Texas. As a result, the NAIOP North Texas Chapter is optimistic about our future and we expect to outperform across all asset classes relative to the rest of the country.
Our chapter currently consists of professional real estate members representing a broad spectrum of developers, owners, operators and service providers within the commercial real estate industry. Our membership consists of more than 450 members at a corporate, individual and student level, and includes many of the most prominent and influential commercial real estate practitioners in the country. In addition, our Chapter includes more than 95 Developing Leaders, which is our 35 and younger members.
As an organization, NAIOP North Texas focuses on educational and professional networking opportunities for our constituents through monthly programs and special events. Moreover, the North Texas NAIOP Chapter is active in maintaining a strong presence in our state and local legislative affairs, focusing on those legislative issues which impact our industry. Our educational efforts include significant commitments of time and resources to scholarship opportunities for young individuals looking to enter a career in commercial real estate.
Among our goals and objectives for 2021, our Chapter Board of Directors will focus on the following:
- Programs– In proactive response to COVID-19, we will continue our history of high-quality educational programs, however using a combination of virtual technology and socially distanced hybrid meetings. We will continue to cover a wide variety of industry related topics. We will also recognize the area’s Best Lease Transactions and Best Developments of the year.
- Charity– Our commitment to giving back to the community is unchanged. However, and again due to COVID 19, our events will look different this year moving primarily to safer outdoor formats. We are currently planning our first annual outdoor fundraising concert. These events enable us to expand our networking opportunities within the Dallas/Fort Worth business community while providing the necessary fundraising to support our Chapter, our scholarship program and give to other charitable organizations.
- Legislative– We will maintain a strong presence in the region, in Austin, and in Washington, D.C. as we influence the legislative process. The North Texas Board of NAIOP will also continue to strengthen our legislative alliances with other statewide and local real estate organizations to form coalitions on issues impacting the real estate industry.
- Developing Leaders (“DL’s”)– This unique NAIOP young leaders program provides real estate professionals under the age of 35 the opportunity to network with their peers, gain insight to the issues impacting our real estate community, while also gaining access to the vast experience of the Board and the other senior leadership of our Chapter.
On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we thank you for your interest and membership in the NAIOP North Texas Chapter. We are here to serve our membership and their needs within this dynamic industry. We are fortunate and thankful to be living in one of the most vibrant real estate markets in the country and the NAIOP North Texas Chapter is working hard to keep it that way! As always, we appreciate your feedback on our programs, and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming programs and special events.
Brad Copeland – Managing Partner – CLX Ventures
2021 President – NAIOP North Texas Chapter