1. What motivated you to enter your career and do what you do?
I wanted to help people and their companies make better decisions when it comes to their lifestyles – picking areas and homes that would not only suit their lifestyles, but also their budgets, aka not breaking the bank to pay the mortgage, and not to keep up with the Joneses. More and more companies are learning that between competitive, smart relocation programs and socially-based workforce plans that it is indeed possible to make a company move and see an actual return on relocation (ROR®).
2. How long have you been in your field?
3. What other professional organizations are you involved in?
Worldwide ERC – The Association for Global Workforce Mobility, CMARC – Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council, CRC – Chicago Relocation Council, MARC – Metro Atlanta Relocation Council, NSAGA – National Speakers Association – GA, KW Luxury Division of Executive Homes
4. Tell us something that not many people may know about you?
I am a former a cappella singer who cut a studio album in college.
5. What was your first job? What was your craziest job?
First job was as a sales assistant for Fidelity Investments in downtown Boston. Craziest, most fun job was working as a PR assistant for an entertainment PR firm in Boston which clients included Penn & Teller, and fun Broadway tours!
6. What is the furthest place you have ever visited?
Israel in October 2013 – Incredible.
7. What is your favorite Hobby?
Travel, experiencing new places, people, cultures, and great new wine regions.
8. What is your business philosophy?
Win-win or no deal. I am not a churn-’em-and-burn-’em business person. My business has grown organically through solid relationships that has served me well. Integrity of the sale is paramount and I will only work with a client or take a speaking opportunity if I truly believe I can add value. I am OK to walk away and wait for another opportunity.
9. What is your favorite quote?
“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”
10. What types of companies/individuals would be good leads for you?
CEO/CFO/Right Hand in small-midsize companies on a soaring growth trajectory and are stumped as to how to find/attract/keep the workforce required to support said growth; CLO/GM/Out-of-the-box-thinking senior executive of a large company who may be struggling each quarter reporting to the board why numbers are down and wants to know how their current relocation program could benefit from a breath of fresh air in order to meet business objectives and expected numbers.
11. Have you read any good books or seen any good movies lately? What did you like about it?
The last movie with real impact on me was The Help. I was glued to my seat, experienced every emotion and was drained leaving the theater. It was a masterpiece. The last amazing book I read was The Paris Wife. Entranced by the time period and the strength of the characters.
12. If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Good-natured. Does that count?
CREW Atlanta President and Member, Christine Gorham – CEO with Eastwood Real Estate Services, spoke on a panel at the Winter Leadership Conference. Her panel was about CREW Chapters Governance/Succession Planning – how our Chapter is structured, how we run our committees, how we handle succession planning, etc. She explained how we run as a chapter, what works, and what challenges we face. Christine was on the panel with Merri Cross from St. Louis and Bobbi Jo Lazarus from Charlotte. The panel was moderated by Network Board member, Cindy Wozny-Carl from Chicago.
While at the conference, another CREW Atlanta member and Crew Network President-Elect, Lori Kilberg with Hartman, Simons & Wood LLP, received The CREW Network Foundation donor program, Women of Vision, award. It 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. This award is given to those who have a lifetime of giving at the $10,000 level+ to the CREW Network Foundation.
Over 100 members and guests from both organizations enjoyed the 3rd annual mixer- this time located at Proof & Provision in the Georgian Terrace. Proof & Provision is known for their specialty cocktails – we sampled a few along with some great appetizers!
This has become a much anticipated event for both CREW & REGA each year. A comment from a REGA member, “I really enjoy the cross socialization with CREW. They are a terrific group of professionals. Saw some old friends and made some new ones.”
We are looking forward to planning our 4th annual event for February 2015!
On February 20th CREW members and their guests gathered at Ventanas, Hilton Garden Inn Downtown for a panel discussion focused on Atlanta’s Hospitality Industry. Our moderator, Amanda Chivers, asset manager at Trimont Real Estate Advisors, led the discussion with two well-known hospitality professionals, David Marvin and Tim Dick. David Marvin is the owner and founder of Legacy Property Group and Tim Dick is the managing director at Three Wall Capital.
The panelists addressed several aspects of the hospitality market including current market conditions, branding, financing, current and future developments, as well as current trends in the industry.
The Atlanta hospitality market is seeing improvements mainly due to the leisure travelers. Both David and Tim agreed that the large corporate meetings are still down, but overall the average room rates are increasing. Amanda asked both panelists to describe the current condition of Atlanta’s hospitality market – David said “optimistic” and Tim chose “improving”.
In discussing hotel brands, David highlighted the two drivers for branding hotels:
1. Visibility – by being part of a major reservation system, it helps customers find your hotel.
2. Points – don’t we all love to collect those valuable points at our favorite hotels?
Tim shared that the keys to developing a successful boutique hotel are location and the ability to create a unique story. David quickly added a third, which is money. Many of the lenders are looking for the security of a brand and it is hard to acquire financing for boutique hotels.
Some of the current hospitality trends discussed included: creating fresh and exciting food and beverage options, a refocus on customer service, creating more collaborative public spaces, technology, and a greater focus on health.
Amanda also asked the panelists for their opinion regarding the announcement of the new Braves Stadium and how that may affect the Cumberland hospitality market. The reaction was mixed, but with over 80 home games (which equates to roughly 40,000 room nights), David thought there was certainly potential, although the hotels would need to serve multiple purposes. Hopefully we will get more insight to this question at the March 6th luncheon!
CREW Atlanta members enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ponce City Market yesterday. The tour was a rare opportunity to see the active renovation on the former Sears catalog and retail center turned Atlanta City Hall East building as it undergoes its transformation to Ponce City Market.
Jamestown Properties, owner and developer of the adaptive reuse project, hosted the tour for 50 CREW members. Members used a freight elevator still powered on the electrical system installed in the 20’s to reach the rooftop where they could see views of the city and of the Old Fourth Ward Park. They also walked on the original hardwood floors installed by Sears in the shelving and retail areas. CREW Member Kathy Marko, with the Brickman Group, remembered her days as a teenager working in the Sears facility adding personal insights into one group’s tour.
Other highlights included seeing the railway spur where the project will be connected to the Beltline, carefully walking through the electrical room where the original 1920’s panels are still in use, and a short visit to the floor where the Atlanta Police Department used to conduct interrogations.
The future of this landmark building on Ponce is definitely looking bright. Once renovation is complete, the project is planned for retail, office, and residential uses. The building as it stands today is approximately 2,000,000 sf and the interior space will be reduced to just over 1,000,000 sf to accommodate additional parking and green space. The oldest portions of the building are going to remain intact in keeping with preservation efforts. Rooftop attractions are also planned to bring back some of the historical feel of Ponce de Leon Avenue.
If you haven’t signed up yet for CREW’s March 8 luncheon you have until noon tomorrow (Tuesday March 6) to do so. The luncheon will focus on the recovering retail industry. Speakers include Patrica Luster, Director of Real Estate for The Gap; Mark Toro, Managing Partner of North American Properties; and Kristen Mueller, Director of Business Development for Jones Lang LaSalle. The event will be moderated by Caleb Spivak, Owner and founder of the popular blog whatnowatlanta.com. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
Thanks to CoStar, we were able to secure a 2nd iPad which will allow us to have another drawing at the October 6th luncheon! If you purchased a ticket previously, you will now have another opportunity to win!!
Congratulations to CREW Member Donna Foland with dgfproperties, inc. for winning the September 1st iPad drawing!
You can purchase one (1) ticket for $10; two (2) tickets for $20; three (3) tickets for $30 or five (5) tickets for $40!
To purchase tickets, use the link above or visit our website home page at www.crewatlanta.org
All proceeds will benefit the CREW Foundation. You do not need to be present to win.
10th Annual State of Atlanta Conference scheduled for September 23, 2011, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. This year’s theme is “A Decade of Extremes.”
Come learn from leaders in various industries who will share their knowledge and insights on today’s most relevant real estate and economic topics. Preview some of our prestigious speakers and topics below.
If five or more attendees register from the same company by September 1st, the company will receive a free “Supporter” sponsorship. Contact me at email@example.com for additional sponsorship information.
CREW Atlanta is supporting Bisnow’s ‘Power Women of Atlanta’ breakfast program on:
Friday, August 19th from 7am-10am at the Grand Hyatt.
Our own CREW Atlanta President, Lori Kilberg, with Hartman Simons & Wood LLP, will be the program’s moderator.
Please join us in supporting Lori and Bisnow for this educational program with top notch speakers. See below for the line up and how to register.
Have you been thinking about going to the CREW Network Convention? Several members from Atlanta attend the national conventions—this is a great way to meet your fellow Atlanta members! We typically have 20-25 attendees from Atlanta. If you are interested in sharing a room with another Atlanta member to save on costs, please let Karrie know and we can match you up! The convention this year will be held in Washington DC September 14-17, 2011 http://events.crewnetwork.org/2011convention/index.php