2019 Conference Agenda 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

NAIOP NC Board Meeting (all chapter boards invited)
8:00am Registration Opens

Fireside Chat | A Candid Conversation about Site Selection and Relocations
Panelists: Cliff Fleet, Managing Partner of SIR and Former CEO of Philip Morris, USA, and Patrick Medlin, Executive General Manager of Amada America

This candid conversation will offer firsthand insights on what really drives city location and specific site selection decisions for corporations. Why are companies choosing (or not choosing) North Carolina?  How does location, talent and transportation play into the site selection process.  Hear how communities best relate to and negotiate with client-side corporate executives involved with site-location decisions.


Lunch, General Session & Awards

Transcendent Trends Shaping the Future of North Carolina and the Future of Built Environments
John W. Martin, CEO of the Institute for Tomorrow

In this highly entertaining and thought-provoking keynote presentation, John W. Martin, CEO of the Institute for Tomorrow, will outline the top “must know” demographic and cultural trends shaping the future of North Carolina. As a research-based futurist, John will share the implications of each trend on the built environment and the commercial real estate development industry. This includes how buildings, developments, activity centers, and even entire communities will be designed and constructed in the decades ahead. This presentation will help everyone start preparing for tomorrow today.

Project of the Year Awards

Congratulations to the two NAIOP NC Project of the Year Award Winners:

  • New Development – BB&T Leadership Institute (submitted by CJMW Architecture).  Presenters: 

    Jeff Sowers, CJMW Architecture; 

    Josh Cook, Frank L. Blum Construction Co.
  • Redevelopment/Adaptive Reuse – Raleigh Union Station (submitted by Clancy & Theys).  Presenters: 

    Baker Glasgow, Clancy & Theys Construction Company; 

    Priscilla Williams, City of Raleigh
Hear insight from our winners as they share the vision, opportunities and challenges of their award winning projects.

Concurrent Sessions

2019 Legislative Update – From Both Sides of the Aisle
Moderator: Aquiles Suarez, NAIOP Corporate
Panelists: Brad Crone, Campaign Connections and Paul Shumaker, Jr., Political Consultant

Hear from both sides of the aisle about what is happening in our state and federal government. Brad and Paul offer a unique and entertaining perspective on issues that are impacting our businesses. NAIOP Advocates on legislation for over 17,000 CRE members. Get a national snapshot and find out what's happening in NC.

Mobility: From Rail to Roads to Bikes to Airports
Panelists: Stuart Hair, Director, Charlotte Aviation Department, Economic & Community Affairs; Hanna Cockburn, Director, Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division, Interim Director, Public Transportation Division, NC DOT; James Bridges, Manager of Planning & Development for Rail Division, NC DOT

Transportation infrastructure can have dramatic effects on the value of commercial real estate.  It entails a vast number of systems and facilities that people interact with daily but rarely think about. This infrastructure takes people to work, school and play; it conveys freight across the country and around the world. It is no surprise that the presence — or absence — of suitable infrastructure can have a dramatic effect on the value of the commercial real estate that surrounds it.  Learn more about the priorities and focus areas of the State of North Carolina in regards to funding and rural to urban connectivity. 


Lawn Bowling
Enjoy the fun and games on the lawn.  This is a great opportunity to network and enjoy a little competition.

5:30-6:15pm Networking Reception
6:15-8:00pm A Night of Champions

We have made this a relaxed evening.  Take in the music of Tony Barns while enjoying some fun and games.  Activities include putting contests, billiards, foos ball, pop-a-shot, cornhole and ping pong – there is something for everyone.  Dinner, beer and wine included.  Attire:  Casual.

9:00pm Looking to keep the night going?  The Developing Leaders are hosting a Meet Up at the Pinehurst Brewing Company (resort guests may take the shuttle to and from the brewery). Cash bar. 


Friday, March 22, 2019

Breakfast on your own.