Current job: Director of Leasing at Northwood Office
Summary of your role in the company: My primary responsibilities include lease negotiations, new business development, market research, and performing financial analysis for Ballantyne Corporate Park which has over 4.3M square feet of Class A office space.
How I chose my occupation: It kind of chose me. I met someone that worked in Commercial Real Estate that persuaded me to come work for them.
Years in the business: 14 ½
My specialization is: Leasing
A good lead for me is: Any company looking for office space.
The most satisfying part of my job is: Developing long-term relationships with my clients.
Best leadership advice I have been given: You never know who you may meet that could be a potential client so always share with people what you do for a living.
Greatest professional achievement: Obtaining my CCIM designation in 6 months while being a working mom.
Number of years with CREW: 13
Most significant CREW connection: When I first became involved in CREW and was new to the industry my first referral from CREW led into a new lease.
Place of birth/hometown: I was born in Dallas, TX but grew up in Columbus, OH
Number of years in Charlotte: 17
Family: Brian (husband) Ryan (son) Austin (son) and Carter (son)
My ideal vacation spot: Somewhere on a beach in the Caribbean
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, Running, Scuba Diving and attending my son’s football games.
Other professional organizations I belong to: SIOR, CCIM, CRCBR, CREW and NAR
Bank of America
Current job: Vice President, Underwriter – Real Estate Structured Finance at Bank of America
Summary of your role in the company: Underwrite deals up to $150 million originated within the Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) group.
How I chose my occupation: Commercial real estate chose me! Previously an equities analyst, I took a job in real estate at Bank of America at a transitional point in my career. I have gained incredible insight into commercial real estate through my job and my passion for real estate has grown ever since.
Years in the business: 7
My specialization is: CMBS
A good lead for me is: Stabilized commercial properties in need of refinance or acquisition financing, particularly for those interested in non-recourse loans.
The most satisfying part of my job is: Being able to help clients achieve their real estate investment objectives.
Best leadership advice I have been given: Never dwell on a mistake. Like a quarterback that gets sacked, get up, regroup, and throw the ball again.
Greatest professional achievement: Getting my CPA.
Number of years with CREW: 1
Most significant CREW connection: Nichole Kelley. I met Nichole at my first luncheon and she encouraged me to join the Sponsorship Committee. Nichole works in CMBS so we had an instant connection because she understood my business!
Place of birth/hometown: Charlotte, NC
Number of years in Charlotte: I am proud to be a native Charlottean. After a short stint in Arizona (for school) I moved back to Charlotte 10 years ago.
Family: I have a wonderful husband, Matt, who supports my dreams to become a local real estate investor, and two great kids: Charlotte (age 5 ½) and Benny (age 6 months).
My ideal vacation spot: I honeymooned on a small island off the coast of Sydney, Australia called Lord Howe Island. It is the most beautiful place in the world and I would go back in an instant!
Hobbies/Interests: Real estate investing (currently taking classes through Harvard’s Extension School to get my Real Estate Investment Certificate), spending time with family, reading, and working out.
Other professional organizations I belong to: LEAD for Women and GBAM Women’s Leadership Council
I wish I could: As a working mom, I always wish I could have more time with my family!