A big voice in Boston real estate is retiring.
David Begelfer will step down at the end of the year as chief executive of NAIOP Massachusetts, the powerful trade group for commercial real estate that he has led for 27 years.
A former developer who made “a lateral move to advocacy” in the depths of the early ’90s real estate crash, Begelfer built NAIOP from 135 members to more than 1,700, created a busy calendar of industry events and pushed an array of policy issues on Beacon Hill. (The group shortened its name in 2009 from National Association for Industrial and Office Parks.)
A voluble analyst of the local development scene, Begelfer also became a go-to source for real estate reporters and others looking to make sense of Boston’s current building boom.
“I’ve been in this business for over 40 years,” he said Tuesday. “I’ve never seen it as strong as it is right now.”
The 70-year-old will stay until the end of the year. On Tuesday, the NAIOP board named two of his top deputies — chief operating officer Reesa Fischer, and senior vice president of government affairs Tamara Small — to be co-leaders of the organization.
“Reesa and Tamara have worked collaboratively over the years with each bringing a unique skill set and a shared commitment to NAIOP,” said NAIOP president Ed Marsteiner. “The two will continue this approach in their new roles.”
And Begelfer expects to remain involved, perhaps working as a real estate consultant. And he plans to keep his membership in the trade group he built quite active.
“I really believe in NAIOP as a great advocacy organization,” he said. “I look forward to taking advantage of it, as a member.”
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