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New Member Spotlight! Dan Melvin - LandDesign

Dan Melvin, PE, serves as a Principal at LandDesign, where he oversees a team of consulting civil engineers specializing in land development projects of varying scales and complexities. With extensive experience in Charlotte, Dan possesses an in-depth understanding of the region’s infrastructure and regulatory challenges, enabling him to devise practical solutions tailored to his clients’ needs.

Dan’s ability to cultivate strong relationships with clients and regulatory authorities is key in advocating effectively for projects within the local development community. His involvement in public-private partnerships has provided him with valuable insights into the development process, enhancing his approach to project management and problem-solving.

Outside of LandDesign, Dan serves as the President of the NAIOP Charlotte Chapter, where he works to support the interests of commercial real estate developers and owners. He also serves as a development representative on the Charlotte Water Advisory Committee, providing insights and guidance on water infrastructure issues that influence both current and future developments.

Dan holds a degree from Florida State University and resides in Charlotte with his wife, Laura, and two sons, John and Charles.

Sean McMullan is a NAIOP Research Foundation Visionary

Originally published on April 16, 2024, by NAIOP.

Charlotte member Sean McMullan has been selected as a NAIOP Research Foundation Visionary.

The Research Foundation established the Visionaries program in 2017 to connect outstanding rising industry professionals with Research Foundation Governors who are experienced, well-respected industry leaders. The 2024 cohort of Visionaries will be inducted at NAIOP’s National Forums Symposium, May 8-10, in Minneapolis.

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Welcome New Members

We are proud to introduce our new association members! The following is a list of individuals who have joined NAIOP Charlotte since January 1, 2024:

  • Chad Andersen, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
  • Annabella Borgese, Greystar Real Estate Partners
  • Allen Brown, Lightstone
  • Dustin Carter, MCI
  • Robert Combs, The Keith Corporation
  • Megan Fitzsimmons, Kimley-Horn
  • Michael Gossenreiter, Cox & Schepp Construction, Inc.
  • Molly Harris, Bennett & Pless
  • Lexi Hazen, CoxSchepp Construction LLC
  • Tom Headlee, Gaylor Electric
  • Sanders Howell, SUMMIT Engineering
  • Matt Hubert, Midwest Industrial Funds
  • Scott Huffman, Weisiger RESCO, LLC
  • Matt Hunter, Marsh Properties
  • Drew Hunter, MetCap Commercial
  • Julie Jackson, Gensler
  • Andrew Jen, UNC Charlotte
  • Jessica Kerr, Gilbane Building Company
  • Alaina Kiewit, St. John Properties
  • Taylor Kiker, Kimley-Horn
  • Jack Little, Dogwood Industrial Properties
  • Stewart Lucas, Holder Construction Company
  • Patrick Monroe, Wells + Associates
  • Anc Newman, Lockton
  • Nathalie Noisette, KoHomes
  • Paul Pennell, Urban Design Partners
  • Dorail Porter, Balfour Beatty
  • Jay Schaeffer, Flournoy Development Group
  • Matt Shepherd, Peach State Roofing
  • Linsley Truesdale, SunCap Property Group
  • Kwame Yeboah, Costello Real Estate & Investments

RECAP: 2024 Chapter Leadership & Legislative Retreat

Another successful trip to DC for the NAIOP chapter leadership and legislative retreat. Delegates from all three NAIOP NC chapters spent the week learning about NAIOP’s 2024 strategic plan and then went to work on Capitol Hill today and advocated to our Representatives in Congress about the importance and impact of CRE and the need for pro-development policies such as Adaptive Reuse. 

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NAIOP Charlotte Elects 2024 Board of Directors at 2023 Annual Meeting

NAIOP Charlotte, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, held its 2023 Annual Meeting: What the Future Holds on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at The Terrace at Cedar Hill, where we elected the 2024 Board of Directors. 

We awarded the 2023 Award of Excellence to Dale Stewart, PE, partner at LandDesign. Dale gives time and energy to NAIOP Charlotte and humbly serves others in the community without concern for recognition or compensation. He champions the commercial real estate industry on a national, state, and/or local level and passionately seeks to be a change agent, even in the face of diversity. 

­The meeting concluded with insights from The Differentiators’ Jim Blaine as he provided a pulse on what’s going on at the federal, state, and local landscape levels and the potential impacts in North Carolina and Charlotte. 

2024 Board of Directors

President - Dan Melvin, LandDesign
President-Elect - Sagar Rathie, Crescent Communities
Secretary - Nick Matus, Bank of America
Treasurer - Bobbi Jo Lazarus, Elliott Davis
Immediate Past President - Steve McClure, The Spectrum Companies
Past President - Welch Liles, Asana Partners
*For a full list of the 2024 NAIOP Board of Directors, visit

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Developing Leaders Spotlight: Creatively Solving Complex Challenges

Originally published on August 11, 2023, by Marie Ruff for NAIOP.

A career in commercial real estate presents ample opportunities for problem-solving and creative approaches to complex challenges – a natural fit for Sagar Rathie, managing director, commercial office/mixed-use, Crescent Communities, and recipient of the 2022 Developing Leaders Award. His colleagues note his “uncanny ability to problem-solve,” long-term strategic thinking, strong market knowledge, and talent for bringing out the best in others as examples of his professional strengths.

Sagar Rathie joined Crescent Communities in 2016 and currently serves as managing director for the commercial division. He leads all aspects of the company’s office and mixed-use acquisitions and developments throughout the Southeast, with an active investment and pipeline development portfolio totaling 3.5 million square feet and representing $1.0 billion in capital deployed. He is responsible for sourcing, entitling, designing, financing, and executing on new and value-add commercial office and mixed-use developments across the Carolinas, Tennessee, Central Florida, Georgia, Texas and Arizona.

Rathie has extensive capital markets experience, having collectively raised nearly $3.0 billion in third-party equity and debt throughout his career. Previously, he was Crescent Communities’ director of corporate finance and investor relations, where he played an integral role in the company’s financial forecasting and planning efforts, assisted with the investment committee process, and led numerous strategic initiatives for the company. Prior to Crescent Communities, he was an investment banking senior associate with Piper Sandler and a manager at GlaxoSmithKline.

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Dustin C. Read Named Thomas J. Bisacquino Distinguished Fellow

Originally published on June 27, 2023, by NAIOP.

Dustin C. Read, Ph.D., J.D., has been named the NAIOP Research Foundation/Thomas J. Bisacquino Distinguished Fellow.

The position is endowed by the Thomas J. Bisacquino Honorary Fund, established by members of NAIOP to honor Bisacquino’s exemplary service to the association and the commercial real estate industry. Bisacquino retired in June 2022 after 33 years serving as NAIOP president and CEO.

“I’m exceptionally pleased to recognize Dustin with this fellowship,” said Jennifer LeFurgy, executive director of the NAIOP Research Foundation. “He is a longtime friend of NAIOP and has contributed his valuable expertise to the Foundation for several years. I’m confident we will all continue to benefit from his dedication, enthusiasm and leadership.”

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Developing Leaders Spotlight: A Shining Example of Giving Back

Originally published on April 28, 2023, by Marie Ruff for NAIOP.

There is no one path to commercial real estate development, but for Gregory Boler Jr., a recipient of the 2022 Developing Leaders Award, his career journey started with a mechanical engineering degree at Georgia State University. JLL’s Project and Development Services (PDS) Group interviewed Boler as part of an effort to recruit diverse entry-level talent in technical majors from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He was one of four students selected and began his career working for JLL’s PDS Group in Atlanta.

“This was the only year that JLL’s PDS vertical recruited nationals at HBCUs, for which I’m grateful because I cannot imagine doing anything else,” Boler said.

Boler has a dozen years of experience in acquisitions, development, construction, leasing, asset management, and disposition. As managing director, of east region investments, Bridge Logistics Properties, his roles include sourcing and executing existing industrial acquisitions and new industrial developments. He currently manages several team members across the East Coast; his region stretches from Georgia to Pennsylvania and into New Jersey.

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NAIOP Chair Kim Synder Shares His Outlooks, Experiences

Originally published by Kim Snyder on March 27, 2023 for NAIOP E-Newsletter.

In the Spring issue of Development magazine, I shared some of my thoughts on our industry, my goals as chair, and what I see as NAIOP’s greatest member value. I had so much to share that I quickly ran out of room! So, I’m sharing an extended cut of our conversation with our Market Share blog readers. If you already haven’t, I’d invite you to read my recent column in the Spring issue of the magazine.

What are your goals as NAIOP Chair?

Our association is growing – surpassing new records at the end of 2022 – yet the membership structure is complex and can be challenging to explain to a new member. We need to simplify and streamline, making the structure easier to understand and removing any potential barriers for members. I’m pleased to share that a task force has been appointed to examine the structure.

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Meet Kim Snyder, 2023 NAIOP Chair

Originally published on January 3, 2023 by NAIOP E-Newsletter.

“NAIOP has done a great job of recruiting the best of the best in our business to get involved,” said Snyder in a message to NAIOP members. “It shows a commitment, it shows a dedication to our industry, that you don't see every day. So, I'm super excited about this coming year and working with all the volunteers and helping to guide the outcomes to a positive place.”

Snyder is president, west region, for Prologis, Inc. His career spans more than 30 years in industrial real estate, and he is responsible for all Prologis development, acquisitions and operations in key markets including the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area.

He has been a NAIOP member since 2004, has contributed as a member of the executive committee, and is a longtime member of NAIOP’s National Forums program. He is a member of the NAIOP Inland Empire and NAIOP SoCal chapters.

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2023 Board of Directors

Executive Committee 

Steve McClure
The Spectrum Companies
Dan Melvin
Ken Jonmaire
Trinity Capital Advisors
Bobbi Jo Lazarus
Elliott Davis
Immediate Past President
Welch Liles
Asana Partners
Past President
Pat Pierce
Selwyn Property Group

Directors At-Large 

Director At Large
Todd Summerfield
Director At Large
Larry Shaheen
McIntosh Law 
Director At Large
Paxton Hollar
Director At Large
Alyson Craig
City of Charlotte 
Director At Large
Sagar Rathie
Crescent Communities 
Director At Large
Mary Katherine Stukes
Moore & Van Allen 
Director At Large
Nick Matus
Bank of America 
Director At Large
Elise Falls
Childress Klein 
Director At Large
Caleb Phillips
Brasfield & Gorrie 
Director At Large
Maggie Houston
Beacon Partners 



Kip Womack
UNC Charlotte
CKP Center for Real Estate 
Rob Nanfelt
Pat Pierce
Selwyn Property Group
(National Board Liaison) 


Committee Chairs

Coming soon!

2023 Board Nominations Announced

View the Nominating Committee's recommendation for the 2023 Board of Directors. The slate will be voted on at the 2022 Annual Meeting on November 30.

Executive Committee

Steve McClure, The Spectrum Companies

Dan Melvin, LandDesign

Ken Jonmaire, Trinity Capital Advisors

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Showcase Your Professional Credentials with NAIOP’s New Digital Badges

Originally published on September 13, 2022, by NAIOP.

Students receive credit towards earning their certificate through core classes presented by the NAIOP Center for Education. So whether you want to enhance the value of your current career track or to increase your credibility in transitioning to a new career goal or area of interest, consider the professional benefits and competitive edge you'll gain by earning your NAIOP Certificate of Advanced Study.

Commercial real estate professionals wanting to advance their careers by earning their certificate can focus their efforts on either the development or finance tracks by pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Study in Commercial Real Estate Development or a Certificate of Advanced Study in Real Estate Finance.

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Join the NAIOP Volunteer Community


Volunteers are the heart of our Charlotte Chapter and its success, and we encourage every member to become actively involved in one of our committees! We have a number of opportunities for involvement and more information on each committee can be found here. Our committees include Programs, Legislative, Membership, and Sponsorship. Interested? Reach out to [email protected].

Welcome New NAIOP Charlotte Members | February 15, 2022


We are proud to introduce our new association members! The following is a list of individuals who have joined NAIOP Charlotte since November 2021:

  • Dave Andrews
  • John L.  Berger
  • Kara A.  Blue
  • Brian Bunce
  • Dave Davis
  • Sara Downing
  • Malik Evans
  • Brittany Govoni
  • Adam S. Hawthorne
  • Alexa Jordan
  • Joseph L. Leary
  • Terry Martin
  • Timothy C. Murphy
  • Jordan E. Murray
  • Ian Patrick
  • Tony Rolfes
  • John Schick
  • Jason Smith
  • Jack Taylor
  • Drew Thompson
  • Wenzhuo Tuttle
  • Nick Vosnock

Help Needed With Survey for Economic Impacts of CRE


Dear NAIOP Chapter Executives:

The NAIOP Research Foundation is currently conducting a brief survey of U.S. members on development costs for office, warehouse/distribution, manufacturing and retail projects. This updated information is needed to complete the 2022 U.S. edition of the Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate, and we would appreciate your help promoting the survey to members who are likely to know about development costs for manufacturing and retail properties, as only a few respondents have provided information for these property types.

The survey takes about 2-3 minutes to complete, and we are now offering anyone who provides information on development costs (including those who have already completed the survey) with a $10 Amazon gift card. Please encourage members to complete the survey, either using the personalized link they received on Monday, September 20, or using this open link: If someone else at their firm would be better able to complete the survey or is more familiar with manufacturing or retail projects, members can send them the open link. The survey will now close on October 6.

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Welcome New NAIOP Charlotte Members

We are proud to introduce our new association members! The following is a list of individuals who have joined NAIOP Charlotte since March 12, 2021:

  • Brian Taylor, Miller-Valentine Group
  • Caleb Gass, Heritage BlueFire
  • Chandler Markey, Sands Investment Group
  • Philip Elliott, Consulting Services Incorporated
  • Elsa Simaan, Stewart Title Guaranty Company
  • Greg Hartley, Acro Development Services, PLLC
  • HeatherMucci, Novus Architects
  • John Moscati, GTA Associates, Inc.
  • Philip Potter, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Allen McDowell, Bohler Engineering
  • AnthonyZook, Bohler Engineering

Welcome New NAIOP Charlotte Members

We are proud to introduce our new association members! The following is a list of individuals who have joined NAIOP Charlotte since January 1, 2021:

  • Kelly Anderson, Claris Construction
  • Andrew Burton, S&ME, Inc.
  • John Coleman, EastGroup Properties
  • Phoebe Dinga, Lincoln Harris
  • Michael Henry, The Beck Group
  • Daniel Hines, Bohler Engineering
  • Zachary Howze, Seedwater Engineering, Inc.
  • Eric Little, Keach Construction, Inc.
  • Jason Mari, Gilbane Building Company
  • Peter Moody, Harkins Builders, Inc.
  • John Ratliff, EastGroup Properties
  • Joseph Rhodes, Landcare Innovations
  • Nathan Walker, United Mechanical Corporation
  • Chad Wright, BB&T
  • Kate Zawacki, Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, LLC

NAIOP Charlotte Elects 2021 Board of Directors at 2020 Annual Meeting

NAIOP Charlotte, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, held its annual meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, where they elected the 2021 Board of Directors. ­­­­This year’s virtual Annual Meeting featured a panel of industry leaders including Nate Doolittle from LandDesign, Phil Kuttner from LITTLE, Brendan Pierce from Crescent Communities, and Scott Wilson from Childress Klein Properties. The panel provided market updates and overviews on commercial real estate in Charlotte and noted the 2040 Comp Plan, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and Charlotte Moves and their impact on the future of commercial real estate development. 

2021 Board of Directors

President - Pat Pierce, Selwyn Property Group
President-Elect - Welch Liles, Asana Partners
Secretary - Alyson Craig, City of Charlotte
Treasurer - Steve McClure, The Spectrum Companies
Immediate Past President - Scott Harris, Choate Construction
Past President - Tracy Dodson, City of Charlotte

*For a full list of the 2021 NAIOP Board of Directors, visit

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Welcome 2020 NAIOP Charlotte Members

We are proud to introduce our new association members! The following is a list of individuals who have joined NAIOP Charlotte since January 16, 2020:

  • Shaun Atkinson, The Beck Group
  • Mike Bedell, Walbridge
  • Dona Black, Bank of America
  • Paul Blake, ECS Southeast, LLP
  • Tricia Brauer, Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Natalie Ceva, JLL
  • Andre Collins. Lincoln Harris
  • Robert Combs, The Keith Corporation
  • James Crippen, SOLID Surface Care, Inc.
  • Sean DeLapp, WGM Design LLP
  • Rachel Donovan, Patcraft
  • James Downs, C4 Builders, LLC
  • Jubal Early, Lincoln Harris
  • Chad Frye, Elford Inc.
  • Brian Gallagher, Graycor Construction
  • Amar Goli, Sands Investment Group
  • Thomas Hipp, Binswanger
  • Alexander Hondros, Crescent Communities, LLC
  • Teddy Hull, Collett
  • Lucas Joseph, Berkeley Capital Advisors
  • Chase Kerley, Crescent Communities, LLC
  • Chris Knight, Samet Corporation
  • Scott Kurz, Lincoln Harris
  • Gregory Laughton, Sands Investment Group
  • Bobbi Jo Lazarus, Elliott Davis
  • Tim Marsh, Shiel Sexton Company
  • Nick Matus, Bank of America
  • Thomas Planishek, Clancy & Theys Construction Company
  • Keith Poettker, Poettker Construction Company
  • Sagar Rathie, Crescent Communities, LLC
  • Meagan Rethmeier, BB&T
  • Jason Reynolds, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council
  • Michelle Richards, MB Richards Engineering, PLLC
  • James Richardson, Crescent Communities, LLC
  • Jacob Schaetzel, Turner Construction Company
  • Erin Shaw, Beacon Partners
  • John Sozzi, First Bank
  • Tyler Steele, New Forum, Inc
  • Nate Stephens, Landmark Builders
  • Mary Katherine Stukes, Moore & Van Allen PLLC
  • Will Walton, Berkeley Capital
  • Andrew Webb, Redline Property Partners, LP
  • Martin Welton, Balfour Beatty
  • Joshua Wilkes, Dominion Realty Partners, LLC
  • Marshall Williamson, Lincoln Harris 
  • Andrew Zehr, First Bank