Member Spotlights

Kathy Pressley
Coldwell Banker Commercial/MECA

Current job:  Vice President of Asset Management

Summary of your role in the company:  I manage Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA’s Commercial Asset Division which includes property management, commercial portfolio management, and facilities management.  In addition to the day to day operations, I am responsible for marketing our services and procuring new commercial property management clients.

How I chose my occupation:  It was fate.  After many years as a legal secretary, I wanted a career change and a friend mentioned “MECA” was hiring.  A position was available to help create and launch a bill-pay and accounting platform for a commercial institutional client.  The job quickly grew from managing utilities and bill payment tracking to full on property management.   I now have a career in commercial real estate which is not something I ever dreamt of but am so excited about and grateful for!

Years in the business: 4 1/2

My specialization is:  Third party commercial property management of small to midsize retail and office space.

A good lead for me is:  A local or regional multi-tenanted, mid-market asset needing property management and or leasing services with a personalized approach.   

The most satisfying part of my job is:  Helping owners improve the value of their assets while at the same time resolving tenant requests and concerns.  The ultimate goal is to have a Win-Win between the lessor and lessee – happy client, happy customer.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  I don’t know that I can narrow the response to just one.  Remember who your client is and always have their best interest in mind.  Growth comes with pain, endure the pain and the reward will be great on the other side.  Believe in yourself to the point of knowing your opinion is valuable and sharing it.

Greatest professional achievement:  My greatest professional achievement has been to enter the real estate business in a part time administrative capacity and grow personally as well as the property management department to where we are today.  I am now a licensed real estate broker and in the process of earning my CPM designation.

Number of years with CREW:  3

Most significant CREW connection:  My mentor through CREW, Mary Wilken is my most significant CREW connection.  She has helped guide me in my professional career and been there to give advice and listen when I needed someone to vent.  Because of the CREW Mentor program, I have a professional colleague whom I can share thoughts and ideas with as well as someone that I now call my friend.

Place of birth/hometown:  Charlotte, NC

Number of years in Charlotte: Except for the four years I was in Raleigh attending NCSU, I have lived in Charlotte my entire life.

Family:  I am married to Rob Pressley, have a son Banks who is 18, a daughter Kate who is 16, three step daughters, Morgan - 14, Camden - 12, and Sheldon who is 11.  We also have “two boys”, Badger-10 and Trigger-7, both English Creams.

My ideal vacation spot:  I am most relaxed and happiest when I am at the beach, sitting under an umbrella listening to the ocean – any beach!

Hobbies/Interests:  I love to work in my yard (I call it landscape therapy), mountain bike and spend time with my family at home and in Blowing Rock.  My husband and I love to travel.  We have visited many parts of the US and look forward to traveling overseas, once all the kids are grown and out of the house! 

Other professional organizations I belong to:  IREM.

I wish I could:  Run a marathon and travel through Europe.

Ann Watson

Current job: Director, Specification Sales & Design

Summary of your role in the company: I lead the Bagby Design studio, which is made up of a group of designers and technical specialists. Together, we design lighting layouts and run photometric calculations to ensure that the lighting meets certain building codes and regulations. I also guide the team in making the best product selection choices. Additionally, I serve as a link to the specification influences in our market, primarily the architectural and engineering community.

How I chose my occupation: I would say it chose me! I went to school for Interior Design. While I was in school I worked for an electrical distributor, and my focus in distribution was lighting.  As I continued through school, I found a love and passion for applying lighting to different finishes, spaces, and environments.

Years in the business: 18 fascinating years

My specialization is:  Lighting Design; my ability to elevate the aesthetic of a space through lighting. I enjoy interpreting and communicating how lighting can transform an area and create a specific mood and ambience.

A good lead for me is: Anyone looking to enhance a space through the elements of lighting.

The most satisfying part of my job is: The idea of being able to take an architectural rendering, and to be an extension of the design team that brings that rendering and image to life.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Trusting your inner voice and judgement as it relates to doing business morally and effectively.

Greatest professional achievement:   I would say where I am today.  We have been a part of several monumental projects that have changed the Charlotte and surrounding areas. Seeing these projects start on paper, to ultimately shaping the city of Charlotte is very rewarding.  I am also proud to serve as a leader in a male-dominated industry (lighting). I appreciate the mentors that have taught me along the way. Every day I get to work with a great team of people, in a profession that I love and enjoy. I certainly look forward to each new day.

Number of years with CREW: 2

Most significant CREW connection: The construction industry that finds value in our years of experience, design, and manufacturing partners.

Place of birth/hometown: Hometown is Decatur IL

Number of years in Charlotte: 15 years

Family: I am married to a wonderful man with 2 great children, a 13-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.

My ideal vacation spot: Any beach with sand and water!!

Hobbies/Interests: Running, hunting, hiking, and camping. Mostly anything outdoors.

Other professional organizations I belong to: AIA & IIDA

I wish I could: Travel with my family to visit some of the national parks, right here in the United States.

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