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Submitted by naiopdev on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:00am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PITTSBURGH, PA, February 15, 2018 – Leo Castagnari, executive director of NAIOP Pittsburgh, has announced his decision to step down after 20 years of dedicated service to the organization. Castagnari was the first Executive Director of NAIOP Pittsburgh.

NAIOP Board President David Weisberg stated “NAIOP Pittsburgh is a leader in the Western Pennsylvania real estate community. Under the guidance of Leo during his years of tremendous service, we are financially sound and have built a strong foundation that positions us well as we plan for the next stage of the organization.”

Castagnari’s years of leadership have grown NAIOP Pittsburgh to what it is today, including the membership more than doubling. During his tenure some wins in which Leo has played an instrumental role have been: A leader in pushing for Interstate-79 in Robinson Township;  Working with the PA legislature to pass a revised mechanics lien law; and Leading NAIOP Chapter Meetings to have timely issues presented to the membership. Also during this time the NAIOP Pittsburgh Chapter has won multiple national industry awards for its Developing Pittsburgh magazine, educational programming, and advocacy efforts over the years. Lastly, Castagnari can be credited with growing the NAIOP Pittsburgh Annual Banquet to be the largest commercial real estate event in Western PA, both in attendance and sponsorship. This year’s 25th Anniversary banquet will be on March 1, 2018.

 “My years as the Executive Director of NAIOP Pittsburgh have been both professionally and personally satisfying.  While I am proud of the many successes the chapter has had over these past twenty years, the most important thing to me is the friendships that I will take with me as I explore new endeavors,” stated Castagnari.

NAIOP Pittsburgh is preparing its search and will announce when submissions for the Executive Director role are being accepted. Don Smith, Vice-President of the NAIOP Pittsburgh Board of Directors, is leading the Search Committee. Smith states, “The progress NAIOP Pittsburgh has made over the past 20 years is a direct testament to the impact that Leo has had as Executive Director.  Leo is leaving NAIOP Pittsburgh having made the organization a much better and more impactful platform supporting development in the region.”

NAIOP Pittsburgh is the regional association of developers, owners, investors and professionals of commercial real estate. We are the leading industry resource to foster business relationships, promote responsible development and support growth of the region through education, leadership and advocacy.

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For  more information about this topic, please contact David Weisberg at 412-952-9769 or email at