NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association of New Mexico’s leadership is set to change this year with the retirement of the chapter’s president and vice president.
President Lynne Andersen and Vice President John Gallegos, a wife-and-husband team, will step down at the end of the year.
“I think we just knew it was time to leave,” she said. “We’re both older and we’ve done this for 20-plus years and it’s time for a change.”
Andersen , who has held her position for the past 26 years, said the leadership change could bring excitement and new ideas to the organization.
“They’re very good people, and they’re very well respected,” said Lance Sigmon, incoming NAIOP chairman and Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group principal. “I’m going to personally miss them.”
Sigmon said that Andersen and Gallegos have been advocates for the commercial real estate industry and have turned NAIOP into an influential organization that has a seat at the table for government decisions.
During Andersen’s tenure as president of the organization, which operates as a trade group for members of the commercial real estate industry, NAIOP grew from a chapter of 70 members to nearly 300 members.
“(The chapter) evolved as the industry evolved, adding new services that address the needs of our members,” she said.
The organization also bolstered its member services through monthly educational luncheons featuring regular speakers like the sitting mayor of Albuquerque and the sitting governor.
Andersen said that members extend across a variety of professions – from realtors, to architects to engineers and more – but every member, regardless of their profession, has a deep commitment to New Mexico.
“These are hard-charging, competitive people,” she said. “But in Albuquerque, there is a sense that when these guys sit around the table with their competitors, they’re concentrating on what’s good for the chapter and good for the state.”
She said the commitment to the well-being of the state has allowed group members to come together in ways that benefit everyone.
“They are just so intent on doing what’s going to be good for the economy, for their businesses of course, but also for the community at large,” she said.
Andersen and Gallegos will remain in their positions until December.
NAIOP is currently in the process of finding replacements.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect spelling of Lynne Andersen’s name. The story has been corrected.