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Tavis Anderson

Senior Managing Director

Carolinas Office Co-Head

JLL Capital Markets, Americas

Travis is a senior managing director and co-head of the Carolinas offices of JLL Capital Markets, Americas. He joined JLL as part of the HFF acquisition and has more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate finance. He is primarily responsible for originating debt and equity transactions throughout the United States. During the course of his career, he has completed in excess of $12 billion in commercial real estate transactions on a broad range of properties, including multi-housing, retail, office, industrial, hotels and land. The capitalizations have included construction financings, conventional permanent financings and bridge financing, with a particular focus on equity placement transactions.

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Kimarie Ankenbrand

Raleigh/Durham Managing Director


Kimarie is the Broker Lead of the Raleigh-Durham office and works with corporate users to develop real estate solutions to help solve complex business challenges, enable cultural and organizational change and achieve sustainable financial results. Kimarie is also responsible for growing the JLL Raleigh business, acquiring and developing top talent and fostering an innovative and inclusive culture.

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Tiffany Barrier

Senior Vice President, Retail Services
CBRE | Raleigh

Tiffany Barrier is Senior Vice President of Retail Services at CBRE | Raleigh. Tiffany has over 15 years of involvement in retail leasing and investment sale advisory services. She has extensive experience in both Landlord and Tenant representation bringing a proven record of accomplishment in developing overall strategies for both. While having a strong focus on the Raleigh/Durham market, Tiffany also handles a number of master broker multi-market accounts for Tenants expanding regionally and nationally. Her knowledge of the local, regional, and national real estate landscape and ability to identify and negotiate market opportunities has led to the successful roll out of numerous retail concepts, including Fleet Feet, Orangetheory Fitness, Happy + Hale, Chase Bank, and Chicken Salad Chick.


Deborah A. Boucher

Executive Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

Deborah A. Boucher leads a specialty practice group of local and national experts dedicated to all aspects of Science + Technology (S+T) real estate. She is especially experienced advising users of technically complex, highly improved spaces as they navigate layered occupancy/exit strategies, frequently spanning multiple geographic markets throughout North America and around the globe. She utilizes a systematic and documented Process Management approach to maximize the opportunities available in any commercial real estate situation. Deb provides her clients with continuity and accountability via a single point of contact.

Deb is a consistent C&W top producer within the firm and is widely regarded as one of the top life science real estate experts within the company. Because well over 90 percent of her work is S+T focused, she is nationally recognized as the dominate life science broker in the Southeast, thus providing her clients with the highest levels of negotiating power, regardless of size.

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Toby Burke

Sr. Director - State Affairs
NAIOP Corporate

Toby Burke is the Senior Director of State and Local Affairs for NAIOP

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Danny Chavez

Chief Business Recruitment Office
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Danny Chavez joined the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (CLTA) in November 2021 as the Chief Business Recruitment Officer. He serves as the executive lead for the business development team at CLTA. He formerly represented the Dallas-Fort Worth (McKinney) and San Antonio regions in executive roles.

As an economic development executive, Danny has worked domestically & internationally, with corporate executives, site selectors, capital partners and real estate developers to close projects and investments of all sizes. He has served in multiple capacities where he has focused on commercial & mixed-use developments and working with startups. 

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Brent Christensen

President & CEO

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

Brent Christensen joined the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce as its President and CEO, where he leads the organization that includes Greensboro’s lead economic development organization as well as Launch Greensboro and Action Greensboro. Christensen is a 20+ year veteran of the economic development industry.

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Daniel Cooper

President | Construction

Crescent Communities

Daniel Cooper joined Crescent Communities in 2016 and currently serves as President of Construction. In this leadership role, Daniel, oversees all preconstruction and construction management across the company’s national footprint. In addition, Daniel leads Crescent Communities’ in-house construction company, Crescent Communities Construction. With over 19 years of construction management experience in a wide range of urban and suburban high-density projects, Daniel has successfully delivered over 16,000 multi-family units and a diverse portfolio of Commercial Mixed-Use Office projects and Industrial Buildings. 


Randy Elliott

Partner | Executive Vice President
Landmark Builders

Randy Elliott is a partner and Executive Vice President at Landmark Builders and leads the company’s central North Carolina office. He studied Industrial Engineering at NC State University and remains an avid Wolfpack fan through thick and thin. Randy has spent the last 15 years in the commercial construction industry, bringing an abundance of knowledge and experience to the preconstruction and construction processes. Randy takes pride in working with business owners, solving problems, and playing a key role in the planning stages of successful construction projects. Over the last five years, his leadership has been instrumental in growing revenues by over $100MM annually.

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Tom Fritsch

Senior Managing Director, Raleigh, 

Tom Fritsch serves as Senior Managing Director of the CBRE | Raleigh and CBRE | Triad offices. As the senior executive, he is responsible for managing the company’s overall operations. His major responsibilities include the company’s financial performance, business development, and strategic planning. Mr. Fritsch oversees all operations in the Triangle and Triad regions along with their expansive portfolio of services inclusive of brokerage, tenant representation, property management, investment sales and corporate services. Since joining the company in 2013, Mr. Fritsch has overseen the successful completion of over 5,400 transactions with a value of $17.3B. In addition to supporting the company, Mr. Fritsch is involved with several organizations in the community. He currently serves on the NAIOP Board of Directors for the Raleigh-Durham Chapter, the Board of Directors for the WakeMed Foundation, and the Board of Advisors for the NCCU Real Estate School. He has also been a member of the Raleigh Chamber Board of Directors and NAIOP’s National Board of Directors, as well as a former President of TRAOBA and the NAIOP RaleighDurham Chapter.


Michael Haley

Executive Director

Wake County Economic Development

Michael Haley is the Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development and the Senior Vice President of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Wake County Economic Development – a public private partnership between Wake County, the City of Raleigh, and the private sector – is the lead economic development agency for Wake County and the City of Raleigh. Michael leads WCED’s business recruitment, retention, and expansion; marketing and public relations; talent recruitment; and support of entrepreneurship. Prior to his current role, Michael served as the Director of Business Recruitment and Expansion for WCED. Prior to joining WCED, Michael served as a Public Policy Analyst and then the Public Policy Director for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Michael was named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America in 2019 by Consultant Connect and the North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year for 2019 by the NC Economic Development Association.

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Howard Jenkins

CBRE | Raleigh
Executive Vice President

Howard Jenkins joined CBRE | Raleigh in August 2016. As an Executive Vice President, he is an integral member of CBRE’s Southeast Multifamily platform that integrates CBRE’s Raleigh, Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta offices.  Howard oversees the greater Triangle region representing various clients in the disposition of multifamily and mixed-use assets.


Howard’s unique background features over 14 years of private equity and investment banking experience. Most recently, he spent 11 years with Federal Capital Partners (FCP), a privately held real estate investment company based in Chevy Chase, MD that has invested in or financed over $9.3 billion in assets since its founding in 1999.


At FCP, Howard’s scope of responsibilities included asset management for over 3,900 residential units in the Carolinas ranging from workforce housing to Class A and mixed-use. His full-life-cycle acquisition, asset management and disposition experience spans multifamily, commercial and mixed-use assets across the greater Mid-Atlantic aggregating over $900 million of assets under management.  Prior to FCP, Howard’s career included an acquisition role at Nautic Partners, a middle market private equity firm, and as an investment banking associate with Prudential Securities in New York.

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Thomas "Skip" Hill

Senior Vice President, Division Lead, Raleigh

Highwoods Properties

Skip is responsible for overseeing Highwoods Raleigh Division operations, including all leasing, property management, acquisition/ disposition and development activities for its 6.5 million square foot office portfolio. Skip joined Highwoods in 2002 and originally served as Highwoods’ Corporate Vice President of Leasing where he was responsible for the company’s leasing activities nationally.


Welch Liles

Director - Development

Asana Partners

Welch Liles is a Managing Director – Development at Asana Partners, a real estate investment firm that creates value through the acquisition, enhancement, and operation of distinctive retail driven mixed use properties in dynamic urban markets throughout the United States. As Managing Director, Welch oversees the firm's development, strategic development partnerships, and construction management activities across all national markets. He has over thirteen years of industry experience including a diverse development and construction management background. Welch is a proud Charlotte area native, active member and acting President of NAIOP Charlotte, and a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.​​

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Mike Longmore

Senior Vice President of CRE

Koury Corporation

Mike Longmore joined Koury Corporation in September 2019 as Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate. Mike is a 32-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, and he has overall responsibility for the Company’s retail, office, and industrial and land portfolio. Before joining Koury, Mike worked for the global real estate firm, JLL, where, as Executive Vice President, he focused on Capital Markets, Leasing, Property Management and Marketing for the national retail platform, based out of their Charlotte, NC office. Prior to joining JLL he was Vice President – Leasing Director for the Chicago based REIT, Inland, with responsibility for leasing over 130 retail centers totaling over 18 million square feet in 17 states. 

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John Loyack

Vice President of Global Business Services

Economic Development Partnership of NC

John Loyack is vice president of global business services for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the nonprofit organization that performs a variety of critical economic-development functions on the state’s behalf. John leads the EDPNC teams responsible for helping North Carolina manufacturers sell more exports, supporting the growth of existing businesses across the state, and counseling entrepreneurs on how to start a small business in North Carolina.


Prior to his role at the EDPNC, John served as director of international trade for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. On the private-sector side, he has more than 25 years of experience in new product development for companies such as MercuryMD, Thomson Reuters, Time Warner and Esteve Labs.


John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish from Gettysburg College and holds an MBA in International Business Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is fluent in Spanish, is a patent holder and a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP®). In addition to being a member of the Board of Go Global NC, he is also a member of the NC Apprenticeship Council and the NC MEP Advisory Board.

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Anthony Nelson

Dean, Business

North Carolina Central University

NC Central’s School of Business is built on a foundation of excellence.  The forefathers of this institution paved the way for students to have a platform from which intellectuals are celebrated and innovation is imminent. The School of Business has a profound sense of community and collaboration.  We are surrounded by faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators who are immensely involved in the well-being of students, passionate about community service, and supremely dedicated to our mission and vision.


Justin Parker

VP, Triangle Market Leader 

Al. Neyer

Justin has nearly 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, investments and development.  He’s led the successful development and acquisition of over $350 million of industrial, life sciences, office and medical office projects.   Based in Raleigh, he is responsible for sourcing new development opportunities, creating strategic relationships and overall execution of Al. Neyer’s 3+ million square foot development pipeline across the Carolinas.  Prior to joining Al. Neyer in 2019, he was Senior Director of Development for Wexford Science & Technology where he led the historic renovation of the Chesterfield Building in downtown Durham, NC.  Justin began his real estate career at Highwoods Properties where he held several roles of increasing responsibility in accounting, finance, investments and corporate strategy.  

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Brendan Pierce

President, Commercial

Crescent Communities

Brendan joined Crescent Communities is 2020 and currently serves as the President of Commercial and The River District Company. Brendan oversees the development, acquisition and disposition of commercial projects including office, industrial and life sciences across the East and West regions of the United States. He also serves as a member of the Crescent Communities Investment Committee, where he collaborates with senior leaders to implement new projects and govern corporate strategy. 

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Eric Perkinson

Vice President/Division Manager

Brasfield & Gorrie

Eric oversees the Raleigh office's Commercial division. He is responsible for securing the division's work and supporting its project teams from an executive level. Eric has several years of hands-on construction experience and knows his team members' strengths well. He uses this information to staff and provide appropriate resources to the division's projects, setting them up for success. Eric focuses on establishing long-term partnerships that allow us to serve our clients as a trusted resource when they plan for new projects and as their contractor when they are ready to build.

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Warren Snowdon

Managing Director | Principal

Foundry Commercial

Warren Snowdon serves as Managing Director and Principal for Foundry Commercial in Charlotte, NC. 

Prior to joining Foundry Commercial, Warren was with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer serving on the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance since 1996. Warren has focused on forward thinking site selection and tenant representation as well as disposition and leasing strategies for institutional, industrial clients to rationalize supply chain networks and drive value for institutional owners. He possesses an extensive background in build to suit projects as well as investment sales for distribution and manufacturing clients. 

Warren’s early career was shaped by several years spent in property management (1993-1996) and development after receiving a degree in Industrial Relations from UNC Chapel Hill. Warren is a licensed real estate broker in North and South Carolina, holds a North Carolina General Contractor’s license, is a multiple year winner of the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors (CRCBR) Deal Maker’s award, and was a recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. 

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Evan Stone

Vice President Industrial Business Development
Carroll Industrial Development

Evan Stone is the Vice President of Industrial Development for Carroll Industrial Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Carroll Companies. He has spent the last 10+ years in Economic and Business Development roles with a major emphasis on industrial development, and specifically site identification, and preparation. Previously he was a business recruitment manager with EDPNC, and the Mississippi Development Authority. Prior to his work in development, Evan served as a deputy sheriff in his hometown of Gainesville, FL. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Auburn University. In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing golf, running and, for at least one week a year, backpacking the American West.

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Aquiles F. Suarez

Vice President of Government Affairs

Aquiles oversees the association’s lobbying efforts at the federal, state and local level, and manages NAIOP’s political action committee.  He joined NAIOP in 2007 as head of its government affairs office.


Coleman Team

Front Street Capital

Coleman Team serves as a partner with Front Street Capital, a commercial real estate development, private equity, and asset management company. Front Street’s development and investment portfolio focuses on class-A office, industrial, healthcare, and mixed-use assets across the southeastern United States.  Coleman is a co-founder and general partner of FSC’s private equity platform and has spent his entire career as a real estate entrepreneur starting several businesses in the brokerage, development, and investment practices of commercial real estate.   Over a decade of diverse industry experience benefits Coleman as he serves various roles for FSC including structuring development transactions, portfolio and investment management, raising capital, deal sourcing, and investor relations.

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Christopher Thomas

Partner - Retail

Childress Klein

Responsible for development, marketing and leasing of retail and mixed use real estate projects. Responsibilities include market analysis, site acquisition, site planning, zoning and entitlement, negotiating major tenant and specialty tenant leases, property disposition, implementing marketing plans and interfacing with investment partners.   

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Taylor Williams

Real Estate Developer
Williams Development Group

Prior to helping found Williams Development Group with his father Steve, Taylor was a senior associate at Grant Thornton, LLP in Charlotte, NC, where he specialized in real estate. Taylor obtained his Masters of Accounting at UNC-CH and is a candidate for his Masters of Science in Real Estate from UNC-Charlotte.


Taylor's industrial experience includes developing or co-developing over 1mm sft of warehouse space over the last 12 months with almost 2mm in product currently in the pre-construction pipeline located principally in the Triad.


Moss Withers

CEO & Principal
Lee & Associates

Moss Withers, SIOR, MBA is the founding CEO & Principal of Lee & Associates, Raleigh-Durham. Under his leadership, the firm has grown to be the second-largest commercial real estate firm in the Triangle region. He began his brokerage career in 2008 and quickly established himself as a leader in the Research Triangle’s commercial real estate market. Moss has completed over 950 transactions including large land assemblages, office sales and leasing, and investment properties. He is active in many community organizations, including the YMCA of the Triangle, the Cary Chamber of Commerce, and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.

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Rep. Jeff Zenger

NC House of Representatives District 74

Jeff Zenger has 25 years experience in the building and development industry. Over his expansive career he has done residential and commercial building. Additionally, he has done both residential and commercial development. In so doing he runs 3 small businesses. He resides in Lewisville NC for 25 years where he and his wife of 32 years have raised 4 children. He has served on his towns’ planning board, founding chair of the Lewisville utilities committee and served 4 terms on the Lewisville town council. Additionally, over the years he has served on boards and committees for his church, WSHBA and ministries. Prior to settling in Lewisville he served 13 years in Baltimore city doing Urban Ministry to teenagers with YoungLife. Representative Zenger is currently in his first term in the NC House representing the 74th district after being elected in 2020 in a hard fought race in what was considered a tossup district.

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