Pittsburgh business and civic leader named Chairman of the Board for NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, November 1, 2011
HERNDON, VA – November 1, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has named William E. Hunt as its 2012 Chairman of the Board. Hunt will serve as chairman for the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.
Hunt accepted the leadership gavel from 2011 Chairman Alex Klatskin, partner with New Jersey-based Forsgate Industrial Partners, during NAIOP’s Development ’11: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate, held recently in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“NAIOP is privileged to have Bill leading the association next year as corporate chairman,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP president and CEO. “His wealth of leadership experience in the commercial real estate industry, our association and his local community will prove invaluable as he connects with our local chapters and guides the organization’s vision forward into 2012.”
Hunt is President of The Elmhurst Group of companies – a 36-year-old Pittsburgh-based organization that invests in commercial real estate and operating businesses. Elmhurst’s real estate holdings total more than 2.5 million square feet of office, distribution, flex space and a hotel, all in Western Pennsylvania. The firm has also invested in the retail, medical, hospitality, oil and gas, and electronic security industries.
He joined NAIOP in 1994 and has been extensively involved in the association. He is a member of the Nominating Committee, the Private Developers I Forum and a NAIOP Research Foundation Governor. He is a former Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee and President of the Pittsburgh Chapter.
Outside of NAIOP, he is actively involved in community affairs and charitable organizations, including the Duke University Graduate School of Visitors (Chair), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Chair), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (National Board Chair-Elect), Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (former Chair), Pittsburgh Public Theater (former Chair), as well as a Board member of the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.
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 15,500 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. For more information, visit www.naiop.org.