Katherine O'Kane has been named education coordinator of NAIOP New Jersey, announced Michael McGuinness, CEO of the commercial real estate development association. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with majors in History and Biology, and is currently enrolled at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
As education coordinator, her responsibilities include working with the Chapter's Education Committee to prepare course outlines and applications for certification of NAIOP New Jersey's seminars for continuing education credits (CEU) for multiple professions, including licensed brokers, accountants, architects and professional planners. She will also serve as a resource for members in understanding CEU requirements and tracking their credits, and as the Chapter's student member liaison for the NAIOP Scholars Program.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to learn about this industry and to be getting involved in business while I'm still on the academic side as a student at the Bloustein School," said O'Kane. "And, being specifically involved with the educational side of commercial real estate is a perfect fit for my skill sets and background.
"My goal is to continue to improve the process for the delivery of CEUs to commercial real estate professionals and ensure that our educational programs are of the greatest value to our core members. One of the initiatives that I will be addressing is to continue the effort that is underway to become certified for the delivery of CEUs to professional engineers, which will enable NAIOP NJ to offer credits for a total of six professions that comprise the bulk of the association's members."
"With her academic background and impressive skill sets, we expect Katherine to hit the ground running and be very effective in her new role to ensure that NAIOP NJ members have ample opportunities to have their educational needs met," said McGuinness.