Developing Leaders

Mission Statement: To provide young commercial real estate professionals in Northeast Florida with effective resources to help them grow professionally and personally through networking, education, and community involvement.

If you’re 35 or under, NAIOP’s Developing Leaders program is the catalyst you’ve been looking for to accelerate your commercial real estate career. The program was established in 2008. With almost 80 members, the Developing Leaders now make up nearly a third of all NAIOP Northeast Florida membership.  With these numbers, we have the resources to help you grow in your profession and the network to provide you access to senior decision makers as well as your peers.

Join the developing leaders and take advantage of the following opportunities:


  • Access to leaders in commercial real estate throughout Northeast Florida
  • Connections to peers in the real estate industry
  • Networking events
  • Social Events
  • Educational programs
  • Small group Lunch and Learns with senior commercial real estate executives
  • Community volunteer work

Developing Leaders Events

NAIOP Developing Leaders Present:

DL Educational Roundtable – Rail Yard District Business Council

Please join us for the final "Educational Roundtable" event of 2018, as part of the DL Council's Education Program.  The guest speaker will be Jeff Edwards, President, of the recently formed ...

11/01/18 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
1810 W. Beaver Street Jacksonville, FL 32209

NAIOP Developing Leaders Present:

DL Fall Social & Candy Drive – Members ONLY

The Developing Leaders invite its members to the last social of the year at River & Post from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, October 17th.  This social will be ...

10/17/18 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1000 Riverside Avenue, Rooftop Jacksonville, FL 32204

NAIOP Developing Leaders Present:

DL’s 8th Annual TEALgate

SPONSORED BY:    All NAIOP Members are invited to join us prior to the 1st home preseason Jaguars game against the New Orleans Saints, on Thursday, August 9th from 5:00 ...

08/09/18 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1 EverBank Field Drive Jacksonville, FL 32202

NAIOP Developing Leaders Present:

4th Annual Spring Beach Bash!

and NAIOP Developing Leaders invite all NAIOP Members and their "plus one" to attend the 4th Annual Spring Beach Bash. Leave work early, kick off your heels, lose the tie ...

05/04/18 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1 Ocean Blvd Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

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NAIOP Northeast Florida is the meeting place of the city’s top commercial real estate professionals. Take this opportunity to become a member of NAIOP. Register online or download this application. Developing Leaders enjoy a significantly reduced rate compared to full members.

Developing Leaders Contacts

2018 Developing Leaders Council Board – NAIOP Northeast Florida

  • Clay Bruce (GHG Insurance): Council Chair
  • David Hillegas (Cushman & Wakefield): Council Co-Chair
  • Chris Wilson (Hancock Bank): Programs Chair
  • Daniel Burkhardt (NAI Hallmark): Treasurer
  • Ross Crabtree (Phoenix Realty): Social / Charity
  • Ashley Reidel (Hurd Construction): Social / Charity
  • Pat Orman (CBRE): Membership
  • Jake Chamberlin (Duckworth Construction): Education
  • Allison Brown (KI Furniture): Education
  • Jason Purdy (NAI Hallmark): Mentorship
  • Katie Kirchner (Strategic Sites Clifford Commercial) Past Board Chair

If you have questions about the NAIOP Developing Leaders program, please contact Clay Bruce at or 904-553-5001.