Baltimore, MD (January 02, 2012) – Dianna Wilhelm has been elected President of NAIOP Maryland, the local chapter of the national trade association comprised of commercial real estate developers, owners, investors and other professionals involved in the commercial real estate industry for the 2012-2013 term. Ms. Wilhelm is President of Wilhelm Business Enterprises.

In addition, the roster of officers includes: James Knott, Jr. (James F. Knott Realty Group), President-Elect; Jerry Wit (St. John Properties, Inc.), Vice President; Christopher Nevin (BB&T), Secretary/Treasurer; Robert A. Bavar (Bavar Properties Group), Past President and Cole Schnorf (Manekin, LLC) 2nd Immediate Past President.

The list of Board of Directors includes: Vince Bagli (Merritt Properties, Inc.; Brendan Gill (MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.); John Hermann (Corporate Office Properties Trust) Alex Kopicki (Solstice Partners); James Lighthizer (Chesapeake Real Estate Group) and Thomas Pilon (St. John Properties, Inc.).

“The NAIOP Maryland foundation has been significantly strengthened over the past year, we have an extremely talented Board of Directors and volunteer team, and I intend to keep the positives happening,” Ms. Wilhelm explained. “My major focus will be concentrating on the implementation of our Chapter’s three major initiatives – legislative activities, successful and compelling programming and demonstrating the overall value proposition of NAIOP Maryland,” she added.

NAIOP Maryland has more than 340 members and is comprised of individuals working for real estate development companies, brokerage firms and affiliated companies such as financial institutions, architectural firms and engineers.

NAIOP is the nation’s leading trade association for developers, owners, investors and other professionals in industrial, office and mixed-use commercial real estate. Comprising 16,000 members in 55 chapters, it provides networking opportunities, educational programs, research on trends and innovations and strong legislative representation.