Member Spotlights

Rick Kiger
MDG Construction Services

Current job: GM/VP of Operations for MDG Construction Services

Summary of your role in the company: GM of the US operations. My job is to insure that we meet and exceed our goals while maintaining the highest quality of workmanship that our customers expect. All projects must meet and exceed industry standards, codes, rules and regulations. MDG has a full service roofing division, remodel/upfit division, and can design and build any type of commercial and residential projects. We are licensed, insured and play by all the rules. 

How I chose my occupation: I went from being a Biology major, wanting to be a dentist, to business economics and getting into construction. I’ve been in the trenches, worked on the manufacturing side, contractor side and now running MDG. 

Years in the business:  I've been in the industry since 1989. That ages me😄

My specialization is: Networking. I truly enjoy meeting and working with people in our industry. 

A good lead for me is: A good lead is any company or person that needs a new structure built, designed, remodeled, roofed or re-roofed, or serviced. We can handled any both large and small projects. 

The most satisfying part of my job is: Closing out a project and building long term relationships with the customers because of the work we performed. 

Best leadership advice I have been given: Have a plan to be successful and work your plan. Short cuts will always bite you in the butt. 

Greatest professional achievement: Hitting the 1 billion mark in Construction sales over the years.

Number of years with CREW:  3.5 years

Most significant CREW connection:  Marie McLucas. She got me involved and was my first CREW related client back in the day. 

Place of birth/hometown:  Des Moines, Iowa. Grew up in Grinnell, Iowa

Number of years in Charlotte:  26

Family: My wife Polly and 2 teenage boys - 16 & 17 years old

My ideal vacation spot: The beach

Hobbies/Interests: Golf clubs seem to be turning into fishing poles. 

Other professional organizations I belong to:  IFMA, NCPCM, SCPCM, SCACS, NCACS, Charlotte TD Club, RCI. 

I wish I could: Fly!

Alison Kling
Womble Bond Dickinson

Current job:  I’m an Associate at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, and I practice in the Commercial Real Estate Practice Group.

Summary of your role in the company:  I work with senior associates and partners at my firm to help clients with any transactional needs related to commercial real estate, such as leasing, purchasing, selling, borrowing and financing. 

How I chose my occupation:  My mom has always been my role model, and she is a lawyer. When I was younger, I used to say we were going to open our own firm called “Templeton and Mom” (my maiden name).

Years in the business: About 2.5 years.

My specialization is:   At this point in my career, I’m just trying to learn as much as I can about the Commercial Real Estate Industry and Real Estate Law, generally.  

A good lead for me is: Any business or individual who wants to buy, sell, lease or finance commercial real property.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Being able to continue learning and growing on a daily basis.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  I love the quote “Be who you needed when you were younger” by Ayesha Siddiqi. I think it’s such a good way to think empathetically about your interactions with others, as well as the way you treat yourself.

Greatest professional achievement: I’ve been working with a municipality on negotiating the terms of a redevelopment agreement with a developer for almost two years, and it was recently approved by local officials.   

Number of years with CREW: 2 years.

Most significant CREW connection: I recently got to know Kimberly Mobley a little bit by working with her on the Mentorship Committee, and she is wonderful! I only wish there were more reasons for an architect and a lawyer to work together! I also have to mention Carrie Sharp (networker extraordinaire), who has kindly taken me, like so many others, under her wing. Lastly, even though I sit about ten feet away from Diana Quarry at work every day, she is the one who introduced me to CREW, and she has been a great example for me of how to get involved and make the most out of the organization.

Place of birth/hometown: I was born in Ireland and moved around abroad a bit when I was younger, but my family is from Indiana, and I consider Lafayette, Indiana to be my hometown. (I know it doesn’t sound quite as fancy as Europe, but I love it just the same!)

Number of years in Charlotte: Around three years.

Family: My husband Andrew and I live with our crazy little dog, Mona. We keep in close touch with both our families and spend a lot of our free time traveling to see them whenever we can.

My ideal vacation spot: I think it would be pretty great to spend some time at a mountain house with no Wi-Fi right now.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy listening to live music, keeping up with current events, doing yoga, and attempting to decorate our new-ish house.

Other professional/community organizations I belong to: I recently joined the Board of the Charlotte Secondary School, and I tutored through Reading Partners at Sugar Creek Charter during the school year.

I wish I could: Teleport. Hands Down!

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