Member Spotlight: Laurie Marino

Laurie Marino

Group Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle
I manage a portfolio/team for a large industrial client in the MD-DC-VA areas.

How long have you been a CREW Member?
4 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? 
The experience that motivated me was the members of CREW and the ability to relate both personally and professionally. There was no one in particular that motivated me as it was the membership as a whole. I joined CREW Philadelphia many years ago for the networking and learning, and when I relocated back to Baltimore for work, I decided to join CREW Baltimore.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.

In your experience, what makes CREW unique from other organizations?
The membership roster

How does CREWBaltimore support your career or leadership skills?
The ability to network with the membership who share the same work experiences including both our challenges and successes.

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?
Yes, locally

What advice do you have for women pursuing careers in CRE?
I went to the CREW Winter Summit and was enlightened by the guest speakers topic “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It.” This is a syndrome that is shared by many women pursuing a career in CRE and I would recommend this training as part of their development.

What do you think makes a good mentor and have you established any mentoring relationships through CREW? 
A good mentor is someone who believes they are making a difference in their career as well as the person they are mentoring.

How does CREW prepare you for success in commercial real estate?
I have been in the commercial real estate business for many years prior to joining CREW.  Since my membership in CREW it has made me realize how many amazing women are in commercial real estate which is inspiring to me.

What 3 business tips can you share with others?
Network, Network, Network

What is one trait you wish all female leaders could cultivate?
How to gain respect in the workplace

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?
Not gaining the respect in the workplace because I am a woman.

What is your favorite app or social media outlet and why?  
I don’t really use apps much. I am old school and prefer to talk to people and I even still read magazines!

What is your dream vacation spot and why?
Turks & Caicos – was married there

What is your most significant accomplishment?  
Competing my horse at a level that I never thought I would ever achieve especially at my age

What do you do in your spare time?
I have a horse (Eddie) and ride/compete competitively in the sport of Eventing.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be? Why did you select this title?
“I Wished I Had Known Then What I Know Now”.  I passed up some great opportunities early in my personal life and career that I wished I had taken.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Riding my horse and jumping 3’ obstacles at a gallop in a wide open field

What would be the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? The second? 
Pay all my bills and then take a much-needed vacation!

Who is your real life or fictional character role model?
My horse trainer, Sally Cousins, as our sport is difficult: physically, emotionally, and monetarily but she never gives up even when things don’t go as planned.