Mike Kitchen accepts 2020 NAIOP Member of the Year Award

christopher is thrilled to announce two of our staff members, Mike Kitchen and Eli Goldman, have been awarded Member of the Year by NAIOP Northern Virginia for their dedicated participation in the Government Relations Committee. NAIOP flipped the script this year by awarding all subcommittee Co-Chairs Member of the Year due to their accomplishments despite the challenges 2020 brought us. Mike Kitchen was honored to accept the award on behalf of all awardees.

Mike Kitchen, PE, Vice President at christopher, is Chair of the Government Relations Committee and oversees all subcommittees (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William) and also acts as spokesperson for government relation issues that need to be presented to local officials. He is also responsible for working with the Virginia Association for Commercial Real Estate (VACRE) to monitor statewide legislation and regulatory issues and to develop strategies, which VACRE pursues at the state level. Mike has been involved with the committee for more than ten years, previously serving as Prince William County Co-Chair.

Eli Goldman, PE, Senior Project Manager at christopher, is the Co-Chair of the Alexandria Subcommittee, serving since 2018. Along with Co-Chair Ken Wire, they lead monthly Alexandria Subcommittee meetings, develop strategies that further the NAIOP Northern Virginia mission and report the City’s government relations at the monthly Executive Committee. Over the past year, Eli has been involved with providing feedback to development impacts due to COVID-19, the City’s new online permitting system and the City’s new green building policy.

Please join us in congratulating Mike, Eli and all subcommittee Co-Chairs on their well-deserved achievements!

Get involved! Visit http://www.naiopva.org/govrel.htm to learn more about the NAIOP Northern Virginia Government Relations Committee and find the best fit for you.

We have an influence on legislation and other things that directly impact the work that we do. If you want to have an impact, I strongly recommend getting involved.” -Mike Kitchen