Visionaries Program

As part of our commitment to engage and develop future industry leaders, the Visionaries program was developed by the NAIOP Research Foundation to provide a variety of meaningful mentoring, high-level networking and research related experiences to rising industry leaders who are 40 years of age and under.

Meet Our Research Foundation Visionaries

Participants have an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and network with senior professionals and Foundation Governors and to gain valuable career development and industry insights. Visionaries also play an important role in the Foundation’s research development process by sharing their perspectives and expertise.


Questions? Contact Bennett Gray at (703) 674-1436.

Visionaries Program Information


  • Exclusive meetings with Research Foundation Governors throughout the program period.
  • Mentoring opportunities with specific Governors.
  • Participation in and opportunity to help shape the Foundation’s research development process.
  • Attendance at exclusive Industry Trends meetings.
  • Networking receptions and dinners with the Governors.
  • Annual program contributions counted toward a Research Foundation Governorship.
  • Recognition at annual NAIOP events and in Foundation materials.
  • Listing in the NAIOP Research Foundation’s annual report and on its website.
  • Recognition of appointment to the Visionaries in NAIOP’s weekly e-newsletter to all members.

Cost and Structure

  • Each Visionary serves a three-year term.
  • $1,000 contribution per year during three-year term ($3,000 total).
  • Number of participants is capped at 20.

Selection Criteria

  • Must be 40 years of age or under at the time of appointment.
  • Must have seven or more years of commercial real estate experience.
  • Visionaries are selected based on professional competency and level of responsibility; career goals; and community involvement.


How to Apply

  • Applications for 2024 are closed.
  • Applications will be evaluated by members of the Governors program and NAIOP senior staff.

Becoming a Governor

  • For participants who wish to become a Research Foundation Governor, any payments made during their three-year term will be counted toward the Governor pledge of $25,000. (Visionaries are encouraged to pledge within three years of completing their three-year term; however, this is not mandatory.)
  • Visionaries are not obligated to pledge to become a Research Foundation Governor either at the beginning or end of their three-year term.


For questions, contact:

Bennett Gray
Vice President for National Forums and NAIOP Research Foundation
703-904-7100 |