Kelly Jo Anderson
Current job: Regional Director of Business Development for ECS Limited, LLP- Environmental
Summary of your role in the company: To establish, cultivate and nurture current and new relationships throughout the built industry to win environmental, geotechnical, CMT or facilities jobs for ECS Limited. This is achieved by setting up meetings, attending conferences, participating and being involved with multiple organizations, such as CREW, that will ultimately assist in these endeavors. Kelly also runs inter company calls to obtain and have open communication with the rest of the environmental team to gain support and hear from each area about trends, clients and hot proposal/teaming opportunities throughout the southeast.
How I chose my occupation: It chose me. I was placed in the role early on in my career due to my personality and technical aptitude.
Years in the business: 10 years
My specialization is: Connecting people while tying in our business speak to be most effective and successful, while marketing myself as a true business development professional that makes things happen!
A good lead for me is: Commercial Bankers/Lenders, Commercial Real Estate Developers, Architects, General Contractors
The most satisfying part of my job is: The relationships and friendships I have gained and nurtured, while being a part of significant construction projects throughout the Southeast.
Best leadership advice I have been given: Listening and establishing a human connection with others is the best way to get a desired outcome.
Greatest professional achievement: Bolstering my career as being a mainstay in the business development arena of the built industry.
Number of years with CREW: 7 years
Most significant CREW connection: Being a part of the programs committee has been a great way to be in the know the hot trends in the market and establish working relationships with others within our network.
Place of birth/hometown: Born in Statesville NC, but raised in Walhalla, SC so I claim both.
Number of years in Charlotte: 19 years
Family: John Chace is my gaming, dog-loving, sweet baseball-playing 9 yr old, with our dog Jasie Grace.
My ideal vacation spot: Anywhere I can see a different culture while enjoying loved ones, but a beach chair with a cold beverage is always welcomed.
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my son, boating, travel, Clemson football and music
Other professional organizations I belong to: NCEDA, SCEDA, CPN, NAIOP
I wish I could: Continue to grow in Business Development, while always learning and applying that knowledge to the best of my abilities. And one day invest in my own real estate development project as I should know all the right professionals to make it successful.
Wells Fargo Bank
Current job: Commercial Real Estate Portfolio Management Senior Manager
Summary of your role in the company: At this time, I manage a team of 14 teammates that provide third-party asset management servicing to clients/lenders external to Wells Fargo. We oversee approximately 350 loans with an average OPB of $25MM.
How I chose my occupation: I was working in Multifamily Property Management prior to joining Wells Fargo. I became very interested in Commercial Real Estate and wanted to elevate my career so I pivoted to the bank in 2010 and have worked in several positions that lead me to my current role leading a team of 14 asset managers and analysts.
Years in the business: 13
My specialization is: CRE – Asset Management
The most satisfying part of my job is: Relationships I build with my clients and their customers.
Best leadership advice I have been given: Not all leaders embody one set of themes. We all have unique strengths, and it is up to you to understand and apply those strengths in your current leadership environment.
Greatest professional achievement: 2022 Commercial Investment Banking Champion Award Recipient
Number of years with CREW: 1
Most significant CREW connection: Megan Zaccardelli
Place of birth/hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Number of years in Charlotte: 18
Family: I have been married to my husband Mac for 10 years and we have three beautiful children. Alex (14) Sadie (8) and Dylan (6).
My ideal vacation spot: Beach – my favorite spot is Anna Maria Island Florida
Hobbies/Interests: Working out at Burn Bootcamp – I start my day with a great group of women at 5AM every day! They empower and encourage me to do hard things.
Other professional organizations I belong to: Mint Hill Athletic Association – Current Board Member and Treasurer.
I wish I could: See myself the way others see me
DOD Office Interiors
Current job: DOD Office Interiors, LLC – President from 2016 – present
Summary of your role in the company: As the founder I wore 100% of the hats from;
Relationship building with the C-level suite of executives
Running the Business P&L
Committees – CREW & Corenet Global
Designing | Specification | the Selection of the Furniture Solutions
Project management of each project from start to finish
Admin – Tax
Now after six years of growth; the designers do most of the design, my installation & warehouse team do an amazing job at; receiving, delivering and installation as well as the service after the Installation.
How I chose my occupation: I started back the first job out of college and have been doing it for 34 years. The one thing I am really good at.
Years in the business: 34
My specialization is: above
A good lead for me is: anyone who is renovating or building a commercial space.
The most satisfying part of my job is: seeing the client’s gratitude for what DOD Office Interiors did for them and their productivity, design, and overall project satisfaction.
Best leadership advice I have been given: Never tell a lie, that way you don’t have to remember what you said last to whom.
Greatest professional achievement: Being able to survive Covid and what it did to my business, and still being able to grow a business to the millions.
Number of years with CREW: 4
Most significant CREW connection: Rick Kiger Batson – Cook, Kim Marks Progressive AE
Place of birth/hometown: Wilbraham, MA
Number of years in Charlotte: 20
Family: My two amazing daughters Tarra Ashton – 30 with my first granddaughter Maggie – 1 year, and my Isabella Dahlke – 26 who lives in Chicago. Two great sisters in Boston, MA Jill & Beth and My mom and stepdad, Jane and Bill.
My ideal vacation spot: Aruba or Italy
Hobbies/Interests: Ride motorcycles Harley Davidson -Road glide and Ducati Multistrada
Other professional organizations I belong to: CoreNet
I wish I could: Sky dive
Feel free to include any additional information about yourself that you would like!
My experience has evolved over 34 years in the US business climate and by associating myself with “Thought Leaders” in areas that include Commercial Office Furniture & Design, Sales, Leadership Development, Performance Management, Sales Management. I thrive on driving others to succeed.
Specialties include; Contract negotiations, Strategic selling to the “C” suite, Market Brand development, Talent development, and Business owner responsible for P&L.
Current job: Business Development Manager at Geo-Hydro Engineers
Summary of your role in the company: Build and maintain relationships
How I chose my occupation: I am a people person! I love meeting new people and making connections
Years in the business: A little over a year at my current role and a total of 6 in the industry but over 10 in Business Development
My specialization is: Relationship building and growing business
A good lead for me is: Developer, General Contractor, Architect, Civil Engineer
The most satisfying part of my job is: The awesome relationships I have made along the way, getting things to proposal, and being a small part of the growth of the city
Best leadership advice I have been given: Be humble and coachable, there is always something to learn
Greatest professional achievement: Consistently achieving small goals which have led to overall professional growth
Number of years with CREW: 1
Most significant CREW connection: Every connection I have made at CREW has been significant and has led to even more connections within the industry.
Place of birth/hometown: Harrisburg, PA but grew up in Greensboro, NC
Number of years in Charlotte: 8
Family: No kids but a busy Aunt to 3 little ones
My ideal vacation spot: Beach, Mountains and everything in between. I love exploring new places!
Hobbies/Interests: Hot Yoga, Working out, Live music
Other professional organizations I belong to: ULI, NAIOP, SMPS, ABC
I wish I could: Slow down time, the older I get the faster it seems to go!