Brandi Hanback, Executive Vice President of Development for Rockefeller Group
I am part of the senior development leadership team at RGI, creating development strategy and executing against strategy by coordinating the activities of our regional teams and our corporate leadership.
How long have you been a CREW Member?
I joined in 2013.
What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?
I was working on a project with Jim Kilberg and he insisted I meet his terrific wife Lori who was on the Board of CREW Network at the time. I attended my first annual conference in 2013 and the rest is history. Lori introduced me to Baltimore CREW members: Lou Ann Dent, Joan Renner and Kristen Pleasants and we became instant friends and professional allies.
List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
I have enjoyed serving on the Finance Committee.
What advice do you have for women pursuing careers in CRE?
Go for it! There are so many facets of CRE where talented women can thrive and command success. My advice is to get educated, hone your skills and expand your network.
What is one trait you wish all female leaders could cultivate?
Be daring and don’t allow yourself to be convinced that you can’t do it or you don’t have what it takes to succeed. Be persistent and adapt when needed to overcome the inevitable obstacles and setbacks. Learn from mistakes and move on. Be a problem solver.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?
My career path has been varied and just about the time I think I have “mastered” an important skill, another skill takes precedence. It is humbling to know there is always more to learn and no matter how experienced you are there is always growth potential. Stay curious and embrace the unknown.
What is your most significant accomplishment?
Being a good wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague (in no particular order). It is most rewarding to be part of someone else’s success. I strive to prioritize the right people at the right time.
What do you do in your spare time?
We have a 4-month old golden retriever named Apollo. We try to outsmart each other and more times than I would like to admit, he wins!
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be?
“Perfecting Imperfection”. I strive every day to excel and I care about bringing my best. Every day I fall short of perfect but every day I learn, grow, and refuse to quit.