Member Spotlights

Kayla Churchill
McMillan PLLC

Current job: Attorney at McMillan PLLC

Summary of your role in the company: I help navigate our clients through commercial real estate acquisitions, land sales, closings, etc. I also represent institutional and non-institutional lenders in connection with a multitude of commercial loan transactions. Finally, I represent landlords and tenants in lease negotiations.

How I chose my occupation: I wanted to be an attorney from a young age after I was injured as a child. Our attorney greatly helped my family and I wanted to make that kind of impact in the lives of others.

Years in the business: 1

My specialization is:  Counseling clients about the legal ramifications associated with commercial real estate transactions.

A good lead for me is:  Anyone who is buying or selling commercial real estate! I really enjoy meeting commercial brokers and commercial lenders.

The most satisfying part of my job is: I love interacting with people! I find joy in learning more about our clients and doing anything I can to help them.

Best leadership advice I have been given: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

Greatest professional achievement: I am extremely proud to be a member of the CREW Student Outreach Committee. We have made some incredible strides just this year and I am grateful for every opportunity to meet young, energetic students eager to learn more about commercial real estate!

Number of years with CREW: ~1

Most significant CREW connection: Everyone on the Student Outreach Committee have been wonderful contacts. It is very motivating to be a part of a committee that is so invested in the lives of the upcoming generations and has a passion for giving back to the Charlotte community.

Place of birth/hometown: Born in Raleigh, NC but grew up in Emerald Isle, NC (beach bum)

Number of years in Charlotte: 4

Family: I have a sister in Charlotte who is my best friend and we currently live together. I also have a wonderful boyfriend and a sweet puppy named Palmer!

My ideal vacation spot: Any beach, anywhere!

Hobbies/Interests: I love to play volleyball, travel, and spend time with my new goldendoodle puppy, Palmer.

Other professional organizations I belong to: North Carolina Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Alpha Phi Charlotte Chapter, CREW Student Outreach Committee

I wish I could: travel extensively around the world with my family and dear friends.


Neal Porter
Landmark Builders

Current job:  Business Development for Landmark Builders, Inc.

Summary of your role in the company: Develop and cultivate relationships with companies in and around the Charlotte market.  Building a strong network with designers, engineers, developers, and real estate professionals.  Informing this network of Landmark's core values, culture, and experience of providing exceptional service for our clients.

How I chose my occupation: I grew up watching my father thrive in Commercial Development and Real Estate and after graduating from NC State I knew I wanted to be involved in the Commercial Real Estate.  After multiple years and experiences I learned that commercial construction was my path.

Years in the business: About 6 years total in Commercial RE and Construction

My specialization is:   Building long lasting relationships. I enjoy being around good people and I have a passion for helping people connect.

A good lead for me is:  Our company specializes and has extensive experience in both ground up and interior upfit construction in the industries of Office, Healthcare, Industrial, and Retail.  So a great lead for me is anyone involved in the development process, including architects, engineers, commercial real estate developers, end users, property managers, etc.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Helping people get connected. I work in an industry that is powered by people working together. My job gives me the chance not only to meet new people but I get to introduce and connect people as well. 

Best leadership advice I have been given:  “Find people you trust and enjoy being around and team up with them.”

Greatest professional achievement:  Showing my 6 year old son the first project Landmark completed that grew from a relationship I helped build. Every time we drive by he asks, “Dad can we stop and see your Landmark building?”

Number of years with CREW: 2

Most significant CREW connection: CREW has opened so many doors for me to just pick one connection. However, being an active part of the membership committee has been a great honor because it has allowed me to bond with current and potential members on many levels.

Place of birth/hometown: Charlotte NC

Number of years in Charlotte: 36… Aside from the 4 years I spent in Raleigh (Go Pack!) I was born and raised here and I wouldn’t want to raise my son anywhere else.

Family: I have a 6 year old son named Jacks.

My ideal vacation spot: Some place Tropical or family mountain house.

Hobbies/Interests: Fitness (Teach Athletic Conditioning and High Intensity Strength classes on weekends) and Panther Football.

Other professional organizations I belong to: NAIOP, NCHEA, NCEDA

I wish I could: I lost my mom in 2018 to a long battle with Cancer. She was my best friend and will always be my hero. I wish I could talk to her one more time!


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