Leslie Scherrer was elected to the Board of Directors this year. She has been a member of NAIOP since 2008 and quickly became active on the Developing Leader Committee. She is currently the co-chair of the Education and Programs Committee.
Briefly tell us what you do.
The Peter Scherrer Group is not a big firm, so we all have a number of roles. My primary role is to handle the real estate acquisitions and development projects for our company and our clients and oversee the asset management of various investments. At times, I also serve in our construction management division, overseeing commercial projects. Finally, I manage the office personnel and most of the day to day operations of the company.
Why did you want to join the NAIOP Board of Directors?
I’ve been a member of NAIOP and served on committees since 2008. It’s been a fantastic experience. The networking, events, and legislative involvement of NAIOP are so beneficial. I think the more active you are in the organization, the more rewarding it is. So when the opportunity presented itself to get involved at a greater level, I was excited to pursue it.
What do you hope to get from your experience? What do you hope to give?
I’m looking forward to getting to know the other board members, and learning about their experiences and perspectives on the industry and NAIOP as an organization. I hope to contribute the same and be an active and valuable member of the board.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?
One of my favorite things is finding new, more efficient approaches to how we run our projects and our business. Since my dad and I started this business just four years ago, having the freedom to deviate from traditional practices is one of the things I enjoy most. I like to think that we’ve shaped a highly flexible and efficient business model that’s easily adaptable to changes in the market.
What are you reading?
I’m reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall as I’m getting mentally geared up to train for the Chicago Marathon. And, Rick Steves’s book on Italy because I am planning a trip there this fall.