What's on the agenda for president of NAIOP Charlotte this year?
Cheryl Steele discusses her new role as first woman president of NAIOP Charlotte.
The first female president of NAIOP Charlotte this year. Cheryl Steele, member at Charlotte law firm Horack Talley, began her presidency late last year at the local NAIOP chapter, part of the national organization that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. NAIOP is a commercial real estate development association that includes networking and educational events as well as advocacy for legislation on behalf of its members, most of whom work in commercial real estate, at the national, state and local level.
Steele, who’s been at Horack Talley for 31 years, advises real estate clients on development and financing for office, retail, industrial, single-family and multifamily projects. She became involved with NAIOP Charlotte about five years ago, and has served on the board of directors since 2015. Several NAIOP Charlotte members are active in local stakeholder groups, including the advisory team working on the city’s unified development ordinance. In fact, Steele said, the UDO is one of the key focus areas for the chapter this year, as the planning department picks up momentum on developing place types and, eventually, the actual UDO. Steele spoke to the Charlotte Business Journal in a wide-ranging interview about some of the top agenda items for NAIOP Charlotte this year.