Katten Muchin Rosenman
Name: Amanda McLaren Christie
Current job: Attorney at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLC
Summary of your role in the company: I am a partner in the real estate group at Katten. My practice is primarily comprised of representing financial institutions with respect to loans to commercial real estate developers which are secured by a wide range of asset classes, including retail, multifamily, office, hospitality and industrial properties.
How I chose my occupation: As a law student, I interned with a large international law firm and got to work with several practice groups. Ultimately, I decided I really liked the tangibility of real estate and found the projects very interesting and intellectually stimulating.
Years in the business: 11
My specialization is: Commercial real estate finance.
A good lead for me is: A lender or investor in need of legal guidance with respect to a debt or equity transaction related to commercial real estate.
The most satisfying part of my job is: Closing deals!
Best leadership advice I have been given: Take charge, but know when to delegate.
Greatest professional achievement: Making partner before I turned 35.
Number of years with CREW: 7
Most significant CREW connection: My most significant connection is with Patty Drummond, who has become a close friend and professional ally here in Charlotte.
Place of birth/hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Number of years in Charlotte: 11
Family: Fiancee, Andy Ross
My ideal vacation spot: Any sunny beach!
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, reading, crosswords, sports.
Other professional organizations I belong to: Mecklenburg County Bar
I wish I could: Squeeze 25 hours into 24.
United Mechanical Corporation
Current job: Marketing Manager at United Mechanical Corporation
Summary of your role in the company: In charge of Communications, Brand Strategy, Content Creation, Business Development Support, and Community Outreach.
How I chose my occupation: Interested in the dynamics of attracting people to a particular service or product and creating loyalty.
Years in the business: Over 25 years
My specialization is: Branding and market development
A good lead for me is: Facilities managers, property managers, and/or building owners who are looking for HVAC Preventive Maintenance/Service contracts, Equipment Replacement, an HVAC System Upgrade, and/or a Building Automation upgrade.
The most satisfying part of my job is: Being a part of an honest, good group of people who work together extremely well and really care about doing the right thing for our customers—and their facilities.
Best leadership advice I have been given: 1.) Maximize your strengths and surround yourself with good, talented people. 2.) Realize you can teach someone the specifics a job or industry but can’t overcome lack of character or work ethic. 3.) Develop a good working relationship with every part/layer of an organization.
Greatest professional achievement: Successful marketing career in a variety of industries—enjoying the differences and challenges in each.
Number of years with CREW: About 1.5 years
Most significant CREW connection: At this point, my Community Outreach Community Members
Place of birth/hometown: Muncie, Indiana
Number of years in Charlotte: 13
Family: Husband - Bill and son - Matt
My ideal vacation spot: Italy
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, reading, cooking, decorating
Other professional organizations I belong to: Union County Chamber of Commerce
I wish I could: Overcome my lifelong fear of flying.