Announcing: NAIOP Developing Leaders 2019 Mentorship Program, Greater Philadelphia Chapter


Since 1967, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has become the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 18,000+ members and provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities through a powerful North American network.

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s mentorship program will be a small group focused on touring/introducing new projects, educating about different market sectors, and providing personalized networking. Each session will feature a project and a mentor who will give background on their career and educate about a project.

In lieu of matching mentees with mentors, one to one, we will facilitate introductions to multiple people with similar interests and career aspirations and let mentoring relationships develop organically.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for the up and coming players in the Philadelphia Commercial Real Estate business. The ideal nominee should be motivated, dynamic, and an enthusiastic young professional looking to advance their real estate career by gaining valuable insight into exciting projects and gaining relationships with both their peers and the mentors. Our focus is on commercial brokers and developers, but we will accept nominations from all Commercial Real Estate industries, including supporting services. It is anticipated that 15-20 mentees will be selected.

Sample of Last Year’s Mentors and Session Topics

  • Brian Cohen, Liberty Property Trust; Comcast Technology Center
  • Mark Seltzer, Liberty Property Trust; The Navy Yard
  • Joe Ritchie, Brandywine Realty Trust; Schuylkill Yards
  • Rich Gottlieb, Keystone Property Group; Independence Mall Collection
  • Joe Aristone, PREIT; Fashion District Philadelphia
  • Anne Nevins, PIDC; Philadelphia’s Amazon HQ2 Pitch

Happy Hour – Q&A with Current Program Participants

NAIOP will be hosting a happy hour at 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 8th at Misconduct Tavern (1801 John F Kennedy Blvd) to provide interested candidates with more information. Developing Leaders who are currently in the program and Board Members will be on hand to answer any questions about the program. Additional details to follow.

Obligation of the Mentees

Mentees will attend six sessions between January 2019 and December 2019, be engaged in discussion at various sessions and provide feedback to enhance the program for future mentees.

All mentees MUST be NAIOP Developing Leaders members, or agree to join upon acceptance, prior to the program start date. NAIOP’s Developing Leaders is an exclusive program geared specifically for all professionals age 35 and under. Your membership entitles you to participate in our extensive network, gain instant access to the latest industry news and enjoy unparalleled networking opportunities. The Developing Leader fee is $295. To learn more about membership, click here.

How to Apply?

Click Here for Application. Please fill out and submit by December 7, 2018.


  • Happy Hour – Q&A Session: Thursday, November 8, 2018. Misconduct Tavern
  • Applications Due: Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Mentees Announced: First Week of January
  • First Session: Last Week of January

 Please contact, Valery Koontz, NAIOP Greater Philadelphia Executive Director, with any questions.



Mark Seltzer

NAIOP President, Greater Philadelphia Chapter


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