Alyson Craig Receives NAIOP Member of the Year Award

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) has recognized Alyson Craig, the Director of the Master of Science in Real Estate program, as the NAIOP Member of the Year. This award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in the commercial real estate development and investment industry.

“Alyson’s recognition at our State Conference as NAIOP Charlotte’s Member of the Year is well deserved,” said Chris Thomas, a partner at Childress Klein. “She has provided leadership as a member of our Board of Directors for the past several years and has been instrumental in linking our chapter with the Childress Klein Real Estate program at UNC Charlotte.  Graduates of this program who have been taught and advised by Alyson are some of the best and brightest now working at the top commercial real estate firms in Charlotte. Our industry is fortunate to have Alyson take the lead in building these relationships.”

Craig joined the Belk College of Business in 2014 as the Director of the Master of Science in Real Estate program.  She also teaches several courses within the graduate real estate program, including Real Estate Development, Site Planning, International Real Estate Study Tour, and the Real Estate Capstone course.  Prior to joining the faculty, Craig worked for Grubb Properties’ investment team as a development and acquisition associate to identify and analyze potential office, multi-family, and mixed use deals.  Before moving to Charlotte in 2011, she was Vice President of a planning and engineering firm in Florida working with clients on development agreements, rezonings, and annexations for large multi-use land development projects. Learn more about Craig through her Faces of Belk College profile.

Alyson Craig joins last year’s NAIOP Member of the Year award winner Chris Thomas, who has been a partner at Childress Klein since 2004.

About the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate

The Childress Klein Center for Real Estate at UNC Charlotte was established in 2005 to further the knowledge of real estate, public policy and urban economics in the professional community through its teaching, research and community outreach activities. It has been ranked among the 20 most active research institutions in real estate for the past decade.

About the Belk College of Business

Accredited by AACSB International, the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte offers outstanding business education programs at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and executive levels. The Belk College is committed to building strong partnerships in the greater Charlotte region and beyond as a vital part of our mission as North Carolina's urban research business school. Find the Belk College of Business online at