January 2018

Chapter Newsletter

January 2018 

President's Message

Jay Sholl, Chapter President

Jay Sholl 
Senior Vice President

In this, our first newsletter of 2018, I want to take the opportunity to wish all of you a Happy New Year!  From an operational perspective, the Chapter’s New Year will occur in April.  However, the beginning of each calendar year is a pivotal time for CoreNet NorCal. First, we host our annual economic forecast, which provides members critical data and expert analysis of the trends shaping our industry. Second, we announce our new chapter leaders so we can begin preparing for our leadership transition in April. As many of you know, both of these extremely important events take place at our January Chapter meeting.

This year, that all-important meeting was held on January 18th at Visa’s headquarters in Foster City and drew record attendance. We decided to change things up and view the economic and commercial real estate projections through the data created by consumer behavior. Thanks to CoreNet member Don Davis, senior vice president, Global Corporate Services at Visa we secured Wayne Best, Visa’s Chief Economist as keynote speaker.  In addition to providing an overview of the forces shaping our economy, he presented a fascinating look at how consumers spend, and his data shows how predictable demographic buying patterns can be. We received a great deal of positive feedback from members who indicated they found the information useful and appreciated Best’s refreshing ability to deliver it in plain English and with humor.  I am so proud that our chapter’s Programs Committee consistently distinguishes itself by delivering relevant, thought-provoking programs featuring such high-caliber speakers.

At the January Chapter meeting, it was also my honor to thank and acknowledge our current leadership group and to announce the new slate of executive board members and committee chairs who will begin their service in April.  I especially want to congratulate Robert Teed, executive president, Michelle Lagos, administrative director, Cassidy Zehrer, treasurer and Shannon Knuth, director at large.  I am so excited to see this group of outstanding individuals succeeding within the executive leadership structure of our Chapter; it is a testament to their hard work and dedication to this organization.

Something I also find extremely exciting is CoreNet Global’s FutureForward 2025 initiative, which was announced at the Seattle Summit.  It is a strategic project aimed at predicting and preparing for what this organization needs to be providing to its members as the association model of the future. This forward-looking initiative has the ultimate goal of formulating bold ideas that ensure the CoreNet’s relevance and indispensability for years to come.  I have asked our Chapter’s Advisory Committee to lead the effort within our Chapter on how we can best contribute to this initiative. They will envision what it will mean to belong, learn, convene, and deliver information and content in 2025.  Over the next several months, we will be inviting you to participate in a working sub-group to explore the themes of FutureForward 2025: the Future of Belonging, the Future of Learning, the Future of Convening and the Future of Information & Content.

Finally, I am very pleased to announce that our chapter will launch a new website in April.  Spearheaded by Communications Committee Co-Chair Shannon Knuth and supported by the Chapter staff, the project has been a number of years and a great deal of effort in the making. Kudos to Shannon and her team. I have seen a sneak preview and can attest to the fact that it will be a game-changer for the Chapter! Stay tuned for details on the big reveal coming in April!

Wishing you all health, wealth and happiness in 2018!

- Jay


Featured Podcast: Wellness in the Workplace

09.14.17 // The CoreNet Northern California Chapter is pleased to bring you the latest in our series of podcasts: CoreNet Northern California Young Leaders Event: Wellness in the Workplace. This podcast was recorded at the CoreNet Northern California Chapter Young Leaders Event on September 14, 2017 at Whil in San Francisco. The event featured a panel discussion on wellness initiatives and their impact on corporate culture and the workplace.

Program Moderator: Shaun Lee, Senior Project Manager, Cushman & Wakefield
Program Panelists:

  • Megan White, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group 
  • Aliza Szolnok, Vice President, Director of San Francisco Office, ESD Global
  • Priya Premchandran, [e] Team Design & Construction Lead, Google
  • Jun Yoshida, Senior Regional Wellness Specialist, LinkedIn


November 2017 Chapter Meeting Recap

The Programs Committee delivered more high-quality educational benefit to members and guests on November 16th, this time with content fresh from the Global Summit in Seattle and a tour of the highly anticipated new WeWork flagship at Two Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. The program was entitled Real Estate On Demand: The emergence of co-working ‘fourth places’ and ‘office market networks’; are they making the CRE industry more efficient? Featured speaker Kay Sargent, senior principal at HOK and renowned workplace thought leader gave a thought-provoking talk based on her recent Summit program. Upon completion of her remarks, Sargent moderated a panel of experts including:

  • Dan Harvey, Vice Chairman, CBRE
  • Elton Kwok, GM, WeWork
  • Eric Zellhart, Senior Product Manager, LiquidSpace



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January Holiday Party 

Holiday Party


December CRE Awards Gala



November Chapter Meeting