WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 11, 2015) – Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) is pleased to announce that Barbara Schaefer McDuffie, managing director of business development for the firm’s D.C. office, has been named a NAIOP Research Foundation Governor. McDuffie is the third woman to join NAIOP’s, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association as governor since its inception in 2000.
“The NAIOP Research Foundation Governors are a prestigious group of thought leaders in commercial real estate,” said Wendy Mann, Certified Association Executive (CAE), senior vice president of NAIOP. “They guide our research efforts and provide their collective wisdom to studies and white papers that deliver practical information to commercial real estate professionals. Welcoming Barbara to this esteemed group is our good fortune. Barbara’s extensive knowledge of commercial real estate, as well as her insightfulness will be invaluable. More importantly, she is recognized as a national leader in the industry and brings a savvy perspective to our governors.”
The NAIOP Research Foundation promotes the benefits of ownership and development of commercial real estate through practical research and education. Its mission is “to support developers, owners, and others involved in commercial real estate to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of our communities, now and in the future.”
The foundation’s primary activities include conducting research on how commercial, industrial, and mixed-use real estate properties impact and benefit communities, disseminating research findings and supporting current and future commercial real estate leaders to address economic and other industry challenges, as well as capitalize on new trends.
McDuffie has been an influential member of NAIOP’s Northern Virginia chapter since the 1980s and was honored as the chapter’s Member of the Year in 1992 and 2014. She is a past chairman of NAIOP Northern Virginia and has served three terms on NAIOP’s corporate board. In addition to her involvement with NAIOP, she is on the governance committee of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, the Trust for the National Mall’s corporate committee and on the boards for George Mason University Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE), the 2030 Group Board, and Hopecam.
McDuffie also serves on the board of Commercial Real Estate Women of D.C., where she was honored with the 2014 Impact Award, and named to the 2013 class of Women Who Mean Business by the Washington Business Journal. McDuffie is highly involved with the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and hosts the annual Lombardi Women & Wine fundraising event (which raised nearly $400,000 for breast cancer research) and the Lombardi Gala.
“Becoming a Governor is an opportunity to spend time with the brightest and best in our business and expand relationships that I have developed over the years on the board of directors,” said McDuffie. “I consider joining the governors a great honor and am delighted to do so.”
Office Managing Partner – DC Metro Area Todd Stokes adds: “As an exemplary leader in the D.C. Metro real estate community, Barbara will certainly be a valuable contributor to the NAIOP Governors. We’re honored to have Barbara on Baker Tilly’s team and are proud of her continued support of the real estate industry.”
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