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Meghan Beach

Cleveland Construction

Current job:  Client Development Manager 

Summary of your role in the company: My role is to promote and create Cleveland Construction’s relationships in the Charlotte commercial construction market with a goal of negotiating construction management projects.

How I chose my occupation: I’ve always loved design, architecture and construction and can’t think of another industry I’d enjoy more!

Years in the business: 22

My specialization is: Negotiated commercial construction projects in the Charlotte area.

A good lead for me is:  Specifically, I am chasing Tenant Fit-out in Retail and Adaptive Reuse ($10m+), Multifamily with Podium Work ($30m +), and Hospitality.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Seeing a project come out of the ground after months and months of work.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  “Put your big girl panties on”

Greatest professional achievement:  Currently, I’m Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Charlotte Chapter President. Add Covid and the crazy economy and this has been a challenge to pivot and add flexibility to create the best organization for our members with a board that’s 100% volunteer and no executive director. I’ve learned who I can rely upon to get work done and found some simply amazing people.

Number of years with CREW: 5

Most significant CREW connection: Patty Drummond

Place of birth/hometown: Grosse Ile, Michigan

Number of years in Charlotte: Since 2009

Family: Husband Eric (married in 2000), son James (15), daughter Alexandra (10)

My ideal vacation spot: Key West, Florida

Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, Boating, RV’ing, Golfing, Oenophile

Other professional organizations I belong to: CSI, HTA, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

I wish I could: Back up a trailer and make homemade pizza on our Egg

Feel free to include any additional information about yourself that you would like: I think more people should change jobs to other facets of our industry. The industry as a whole would be stronger and people more tolerant, once aware of other’s daily struggles and pain.

Suzanne Bereis

Grubb Properties

Current job:  Senior Commercial Property Manager at Grubb Properties

Summary of your role in the company: I am currently responsible for 13 properties which encompass approximately 830,000 square feet in the Charlotte area.

How I chose my occupation:  I started out as an Accountant for a coal company in Pittsburgh.  When I moved to California, I got a job with a real estate company in Menlo Park, CA. I was the accountant for all the properties they owned in San Francisco and Sacramento. A couple of years later, the Director of Property Management asked me if I would consider working on that side of the business. I jumped at the chance and have been in property management ever since!

Years in the business: 23

My specialization is:   Commercial Property Management/Accounting

 A good lead for me is:  Anyone that can help me do my job better.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable. It is not easy, but the more you do, the more confident you become.

Greatest professional achievement: I started working with Alex Bartels in June 2011 when she was my Assistant Property Manager.  In 2015, I moved to another company, but we remained counterparts and friends. Earlier this year, she was promoted to Senior General Manager with JLL and she posted on Facebook that she was “grateful for the mentoring that she received over the years from some amazing women.” It warmed my heart to find out that I was one of those women. She wrote “…your guidance over the years has been paramount, I’ll be forever grateful for the time investment you took in me to teach each part of this fabulous business. Thank you for the lessons on how to listen, support, and elevate team members.”  It is an honor to know that I had that kind of impact on someone else’s life.

Number of years with CREW: 2

Most significant CREW connection: Robin Turner

Place of birth/hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Number of years in Charlotte: 20

Family: Husband – Michael, Step-Son – Keegan, Dogs – Abigail and Savannah, Cats – Brooklyn and Macee

My ideal vacation spot: On a cruise ship!

I wish I could: See my family for Christmas.

Sheri Commander

Lincoln Harris

Current job:  Senior Facility Manager / Lincoln Harris

Summary of your role in the company: I manage a team of property managers, analyst and transition managers on the Atrium Healthcare account.

How I chose my occupation: I didn’t choose property management, it chose me.  I made a job/ career change 21 years ago when I agreed to go work for a friend’s real estate company and the rest is history.

Years in the business: 21 years

My specialization is:   Medical Office Property Management

The most satisfying part of my job is:  The unpredictable nature of property management.  Every day is a new adventure but at the end of the day, a satisfaction knowing you are providing a safe, clean, comfortable and welcoming environment for medical patients.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  To lead with your team in mind.

Greatest professional achievement:  I’ve worked for Lincoln Harris for almost 14 years.  I have grown in my positions during this time and continually strive for more responsibility.

Number of years with CREW: 3

Most significant CREW connection: I completed CREW Charlotte’s Authentic Leadership Program and was very fortunate to connect with a wonderful group of “badass” women.

Place of birth/hometown: Charlotte, NC                       

Number of years in Charlotte: 49 (guess I just told my age)

Family:  I share a home with my husband and mom.  I have a son & his wife that live in CT, a stepson in the US Navy and a stepdaughter in AL.  I also have (3) Furbabies.

My ideal vacation spot: My family loves Disney World and we go at least once a year despite the fact that we have no small children.  It’s a magical place where everyone can be a kid.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy entertaining with family and friends.  I also am passionate about community service and participate in projects as I can.

Other professional organizations I belong to: Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

I wish I could: Travel more…there are so many beautiful places I would love to visit and learn more about.

Tanna Thomas

Terracon

Current job:  Client Development Specialist with Terracon

Summary of your role in the company: Responsible for identifying leads and developing long-term client relationships.

How I chose my occupation: After serving as the 2017 CREW Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton President it was clear that my passion was connecting and promoting people. I wasn’t feeling challenged anymore as a Senior Property Manager and I knew once I made the move to Charlotte that I wanted to head in a different career path. It wasn’t easy and initially I took a pay cut as a newly single mom but it’s been all worth it and I’ve never been happier.

Years in the business: Two in Relationship Management, over ten in Commercial Real Estate

My specialization is: Taking challenging relationships and improving them significantly. I owe that to my years in Property Management.

A good lead for me is:  Developers, Architects, Engineers, General Contractors, Property/Building Managers, EDCs

The most satisfying part of my job is: Meeting new people. I’ve met so many people that I truly admire and it really inspires me to give my best. It’s brought both professional and personal success and I’m always proud to reciprocate.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Be your authentic self. For many years I tried to be the most neutral, almost bland person but that just makes you part of the pact and restricts you from rising above it. My supervisor at a previous job said to me you need to present your authentic self because that’s what truly sets you apart. It’s served me well.

Greatest professional achievement:  Our team at Stiles Corporation many years ago won numerous BOMA awards in South Florida but being the 2017 CREW Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton President was of my greatest achievements. We had some hardships that year (our incoming President died) and our group trusted me to take the reins. I wasn’t perfect but I did what I could to keep us going.

Number of years with CREW: 6

Most significant CREW connection: Dawn Royle with Investors Title, my amazing mentor!

Place of birth/hometown: Trinidad and Tobago. Island girl at heart.

Number of years in Charlotte: 2

Family: My son Roman, 7 and my pyre-poodle puppy Spicy.

My ideal vacation spot: I’d love to visit New Zealand but Tobago is where I had the sweetest vacation memories with loved ones.

Hobbies/Interests: Hot yoga, running, reading, anything fitness related (except Crossfit-do not get me started), hiking (new to it, was in flat Florida for 18 years so…) and I got into vocal lessons this year again. Maybe I’ll start a band and call it Mid Life Crisis.

Other professional organizations I belong to: ULI so far and to be honest with the pandemic it’s something I’m still trying to evaluate.

I wish I could: Start a Boss Chick Boot Camp. It’s for women to become more assertive, whether professionally, personally or psychologically. I’ve found we tend to put everyone before ourselves and we always want to be conflict averse and polite often at our own expense. You can be polite and tactful and still put yourself first when you have to. I’d love to get a group of women I admire together and bestow what we know. Also I’m fully aware that the term “chick” can be viewed as sexist. Work in progress.

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