NMHC Emerging Leaders Update: Weston Takes Young Guns Trophy


Speaker Series Event: February 26 in San Francisco  

Join us on February 26 at San Francisco City Club as NMHC’s Emerging Leaders Program kicks off 2014 with the first of four scheduled regional Speakers Series events.

Three of the leading multifamily executives in the Bay Area will share their views on where we are in the cycle and what they think is in store for 2014 and beyond.  Find out what they are doing to position their businesses for “what’s next.”


  • S. Osborn (Oz) Erickson, Chairman of Emerald Fund
  • Al Pace, CEO of Pacific Urban Residential
  • Roger Snell, Chief Investment Officer of Veritas Investments

2014 Emerging Leaders Speaker Series  

NMHC’s Emerging Leaders program will once again sponsor a series of regional Speakers Series events.  In addition to the San Francisco event this month, future events include:


  • May 12: Boston
  • September 16: Washington, DC
  • November: Atlanta

Mark your calendars and check our web site for more information.   

Bob Weston Takes Third Annual “Young Guns” Investment Pitch Trophy

Bob Weston (Alliance Residential) took the title and traveling trophy in the third annual “Young Guns Pitch to Senior Executives.”

In what has become one of the highlights at the NMHC Annual Meeting, a mock investment committee of five senior executives heard pitches for four diverse investment opportunities from NMHC Emerging Leaders.   Weston pitched a 250-unit primary market infill deal in the Buckhead submarket of Atlanta.

He went up against a pitch by Kel Frazier and Brendon Sullivan of Berkshire Property Advisors, who presented a large, mixed-use Boston infill opportunity; and Ricardo Rivas with Allied Realty, with a unique parcel in the desirable Sugar Land submarket of Houston.

Many thanks to the investment panel, including Jim Bachner, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions for Heitman; Eric Bolton, Chairman and CEO of MAA; and Bob DeWitt, Vice Chairman, President and CEO of GID.

150 Emerging Leaders Attend NMHC Annual Meeting  

More than 150 NMHC firms took advantage of a special registration option allowing them one additional slot at the NMHC Annual Meeting for an up-and-coming Emerging Leader in their company.

The Emerging Leader registrants attended conference sessions and networking receptions where they were able to interact with the industry's leading senior executives.

The conference also featured Emerging Leaders-only events, including a Meet and Greet reception to allow them to meet their peers and build their professional networks.

2014 Emerging Leaders Committee Leadership and Members Announced

At the 2014 NMHC Annual Meeting last month, the Emerging Leaders Committee welcomed new leadership and four new members.
 
Mike Darling (Walker and Dunlop) moved up from Vice Chairman to Chairman.  Max Peek (Waterton Residential) will remain as Vice Chairman and will be joined by Jennifer Staciokas (Lincoln Property Company) co-Vice Chairman.

The committee thanked Kris Mikkelsen (Engler Financial Group), outgoing and founding chairman, for his tireless work over the past two years to create the Emerging Leaders program.

Four new members joined the committee:


  • Allina Boohoff (J.P. Morgan Asset Management)
  • John Gray (Lennar Multifamily Investors)
  • Philip Meyer (Camden Property Trust)
  • Nickolay Bochilo (Bell Partners)  

They include the existing members of the committee:


  • Ian Couwenberg (Sack Properties)
  • Syd McDonald (Valet Waste)
  • Mark Bates (Holland Partner Group)
  • Phillip R. Deguire (The Wilkinson Group, Inc.)
  • Gerry Hedgcock (Crow Holdings Capital Partners, LLC)
  • Ricardo Rivas (Allied Realty)
  • Kara Wiard (Eastdil Secured)

NMHC thanks the four founding members who rotated off for their efforts in helping to establish the new program:


  • Joe Canon (Bell Partners)
  • Brian P. Hansen (Wood Partners, LLC)
  • Chris Riley (Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC)
  • Meghan Varga (Berkadia)
How Your Emerging Leaders Can Get Involved 

NMHC’s Emerging Leader program is open to anyone under 40, with five years of industry experience and employed by a member firm.  Designed to both create new networking opportunities and engage the next generation of multifamily leaders within NMHC, there is no limit to the number of employees a member firm can sign up for the program.

Like other NMHC events, we limit the number of registrations for our networking receptions and Speaker Series events to ensure they are engaging and valuable to the participants. However, there is no requirement that the same people attend the various events.  In other words, a member firm can have 10 different people in our Emerging Leaders database and a different person from the firm could attend each event.

We encourage you to have the promising leaders from your company: