Member Spotlights

Amanda Christie
Katten Muchin Rosenman

Name: Amanda McLaren Christie

Current job:  Attorney at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLC

Summary of your role in the company: I am a partner in the real estate group at Katten.  My practice is primarily comprised of representing financial institutions with respect to loans to commercial real estate developers which are secured by a wide range of asset classes, including retail, multifamily, office, hospitality and industrial properties.

How I chose my occupation: As a law student, I interned with a large international law firm and got to work with several practice groups.  Ultimately, I decided I really liked the tangibility of real estate and found the projects very interesting and intellectually stimulating.

Years in the business: 11

My specialization is:   Commercial real estate finance.

A good lead for me is:  A lender or investor in need of legal guidance with respect to a debt or equity transaction related to commercial real estate.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Closing deals!

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Take charge, but know when to delegate.

Greatest professional achievement:  Making partner before I turned 35.

Number of years with CREW: 7

Most significant CREW connection: My most significant connection is with Patty Drummond, who has become a close friend and professional ally here in Charlotte.

Place of birth/hometown: Pensacola, Florida

Number of years in Charlotte: 11

Family:  Fiancee, Andy Ross

My ideal vacation spot: Any sunny beach!

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, reading, crosswords, sports.

Other professional organizations I belong to: Mecklenburg County Bar

I wish I could: Squeeze 25 hours into 24.

Debbie Kniegge
United Mechanical Corporation

Current job:  Marketing Manager at United Mechanical Corporation

Summary of your role in the company: In charge of Communications, Brand Strategy, Content Creation, Business Development Support, and Community Outreach.

How I chose my occupation: Interested in the dynamics of attracting people to a particular service or product and creating loyalty.

Years in the business: Over 25 years

My specialization is:   Branding and market development

A good lead for me is:  Facilities managers, property managers, and/or building owners who are looking for HVAC Preventive Maintenance/Service contracts, Equipment Replacement, an HVAC System Upgrade, and/or a Building Automation upgrade.  

The most satisfying part of my job is: Being a part of an honest, good group of people who work together extremely well and really care about doing the right thing for our customers—and their facilities.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  1.) Maximize your strengths and surround yourself with good, talented people.  2.)  Realize you can teach someone the specifics a job or industry but can’t overcome lack of character or work ethic. 3.) Develop a good working relationship with every part/layer of an organization.

Greatest professional achievement:  Successful marketing career in a variety of industries—enjoying the differences and challenges in each.

Number of years with CREW: About 1.5 years

Most significant CREW connection: At this point, my Community Outreach Community Members

Place of birth/hometown: Muncie, Indiana

Number of years in Charlotte: 13

Family: Husband - Bill and son - Matt

My ideal vacation spot: Italy

Hobbies/Interests: Travel, reading, cooking, decorating

Other professional organizations I belong to: Union County Chamber of Commerce

I wish I could: Overcome my lifelong fear of flying.

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