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Member Spotlight: Carly Peters

 

Carly Peters
Audit and Tax Manager, L&H Business Consulting, LLC

As the Audit and Tax Manager, Carly provides audit, accounting, tax and financial services to clients across all industries.  Carly has experience with nonprofits, residential real estate, commercial real estate and HUD, VHDA and CDA reporting and compliance.

How long have you been a CREW member?
4 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? 
I joined as a company liaison to provide our organization with more involvement within the commercial real estate industry.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
I have been on the Membership and Finance committees and am now on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer.

How does CREWBaltimore support your career or leadership skills?
CREW Baltimore supports my career as an accountant in the commercial real estate industry by offering relevant programs that keep you informed of this ever evolving industry.  I am excited to be on the Board of Directors this year to enhance my leadership skills.

What do you think makes a good mentor and have you established any mentoring relationships through CREW?
Amy Lacock (current Board President) has been a great mentor for me and has helped me stay involved and interested in CREW.  She is a jack of all trades and does an amazing job managing an organization on top of her career and home life.   I can only hope I am half as organized as she seems to be.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?
I think the biggest challenge I face is the expectation of a vast knowledge across all of the industries that I work in. I help to overcome this expectation by staying informed on news and attending trainings across many industries.

What is your most significant accomplishment?
I would consider one of my most significant accomplishments as learning new industries.   When I came to L&H Business Consulting from my previous firm I was very specialized in a specific industry.  L&H is a public accounting firm and I am faced with new industries on a daily basis and keeping myself informed and knowledgeable is a key to my success.

What is your dream vacation spot and why?
Hawaii. I went for my honeymoon and cannot wait to go back one day. It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be? 
Work Hard, Play Hard. I like to work hard and be successful at my job while having fun and making my career an enjoyable one.

Member Spotlight: Kristen Schrader

Kristen Schrader
Business Development Manager, KBE Building Corporation

KBE Building Corporation is a Top ENR 400 Contractor headquartered in Farmington CT with regional offices in Norwalk, CT, Columbia, Maryland and we recently opened KBENY.  KBE provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build and general contracting services with a current annual volume of $300 million.  KBE has delivered more than $4billon in construction volume over the last two decades alone. 

 As Business Development Manager for the mid-atlantic region of KBE Building corporation Kristen is responsible for developing new client relationships and maintaining existing client relationships.  Through those relationships she is responsible for Construction Management, Design/Build and General Contracting leads in retail, industrial, federal, higher education, student housing, senior living and corporate office. 

How long have you been a CREW Member?
CREW Member since 2010 – 7 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREW Baltimore? 
I was new to business development and was looking for a solid network of people and friends in the industry, I looked to CREW for that network.  So many of the women I met at CREW also attended other industry events and I felt I would always have a friend and a warm introduction to any event I attended. 

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
Membership Committee 2011/2012
Social Media Committee Co-Chair 2013
Programs Committee Co-Chair 2014/2015
Programs Committee Chair 2015/2016
Board of Director – Programs Director 2017

How does CREW Baltimore support your career?
CREW has been an excellent network for professional development.  I have met so many wonderful people in CREW that have gone out of their way to help me track down a project lead, get an introduction or just get general industry and life advice from. 

Has CREW Baltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?CREWBaltimore has directly contributed to my leadership skills and experience.  Being the programs co-chair and chair for many years I have worked with a committee of professionals from every aspect of commercial real estate.  Every professional on the committee is looking to make a connection and learn something from our panel speakers.  Managing expectation, panel speakers, committee members and personalities as well as respecting everybody’s time has absolutely helped my headship skills and experiences. 

What do you do in your spare time? 
I snowboard as much as I possibly can both on the East Coast and trips out West. I vacation with my family in the OBX during the summer months, read books and enjoy cooking. 

What is your guilty pleasure?
I make homemade pasta and enjoy every noodle

What are you passionate about?
Life!  I enjoy traveling, experiencing new things, meeting new people and learning what makes us tick. 

What is your dream vacation spot?
Spend a week in Aspen, followed by a week on a tropical island. 

Membership Spotlight: Francine Moreland

Francine Moreland
Senior Vice President, JLL
As the Senior Vice President, Baltimore Finance in the Mid-Atlantic region of JLL, Fran oversees the accounting team which provides accounting services for institutional and high net-worth clients totaling over 270 buildings. These buildings include office, retail, industrial, flex and medical product types spanning over 26 million square feet. Prior to JLL, Fran had the role of Chief Operating Officer at CIB Management dba Colliers International which included oversight of accounting, lease administration, IT and project management as it related to accounting and IT.

How long have you been a CREW Member?  
1 year

Was there someone who influenced you to join? 
I always enjoy meeting and networking with professionals in the industry. Amy Lacock suggested I attend a meeting and I know then this was the perfect organization for me to contribute my time and have an impact in the community thru the Outreach committee.  CREW also gave me the opportunity to meet other professionals in the industry.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
Treasurer of the Outreach Committee.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.  
I spend time with my family.  I have 6 grandchildren ranging from 5 – 16 years old.  They make me smile every time I think of them and yes, I spoil them.

What 3 business tips can you share with others?

  1. There is a difference between hearing and listening.
  2. Behave as you are in the position you want as it relates to responsibility.
  3. Always say good morning to your team and ask your team how they are that day.  They matter. Without the team, the manager is nothing.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in business and how did you overcome it? 
Organizational change. Working as a team and listening to the opinions and suggestions of the team.  Making sure everyone is engaged is important for a successful transition.  Sometimes you can’t use all the suggestions but it tends to promote a proactive environment.

What are you passionate about?
Community Service.  I am very fortunate in my life by having all the important things; a healthy and wonderful family, the opportunity to work with smart professionals, and a home.  There are so many in need that can use a little help.

What is your dream vacation spot?
Any island with a clean beach and water.  I like to be able to see the fish swimming.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Striving for Quality.

Member Spotlight: Nikkia Fitch

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Manager, Hertzbach & Company P.A.
Nikkia leads team members in the performance of audits, the preparation of federal and state tax returns and the completion of other client engagements for multifamily real estate developers, affordable housing projects and not-for-profit organizations

How long have you been a CREW Member?
A little less than two years

Was there someone who influenced you to join?
I was encouraged by a colleague, Carly Peters, to attend my first event, which was a construction tour of M&T Bank Stadium.  She told me all about CREW and particularly, about how outstanding the women of CREW are.  At the end of the event, I met Karen Pecoraro and Peggy White in the parking lot of the stadium and had a wonderful conversation with them for about 40 minutes about CREW and the benefits of being a member.  They told me about how CREW helped them to grow in their careers, how unique CREW is as an organization, and so much more.  They were both so welcoming and encouraging that I knew I needed to join.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
I am a member of the Programs Committee and recently joined the Membership Committee.

How does CREWBaltimore support your career?
CREWBaltimore’s events are always on current topics and provide me with information that I use to help my firm’s clients. I’ve also been given some opportunities to do a different type of work and develop my leadership skills through volunteering on the Programs Committee.  The networking opportunities are always great!

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
I love to read.  I read mostly fiction to take a break from the seriousness of life.  I am always in the process of reading one or two books.  Mysteries and fantasy/adventure are my favorites.

What 3 business tips can you share with others?
1. Always do what you say you’re going to do.  Your reputation is on the line.
2. Make goals and concrete, specific plans to reach them.
3. Be bold and do the thing that scares you.  You’ll be surprised by what you’re capable of.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?
I love dessert!  Cake, pie, brownies, cobblers, cookies. It doesn’t matter!  It’s my favorite part of a meal. I’ve even ordered it first at a restaurant to make sure I have it!

What is your dream vacation spot?
Paris – The fashion, the architecture and the history are all so amazing! I look forward to the day I can see and explore it!

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be?
“The Lady Who Never Quits”  — I always give my best effort to accomplish my goals and overcome any obstacles in my way.

Member Spotlight: Cynthia Berman

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Cynthia Berman
Attorney; Principal at Kramon & Graham, P.A.
General Commercial Real Estate Practice representing owners, developers, borrowers, and construction companies in all manner of real estate based transactions.  I also provide counseling with respect to related business issues.

How long have you been a CREW Member?
Since the beginning – one year after the beginning to be precise:  1986.

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREW Baltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?
One of the founding members (Janie DeCellas) was a neighbor and told me about the organization.  I was on board as soon as I heard the mission and never looked back.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
The list is too long, everything except the Programs Committee.  President twice; delegate lots, Member of the National Board of Directors 1995-1997.

How does CREW Baltimore support your career?
I built my career through CREW.  I can trace jobs and clients directly to relationships I made with CREW members.  I was new to Baltimore when I started my career.  I can’t imagine how I could have met the Baltimore real estate community without CREW.

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?
Yes.  All of the above.

Has CREW Baltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?
CREW was a safe place to learn Board service, public speaking, setting and achieving goals, leadership skills, budgeting, and many other skills that have served me well over the years.  When CREW was a new organization, you could have an idea, convince your fellow Board members that it was a good one, implement it immediately, and begin to see the results in a couple of months.  It was very exciting.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?
Sudoku puzzles

What are you passionate about?
Politics and women’s issues; cooking; public radio

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?
I listen to many podcasts of NPR (and WYPR) programs.  They are entertaining, informative, and thought provoking.  Fresh Air, Planet Money, On the Media, and the Ezra Klein Show are among my favorites.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
I am not particularly interested in celebrities, but I would love to have a long dinner with several of the women who were early leaders in obtaining voting rights, property rights, and similar opportunities for women.  Their stories are fascinating and inspiring.  I would love to know how they derived and maintained their passion for their causes in the face of such daunting opposition.


 

Member Spotlight: Barb Nicklas

Barb Nicklas, General Growth Properties, Inc

Barb Nicklas, General Growth Properties, Inc, Senior General Manager, The Mall in Columbia

Barb Nicklas

General Growth Properties, Inc.

Senior General Manager, The Mall in Columbia
I am the team leader, with the responsibility for enhancing the value of the property, maintaining the property’s physical integrity, creating an environment which enhances guest experience and supporting tenant sales to position the property for future growth.

How long have you been a CREW Member?

2 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREW Baltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

I met an amazing woman in Dallas over 10 years ago that was an officer in CREW.  That was my introduction to the organization and to the caliber of women who were part of the organization.  Fast-forward to Columbia MD two years ago, Meg Moon introduced me to the president of the Baltimore chapter of CREW at the time, and I was hooked on the idea of being a part of this great organization.

How does CREW Baltimore support your career?

CREW provides education, information and programming relative to the real estate industry and connections to other professionals within the industry.  CREW has also connected me with valuable resources.

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

Yes.  I connected with a CREW member at an event last July and we worked together on a holiday project.

Has CREW Baltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?

Last July, CREW asked me to present at a networking event about the plans for the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia.

What do you think makes a good mentor and have you established any mentoring relationships through CREW?

I have not had the opportunity to establish mentoring relationships within CREW yet.  A good mentor is also a professional coach that knows what your goals and commitments are; holds you to those commitments; and generously gives their time and attention in ensuring you achieve those goals.  A good mentor is honest, supportive, focused and caring.

Briefly describe the culture of CREWBaltimore:

During my brief experience with CREW I have seen a warm, connected, inclusive and inquisitive culture.  Everyone I have met has been supportive, encouraging and welcoming.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I am doing my 9th Columbia Iron Girl in August of this year and have raised almost $50,000 in those years for The Ulman Cancer Fund!  Additionally I am on the Planning Commission for the City of Frederick currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Commission.

What 3 business tips can you share with others?

-Always keep your word. If you say you are going to do something, do it.

-Never burn a bridge.  Everyone you meet along the way contributes to your business success.

-Keep learning.  And stay current with events, trends and news within the real estate and associated industries.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge had to be when I was part of my one and only RIF following the Chapter 11 of the company where I worked for 16 years.  That year I learned how to truly market and promote myself; how to administratively support myself. I also learned how to build a successful consulting business based on the great professional network I had established over the 30 years of my career in the real estate industry.  How did I overcome the challenge?  I set a goal and then set about doing what needed to be done to achieve that goal.  My network of friends, family, neighbors and colleagues were instrumental in that success.

What is your guilty pleasure?

There are so many it’s hard to choose!  Massages, Scandal and Madam Secretary, sweet potato fries, popcorn and wine.

What are you passionate about?

Columbia and Downtown Columbia – the community, the 50th birthday of Columbia, Downtown Columbia’s redevelopment and future.  I have lived and worked in Columbia for many years.  It is a very wonderful community with a unique and storied history and a bright and exciting future.

What is your dream vacation spot?

I spent years going to a great home in Sea Pines, Hilton Head.  The days were spent running on the beach in the mornings, reading books on a secluded beach in the afternoons and playing golf with my dad.  These were wonderful times and this area in Hilton Head Island SC remains my dream vacation spot.

Member Spotlight: John Hutch, JP2 Architects

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John Hutch III
Principal, JP2 Architects, LLC
I manage many of the business aspects of the firm, guide and promote sustainability along with the more technical issues of our projects.

How long have you been a CREW Member?
Member since July 2015

Was there someone who influenced you to join?
From my youth, I have been surrounded by strong women who own their own businesses.  The most influential is my mother, who started her own Interior Design firm and has made many real estate investments.  She has always been an incredible example for me and fostered a love for real estate and design.  When I found out about CREWBaltimore I realized it was the perfect extension of my passion and supporting women in Commercial Real Estate.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
Programs Committee Member and Moderator of the IGCC program

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?
It hasn’t even been a year since joining CREWBaltimore and I have already had the opportunity to hire the services of several members for the construction of JP2s new office. The experience has been great and has truly encouraged me to know more about each member and their companies.

Has CREW Baltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?
Yes!  I simply love the diverse skill sets and backgrounds of the membership. I have learned so much from individuals who have a completely different approach to management, marketing and business development than my own.  It has helped me to develop and lead new initiatives at JP2.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
I have lived an amazing life and am no stranger to natural disasters. At the age of 14 my family was vacationing on St. Lucia when Hurricane David (Category 5) passed through and stranded us for 5 days. The other similar experience for me was during college when I was working in Hollister, CA and experienced the famed 6.9 magnitude earthquake that stopped the World Series.

What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is wine.  I love sharing good wine and appetizers with friends as well as the constant search for new wines to try.

What are you passionate about?
I have a strong passion for coaching and love the life lessons that kids can learn from team sports.  With four kids, I have had the opportunity to coach each one of them in Basketball and even extended that into soccer.  I have been at it for about 12 years and continue to learn myself.                 

What is your dream vacation spot?
I am fortunate to have traveled quite a bit and love the adventures I have been on. My answer is less of a dream and more of a favorite.  I married into a Southern Italian family and love spending a couple weeks during the summer on the Amalfi Coast with my family.  The culture, food, hospitality and wine is just incredible.

Brenda Bodian Inducted Into Women of Vision Program

Brenda Bodian, BJB Realty Advisors, Past President and founding member of CREWBaltimore

Brenda Bodian, BJB Realty Advisors, Past President and founding member of CREWBaltimore

CREWBaltimore is honored to announce 30-year member and Past President, Brenda Bodian, BJB Realty Advisors, has been inducted into the prestigious “Women of Vision Program” at the national level. Please join us in congratulating her!

The CREW Network Foundation Women of Vision program was established in 2007 to recognize donors for their cumulative giving to CREW Network Foundation. Participation in the program acknowledges an individual’s commitment to support CREW Network Foundation’s mission – to advance women in the commercial real estate industry.

When individuals reach $10,000 in cumulative lifetime giving, they are inducted into the CREW Network Foundation Women of Vision program. Each inductee is awarded an exclusive, numbered Women of Vision gold lapel pin. Each subsequent $10,000 in cumulative lifetime giving is recognized with the addition of a diamond to the individual’s pin.

Brenda is the second member of CREWBaltimore to be inducted into this elite program, in great company with Lou Ann Dent, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, who was the 49th inductee.

The generous Women/Men of Vision

Jane Snoddy Smith diamond diamond diamond diamond diamond
Dottie Cunningham diamond diamond diamond diamond
M. Maureen Anders diamond diamond diamond
B. Diane Butler diamond diamond diamond
Regina Bruce  diamond diamond
Anne DeVoe Lawler diamond diamond
Judy Nitsch diamond diamond
Gail S. Ayers diamond
Ginger Bryant diamond
Collete English Dixon diamond
Irene L. Hosford diamond
Beth Lambert-Saul diamond
Cindy Malone diamond
Diana L. Parker diamond
Marianne Ajemian
Linda S. Andreozzi
Kris Beason
Brenda Bodian
Armin Cantini
Kathy Carr
Barbara Champoux
Faith Hope Consolo
Lou Ann Dent
Angela E. Dugick
Tina A. Essegian
Jeanette Flory-Sagan
Calvin “Cal” Frese, Jr.
Roberta B. Fuhr
Bonnie S. Gottlieb
Cheryl Hardt
Jodi Hartley
Sharon Herrin
Linda G. Hollemon
Victoria L. Joly
Cynthia Emerson Keefer
Lori E. Kilberg
Julie A. Kimble
H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest
Judith D. Levine
Jean M. Meilinger
Patricia “Lynny” Osenbaugh
Nancy Olah
Janice Paine
Jennifer A. Redner
Glenn Rufrano
Karin Schulz
Kelley J. Smith
Elizabeth E. Solender
Sally French Tyler
Margaret Van Meter
Gerry Ring Waltz
Valerie L. Wood
Goldie Wolfe Miller
Cindy Wozny-Carl

Member Spotlight- Laura Thul Penza

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Laura Thul Penza
Penza Bailey Architects, Principal
As a principal of the award-winning architectural firm, Penza Bailey Architects, my partners and I strive for design excellence, and are proud to have very diverse commercial, institutional and residential projects, of both private and public project types. I also work hard to make a positive community impact, focusing on community service, philanthropy, and mentoring youth.

How long have you been a CREW Member?
I became a member of CREW in 2008.

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREW Baltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?
I attended a couple of lunch meetings to get a sense of the CREW value, to see if CREW might be a good fit for me, and that became crystal clear for me during a presentation about CREW Career Day. I joined that committee immediately, since I know that participating on a committee is a great way to get to know others on a level beyond simple networking. It was fun and rewarding. Brenda Bodian was also instrumental in my joining CREW – as a true CREW Advocate, she described the many CREW benefits and her personal stories are compelling.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
• UCREW (University CREW) Career Day Committee Member 2011-2014
• CREW Career Day Committee 2008-2010
• CREWBaltimore Strategic Planning Committee 2009

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?
Yes, I am currently working with Angela Banner, of Douron. I met Angela at various CREW meetings, and contacted her to assist us with the furnishings for a high-level-security executive conference room project. She has been such a valuable asset to our project, always professional and organized, despite all the rushed schedules, budgetary constraints and last minute design changes.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
If I have an open evening or weekend afternoon, you may find me at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. I have always enjoyed pursuing artistic projects beyond my architectural work, and my appreciation of craftsmanship inspired me to learn about some of the artistic things I love. As an ‘empty-nester,’ I began exploring various ceramic and metalsmithing techniques to express my own artistic voice, and I really enjoy learning and creating new pieces.

What 3 business tips can you share with others?
• Embrace Learning – no one knows it all, and each day brings new learning opportunities and challenges
• Focus on Excellence – Doing our very best, however great or small a task, brings a rewarding sense of accomplishment
• Go Beyond the Basics if you want to excel – strive for more than just On time, Complete and Correct; focus on what else you might do to improve, and do it.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Craft Shows – I love finding special handcrafted functional items.

What are you passionate about?
Encouraging social responsibility and giving back to the community. Working towards positive change has the ability to affect many people – if we ALL did our part and gave back just a little bit, imagine how AMAZING our communities would be! I also have experienced and learned so much from helping others – giving does give back…just ask me about The Youth Dreamers one day.

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?
I have discovered Pinterest as a wonderful venue for an electronic ‘journey’ into creative artistic processes and ideas. There is something for everyone – from learning about anodized or enameled metals, to kids crafts and fun Halloween recipes.

Member Spotlight: Karen Pecoraro

Karen Pecoraro

Karen A. Pecoraro Environmental Consultant, Director of Client Services ATC Group Services LLC

Karen A. Pecoraro
Environmental Consultant, Director of Client Services
ATC Group Services LLC

Karen Pecoraro, ATC Group Services (ATC) North Region, environmental consultant and client services director, and 2016 Past President of CREWBaltimore. I am experienced in environmental management for commercial real estate transactions and asset performance, evaluating the needs of investors, owners, A/E representatives and managers of commercial real estate and institutional property in their assessment and management of environmental conditions.  I am also responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of business plan objectives for the ATC office Columbia, Maryland.  I have worked in environmental consulting for over 20 years.

How long have you been a CREW Member?
5 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?
It was the male executives at my firm, ATC, who strongly urged me to join.  My vice president understood that our national client base in commercial real estate was present in CREW and we should be there as well.  Heather Ridgeway, CREW Atlanta, also worked with ATC at that time and had only positive things to say about CREW.  My education in science/engineering and career in environmental consulting were heavily influenced and represented by men and, until CREW, my professional networking mirrored that experience.  I went to my first CREW event, the convention at National Harbor, and was completely sold on the national organization and the fun cadre of CREWBaltimore members I met there.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
I served as chapter president in 2015 and continue serving as past president and chair of the nominating committee in 2016. My first chapter committee was programs; I was hooked and become programs director the following year.  I continue to work in the programs, membership, finance committees and, more recently, sponsorship.  As president and past president I have served in an advisory capacity to the public relations and outreach committees.
In 2015 I served on the CREW Network nominating committee, and that was nothing short of an extraordinary experience.  One president-elect positon, and three director positions for the CREW Network board were available for 2016; there were two and 18 candidates, respectively, for the committee to evaluate.  Twenty women, some of the highest performing professionals in CRE, had put a lot of work in responding to Network’s robust questionnaire about their qualifications and experience.  These candidates, and the entire nominating process, made a great impression on me.  I am currently serving on the CREW Network Industry Research Committee.

How does CREWBaltimore support your career?
Serving on the board of directors and chapter Committees has given me and my employer brand visibility and professional recognition within the local and national commercial real estate community.  This has been especially valuable in the past three years, as ATC underwent a merger and name change, followed by a return to private equity ownership and another name change.
Committee work has fostered close relationships with CREWBaltimore members and their recognition of me professionally.  Serving on the board of directors has put me in direct contact with decision makers in the local and national commercial real estate markets and has expanded my client base in both.  Working on the Network Nominating Committee and speaking on a panel at the Spring Leadership Summit provided broad and positive exposure to me professionally.
Finally, there are legacy CREWBaltimore and Network members who have been very generous to me in their mentorship, furthering my professional development and personal satisfaction with my career.

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?
Yes to both; The Brick Companies, Cap Ex Management Group, Colliers International, Jones Lang LaSalle, NorthMarq Capital, Venable, to name a few.  Many times CREW members have connected me to business with non-CREW members.

Has CREWBaltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?
Yes, immeasurably.  Through the volunteer work available through CREWBaltimore, I have been able to take on challenges and decision making that builds confidence in the workplace and in all aspects of business.  Serving on the board, especially as president elect and president, gave me the big picture of how chapter operations intersect and what resources are needed to make a chapter successful.  I don’t think I realized how much I had gained until I exited from those roles and realized the changes in my workplace.  Now my input and actions are sought at a very different level in my firm’s business initiatives.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
I really enjoy cooking with my 5th generation cast iron cookware.  One is a 15-inch diameter skillet that weighs 11 pounds, perfect for roasting two chickens (another 10 pounds).  My great-great grandmother must have been a strong woman!

What 3 business tips can you share with others?
–      Think in terms of what clients need, not necessarily what services you have to sell them.  Serve as a connector for your clients to the services they need.

–      Surround yourself with trusted advisors who are smarter/more experienced than you, the ones who will give you their best criticism.

–      This one I stole from Morgan Stanley’s Carla Harris, an incredible speaker at the CREW Network convention in Seattle.  “Never submerge what is uniquely you.  If you bring your authentic self to the table, people will trust you. Most people are not confident in their own skin. So if you are authentic and honest, people will gravitate toward you.”  Read about Carla or watch a video online where she talks about “the meeting before the meeting.”  I can’t do it justice here, she is such a great speaker.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?
Anything on Netflix with zombies.  Seriously love my zombie fix.  Someday I will return to binge watching documentaries (especially if they involve zombies).

What are you passionate about?

My three sons are the light of my life.  Each stage of their lives has proven more fun and interesting to me than the one before.  Now they are young adults and I am fascinated at how they are building their futures. From a purely work perspective, everyone who knows me knows I am a data junkie.  I am an analyst by profession and at heart, I love making sense out of the data whether environmental or market.  I would do this even unpaid, but let’s not let that get out.

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?

LinkedIn and CREWBiz, and in combination they offer a powerful resource for business intelligence.

What is your dream vacation spot?

Any destination warmer than Maryland in February!

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