Well done NAIOP San Diego!
250 of us took part in the 9th annual NAIOPalooza on October 12th in San Dieguito Park and I couldn’t have been prouder of our commercial real estate community. This year, through your participation, donations, sponsorships and by merely spreading the word, we raised $18,000 (up from $12,000 last year) to support HomeAid San Diego.
As many of you know, HomeAid San Diego is the local chapter of a national organization, supporting homeless individuals and families through building and renovation projects. This year, NAIOPalooza’s donation will directly support The 12 Houses of TERI, a housing project in Oceanside for special needs adults. At the moment, the twelve residential homes need to be adapted with ADA renovations so that
residents can continue to live there for years to come. What we raised goes directly to making this specific renovation possible.
Whoever claims commercial real estate industry folks are competitive would be
Teams were comprised of up to twelve peers and captained by some of our most esteemed and awesome industry leaders. We wore beer goggles to crawl under the army net for Capture the Ball. We all got wet in some way or another during the water balloon competition; Some of us even blamed the “spiky” grass for losing because, of course, it had nothing to do with any momentary lack of hand-eye coordination and dropping the balloon! We tested our balance, spinning around with our heads on a baseball bat and then racing across a raised wooden plank. We buddied up with our teammates to hop ungracefully across the finish line in the three-legged race.
Team Black Bandits captained by Devin Beale ultimately won and took home the big trophy (to be engraved with their team and captain’s name) that they will enjoy with pride until next year’s NAIOPalooza and our 2019 teams look to dethrone them!
Community of professionals
The day left a smile on my face and not just because it was a great day for an important cause or because I had the best job of all as one of four referees, alongside Tara Burns, Taylor Gifford and Kristina Hoggins. (Who would have thought blowing a whistle all day could be so comical!)
But I got to thinking… the day was so great because NAIOP is an organization that allows for the creation of the spaces where we live, work, and play and we clearly know how to have fun. But we are also much more than that. We are a community of professionals who not only want to be successful in what we do in business but we also recognize the importance of giving back to the communities we are honored to service and call home.
San Diego is one of 52 NAIOP chapters around the country and the tenth largest with 725 members. Our chapter holds more than fifteen events and raises over $150,000 for charitable organizations each year.
This year’s NAIOPalooza came together because of event chairs Julia Turpit, Mike Novkov and Eric Burger. A big thanks to them, to everyone who came out and to our many sponsors. Hope to see you all at the next event!
Contributor Carly Glova is president and owner of San Diego-based commercial real estate recruiting agency Building Careers. She has been a NAIOP member for ten years and will be NAIOP San Diego’s Developing Leaders Co-Chair in 2019.
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