Member Spotlights

Amber Westerduin
McMillan, PLLC

Current job: Attorney at McMillan PLLC

Summary of your role in the company: I handle all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and closings, including title searches and opinions, land sales and acquisitions, lease drafting and negotiation, commercial building purchases, business entity formations, licensing agreements, and real estate financing and construction loans.

How I chose my occupation: Law is a second career for me. In my previous life I was an associate producer for a news station, but I felt like there was something more out there for me. After a long conversation with my Grandmother, I ended up applying to law school and here I am!

Years in the business: I have been a practicing attorney for seven years, but I have been in the commercial real estate industry for a little more than one year.

My specialization is: I focus on guiding clients through the closing process of commercial real estate acquisitions, sales and refinances in North and South Carolina.

A good lead for me is: Anyone buying, selling, refinancing, or leasing commercial real estate! Commercial brokers, lenders and investors, and other attorneys of any practice area are particularly good resources for me.

The most satisfying part of my job is: I love helping clients anticipate all of the potential problems that could arise during and after a transaction so we can solve them in advance and they can focus on their business.

Best leadership advice I have been given: I once asked a former boss how she got to the top and she told me that when someone sees something in you and offers you a new challenge, you should believe you have what it takes and go for it.

Greatest professional achievement: Getting licensed to practice in three states – New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. Studying for the South Carolina bar exam while working was no picnic, but I am so happy I did it!

Number of years with CREW: About one year.

Most significant CREW connection: This may sound very cheesy, but honestly everyone I’ve connected with in CREW has been a significant connection. Commercial real estate, and law, tend to be male-dominated fields. It is inspiring and empowering to connect with so many strong, intelligent, successful women forging paths for others. The men that join CREW to encourage and promote other women should be praised as well!

Place of birth/hometown: I was born in Newark, Delaware but grew up in Fayetteville, NY.

Number of years in Charlotte: Seven. Charlotte was the last stop on a three-month cross-country road trip, and I loved it so I stayed!

Family: I have two fur children, Maya and Calvin (mini dachshunds), and my parents and brother followed me down to Charlotte a couple years ago.

My ideal vacation spot: Anywhere outside of my house these days! I spent a week in the Bahamas last year petting wild pigs and I would give anything to go back right now!

Hobbies/Interests: My hobbies and interests are really all over the map, but I love karaoke, live music, fashion, traveling, and working out (I’ve trained in boxing, MMA, karate, CrossFit, you name it I’ve probably done it).

Other professional organizations I belong to: ULI, North Carolina Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, and New York State Bar Association.

I wish I could: Go camping a lot more this year. I recently went camping alone for my birthday during the quarantine and it was such an incredible experience!

Sophie Wiley
PMC Commercial Interiors

Current job:  Senior Account Executive at PMC Commercial Interiors

Summary of your role in the company: To lead an internal team through a project from start to finish, acting as the main point of contact externally to our clients.

How I chose my occupation: I went to interior design school at Appalachian State, tried a few different design career paths after graduating, and landed on Contract Furniture Sales when I moved to Charlotte in 2011.

Years in the business: 8 years in Charlotte.  13 years total.

My specialization is:  Contract Furniture, with a focus on corporate office

A good lead for me is:  A commercial real estate broker helping a client look for space and a furniture partner, or and end user who is struggling to find a partner to help them with furniture changes.

The most satisfying part of my job is:  Being able to make a client happy when they see their furniture renderings come to life in their space.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Your reaction to something is everything.  You are in control of how you react.

Greatest professional achievement:  Landing my job at PMC.  I’m super thankful to be a part of such a great, well respected team in our market.

Number of years with CREW: 3

Most significant CREW connection:  Heather Frant.  She has been a great networking resource and friend.

Place of birth/hometown:  Loring Air Force Base, Maine. Was there about 6 months before moving overseas.  Life of a military family!

Number of years in Charlotte: 9 years

Family: My husband Kyle, and our chocolate lab Bella.

My ideal vacation spot:  Anywhere tropical, or anywhere with super old architecture and history.

Hobbies/Interests:  I enjoy being on our boat, from Lake Norman to the coast. Relaxing, cruising, fishing, you name it!

Other professional organizations I belong to:  IIDA, International Interior Design Association

I wish I could:  Live on the intercoastal with a yacht in the water, and endless funds to travel wherever whenever.

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