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FORTUNE has named Kimley-Horn to the top 100 Best Companies to Work For for the 13th time!

One of just 12 companies on the list that pay for 100% of employee health care costs, this engineering and design consultancy leverages a tradition of rewarding new hires as much as 20-year veterans with profit sharing and new opportunities. Some examples include generous year-end bonuses (in 2018, 89% of staff received a minimum bonus of one month’s pay), an in-house MBA-like training program and Red Envelope Day (surprise bonuses or gift cards all around), and Teamwork Awards (on-the-spot $50 rewards for hard work). “There is a strong emphasis on making this your workplace for the remainder of your career,” says one employee.

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Holly Alexander Announced as the Top Producer of 2019 for New South Properties

Charlotte, North Carolina – January 28, 2020 – The deals have been counted and New South Properties of the Carolinas is proud to announce Holly Alexander as the company’s Top Producer of 2019! This is a ground-breaking and well-earned achievement as Holly is the first female to ever hold the title of Top Producer in the twenty-five-year history of the company. 

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Acquisition of Unified Technology Systems expands Solutionz’ large market share in the Southeastern US and the company’s breadth of expertise with the addition of top talent, resources and physical locations.

LOS ANGELES – December 9, 2019: Solutionz, Inc. (“Solutionz”), a Fernandez Holdings (“FHI”) portfolio company announces the purchase of Unified Technology Systems (“Unified”).  Solutionz is a top audio-visual integrator, support services and cyber security provider. Unified Technology Systems’ prominent position in the Southeast will help expand the company’s ability to design, build, and manage A/V, network, security and infrastructure deployments throughout the region.

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Growth Inspires Company Name Change

(Charlotte, NC, August 2019)… For nearly 25 years, Charlotte-based Development Advisors (DAI) has provided site selection and incentive negotiation expertise to clients worldwide, directly offsetting capital costs while optimizing business locations for maximum profit and competitiveness. Now, to better reflect its considerable experience and growth in the marketplace, DAI is changing its name to Maxis Advisors.

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Carolina Architecture Firms NarmourWright Architecture and SGA Architecture Announce Merger

New firm is named SGA | NarmourWright Design

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Two legacy architecture firms in the Carolinas, NarmourWright Architecture (NarmourWright) and SGA Architecture (SGA) are pleased to announce their merger into SGA | NarmourWright Design. Led by seasoned principals who are dedicated to the company’s growth, the newly combined firm fully integrates the expertise, capabilities, services and locations of both companies.

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Achieving Pay Parity in Commercial Real Estate

CREW Network’s 2015 Benchmark Study Report: Women in Commercial Real Estate found a 23.3% gender pay gap among industry professionals. The gap begins to widen at mid-career and increases to nearly 30% in the C-suite.

Recent social movements have heightened society-wide awareness about negative treatment and pay disparities that women are facing in the workplace. Like other industries, commercial real estate is now under greater pressure to address these issues as companies strive to meet equality and diversity and inclusion goals.

CREW Network’s 2018 white paper, Achieving Pay Parity in Commercial Real Estate, presents expert insight, data, best practices and action items for company leadership, human resources, and women professionals to close the gender pay gap. The publication also explores why the pay gap exists and what’s on the horizon for equal-pay-for-equal-work legislation globally.

CREW Network’s 2017 white paper, Diversity: The Business Advantage, found that gender equity and diversity and inclusion efforts result in clear business advantages and measurable growth in the commercial real estate industry. Along with gender equity and greater diversity and inclusion, pay parity can benefit your business by:

  • Enhancing your company’s reputation among community, clients and employees

  • Improving employee engagement, which could lead to greater productivity and profit

  • Attracting a wider pool of talent

  • Increasing business activity and overall performance

  • Fostering workplace diversity

  • Increasing employee trust in leadership, which could lead to greater retention and productivity

  • Decreasing employee turnover

Achieving Pay Parity in Commercial Real Estate

More than 80 countries have some form of equal-pay-for-equal-work legislation in effect, while approximately 24 have some sort of mandatory reporting requirement. The white paper provides a snapshot of the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—the countries where CREW Network chapters and affiliate groups are located.

The white paper also takes a look at best practices of companies that have achieved—or nearly achieved pay parity, including Wells Fargo, Adobe, Salesforce and Starbucks, plus insight from leading experts and researchers on pay parity and hiring trends.

Key findings


•	Women and men on the executive level appear to be negotiating their salaries equally.

Women and men on the executive level appear to be negotiating their salaries equally. Most candidates have outside guidance on the offer process from an employment lawyer, mentor, or HR professional.

•	Closing the pay gap could be determined by unconscious bias and how employers react to women’s increased and improved compensation negotiations

Closing the pay gap could be determined by unconscious bias and how employers react to women’s increased and improved compensation negotiations. Harvard research found that for women, sometimes it does hurt to ask for more. In a series of experiments, evaluators penalized women more than men for initiating negotiations. The white paper provides tips and action items for employers to overcome this bias and for women to navigate negotiation.

Women are open to sharing their compensation information with other women

Pay data is more accessible than ever through technology. Women are open to sharing their compensation information with other women, especially when they’re in similar positions or markets.

Achieving Pay Parity in Commercial Real Estate 

Companies that have achieved pay parity agree that it’s not a one-off event and must be evaluated annually and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

CREW Network is the premier business network dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. CREW Network members comprise of nearly 12,000 professionals in 75+ markets worldwide and represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate—every type of expert required to "do the deal." CREW Network is also the leading producer of research on women in commercial real estate. It develops white papers annually and publishes a benchmark study every five years to provide valuable industry data and insights.

For a full version of the white paper, please click here.

Trinity Partners to expand to Columbia, SC, bringing firm’s leasing, management and investment services to fourth location

Columbia, SC—Full-service commercial real estate firm Trinity Partners has opened an office in Columbia, SC, bringing its extensive service line to a fourth location. The firm also has offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greenville (SC), and leases or manages more than 20 million square feet of space across the Carolinas.

The Columbia office located downtown at 1556 Main Street, Suite 200, will be led by four partners: Bruce Harper, Roger Winn, Nick Stomski and Macon Lovelace. 

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