Member Spotlights

Jennifer Miles
Cushman and Wakefield

Current job:  Transformation & Transition Director

Summary of your role in the company: I lead cross functional teams that integrate existing and new clients into all commercial real estate areas (Transaction Management, Project Management, Facility Management, Lease administration, etc.) for Cushman and Wakefield’s Global Outsource Business.  In addition, I lead teams that implement Innovation and transform the services provided by those same teams for existing clients. 

How I chose my occupation: It allows me to leverage my Six Sigma Blackbelt Experience with the ability to consult with different clients and get exposure to different industries and all facets of Commercial Real Estate.

Years in the business: 11 years

My specialization is:   Strategic Sourcing and Process Transformation

A good lead for me is:  A client that is considering putting their Outsourcing business out for bid or outsourcing for the first time.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Having a client, renew because we were able to show the value that our company can provide, who was thinking about putting the business out for bid.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Treat everyone with respect.  You never know who you will work with in the future as a peer, boss or client.

Greatest professional achievement:  Being recognized as Real Estate Forum Woman to Watch.

Number of years with CREW:  1 year

Most significant CREW connection: Adrienne Bain, our past president

Place of birth/hometown: Eutaw, Alabama (population 3000)

Number of years in Charlotte: 13 years

Family: Husband, Charles; Son, Charles II(graduating senior); we also foster so have one to two additional kiddos on a regular basis.

My ideal vacation spot: Maui, HI

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, playing tennis and traveling

I wish I could: Clone myself; I, like a lot of working moms am pulled in a lot of directions.  I want to take care of my family, be a high achiever at work and still have time to take care of myself through working out and playing tennis.  There never seems to be enough hours in the day for all that I want to do.

Lisa Sperber
Parker Poe

Current job:  Counsel for Parker Poe in the Banking & Capital Markets Practice

Summary of your role in the company: Primarily represent institutional lenders, servicers, finance companies and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including but not limited to, construction and permanent real estate loans, syndicated financing and asset-based loans.

How I chose my occupation: This is my 2nd career. I was formerly in marketing and loved it but wanted something new to challenge me and allow me to help people on a more personal level. I was going through a divorce at the time which introduced me to the legal field and I thought why not become a lawyer?  So originally I wanted to practice divorce law but when I went to law school I loved my real estate, contracts and land use classes and shazam I’m a finance attorney!

Years in the business:  11 years

My specialization is:   Secured lending transactions

A good lead for me is:  Relationship Manager/SVP/VP for a Bank in CRE, Private Wealth, Mid-Cap;  Asset Manager in Servicing

The most satisfying part of my job is:  Being part of a team and getting that email after closing a deal where the client thanks you for going above and beyond to get a deal closed.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Be yourself.  You’re enough.  Be the kind of leader you would want to follow.

Greatest professional achievement:  I’d have to say hands down it was attending law school fulltime, studying and passing my NY and NJ bar exams while having 4 kids. My youngest was only 1 years old and the oldest 13. They were real troopers through it all!  Everything else is easy compared.

Number of years with CREW:  1.5

Most significant CREW connection:  It would have to be being part of the membership committee.  Greatest advice I got when I joined was to join a committee. It helps you develop connections and adds an extra layer of meaning to the experience when you can contribute to the organization and its members.

Place of birth/hometown:  New York, New York

Number of years in Charlotte: 8

Family: Four amazing kids with ages spanning from 14 to 26 years old.

My ideal vacation spot: Remote beach on some exotic island to lay out on with mountains nearby to hike and explore. Preferably with a butler bringing drinks and food to me at my whim.  Did I mention he has an accent and is very easy on the eyes?

Hobbies/Interests: Love live music, hiking, traveling and learning languages.

Other professional organizations I belong to: Urban Land Institute; Mecklenburg County Bar Association

I wish I could:  In addition to getting my kids to put their dishes in the dishwasher, I wish I could eradiate hate from the human species.

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