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

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Developing Leaders Events

NAIOP DL’s Present:

DL Educational Roundtable – JTA’s Transit Center

Please join us for our final "Educational Roundtable” event of 2019, as part of the DL Council’s Education Program. November's guest speaker will be Cleveland Ferguson III, Senior Vice President/CAO ...

11/13/19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1000 Riverside Avenue, Suite 500 Jacksonville, FL 32204


DL Fall Social

NAIOP Developing Leaders will be holding their Fall Social for DL members only, so plan on enjoying a night socializing with fellow Members and partaking in some delicious hops! Location: ...

10/24/19 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1037 Park Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 United States

NAIOP Developing Leaders Present:

DL’s 9th Annual TEALgate

Presented By:  All NAIOP Members and their guests are invited to join us prior to the 1st home preseason Jaguars game against the Eagles, on Thursday, August 15th starting at ...

08/15/19 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1 EverBank Field Drive Jacksonville, FL 32202

NAIOP Developing Leaders Present:

DL Educational Roundtable – Elephant Hunting with Michael Balanky

Please join us for our second "Educational Roundtable” event of 2019, as part of the DL Council’s Education Program. This month's guest speaker will be Michael Balanky, President & CEO ...

06/25/19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
6 East Bay Street, #100 Jacksonville, fl 32202

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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

2019 Developing Leaders Council Board – NAIOP Northeast Florida

  • David Hillegas (Cushman & Wakefield): Council Chair
  • Daniel Burkhardt (NAI Hallmark): Council Co-Chair
  • Ross Crabtree (JLL): Programs Chair
  • Chris Wilson (CenterState Bank): Treasurer
  • Jake Chamberlin (Duckworth Construction): Social 
  • Allison Brown (KI Furniture): Charity/Sponsorship
  • Pat Orman (CBRE): Membership
  • Ina Gerville (Perdue Office Interiors): Sponsorship
  • Jason Purdy (NAI Hallmark): Education
  • Katherine Ruttell (Live Oak Contracting): Mentorship
  • Austin Dragoo (Rogers Towers) Mentorship

If you have questions about the NAIOP Developing Leaders program, please contact David Hillegas at 904/380-8343 or