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SIOR Foundation President's Letter

By: Richard P. Sleasman, SIOR

I am pleased to continue my term as President of the SIOR Foundation. This past year was a period of growth and renewal of our mission to Educate, Enhance, and Expand the commercial real estate community. I am excited to announce that the Foundation has become the new Global Educational Partner of SIOR. The partnership will help provide additional webinar programming, as well as enhanced educational courses and Global conference programming. We are excited to be working with SIOR to bring first class educational opportunities to not only SIORs, but to the industry as a whole.

The Fall 2023 Event in Chicago was a huge success for the SIOR Foundation. Thank you to all who participated in The Fall Giveaway; we garnered over $35,000 in donations. I’m excited to announce that Albert McNeel, SIOR, of Endura Advisory Group in San Antonio will receive a free registration — plus travel and hotel accommodations — to a 2024 SIOR Conference!

While in Chicago, The Foundation held its annual Star Donor reception to thank the donors who gave $1,000 or more during the past fiscal year. A huge thank you to the Cushman & Wakefield Chicago office for providing amazing venue for the event. A wonderful time was had by all who attended. To ensure you get your invitation for the reception in Los Angeles, make sure to donate $1000 or more to the SIOR Foundation by August 31, 2024. You don’t want to miss your chance to mix and mingle with the best of SIOR!

At the reception, we were able to meet some of the students who received scholarships to attend the conference through the SIOR Foundation Student Real Estate Experience Program. The quality and enthusiasm of the students we met strengthened my resolve to continue the Foundation’s commitment to support real estate students, professionals, and SIOR. Congratulations to Jackson Dembski, Clemson; Suhani Narain, London School of Economics and Political Science; Zach Parnas and Gabrimar Riveros, Nova Southeastern University; and Tyler Teal, Presbyterian College. We enjoyed the chance to meet all of you!

To continue supporting students like these, and current professionals, we need your continued support! In November you may have received a call from one of our Trustees during the 2023 Phonathon. You can honor any pledge you made by submitting payments online through our website, or with the invoice that was e-mailed to you. Thank you for taking our calls! Another way to support the Foundation is by adding a donation to your SIOR dues payment. This is voluntary but very much appreciated. Please take one of these opportunities to give back to the industry that has given so much to you.


Richard Sleasman, SIOR
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Richard Sleasman is president and managing director of CBRE-Albany in Albany, NY and is an industrial specialist. He is the 2023 SIOR Foundation President.