One of ORION’s Own Wins YPG NAIOP So Cal Competition
ORION wishes to congratulate Alexandra Hawthorne (“Ali”) for winning a prestigious competition held by the Young Professionals Group (YPG) National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) So Cal division. YPG is a twelve-month, seventy- hour education, networking and leadership program of NAIOP SoCal. As part of the program, members receive access to and training by key industry decision makers. Only 35 applicants are selected to be a part of this elite group, and Ali Hawthorne is a proud member of the class of 2012-2013. Each year, five teams, composed of the current YPG class, compete for first place on their final project. In the past, the final project has been based on old case studies, but this year the YPG class was presented with an existing development in need of fresh ideas. The objective was to develop a plan for a local developer to determine the feasibility of a project on a 100-acre site – and the plan had to be both fiscally responsible and add value to the community. Ali and her team presented to a panel of five judges that consisted of established industry leaders. Exemplifying the best of the very best in true ORION spirit, Ali’s team came in first place. The first place team will get their names added to a large trophy displaying a proud lineage of winners. However, unlike the winners in the past, there is a chance that Ali’s team could have their proposed development used as a blue print for the actual project. As the competition was hosted by such a powerful and intelligent group as YPG, all the entries were creative and viable, but Ali, like other ORION team members, commanded attention with ease. ORION is honored to be your commercial real estate Orange County choice, and we are so thrilled to have bright stars like Ali on our team. Congratulations once again Ali.