Here we are again, our annual Women of Influence issue. This is the 26th year that we have covered the achievements of women in commercial real estate. As always, there are accounts of developments and deals and huge client wins as there are every year. But in recent years, including this one, a change is in the air. The deals are getting bigger, the wins more numerous. Indeed, the number of women being recognized for their accomplishments is growing larger by the year. This year we look at some 200 women within these pages, who were selected out of an almost untold number of nominations. To accommodate this growth, we added more categories than ever before including Humanitarian, Mentor, Innovator and Ally. We hope you enjoy their stories. As always, we at GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum felt both honored and humbled as we read them.
JANA TURNER – RETS Associates
In her 35-year career, Jana Turner has represented Fortune 500 companies, managed a 650million-square-foot institutional portfolio totaling 3,000 properties and provided leadership in business development and talent recruitment needs. She has served in several leadership positions, including the first female executive at IDM Corp., and she is currently a principal at RETS Associates, where she has been integral in growing the company with 15 full-time recruiters in seven offices.
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GEORGIA COLLINS – CBRE’s Host Team
Serving as the global leader of CBRE’s Host Team, Georgia Collins oversees a team of 70 professionals aimed at providing workplace experience solutions to corporate occupiers and institutional property investors. In her 18-year career, she has focused on the needs of occupiers along with facilities and property management businesses and has been recognized as one of CBRE’s Most Valuable Partners. She serves as an executive sponsor for CBRE’s EMPOWER Mentoring and Professional Development program and is the Northwest Division president on behalf of CBRE Women’s Network.
JENNIFER EPSTEIN – Kastle Systems
Jennifer Epstein is the only top female performer and the only presidents club winner of the 19 sales representatives in the Mid-Atlantic region at Kastle Systems. Focused on designing apartment security systems and upgrading technology, the most notable deals include negotiating a 4 million square foot 4-million-square-foot project for Kincora/Tritec, including the Jameson apartment complex. She is also a member of CREW DC and NAIOP.
JULIE KILPATRICK – University of California, San Diego
As the director of real estate, acquisitions and P3 partnerships at the University of California, San Diego, Julie Kilpatrick has played a crucial role in forging and selecting public-private partnerships and projects to provide spaces that support the school’s academic goals and growth. She oversees the all new investment of off-campus properties for the school and manages development projects on UCSD campuses. A 20-year industry veteran, she formerly worked at JLL, where she was a top performer.
ELIZABETH KROL – Partner Engineering and Science Inc.
Elizabeth Krol is dedicated to providing quality due diligence services to support real estate investment needs. As the national client manager for Partner Engineering and Science Inc. Krol goes beyond providing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Property Condition Assessments. She provides a range of services, often on an expedited time frame, and has developed risk management protocol for clients. She leads the ASTM 1527 technical work group at Partner and is the editor of the EBA Journal.
JULIE MELANDER – The Counselors of Real Estate
For 38 years, Julie Melander has been a leader in investment and portfolio management for high-value commercial real estate. With a specialty for distressed dispositions, Melander has completed more than $2.5 billion in problem real estate loans and the underwriting and acquisition of $4.5 billion of CMBS issuances in the non-rated tranche. In 2018, she oversaw the portfolio management of $3 billion of investment in high-growth sectors. She has held several leadership roles, and currently serves as a member and leader of the Counselors of Real Estate.
DINA MILLER – Miller Samuel Inc.
In her 32-year career, Dina Miller has built two successful real estate companies in Manhattan. In the late 1980s, she co-founded Miller Samuel Inc. as a start-up in the residential appraisal business, and in 2007, she launched Miller Cicero LLC to focus on commercial real estate appraisals. She has grown both companies to be leaders in valuation services, and she personally performs complex appraisals. As a result, the firms have grown to service clients from the northeast to South Florida.
DEBRA J. MORITZ – Cushman & Wakefield
As the head of strategic consulting at Cushman & Wakefield, Debra J. Moritz has represented Fortune 100 clients in business transformation, portfolio analysis, M&A, divestitures and workplace strategy. In the last year, she has created two technology tools—HQIQ and Experience Per Square Foot—that give clients the ability to make strategic real estate decisions that drive cost savings. Her forward thinking made her a finalist for the CoreNet Global Innovator’s Award.
KIM MOORE – Newmark Knight Frank
Kim Moore was the first woman on Newmark Knight Frank’s Economic Incentives Advisory team and was the first and only female managing director in Global Strategy until 2018. A leader in business development for the firm’s consulting practice and a top producer, Moore closed four major projects in the last year totaling 980,000 square feet and $173 million. She negotiated more than $100 million in economic incentives to benefit clients. As a leader, she is committed to growing diversity on the team and is a frequent speaker on the topic of women in economic development
TAMAR MOY – Newmark Knight Frank
With a background in architecture, Tamar Moy brings a unique perspective to the workplace strategy team at Newmark Knight Frank. With a 20-year career in workplace strategy, she has been an innovator in the field, directing the implementation of pre- and post-design analysis and strategy development for major corporate clients. In 2017, she joined NKF as the senior managing director and director of workplace strategy for the northeast region at the firm.
NANCY H. MOZZACHIO – Sine Qua Non RE Advisors
As the managing principal at Sine Qua Non RE Advisors, Nancy H. Mozzachio advises clients on a broad range of real estate needs, from working with local municipalities on entitlement procedures, tenant retention and brand marketing to family offices on business development and operations. This year, she launched a program to work with young female professionals to gain confidence in presentations, and has formed a partnership with Temple University-Fox School of Business to mentor young women in the industry.
SHERRI S. PARMAN – Capstan Advisors
Sherri S. Parman leads outsourcing engagements for Fortune 500 and Global 100 companies with complex real estate and facilities operations. In her 30-year career, she has worked with client portfolios from 1 million to 80 million square feet to ensure corporate facilities support the goals and success of the company. She has held many leadership positions at firms like JLL and CoreNet Global, and currently serves as a partner at Capstan Advisors.
WOMAN TO WATCH – MARIE PHILLIPS – The Instant Group
A global workplace specialist, Marie Phillips focuses on flexible workspaces, including serviced offices, co-working and hybrid space, helping occupiers find creative solutions for their office needs. She currently serves as the business development director at the Instant Group and has transacted on more than 170 leases with 75 Bay Area firms in the last year. In 2018, she also launched a new team made up of 75% women. She is a member of CoreNet Women and is a mentor to budding professionals.
KARLA M. SMITH – AEI Consultants
As a licensed geologist and an experienced environmental consultant, Karla M. Smith, EVP at AEI Consultants, leads the firm’s Sit Mitigation and Remediation Division, managing a nationwide team and overseeing hundreds of environmental investigations and remediation projects. Utilizing 30 years of industry experience, Smith evaluates environmental risks for clients as the technical lead for all phases of assessments. She is also working to expand the firm’s renewable energy market, as she directs extensive rehabilitation developments across various real estate industries.
KATHLEEN B. TREAT – EBI Consulting
A VP of construction services at EBI Consulting, Kathleen B. Treat oversees services in the construction loan monitoring department. In the last year, she has helped to create new business opportunities and has reviewed more than 300 reports. Treat is an expert in handling complex deals, and has recently managed multiple casualty losses on a high profile project and helped a client work through complicated insurance issues. She is a member of CREW Dallas and speaks at several conferences and events.
GlobeSt.com and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum honor this year’s woman of influence, including newly focused categories, judge’s categories and more here in Broomfield, CO. GlobeSt.com kicked off our inaugural Women of Influence special retreat last night and put together a spotlight on the achievements of women in commercial real estate. Before the event, we collected nominations across a number of fields.
As always, our seasoned editorial team was seeking the best of the best across the commercial real estate spectrum. In evaluating the entries, we took into account a number of factors, including: the nominee’s impact on, and reputation within, her firm and broader professional community; the nominee’s professional career highlights, from dealmaking savvy and innovation to client satisfaction and personal growth; a proven ability to achieve goals and display ingenuity in terms of creative thinking and problem solving; her dedication to furthering the development of her field and the role of women within it; accomplishments and involvement in her company, the CRE industry and broader social community; a personal commitment to the highest ethical standards, service and excellence; and so much more.
Since 1983, Forum’s Women of Influence has recognized remarkable commercial real estate professionals who have significantly influenced the market or had outstanding successes. The many women of influence honored at the gala are as follows:
MARY COOK – Mary Cook Associates
LAURA CRESCIMANO – SITELAB urban studio
TIFFANY ENGLISH – Ware Malcomb
WENDY ROGERS – LPA Inc.
Carolina Weidler – H. Hendy Associates
BROKER/Intermediary – Debt & Equity Finance
WOMAN TO WATCH – SUSAN BRANSCOME – NorthMarq
CATE AGNEW – Natixis CIB
LAURA CATHLINA – Berkadia
MAGGIE COLEMAN – JLL
ALLISON HIGGINS – George Smith Partners
LAURIE MORFIN – Bellwether Enterprise
SHARON PLATTNER – NorthMarq
SHERI N. THOMPSON – Walker & Dunlop
Broker – Investment Sales
MARCELLA FASULO – Cushman & Wakefield
NOOSHIN FELSENTHAL – JLL
JACLYN FITTS – CBRE
PAMELA GOODWIN – Goodwin Commercial
WOMAN TO WATCH- ANDREA KENDRICK – Berkadia
CARMELA MA – CJM Associates Inc.
MIKA MATTINGLY – Colliers International
BARBARA PERRIER – CBRE
KIMBERLY R. STEPP – Stepp Commercial
KATE VARDE – Essex
Broker – Landlord Agency Representation
MICHELLE DeBERGALIS – American Realty Group
LAURA FORD – Colliers International
INGRID FULMER – Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT
CHRISTIE HARLE – CBRE
NICOLA HERYET – Avison Young
VANESSA A. HERZOG – Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services
JENNIFER MEADE – Beta
WOMAN TO WATCH – DANA MOSKOWITZ – HSP Real Estate Group
CATHERINE O’TOOLE – Lee & Associates
LOUANN PEREIRA – Transwestern
WOMAN TO WATCH – STACY SHORT – Retail Properties of America Inc.
JULIA SOSA – LandQwest Commercial Orlando
JESSICA THURMAN DOYLE – Colliers International
Broker – Tenant Representation
WOMAN TO WATCH – BARBARA ARMENDARIZ – SharpLine Commercial Partners
CATHRINE A. COTMAN – Newmark Knight Frank
KAY DAVIS – Newmark Knight Frank
SUE EARNEST – Avison Young
JULIE GRAY – McCall & Almy
WOMAN TO WATCH – JENNY HAEG – CBRE
BARBARA LIBERATORE BLACK – JLL South Florida
MINDY SAFFER – Cresa
ERNESTINE SHINEMAN – Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT
Corporate Real Estate Executives
ROXANA Q. GIRAND – Sebastian Capital
MARY HINES – Newmark Knight Frank
TINA RENEE MCCALL – Bridge Investment Group
BARBARA SCHAEFER McDUFFIE – Baker Tilly
ELLA NEYLAND – Steadfast REITs
MELISSA BURCH – Lendlease Americas
LISSETTE CALDERON – Neology Life Development Group
DARCIE FANKHAUSER – Transwestern Development Co.
SONIA FIGUEROA – The Related Group
JAN KARL – Morley Builders
MOLLY McSHANE – The McShane Cos.
NICOLE MORSE – Hillmann Consulting LLC
ALEXIS MICHAEL – Hines
LISA TAMAYO – BLT Enterprises
GENEVIEVE WEST – Howard Building Corp.
ANGELA AMAN – Brixmor
LINDA D. BOOKER – Core5 Industrial Partners
KRISTEN CROXTON – Capital One Multifamily Finance
RACHEL DILLER – Hunt Real Estate Capital
TANYA EASTWOOD – Greystone Affordable Development
RACHEL HOWITT – NAI Capital Inc.
JENNIFER A. MARLER – Guggenheim Investments
ELLEN ROGERS – Bank of America Merrill Lynch
SADHVI SUBRAMANIAN – Capital One Commercial Real Estate
KAREN BURGES – NAIOP San Diego
BARBARA CRANE – CCIM Institute
DENISE LEDUC-FROEMMING – Institute of Real Estate Management
JENNIFER LITWAK – Housing on Merit
DEBORAH R. PHILLIPS – The Quadrillion
DONNA PREISS – The Preiss Co.
ADA AREVALO – Avanath
DEVIN BARNWELL – Morgan Stanley
NIKA DUFOUR – Passco Cos.
ABBE FRANCHOT BOROK – Amherst Capital Management
DEBRA FRANKLIN – Marcus & Millichap
INNA KHIDEKEL – Bridge Investment Group
DONNA PREISS – The Preiss Co.
AMY PRICE – Bentall Kennedy (US) Limited Partnership
VICKY SCHIFF – Mosaic Real Estate Investors
CYNTHIA SHELTON – LandQwest Commercial, Orlando
SONDRA WENGER – CIM Group
LESLIE WOHLMAN HIMMEL – Himmel + Meringoff Properties
SUZANNE AMADUCCI-ADAMS – Bilzin Sumberg
TANYA BRADY – Phillips Edison & Co.
MERYL CHAE – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
JENNIFER CLARK – The RMR Group
DAWN M. COULSON – Epps & Coulson, LLP
PATRICIA E. CURTIN – Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP
WOMAN TO WATCH – CHRISTINA M. GRAHAM – Morris Manning & Martin LLP
LAURIE A. GRASSO – Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
LORI HARTGLASS – Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
ELIZABETH A. KARMIN – Morris, Manning & Martin LLP
JANICE MAC AVOY – Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
MELANIE MEYERS – Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
AMARA L. MORRISON – Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP
WOMAN TO WATCH – ALLISON NELSON – Akerman LLP
WOMAN TO WATCH – NINA ROKET – Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
LISA SHER – Trammell Crow Co.
STEPHANIE C. SILVERS – Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP
ROSEMARIE A. THURSTON – Alston & Bird LLP
JUDY BROWER FANCHER – Brower Group
ADDENBROOKE (ADDY) BURR – Walker & Dunlop
KIM CROLEY – Transwestern
ADRIENNE FASANO – Cushman & Wakefield
DARCIE GIACCHETTO – Places Public Relations
LIZ GILLESPIE – North American Properties
ALLISON GOLDBERG – The Related Group
REBECCA HALL – Idea Hall
LISA MURR DWIGHT – DP3 Architects Ltd.
NATALIE D’ONOFRIO – Newmark Knight Frank
GINA RELVA – Marcus & Millichap
KARINA RICO – Avison Young
MARIANNE SKORUPSKI – Newmark Knight Frank
CAROLINE WILBERT – The Wilbert Group
REBECCA WILEY – Greysteel
TRACEY BOYLE – CBRE
LIBBY EKRE – MEB Management Services
SANDY HAHN – JLL
KAREN HALPERT – VEREIT
TRACEY JOHNSON – Colliers International
KRYSTAL KURINSKY – MB Real Estate
TARA L. MOLNAR – Newmark Knight Frank
TESSIE NOLAN – Granite Properties
RENEE M. SAVAGE – Capital Growth Properties, Inc.
PATRICIA WOLF – Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.
CHRISTINE DESCHAINE – Kennedy Wilson
WOMAN TO WATCH – DINA GUNTER – Walker & Dunlop
PEGGY MARKER – Marker Construction Group
BARBARA MCDUFFIE – Baker Tilly
RAINEY SHANE – JLL
KAREN WHITT – Colliers
KIM FORD – Coeo
CHERYL GRAY – QuadReal
JESSICA HARRISON – Berkadia
JILLIENE HELMAN – RealtyMogul
TINA LICHENS – Real Capital Markets
CAMILLE RENSHAW – B+E
LISA SHARPE – CRATE Modular Inc.
ANGELA TUCCI – Apto
DIANE VRKIC – Waypoint
JANINE YORIO – Compound Asset Management
LISA ADDEO – Transwestern
PATRICIA ALUISI – MB Real Estate
PATRICIA ALUISI – MB Real Estate
WOMAN TO WATCH – KIMARIE ANKENBRAND – JLL
MICHELLE DeBERGALIS – American Realty Group
CHAR FORTUNE – Avison Young
WOMAN TO WATCH – YASSI GHASHGHAI – Greysteel
SUZANNE HOLLANDER – FIU Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute
WOMAN TO WATCH – SHAY HUGHES – Hughes Marino
WOMAN TO WATCH – STAR HUGHES-GORUP – Hughes Marino
JULIE JOHNSON – Colliers International
LISA KONIECZKA – CBRE
DONNA MIGHTY – Walker & Dunlop
VICTORIA L. NOONAN – Cushman & Wakefield
LAURA O’BRIEN – CBRE
HILARY PROVINSE – Berkadia
SONDRA WENGER – CIM
JEAN KANE – Colliers International
NANCY LUNDEEN – Allen Matkins
JODI V. MEADE – Avison Young
BILLIE J. REDMOND – TradeMark Properties
DARCY STACOM – CBRE
DEBRA STRACKE ANDERSON – Sloan Street Advisors Inc. / ITRA Global
MARY ANN TIGHE – CBRE
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