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: Sam Dagit, Great Southern Bank
Email Sam | (763) 255-1602

Vice Chair: Sam Manke, CBRE
Email Sam | (763) 398-9047


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. 2024 mentee registration will open in spring; email NAIOP staff with questions.

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. Check NAIOP's calendar for details as 2024 events are announced.

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 Folds of Honor Minnesota, providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.


The Developing Leaders Committee hosts project tours, happy hour events and social gatherings around the metro. Check NAIOP's calendar for details as 2024 events are announced.