Vancouver Developing Leaders Program is a relatively new
program that allows young professionals (under the age of 35) and
those with less than 5 years of industry experience to network with
their peers as well as meet senior members of the commercial real
estate industry. This program provides the opportunities to allow
these individuals to jump-start both their careers and their
involvement within NAIOP Vancouver.
We recently sat down
with the Chair of the Developing Leaders Committee, Chris
MacCauley, to get the inside perspective on this exciting
How long has the DL program been active?
Developing Leaders Program is excited to enter its fourth year in
operation, currently with over 40 active participants.
What can aspiring developing leaders hope to gain from
attending these events?
We have great networking events
where you can meet people you will grow with throughout your
career. Our mentoring lunches that we run four to five times per
year, give DL's an opportunity to sit in a small group setting with
an industry leader such as Lenora Gates or Rob McCarthy. We keep
these events to 15-20 people and by doing this we found that
everyone is more comfortable to engage and ask questions; it really
is like a fireside chat.
How did associations such as NAIOP help shape your
growth in the CRE industry?
NAIOP really helped me connect
to other professionals in the industry. When you are starting
out you need to set yourself apart and NAIOP gives you another
avenue to get in front of people and start to build relationships.
After my first year I sat on the committee for Developing Leaders
and this really gave me insight into how my peers have navigated
the start of their careers. It provided me a platform where I could
ask questions as well as be open to a vast network of
Do you have any words of advice for individuals who are
new in the industry?
Work hard, and understand that
this is a relationship industry and do not focus so much on the
transaction. When you start off you do not have much to offer
clients, so you will need to gather information and become a
resource of quality information. Learn from as many people as you
can as you figure out your brand.
What do you know now that you wish you knew five years
You never know where people will
end up, just because someone works for so-and-so now, that may
change and they could end up at a place where you need to or want
to do business.
Anything else our readers should know about the DL
It is my hope that in 2012 I
will get the members of the DL committee involved in the other
committees within NAIOP (Education, Government Relations,
Development Issues, Communication, Etc.). This will allow us to
take the input and insights from those who are under the age of 35
and new to the industry and incorporate it into all association
Learn more about this valuable program on the Developing Leaders page,
and make sure to check out our Events Page to see upcoming DL
Have you attended any Developing Leaders Events? How have
associations like NAIOP Vancouver helped shape your professional
growth? Share your comments in the section below!