Welsh and Colliers International CEO Appointed Chairman of the Board
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 12, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has named Jean Kane, CEO, Welsh and Colliers International, Minnetonka, Minn., as its 2014 Chairman of the Board. Kane becomes the third woman to hold NAIOP’s highest elected position and will lead its executive committee and staff in the planning and execution of industry and association-wide initiatives in 2014. Her term begins January 1, 2014.
“With more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, Jean has established a highly regarded reputation for growing the sector amid challenging economic times while maintaining a commitment to relationship building and community engagement. Often sought out for her strategic insight and subject matter expertise, Jean also brings a tremendous energy and sense of creativity, making her an invaluable leader and strong voice of developers, owners, investors and other professionals in commercial real estate,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP president and CEO.
As CEO of Welsh and Colliers International – a fully integrated real estate services group – Kane actively oversees the operations of the company’s brokerage, real estate management, construction, architecture, capital and facility services. Under her leadership, the company has grown to a 300-employee firm and has been recognized as a top service provider throughout the Midwest. Kane was recently named a “Woman of Influence” by Real Estate Forum and one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business Magazine.
Kane accepted the leadership position during the traditional passing of the gavel from 2013 Chairman Eugene Reilly, CEO for the Americas, Prologis, at NAIOP’s Development ‘13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate, held recently in San Diego, Calif.
Kane joined NAIOP in 1992 and is a member and past president of NAIOP Minnesota. She is an alumna of Harvard University’s Leading a Real Estate Company program and served as chair of NAIOP’s Education, Government Affairs, Membership and Industry Trends committees. She is a NAIOP Research Foundation Governor.
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About NAIOP: NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 15,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. For more information, visit www.naiop.org.