​With Boston's booming real estate industry and the Hub's notorious dedication to its sports teams, it seemed only natural for NAIOPMA's Developing Leaders to bring the two together in its Professional Sports and Commercial Real Estate event on April 9. Ted Fire of The Kraft Group, Jeff White of The Boston Red Sox, and Chris Maher from Delaware North Companies formed the panel that discussed how the real estate surrounding their sports venues factors into their business decisions. Real Estate isn't the core of any of their businesses but development opportunities that are synergistic to Patriot Place, Fenway Park or the Garden require them to be fluent in the industry. Each executive faces slightly different situations between the 700 acres in Foxboro and Yawkey Way next to Fenway, but both Jeff White and Ted Fire look at the neighborhoods and streets as ways to serve the stadiums. All panelists emphasized the importance of forming a protective zone around a venue that can serve to enhance the game experience as well as the neighboring businesses. Development is generally viewed as a positive and these panelists always have their eyes open for opportunities. For more information visit NAIOP MA and check out Team IMPACT the truly inspiring charity that partnered on the event. GO SOX! By Kristin Wetherbee, Assistant Account Executive at Solomon McCown & Company