Member Spotlights

Eric Little
Keach Construction 

Current job:  Director of Business Development, Keach Construction

Summary of your role in the company: Eric manages the overall Business Development operations of Keach Construction, Inc. including the establishment of new clients and existing client relationships.  Eric provides in depth knowledge of Keach Construction's services and is expanding the portfolio into the office up-fit and ground up services.  Responsibilities also include developing the Keach brand and improving internal processes that create seamless transitions from start to finish on projects.

How I chose my occupation: I have been a Tennis Pro, Real Estate Broker, Corporate Real Estate Manager and now a Business Development Director in Construction.  I guess a sort of modern-day Renaissance man but that sounds too cliché.  My current occupation was clearly a motivation to work for an Owner that I trust and a company that can help me grow as a professional.

Years in the business: 24 years of professional experience. 2 years with Keach Construction.

My specialization is:   Listening to the client and creating value for his business.

A good lead for me is:  A client in need of Construction Management Services in the Commercial, Healthcare, Retail, Church and School Arena.  We are bonded up to $20M per project.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Winning the bid and then going over and beyond for the client.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Trust and empower your co-workers.  Lead with positive influence.  Give constructive criticism one on one and praise your team mates around their peers.

Greatest professional achievement:  One is being a male CREW member and supporting Women in Real Estate.  I have 3 daughters and I want them to thrive like the CREW professionals.  My greatest achievement is my family!

Number of years with CREW: 1 +

Most significant CREW connection: Thus far, being on the Membership committee has been my most significant CREW connection.  Seeing all of the leadership styles has been an education for me.

Place of birth/hometown: Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and proud of it!

Number of years in Charlotte: 52

Family: Wife of 25-years: Celene Little – teacher at St Ann’s, daughters:  Ella – nurse at CMC NICU unit, Lizzy – Junior at NC State looking for paid Summer Internship (shameless plug) and Faith – Junior at Charlotte Catholic High School. Son: Thomas – 8th grade at Holy Trinity Middle School.

My ideal vacation spot: Family Lakehouse on Lake Norman.

Hobbies/Interests: Golf / Boating / Fishing / and did I say Golf?  😊

Other professional organizations I belong to:  CoreNet, NCHEA

I wish I could: Play the Senior Golf Tour.

Gabie Suarez
ECS Southeast, LLP

Current job:  Business Development Specialist- ECS Southeast, LLP 

Summary of your role in the company: Responsible for maintaining current client relationships as well as acquiring new opportunities. Responsible for tracking projects and conducting follow ups with clients in order to ensure all expectations are fully met in hopes to create a repeat client and ultimately provide excellent customer service. Responsible for the coordination and execution of social events and lunch and learns. Responsible for assisting in the organization of the CRM database. 

How I chose my occupation: I always hoped to work for a company that has a family oriented company culture with growth and opportunity. Once I met the ECS staff, I knew ECS was home.

Years in the business: 1.5

My specialization is:   Business Development

A good lead for me is:  Anyone (developer, broker, architect, civil engineer, economic developer, property manager, building owner, etc.) who owns, develops or operates a building or parcel of land.

The most satisfying part of my job is: Turning a lead into a project

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Do not burn any bridges

Greatest professional achievement: My greatest professional achievement is learning and adapting quickly to a complex industry with zero background knowledge. I know I still have much more to learn but I feel as though I have grasped a solid understanding of this industry and business for only being a year and a half into the game.

Number of years with CREW: 1.5

Most significant CREW connection: Angie Beard with INTEC Group. She was the first person I met in CREW and helped me to establish long lasting connections.

Place of birth/hometown: San Diego, CA

Number of years in Charlotte: 14

Family: My husband, Armando Suarez. We got married on 11.03.18!!

My ideal vacation spot: Greece

Hobbies/Interests: I love to cook.

Other professional organizations I belong to: ULI- Urban Land Institute

I wish I could: Try the best restaurant in every country of the world.

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