NAIOP Southern California has named TimJemal CEO of the organization. Jemal is the first to holdthe role of CEO for the Southern California chapter of theorganization, which is one of the largest chapters in theorganization with more than 1,000 members. In the position, he willserve as a spokesperson for the organization.

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"NAIOP SoCal was looking for a leader to be visible in thecommunity on legislative issues and as an industry thought leader,"Jemal tells GlobeSt.com. "It's hard to argue that bringing on a CEOfor the first-time in the midst of a global pandemic and calls forracial justice is an ideal time but every organization has aninflection point. I'm excited every day about the possibilities tolead NAIOP SoCal and feel confident we will continue to grow and bea positive force for our industry and community."

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The pandemic and related market dislocation not only makes thisan interesting time to appoint a CEO, but also an interesting timefor Jemal to take on the role. However, his more than 30 years ofexperience in public policy make him a good fit to lead during thepandemic and beyond. "The role of NAIOP SoCal CEO fits well with myskills and experience leading associations and driving publicpolicy advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels,"he says. "Based on many conversations with the Board leadership, Ifelt I could make an immediate impact and thank them for havingconfidence in me to become their first CEO. That's a very excitingplace to be for any leader—to jump right in, make a difference andadvance the organization."

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In his first year, Jemal plans to focus on legislation, talentrecruitment and expand programming. "My goals include bolsteringthe chapter's legislative advocacy, promoting a talent pipelinethat fosters youth and diversity, continuing to offer top-notchprograms and modernizing the association's operations," heexplains. "Harmful measures, such as SB 939 and a split-roll tax,will continue to surface and NAIOP SoCal will respond. At the sametime, we are genuinely ready to work with elected officials andcommunity leaders to address challenges and find commonsolutions."

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.