Developing Leaders

Push Your Career Forward & Make Your Mark

NAIOP’s Developing Leaders program is for all professionals aged 35 and under. Your membership entitles you to participate in our extensive network, gain instant access to the latest industry news and enjoy unparalleled networking opportunities. We provide the tools, networking and resources you need to gain a competitive edge.

Developing Leader
Member Benefits

Discover how NAIOP Chicago helps members build the relationships that drive their success.

  • Career Center

    Gain access to NAIOP’s guide to navigating the Commercial Real Estate industry.

  • National Member Directory

    Connect with fellow Developing Leaders around the country.

  • Exclusive Events

    Participate in events and programs tailored to Developing Leaders.

  • Networking

    Meet fellow Developing Leaders, as well as senior members of the industry.

  • DL Forum

    Receive insight on what it takes to be a standout leader at your organization. The Developing Leaders Forum meets twice yearly and helps put your career on the fast track for advancement.

  • Mentorship Program

    Get paired with an industry leader, make new connections and grow and gain knowledge in industry. If you are a NAIOP Chicago Developing Leader with a minimum of 2 years experience in the CRE Industry, this program is for you!

  • DL Awards

    The annual event honors up-and-coming commercial real estate professionals for their valued contributions and commitment to the industry.

What our Members are Saying...

“NAIOP Chicago provides a space for myself and my team to network with brokers, investors, and vendors to help us grow our platform. The Developing Leaders program also provides a strong network for our younger team members to grow through the mentoring program and meeting peers at a similar level.”

Jordan Nathan | Senior Vice President – Midwest Markets | Faropoint


“I joined NAIOP Chicago to build connections with commercial real estate leaders outside of the banking/financing industry. I also joined as a way to expand my network with individuals who have experience in the industry.”

Niquanda McMahan (Reid) | Managing Director | CIBC

“I am involved with NAIOP Chicago because of the strong membership and networking opportunities. NAIOP Chicago plans best-in-class events that help me grow my professional network while also listening to the best and brightest in our industry.”

Josh Bauer | VP, Investment Officer | Prologis, Inc.

Featured DL Profile: Doug Houser

Name: Doug Houser

Company: Seefried Industrial Properties

Position: Vice President of Development

Age: 34

Education: Civil Engineering, University of Illinois

Years in Real Estate:  12 years

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