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Alexandria Bunker
McAdams

Current job:  Design Associate in the Planning and Design group at McAdams.

Summary of your role in the company: I use 2-D and 3-D design software in order to take a project through the many design phases to construction. My design projects include commercial and public work, multi-family and single-family developments.  In my role at McAdams, I have worked on everything from streetscapes and urban design, parks, multi-family amenities, campus improvements, and master plans throughout North Carolina.

How I chose my occupation: It’s a combination of many of my passions including design, landscape, built spaces, and how people interact with those spaces.

Years in the business: 3

My specialization is:  Connecting with people.  Every new site has its own constraints but understanding the people who will use that space is critical to the success of the designed space.  That understanding requires connecting with the community who will utilize the space; anything from public forums to person-to-person conversations helps to make the space unique for that community to build experiences in.

A good lead for me is:  Developers, municipalities, architects, etc.

 The most satisfying part of my job is: Seeing a project go from concept designs to being fully built and enjoyed by the community.

 Best leadership advice I have been given:  Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you’ll learn more by asking the question.

 Greatest professional achievement:  Being a part of the design team for large park redevelopment that was fully funded for development with construction beginning soon.

 Number of years with CREW: 2

 Most significant CREW connection: Meeting other women in the occupation of Landscape Architecture.  Whether in school or in the professional setting, I personally have had fewer connections with women in this occupation; thus, the most significant CREW connection has been meeting those other women in Landscape Architecture.

Place of birth/hometown: Denver, Colorado

Number of years in Charlotte: 3

Family: My older sister Elizabeth, who also lives here in Charlotte.  My guinea pig, Zigley.  And my parents and grandmother who are still back in Colorado.

My ideal vacation spot: Somewhere where I can experience a new culture, the history of the place and interacting with its people.  I’ve really enjoyed some vacations to Europe where I was able to fully emerge myself into the culture, landscape, art, architecture, etc.

Hobbies/Interests: Hobbies include hiking, walking/running, biking, reading, photography, gardening, and cooking. Interests include history, sustainability and green Infrastructure, podcasts on various subject matter, and becoming a beekeeper.

Other professional organizations I belong to: ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) and the Chi Omega Alumni Chapter.

I wish I could: Travel more once the COVID-19 pandemic is over and it’s safe to travel again.

Patience Petsche
SAF Technologies

Current job:  Service Manager for SAF Technologies, Inc.

Summary of your role in the company: In my role days never look the same. I could be meeting/talking with customers, writing process and procedure, consulting on service contracts, and/or taking on special projects. I see my main responsibility as being present for our Service Coordinator and Service Technicians. If I can make people laugh while I’m doing any of these things then my job is done.   

How I chose my occupation: As they say, I didn’t choose the security life. The security life chose me. Haha. No one says that but you gnome sayin’. All jokes aside, I believe SAF and I chose each other. I came to the table with zero security experience but the Service Department needed something other than technical ability. It needed someone that cared about people, process, and procedure.

Years in the business: 3 years in the security industry

My specialization is:  Process and procedure creation and implementation.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Interacting with internal and external customers.

Best leadership advice I have been given: Treat your people well and they will treat your customers well.

Greatest professional achievement: Taking on leadership roles in several different industries that I did not have previous experience in and I went on to exceed expectations.

Number of years with CREW: Less than 1 year.

Most significant CREW connection: Nhung Ho, Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers, California. Nhung reached out after seeing me on the welcome thread. We hit it off and she’s been great.

Place of birth/hometown: Akron, Ohio

Number of years in Charlotte: 3 years

My ideal vacation spot: I’d love to see Bora Bora sooner rather than later.

Hobbies/Interests: When I am not working out, taking weekend trips, or finding new restaurants you can find me with my Frenchie, Cousteau, at the dog park. 

Other professional organizations I belong to: Charlotte Women Leaders Association 

I wish I could: Hike the Appalachian Trail from start to finish and I also wish I had the ability to laugh quietly.

Feel free to include any additional information about yourself that you would like! I volunteer for Crisis Text Line and Be My Eyes. They are great organizations.

Brittany Heath
First American Title Insurance

Current job: Summary of your role in the company: Commercial Sales Representative for First American Title in our National Commercial Services Division 

How I chose my occupation: I have always loved working with people and being on the go. I never wanted to sit still or have the same type of day-to-day with work.  Being in sales was a no-brainer as talking to people is one of my favorite things to do! 

Years in the business: 3 

My specialization is:   Commercial Title Insurance

A good lead for me is:  Attorneys, Builders, and Developers.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Helping clients close their deals in a smooth manner.  Title can get very detailed and my main goal is to keep my client from being overwhelmed and help the deal get to the finish line.

Best leadership advice I have been given: To not sweat the small stuff and stay positive. Be solution-oriented.  My prior boss and mentor, Stacie Jacobs has always led in a way of being solution-oriented.  I try to focus on being positive every day and remember that we are all in control of how our day goes!

Greatest professional achievement:  DPK Cirlce of Excellence 2021 award. This is the highest-level award you can be given at our company.

Number of years with CREW: 3

Most significant CREW connection: Kayla Churchill. Our team works with Kayla and McMillan law firm daily and she has been so fun to work with.

Place of birth/hometown: I was born in Roanoke, VA but I have lived in Charlotte, NC since I was five years old.

Number of years in Charlotte: 25 

Family: My husband, Stanson Heath and our new addition Brock Heath! He is 6 months old.

My ideal vacation spot: Negril, Jamaica- where Stanson and I got married two years ago

Hobbies/Interests: The beach, swimming, traveling anywhere and everywhere. I love to spend time with my family on the lake, in the pool. I love to cook and host gatherings and enjoy having our friends and family over year-round. 

Other professional organizations I belong to: ULI and CarolinaBUILT

I wish I could: On a personal level I would love to be able to waterski but it just has not happened for me! On a professional level, I wish I could be in three places at once.  Being a new mom has made me appreciate my career and learning how to be a mom at the same time even more.

Angela Saladino
Illuminating Technologies

Current job:  Lighting Consultant & Sales with Illuminating Technologies

Summary of your role in the company: Working with customers to provide creative lighting solutions, supplying quality product, and providing continuity for customers throughout the entirety of the project.

How I chose my occupation: I can’t say I chose it…I was looking for a job after moving to California in my mid-twenties and found an opportunity in the lighting industry.

Years in the business: 15 years

My specialization is: Customer service and commitment to fulfilling my customers’ lighting needs

A good lead for me is:  Restaurant, grocery store, or plasma center owners as well as commercial realtors, interior designers, and architects

The most satisfying part of my job is: A happy customer and seeing a project come to life

Best leadership advice I have been given:  You can’t manufacture passion or motivate people to feel passionate, you can only discover what ignites your passion and the passions of those around you” – Jim. C Collins

Greatest professional achievement:  I tend to be attracted to job opportunities that require a lot of customer development and dedication to territory growth. Two jobs, in particular, I started with a minimal customer base; I grew the territories exponentially through networking, perseverance, product knowledge, and being responsive. I am very thankful to work with great customers.

Number of years with CREW: 3 years

Most significant CREW connection: Monika Nessbach and Stephanie Moore

Place of birth/hometown: Gorham, NH

Number of years in Charlotte: 7 years

Family: Zach & Sebastian (fur babies)

My ideal vacation spot: Greece

Hobbies/Interests: Walks/runs with my pups, mountain biking, & animal aromatherapy (specifically for dogs)

Other professional organizations I belong to: BLOC (Business Leaders of Charlotte), CarolinaBUILT, IES (Illuminating Engineering Society)

I wish I could: Have 5 more hours in the day

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