2023 NAIOP Arizona Young Professionals Group (YPG)
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The NAIOP YPG Program is a five-month, twenty-hour program designed to provide our members aged 35 and under with exceptional educational and networking opportunities and mentoring from key decision makers in Arizona’s commercial real estate industry. This program provides a well-rounded exposure to all aspects of commercial real estate and allows the protégé to foster a relationship with an industry expert.

Participants are placed into small groups of 4 to 5 protégés who work together with a team mentor. The objective is for the protégés to gain exposure to all fundamental aspects of a development project from start to finish, so they are well-rounded CRE professionals regardless of their area of specialty.

The program will include the following elements:

  • Kick-Off Event: The first group event where mentor and protégé small groups will be announced. Meet your mentor and fellow protégés. At this event you will receive a program outline and instructions for the case study.
  • YPG Class #1: Industry experts in Design and Construction will join us for an educational event. 
  • YPG Class #2: Industry experts in Zoning and Entitlements will join us for an educational event. 
  • YPG Class #3: Industry experts in Capital Markets and Leasing will join us for an educational event. 
  • YPG Class #4: Work session with mentor and team to refine the proposed project and presentation.  
  • Graduation: The last group event where each small group of protégés will pitch their case study to a panel of judges who will select a winning group. Networking and dinner to follow.
  • Monthly Meetings with your Mentor:  Make at least one (1) monthly contact with your mentor (via email, phone call, face to face meeting, etc.) outside the YPG Program Group events.

Questions about the YPG23 program? Please contact contact the YPG23 co-chairs: Chris Beall - Chris.Beall@jll.com or Josh Schifferer - joshua@go-industrial.com.  


YPG participants are selected on an annual basis. Requirements for admission are as follows:

  • Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2023.
  • Current membership in NAIOP Arizona.
  • Minimum three years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. MBA Degree counts towards years of experience.


  • Resume (not to exceed one page)
  • Signed Employer Endorsement Form
  • Completed application questions (Not to Exceed 200 Words/1600 Characters)
    • Based on your understanding of the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and activities, how will you be able to contribute to the program in support of your fellow protégés, and why should we select you to be in the program?
    • Why did you choose the commercial real estate industry for your career?
    • Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals or objectives.
  • Program fee of $300 must be paid at time of application. Refunds will automatically be processed for applicants who are not accepted into this year’s program.


All participants in this program will be required to abide by the following course polices:

  • Attendance, Tardiness:  Attendance at all courses is mandatory. Each participant will be required to have pre-approval that their company will allow the time and flexibility to attend all sessions. If a participant misses any scheduled meeting with valid excuse, they will be expected to complete all make-up work required in that class session. Two missed meetings will subject the participant to possible expulsion from the program. Decisions on expulsion will be up to the course advisory committee. Tardiness for any class session will not be tolerated. We have only a brief time together, so it is essential that all participants make every effort to be on time.
  • Academic Dishonesty:  This program is strictly voluntary. Although you will be receiving a Certificate of Completion, you will not be receiving a grade for the case study. Nevertheless, it is expected that all participants and teams will complete their own work.
  • Mentor Relationship:  All participants will be expected to meet with their mentor over the course of the program. The advisory committee will follow up with both the participants and mentors to ensure both are doing their best to attend all meetings.

Questions about the YPG23 program? Please contact contact the YPG23 co-chairs: Chris Beall - Chris.Beall@jll.com or Josh Schifferer - joshua@goindustrial.net.