Advance Yourself & Your Career

Ready to connect with their peers nationwide and gain instant access to leaders of the industry through participation in the Developing Leaders program? Our DL initiative is the best way for members new to the commercial real estate industry to get and stay involved with the NAIOP community.


NAIOP's Developing Leaders is designed to help you CareerForward by offering you the tools to propel you to the next level. Membership entitles you to participate in our extensive network, gain instant access to the latest industry news and enjoy unparalleled networking opportunities.

All NAIOP members who are age 35 and under qualify to participate in the DL program. As long as we can verify your birth date, you are automatically considered a DL and have immediate access to all the benefits of the program.

Connect with the Developing Leaders Committee

Chair: Connor McCarthy, United Properties
Email Connor | (952) 457-7581

Vice Chair: Kyle Rafshol, Colliers International
Email Kyle | (952) 837-3042


NAIOP provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities and connects its members through a powerful North American Network.


Events & Activities

The Developing Leaders (DLs) host a number of educational and social events each year, including the recurring programs below.

Check NAIOP Minnesota's online calendar for event details!

Mentorship Program

The Mentor Program provides DL members unique, one-on-one interactions with a leader in the CRE industry. Participants are invited to exclusive Mentor Program networking opportunities throughout the year. Registration is now closed for 2020, but look for registration for next year's mentorship program in early 2021!

Educational Mini-Series

The Developing Leaders offer an annual educational mini-series series. Past events have included tours of Target Center Renovation and Mayo Clinic Square, Allianz Field, the Dayton's Project, and 3701 Wayzata.

Real Estate Recess

Join fellow Developing Leaders for an afternoon of fun, networking, and friendly competition at the Real Estate Recess event, held annually each summer. Proceeds benefit NAIOP's charitable partner Crescent Cove, a place of respite for kids and families. The event is held annually in August.


The Developing Leaders Committee hosts project tours, happy hour events and social gatherings around the metro. 2019 events included a lawn bowling event, a bike ride, and a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka.