NRTA finds itself in the middle of a beehive of activity and planning as our members continue to reach out to others in the real estate lease administration profession. Our Membership Committee continues to encourage other real estate lease administration professionals that NRTA is a vital professional resource available to them.

The peer-to-peer referrals they’re employing is the same membership development strategy that has driven the NRTA’s success through the years. Within the NRTA, the core belief is that real estate executives are better off adopting a philosophy of working together to define best practices for lease administration. This is not only good for themselves but vital for the industry.

We are so confident that our message and education mission are on point that we are offering a FREE TRIAL membership program to prospects. For real estate lease management professionals who have wondered if NRTA is for them, we are waiving the regular $175 membership fee, and offering them full NRTA membership status for this trial period.

They can immediately experience NRTA’s many benefits, including:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Review best practices with peers
  • Member Newsletter
  • Free attendance at Webinars
  • Discounted Conference registration
  • Access to our Professional Library

If you know someone who would like to consider the NRTA, you can find the Trial Membership program on our homepage.

Welcome New Leadership Additions

Some new faces have joined the NRTA leadership group following the most recent elections. Congratulations and welcome to our new Treasurer–Caleb Smith, Senior Director, Real Estate Operations, Bridgestone.

I also want to recognize our new members to the Board of Governors:

Kathy Powers-Middlecoop–Sr. Director of Real Estate & Development, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

Fred Busch–Manager, Real Estate Management, Caleres.

Getting the Word Out

A fair number of our newest member companies are operating beyond NRTA’s historical realm of retail chains. Healthcare services and clinics, financial centers, insurance companies, and even educational organizations are now commonly found among our membership rolls.

That in mind, it has been a logical step for our education programs to extend to presentations designed explicitly for tenants managing multiple commercial and office lease administration portfolios. The response continues to be exceptional as executives better understand the value gained by effective management of these major cost centers.

Whether you represent a retail, office, or commercial tenant portfolio, we all share the complexities of changing online shopping pressures and of successfully co-existing in real estate management mixed-use centers that test our abilities to protect our sales positions and effectively manage our occupancy costs.

Conference Update

Congratulations to our Conference and Curriculum Committees. They’ve forged an aggressive conference program featuring forty-five (45) different classroom presentations and twenty-three (23) small group discussion sessions. This year’s theme, Taking Charge of Change–Charting Your Course, perfectly describes the environment we’re navigating to successfully protect real estate portfolios in a turbulent world.

NRTA will produce its conference brochure and make it available in May. Of course, you can review curriculum highlights and conference activities on our website at your convenience.

We have a few changes on both the Conference and
Curriculum teams for 2019.

Curriculum Committee

Ingrid Kushinsky (Clarks Americas, Inc.) has joined Ted Pajda (Enterprise Holdings, Inc.) and Gregg Ankenman, Esq. (Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP) as a co-chair.

Four additional committee members were added:

Pernell Agdeppa (Panda Restaurant Group)

Sue Rebelo (Fresenius Medical Care)

Cindy Headman (Burlington Stores)

Caleb Smith (Bridgestone, Inc.)

Conference Committee

Heather Lacy (HP, Inc.) has moved to the Conference team to join Mary Ellen Belanger (Lease Administration Solutions), Lisa Krizek (Ascena), Carole Fiola (NRTA), and George Elefther (Bed, Bath & Beyond).

Last Words

NRTA has proactively responded to the tough economic climate by positioning itself as a valuable resource to frontline lease administration professionals. Think about it. Where does one go to learn how best to deal with issues such as co-tenancy rights, lease renegotiation strategies, or to review the effectiveness of profit recovery tactics? Where does a real estate manager learn how to purchase bankrupt leases, or become proficient enough to advise their company how best to execute a potential disposition deal?

Fortunately, NRTA has affirmed itself as a beacon of information in the middle of our industry’s challenges.