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Anna-Bryce Hobson
Bradley

Current job:  Attorney- Construction Law

Summary of your role in the company: As a member of Bradley’s Construction Practice Group, I represent general contractors, developers, and subcontractors engaged in a variety of construction projects. I assist clients with contract drafting and negotiation as well as dispute resolution on public and private commercial construction projects, whether that be in the form of lien actions and related title issues, delay claims, or general breach of contract disputes.

 How I chose my occupation: My mom used to “hold court” when my siblings and I got into arguments. We’d have to argue our case to her as “the judge.” I always had the best argument, but somehow still always “lost my case.” 😊 Needless to say, I knew from the time I was a kid that I was meant to be a lawyer.

 Years in the business: 3 years

 My specialization is:  Representation of general contractors

 A good lead for me is:  Contractors and/or developers in need of assistance with contract negotiation and/or dispute resolution on new developments or existing projects. 

The most satisfying part of my job is: Working with people, both internal to my firm and in the community, who are both colleagues and friends.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Take more than your fair share of blame and less than your share of credit. (John Maxwell)

Greatest professional achievement:  Being part of Bradley’s Construction Group which was recently named Law Firm of the Year for Construction Law by U.S. News & World Report

Number of years with CREW: 2

Most significant CREW connection: All of the wonderful members that I have met through my service on the Sponsorship Committee. 

Place of birth/hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina

Number of years in Charlotte: 3 

Family: Cauley Hobson, Civil Engineer at Kimley-Horn

My ideal vacation spot: Skiing anywhere on the West Coast

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Home improvement projects, Singing

Other professional organizations I belong to: Carolinas Association of General Contractors

I wish I could: Have my dogs talk back to me!

Liz Walker
Selwyn Property Group

Current job:  Broker Associate at Selwyn Property Group

Summary of your role in the company: Involved in brokerage deals, and properties that Selwyn Property Group acquires for development/redevelopment.

How I chose my occupation: I got involved in CRE by networking, and realizing that it was fascinating industry filled with great people.

Years in the business: 6-7

 My specialization is:  Brokerage/property management

 A good lead for me is:  Collaborating with great people that I enjoy spending time with.

 The most satisfying part of my job is: Meeting great people and learning new things every day.

 Best leadership advice I have been given:  Be direct and fair always.

 Greatest professional achievement:  Being involved in some of Selwyn Property Group’s projects – most recently the development and leasing of our office building 605 Lexington.

 Number of years with CREW: 3

 Place of birth/hometown: I was raised in Sarasota, Florida

 Number of years in Charlotte: 8 years

 Family: My husband Mack, and our black lab puppy Smokey 😊

 My ideal vacation spot: Somewhere tropical with a good book.

 Hobbies/Interests: Reading, playing any type of game, spending time with family friends & enjoying time with my husband and our new black lab puppy!

Other professional organizations I belong to: CRCBR – current member of the Leadership Class

Melissa McDougall
Little

Current job:  Director of Business Development for Little 

Summary of your role in the company:  I lead a team of marketing professionals that focus on business development strategy and implementation.  We work with Principals throughout Little to help them create business development plans, respond to RFPs, nurture relationships and give amazing client presentations.

How I chose my occupation:  I began my career in film and television production (I was a journalism major) and wrote and produced television commercials, corporate videos, sports promos, etc.  After six years, I was burnt out on the grueling schedule, but loved the creativity, the writing and the problem-solving aspects of the job.  I began looking for a marketing job in a creative industry and landed at Little! The rest is history.

Years in the business: 16

My specialization is: Thinking strategically about how to differentiate from the competition through personalization and human connection.

A good lead for me is:  A good lead for me is one based on a solid relationship.  I think business development is really about making a personal connection.

The most satisfying part of my job is: I love helping others succeed!  So when my team is thriving or I’ve helped an internal client win a big pursuit, I know I’ve done a good job.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  A good leader gives their team the support they need and then gets out of the way and lets them shine.

Greatest professional achievement:  As a former writer/journalist, I’m passionate about good storytelling.  I especially love integrating storytelling into marketing and business development.  Just before the pandemic, I was asked to speak at three large conferences focusing on the Storytelling (NeoCon, ASID Leadership Conference, SMPS Build Business).  Being recognized as a thought leader for a topic I’m so passionate about felt like a huge accomplishment.

Number of years with CREW: 3

Most significant CREW connection:  My fellow CREW Authentic Leadership Program Committee members.  I absolutely loved participating the program back in 2018/2019 and wanted to stay connected with it and help with evolving it for the next class.  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone on the committee.

Place of birth/hometown: Marietta, GA

Number of years in Charlotte: Most of my life!  41 years

Family: I’m married with two kiddos – a four year-old girl and a six year-old boy. Most recently, we added a Covid rescue pup to the family.  He just turned a year old and is a 70lb ball of energy! We stay busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My ideal vacation spot: Somewhere warm, sunny, and with a tropical breeze.

Hobbies/Interests: I’m at a season in my life where there’s not much time for hobbies.  But I do like to be outside as much as possible, I love to read when I can, and I try really hard to make exercise a regular hobby (some weeks more successfully than others).

Other professional organizations I belong to: At the moment, it’s just CREW and my kids’ PTAs.

I wish I could: Feel more present in the moment and not let time get away from me. I love the whirl of life right now, but I want to make sure I’m not missing anything and savoring the sweet moments instead of always jumping from one thing to the next.

Peyton Maynard
Jenison Construction

Current job:  Business Development Manager 

Summary of your role in the company: Business Development, Client Relations, Marketing 

How I chose my occupation: I knew I wanted to be on the commercial side of things.  I have always loved building construction – every aspect fascinates me. 

Years in the business: 4 

My specialization is:   Interpersonal skills, building relationships 

A good lead for me is:  Anyone that needs a dedicated, family-owned, relationship-based GC, we would love to add value to their list of partners. 

The most satisfying part of my job is: I learn something new every day, JCI supports and motivates me to develop new skills.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  In everything, be honest, show gratitude, and genuinely listen

Greatest professional achievement:  Becoming an integral part of the JCI team

Number of years with CREW: 1 (almost – Nov)

Most significant CREW connection: Patty

Place of birth/hometown: Charlotte

Number of years in Charlotte: Born and raised

Family: 4 Kids – Emma (23) Mary Grace (21) Jack (19) Charlie (17)

My ideal vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach

Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors, exercise, shopping

I wish I could: Make time go by a little slower!

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