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Madelyn Furr
ECS Southeast

Current job:  Business Development Coordinator 

Summary of your role in the company: I create and maintain client relationships, while identifying and researching new development opportunities.

How I chose my occupation: Marie McLucas helped me get started in my job and I have fallen more and more in love with my role, CRE and my company ever since!  I can’t imagine not being in the CRE world now.

Years in the business: 2

My specialization is: Connecting people!

A good lead for me is:  Brokers & developers looking to do new or re-development projects.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Hearing/seeing people I have introduced do work together!

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Be kind to all and help everyone you can because everything always comes back full circle.

Greatest professional achievement:  Watching a deal develop between two of my clients, that I connected, that will help a less privileged community in Charlotte have access to better healthcare.

Number of years with CREW: 2

Most significant CREW connection: Sloan Kormelink, who has served as a mentor and friend to me since I started in the industry, as well as Scarlet Powell, who was my CREW mentor in the Mentor/Mentee program!

Place of birth/hometown: Charlotte, NC

Number of years in Charlotte: Surprise… I’m a Charlotte native! So, 23.

Family: My 4 year old Miniature Dachshund, Keeks, and my 5 year old Doberman Pinscher, Ela.

My ideal vacation spot: Anywhere warm and sunny

Hobbies/Interests: Fitness, walking my dogs, anything outdoors and I’m also a crazy plant mom!

Other professional organizations I belong to: ULI, NAIOP, NCEDA, ABC Carolinas, HTA, CarolinaBUILT

I wish I could: Rescue all the dachshunds that need help and loving.  Learn how to do the cool hibachi restaurant spatula flips and tricks. Go bungee jumping in Thailand.

Carter Jackson
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Current job:  Account Executive at Marsh & McLennan Companies

Summary of your role in the company:

  • Connecting on a B2B level in order to learn and share customized risk management solutions across multiple industry verticals and disciplines
  • Serve as a strategic advisor to keep company relationships up to date on upcoming trends and industry knowledge
  • The primary point of contact for any client needs or concerns
  • Responsible to appropriate internal delegation and guidance for team members to help better aid the clients

How I chose my occupation: I grew up with two very driven and successful parents who worked for very large banks and a Fortune 25 company, so going into business was always my suggested path. Explored multiple disciplines in the UGA business school (Terry) and risk management really stood out to me, because it allowed me the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of different industries and become immersed in ones business from a financial and employee perspective

Years in the business: 6.5 Years

My specialization is: Property management and development, GCs, and specialty contractors

A good lead for me is: Depending on the size of the organization, it is anyone who is involved in the decisions that include the protection of the balance sheet and assets as well as the wellness and health of the employees (Smaller company – Owner/CFO, Medium-Sized – CFO/Controller, Large – CFO/Director of Risk Management)

The most satisfying part of my job is: Meeting new people and building strong professional connections as well as learning about the ends and outs of a wide variety of different businesses and how each discipline connects under the large umbrella of Commercial Real Estate with the ultimate goal of helping companies grow and retain their employees

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Be authentic and transparent and always keep in mind that leadership is not about you

Greatest professional achievement:  Being recognized as a top 3 young producer within the Mid-Atlantic division

Number of years with CREW: 3

Most significant CREW connection: Robin Turner: She shared her path and experiences with me and the overall benefits she has seen through CREW, both personally and professionally, and I have used her advice to mold myself into a better CREW member. She is also a fantastic connector and is always happy to provide insight or help if I was running into any issues.

Place of birth/hometown: Marietta, GA

Number of years in Charlotte: 3 years and 2 months

Family: Only child from Atlanta, Mom and I were born in the same hospital in Marietta, GA, Dad is from Baton Rouge, LA where I have 3 uncles and 6 cousins. Have 2 additional cousins in Atlanta from my mom’s side

My ideal vacation spot: Bora Bora/Maldives with my room on the water with a slide

Hobbies/Interests: Golfing, Tennis (played in college), Traveling (Pre-COVID, of course), UGA Football, Kickboxing, hanging out with friends and family

Other professional organizations I belong to: ACG – Alliance of Corporate Growth, Carolinas AGC – Young Leader, HTA – Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, NAIOP, ULI, and GCHEG – Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executive Group

I wish I could: Travel the world with a group of friends and family and explore every continent, see the wonders of the world, and experience all the different food and cultures

Caroline Briggs

Regions Bank

Current job:  Real Estate Corporate Banking Associate / Regions Bank

Summary of your role in the company: I support a portfolio of ~40 public and private REIT clients with financial advisory services, loan syndications, and capital markets products.

How I chose my occupation: My parents’ careers in math, real estate, and economic development influenced me to get degrees in Finance and Mathematical Economics which led me to the banking industry. Once I learned about CRE banking I knew I found my path. I enjoy seeing the impact commercial real estate has on communities from a micro and macro perspective.

Years in the business: 5 years

My specialization is:   Projecting, analyzing, and presenting financial and industry risks associated with a client or transaction

A good lead for me is:  Anyone in real estate finance or that has a background in REITs

The most satisfying part of my job is: Seeing the properties/clients I helped provide financing for while around Charlotte or traveling

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Show appreciation and recognize others for their contributions.

Greatest professional achievement:  Training recent college graduates or new hires and seeing them develop their knowledge and enjoyment of commercial real estate

Number of years with CREW: 3 years

Most significant CREW connection: Stephanie Titus who served as my mentor as part of the CREW Mentor Program

Place of birth/hometown: Hurricane, West Virginia

Number of years in Charlotte: 5 years

Family: My husband, Luke, and our 6-year-old black lab, Trigger

My ideal vacation spot: Anywhere I have not visited before – I love exploring new destinations and cultures.

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, yoga, hosting friends and family, traveling, any outdoor adventure, and most recently I am learning to embroider

Other professional organizations I belong to: I give CREW Charlotte my undivided attention.

I wish I could: Teleport to travel the world and to see friends and family who live in other places regularly.

Christine Mason

Telecom Made Simple

Current job:  Telecom Made Simple LLC — Voice & Data Specialist

Summary of your role in the company: Working with clients’ leadership teams to assess their telecom (voice & data) needs and see what they need to achieve. Coming up with solutions to target those needs and deliver them in a timely manner. Becoming their one point of contact and advocate on their behalf should there be any issues, billing, service-related, or otherwise.

How I chose my occupation: Businesses were paying too much for their voice & data circuits and didn’t realize they had more cost-effective options, so I wanted to help them.

Years in the business: 17 years

 My specialization is: Coming up with a good and reliable cost-effective solution based on my clients’ needs.

A good lead for me is:  Any business that is growing, expanding, moving, or wants to see if they have the most cost-effective solution. (all verticals from mom and pop to large call centers)

The most satisfying part of my job is: Being a reliable and honest resource for my clients and “hearing” them smile!

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Be honest, have integrity, and pay it forward.

Greatest professional achievement:  Helping my clients feel heard and validated with regards to their needs.

Number of years with CREW: 7 years

Most significant CREW connection: Keiko Pace

Place of birth/hometown: Yonkers, NY

Number of years in Charlotte: 9 ½ years

Family: Husband Dean, Son Anthony who is Sheriff’s Deputy, Alyssa who is a Recruiter, Amanda who is a Nurse, and finally our puppy Kayla!

My ideal vacation spot: The beach or cruising

Hobbies/Interests: I love spending time with family and friends and being out in nature ie camping, boating, hiking. I love cooking and of course eating!  As much as I love telecom I truly enjoy getting away from it too. Being spontaneous is probably my favorite of all!

I wish I could: Have a home for children aging out of foster care.

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