Capital Markets 2018 [February 2018 Breakfast Recap]

men on stage at a presentationDespite the cold weather, NAIOP Washington State members and supporters came in full force on Wednesday, February 28, to learn more about capital market trends in our region and what they mean for the future.

Mike Wood of NBS Financial Services moderated the panel and the Q&A discussion following. He kicked the event off with a confident and positive summation of real estate investments in the region.

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Report: Commercial Real Estate in Washington State Supported 56,617 Jobs and $8.8 Billion of GDP in 2017 [Press Release]

SEATTLE – The NAIOP Research Foundation has released the NAIOP Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate report (2018 Edition). The report is conducted for purposes of estimating the annual economic contribution of commercial real estate development to the U.S. economy.

Development and construction of new commercial real estate in the United States – office, industrial, warehouse and retail – generates significant economic growth at the state and national levels. This annual study, “The Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate,” published by the NAIOP Research Foundation, measures the contribution to GDP, salaries and wages generated and jobs supported from the development and operations of commercial real estate.

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NAIOP WA 2018 Wins Three Chapter Merit Awards [Press Release]

NAIOP Washington State Wins Three National Chapter Merit Awards Honoring Leadership in Government Affairs, Member Growth and Executive Leadership

Peggi Lewis Fu headshot

SEATTLE – At the 2018 NAIOP Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat on February 6, NAIOP Corporate honored NAIOP Washington State with three Chapter Merit Awards, the most awarded to any single large chapter this year. NAIOP’s annual merit awards program evaluates chapter education, government affairs involvement, member recruitment and retention, communications, and chapter management. NAIOP Washington State won recognition for its Legislative/Government Affairs efforts; for membership growth, with the greatest number of new members in 2017; and for leadership, with Executive of the Year going to NAIOPWA Executive Director Peggi Lewis Fu. 

In 2017, NAIOPWA, led by its Government Affairs Committee, made significant impacts on state and local legislation affecting the business environment and commercial real estate; helped elect business-friendly leaders, including Mayor Jenny Durkan; and expanded outreach beyond Seattle with its first eastside mayors and elected officials event, and plans to broaden into Snohomish county as well. 

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NAIOP WA honored with record three awards at 2018 Chapter Legislative & Leadership Retreat

Congratulations to the NAIOPWA Government Affairs and Membership Committees, as well as our own Executive Director Peggi Lewis Fu for top honors at NAIOP's 2018 Chapter Legislative and Leadership Retreat! Our volunteer and staff leadership were honored with 2018 Chapter Merit Awards for above-and-beyond efforts, including the most new members in 2017.

Special thanks to our Government Affairs chairs, Nancy Rogers and Donnie Belk, and board liaison Ann Bishop; and our 2017 Membership chairs, Danny Jackson and Steve Cory, and board liaison Monty Kilcup; as well as 2017 Chapter President Kristin Jensen. You make NAIOPWA the leading organization for CRE professionals in Washington State.

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Real Estate Challenge 2018 Site Sponsor Announced!

NAIOP WA's Real Estate Challenge is an annual contest matching teams from real estate programs at Portland State University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington in a competition that focuses on a development/redevelopment project in the Puget Sound area. Teams are tasked with forming a proposed investment strategy based on the site sponsor’s needs.

NAIOP WA is pleased to announce the City of Tacoma as the site sponsor for this year’s Real Estate Challenge. The 0.56 acre property, located at 728 Market Street in downtown Tacoma, is zoned Downtown Commercial Core, providing teams with an opportunity to evaluate market-rate urban development consistent with Tacoma’s urban design guidelines.

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Development that Empowers [January 2018 Breakfast Recap]

NAIOP WA members and supporters gathered for January’s in-depth presentation from the Runstad Center’s Affiliate Fellows on designing for density that is both equitable and sustainable in our region for the next 100 years.

Before the panel started, NAIOP Washington State outgoing president Kristin Jensen introduced the incoming chapter president, Tony Toppenberg. Tony has been heavily involved in NAIOP since 2007 and was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012. He has served on multiple committees, chaired the Membership Committee, and served as treasurer. Tony has 18 years of experience in the construction industry with the last 15 in Seattle. He will serve a one-year term as chapter president.

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Dana Kimble [Member Profile]

Dana Kimble

Dana Kimble, Assoc. DBIA, is a Business Development Manager with Coffman Engineers, a multidiscipline engineering firm that serves as both a prime and sub consultant for clients in various markets including industrial, retail, government, healthcare and institutional. Founded in Bellevue 1979, Coffman now has 12 offices with 465 employees that serve clients across the U.S. and overseas. Disciplines include: Mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, fire protection, and corrosion control engineering, as well as commissioning and testing and balancing services.

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Tax Reform: What it means for CRE

Capitol Building at night

As reported by NAIOP Corporate, the tax reform legislation recently passed into law by Congress has significant beneficial impacts for the commercial real estate industry. Among other changes, the legislation will:

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Tourism & Hospitality Trends & Forecast [December 2017 Breakfast Recap]

December panelists at eventNAIOP WA members and guests gathered last Wednesday morning to learn about tourism and hospitality in our region. Before the panel started, attendees were treated to a video montage from September’s Community Enhancement event at Farmer Frog, a sustainable, educational farm in Woodinville.

NAIOP Washington state outgoing president Kristin Jensen introduced the morning’s breakfast topic. The hospitality and tourism sector is growing in Seattle and the Puget Sound. The panel discussed the factors making that a reality, including exponential population growth, and what the 58 cranes dotting the Seattle skyline mean for the future of the industry.

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Thank you, 2018 Members!

NAIOP Washington State thanks our renewing members for 2018. There's still time to renew! Click here to learn how to renew online or to download an invoice

Jessica Hickey, 1029 consulting inc.
Barton Brynestad, AHBL Inc.
Kristin Glandon, AHBL Inc.
Chip McCullough, Alston Construction Company
Gregory Steinhauer, American Life Inc.
Austin Johnson, AMJ Development
Scott Koppelman, AMLI
Don Lane, Andersen Construction
Jocelyn Whiteley, Ashbaugh Beal
Chris Ferrell, Ashbaugh Beal
Wendy Novak, Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington
David Hurst, ATLAS Workbase
Bradley Allen, ATS Automation Inc.
Stacy Johnson, Auburn Mechanical
Jim Reynolds, Auburn Mechanical

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Welcome New Members - October 2017


Welcome and congratulations to our October 2017 new members!

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Sustainable Development in Fremont [October 2017 Breakfast Recap]

October breakfast headshotsThe October 2017 breakfast focused on the development of Fremont, one of Seattle's up-and-coming commercial hubs, and the great strides already made in the sustainability of this neighborhood.

President Kristin Jensen opened the meeting by thanking our sponsors, Rushing, Baylis Architects, Venture GC, and Vulcan Real Estate. Kristin reported that we currently have 924 members and are the fourth-largest NAIOP chapter. Kristin also reported that the Community Enhancement Project at Farmer Frog was a success. Good work everyone!

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Congratulations 2017 Night of the Stars Winners!

Weyerhaeuser NOSPublixMicrosoft renovationNight of the Stars 2017 Winners Include Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, UW’s Global Innovation Exchange, Expedia’s 645 Elliot and the Marion West

Inaugural People’s Choice Award voted by the CRE community goes to Atlas Workbase

Douglas Howe is honored as 2017 Hall of Fame inductee in recognition of his contributions to the built environment of Seattle and the Puget Sound 

Visit the Night of the Stars 2017 gallery.

SEATTLE – Announced on Friday, November 3, at the annual gala, NAIOP Washington State’s 2017 Night of the Stars Awards highlight the Northwest’s highly competitive development environment. Seattle tops national crane counts and available land is scarce; tenants require sustainability, from salmon-safe buildings to indoor forests, and the community requires accommodations for increased housing and growing industry. The winners represent how the development community continues to find creative, sustainable solutions to fit the needs of the growing and maturing Puget Sound market.

Each year, NAIOP’s Night of the Stars identifies outstanding real estate developments and activities in a variety of market types and the individuals who conceived of, took risks, sponsored, supported and made the projects happen. The awards aim to honor entire teams, including all who contributed to the project’s success in this annual celebration of the industry. Projects are evaluated for impact on the community, market adaptability, ingenuity and local contributions. All nominations and winners are viewable via the new NAIOP WA app, which is designed to transform how the Northwest commercial real estate community networks.

In addition to nominated projects, each year, an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the industry is selected for induction into the NAIOP Washington State Hall of Fame. This year, Douglas Howe joins the ranks of the vaunted for his contributions to Seattle and the Northwest’s built environment, as well as to the NAIOP organization. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Touchstone, Douglas built a reputation developing commercial office, biotechnology R & D, retail and hotel properties that make a positive impact on the built environment—whether restoring historical landmark structures or constructing award winning, architecturally distinctive new buildings. Currently, Douglas is Governor of the NAIOP Research Foundation; he served as Chairman of NAIOP in 2009 and as President of NAIOP Washington State in 2004. Read more about Douglas Howe.

Visit the Night of the Stars 2017 gallery.

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Lanzi Li [Member Profile]

Lanzi Li headshotLanzi Li is Associate Project Manager with Heartland, a small, Seattle-based commercial real estate advisory firm that has been around for 30 years. Heartland’s portfolio of advisory projects encompasses the full range of economic sectors, real estate product types, geographies and client types. Despite the variety of contexts, we are advisors first and work with our clients from strategy development to analytics and on through implementation.

As NAIOP WA's 900th member, Lanzi received this opportunity to be featured on the NAIOP WA blog and in our newsletter, as well as a season pass to our 2018 breakfast meetings. Who will be our 1,000th member? Join today for your chance to be featured and receive a special event registration bonus.

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NAIOP Washington State Growth Increases and Improves Chapter Ranking, Jumping to Fourth-Largest NAIOP chapter in North America [Chapter News]

SEATTLE – In a reflection of Seattle and the Puget Sound region’s strong commercial real estate activity, NAIOP Washington State recently became the fourth-largest chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate association.

NAIOP Washington State is committed to members’ professional success and to an overall, long-term positive environment for business and development in the region.

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Welcome New Members - September 2017


Welcome and congratulations to our September 2017 new members!

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Innovations in Industrial Real Estate [September 2017 Breakfast Recap]

September breakfast headshotsNAIOP’s September 20 breakfast meeting convened in Southcenter near the epicenter of King County’s industrial area. This meeting on Innovation in Industrial Real Estate was sponsored by Centerpoint and Rushing. We sincerely thank them for their support.

President Kristin Jensen opened the meeting; our annual business meeting included election of our 2018 officers and ratification of the actions of the 2017 board.

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Get to Know NAIOP’s 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee: Douglas Howe

Be humble and always be flexible.

Douglas Howe headshotAnyone who knows Douglas Howe knows that his charismatic personality, dedication to his craft and keen business sense have made his success what it is today. His passion to develop buildings that make a positive impact on the built environment, his humility and the ardent viewpoint that he’s a student of his field even after forty years are also hallmarks of his tenure—one that’s made a significant difference to the Seattle urban core and the Puget Sound region.

NAIOP Washington State will honor and induct Douglas Howe, founder and former CEO of Touchstone, into its Hall of Fame at the 2017 Night of the Stars awards. The Hall of Fame was created to recognize the people who laid the groundwork for the industry today and have helped shape the character of the region and the great cities in Washington. Under Douglas’ leadership, Touchstone has broken ground on 12 projects comprising nearly three million square feet and is currently developing two million square feet of real estate.

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2017 Night of the Stars Finalists [Member News]

NAIOP WA Announces New App Featuring CRE’s Industry Best with 2017 Night of the Stars Finalists & Hall of Fame Inductee Douglas Howe

New for 2017: People’s Choice Award with Daily Voting Online | Douglas Howe to be honored as 2017 Hall of Fame inductee in recognition of his contributions to the built environment of Seattle and the Puget Sound and to NAIOP

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Maria Elena Poyer [Member Profile]

Maria Elena Poyer is an Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Management Officer with Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Commercial Real Estate Banking division, where she's worked for three years. Maria recently moved to Seattle and joined NAIOP Washington State to build her professional network. She's also been featured on popular TV shows playing a well-known but unusual instrument. Read on to learn more about Maria, and be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn and introduce yourself at an upcoming event!  

What do you like best about your industry? 
Tangible results. It’s rare in the finance industry to be able to see or touch the results of your work. In commercial real estate, you get the opportunity to help clients build projects that could one day even be iconic, which excites me.

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