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Photo of Thursday Night Live, courtesy of NAIOP

NAIOP-AZ release year-end report

From philanthropy to tackling key issues affecting the industry to education and networking, NAIOP Arizona reports that its more than 700 members closed out a successful 2014.

Events such as Night at the Fights, the new Signature Speaker Series, Thursday Night Live, the quarterly Market Leaders Series and the golf tournament attracted more than 3,500 attendees combined.

The 2014 Dream Team program fed more than 5,600 homeless people in downtown Phoenix as teams from 13 NAIOP Arizona member firms volunteered on Friday afternoons during the year.

Tom Johnston was named 2015 chairman, succeeding Megan Creecy-Herman, the first female chairman of NAIOP Arizona and the youngest person in the country to hold that title.

“It (2104) was another successful year for NAIOP Arizona as we held more than 40 events focused on everything from education to volunteerism,” said Creecy-Herman. “We had 90 corporate sponsors in 2014, the most in our chapter’s history. This demonstrates the value that our industry sees in NAIOP Arizona.”

When it came to issues affecting NAIOP Arizona, the organization was just as vocal and proactive.

As the chapter made education a priority, NAIOP Arizona continued its partnership with Arizona State University’s Masters of Real Estate Development (MRED) program. A number of NAIOP members taught a practicum class throughout each semester via a case study or with a panel of experts.

The chapter also revamped its mentorship program, which selected 12 new, young professionals this past fall for its fourth annual class. That program helps educate Developing Leaders (members 35 and under) by pairing them with industry veterans to learn about the commercial real estate development industry.

“The chapter is in great shape and we look forward to another fantastic year with our signature events, an enhanced mentorship program and creating a philanthropic foundation,” Johnston said.


Voit grows team in Phoenix with two new brokers

Voit Real Estate Services’ Phoenix office is continuing to expand its presence in the Greater Phoenix market with the addition of two top-producing brokers.

Jenette Bennett

Jenette Bennett

Voit is pleased to announce the addition of Jenette Bennett and Jason Jones, both specializing in retail and focused on the West Valley, who have joined the firm as vice presidents.

“As Voit continues to expand the Phoenix team, we are committed to hiring top tier brokers who will provide the opportunity to create additional solutions for our clients,” according to Tom Johnston, Managing Director for Voit’s Phoenix and Las Vegas offices. “Jenette and Jason make great additions to our team and we’re excited to have them on-board.”

Prior to joining Voit, Bennett served as a commercial real estate investment agent for Don Bennett and Associates and Phoenix West Commercial in the West Valley of Arizona. As a leasing agent and investment analyst, Bennett coordinated all aspects of real estate transactions, from property research and site selection to forecasting internal rates of return on income-producing assets for her clients. In 2005, Bennett was awarded Team Member Rookie of the Year.

Jason Jones

Jason Jones

Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Canyon University and is a CCIM designee, on the board of the local chapter for 2015.

Jones came to Voit from Phoenix West Commercial where he was a Senior Associate specializing in retail and land. Prior to Phoenix West, Jones served as Vice President for the Olympia Group in Las Vegas for ten years where he managed commercial ventures from initial concept through final lease up for approximately 700KSF of commercial real estate.

“We are thrilled to bring our West Valley Retail team to Voit Real Estate Services, and appreciate the opportunity to be part of an organization with such a history of transaction expertise, extensive broker support and marketing capabilities,” commented to the two new brokers.

NAIOP Roundtable 2011 - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

NAIOP Arizona announces new chairman, board members

Tom Johnston

Tom Johnston

NAIOP Arizona named Tom Johnston of Voit Real Estate Services as its Chairman for 2015. The industry group also named new officers, three new board members and re-nominated an existing board member.
Johnston, Managing Director at Voit, will be joined by new officers Bob Hubbard, Vice Chairman, LBA Realty; Larry Pobuda, Programs Chair, The Opus Group; Tammy Carr, Treasurer, Balfour Beatty; and Laurie Sandau, Secretary, GPE Commercial Advisors.
New board members include Rusty Kennedy, CBRE; Tom Knoell, Desert Troon Companies; and Larry Pobuda. Anthony Lydon of JLL was re-nominated to the board. Officers serve a one-year term; new board members serve a three-year term.
“We’re excited to have our mentorship program taken to a higher level that includes training relevant to each participant’s career path while building relationships with experienced real estate professionals,” Johnston said of one of his goals as chairman. “The creation of our philanthropic foundation will further demonstrate our commitment to giving back to our community.”
Megan Creecy-Herman of Liberty Property Trust served as the 2014 chairman and will remain on the Executive Committee.

Larry Downey

Larry Downey Named Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield announced Larry Downey has been named Vice Chairman, a title reserved for an elite few throughout the firm’s worldwide offices.

The distinction marks the first time in the 25-year history of the company’s Phoenix office that an individual has been assigned that designation.

“The Vice Chairman title honors Cushman & Wakefield professionals who stand out as top performers, both in production and fulfilling the core values of our firm,” says Tom Johnston, senior managing director of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc.

“In order to be considered for this distinction, professionals must not only be perennial top producers, but exhibit leadership, a genuine commitment to collaboration, mentorship of our future leaders, exemplary client reviews, and a strong history of dedication to charitable causes. Over the years, Larry has excelled in each category and elevated the importance of the Phoenix market to the firm.”

Larry Downey is a 28-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry. He represents both tenants and building owners.