Current job: Owner & Principal designer of designbar LLC
Summary of your role in the company: Bosslady
How I chose my occupation: Owning and running designbar is my second career. With a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Business I naturally pursued a corporate career. Halfway through, I realized that I wanted to work in a creative field and started taking ID classes at night. I always loved art and design and once I started dabbling in Interior Design, I knew in my heart that this is what I wanted to do. I left the corporate world after 14 years and various successful managerial positions within the company that I worked for and started the (at times very hard) venture of entrepreneurship.
Years in the business: 9 in total (4 years full time)
My specialization is: Commercial Design (Hospitality, Corporate, Retail, Multifamily)
A good lead for me is: Developers & Builders, Restauranteurs, Investors as well as Architecture Firms that outsource their Interior Design work
The most satisfying part of my job is: To be able to change the landscape of a community one space at a time. As designers we have the unique chance to make a mark in our environments and to create spaces for the now and for years to come. It is such an amazing feeling of accomplishment when you walk into a public space that you created in your mind and to see people enjoy it.
Best leadership advice I have been given: “KISS (Keep it simple, stupid)” and “Wake up, kick ass, be kind, inspire others, repeat”
Greatest professional achievement: Create my own company & a culture of empowering others
Number of years with CREW: 1
Most significant CREW connection: Everyone I meet is significant
Place of birth/hometown: Duisburg (Germany)
Number of years in Charlotte: 19
Family: all of my family is in Germany
My ideal vacation spot: Anywhere, where there is a white sand beach and teal-blue water
Hobbies/Interests: Fitness & Cycling (I’m a cycle instructor on the side)
Other professional organizations I belong to: IIDA, DBRG, leading PAD (former CORA)
I wish I could: Travel & work internationally
Current job: Commercial Development Officer, Paragon Bank
Summary of your role in the company: Provide a full range of banking products and services to manufacturers, service companies and real estate developers/investors. My primary focus includes financing owner occupied and investment real estate.
How I chose my occupation: I moved to Charlotte upon graduating from college to work for a large, national bank and complete their relationship development program. While I originally went into a more general commercial lending role, I was always drawn to commercial real estate (I even married a commercial real estate broker). When my group within the bank was phased out, an opportunity arose to join the real estate construction lending group. I immediately jumped at the opportunity and have loved it ever since.
Years in the business: 15
My specialization is: Commercial real estate lending (both owner occupied and investment)
A good lead for me is: A new or existing commercial property owner who is in the process of buying, selling or re-financing commercial real estate.
The most satisfying part of my job is: Helping business owners and commercial property owners meet their financial and real estate goals. I enjoy taking the time to get to know my clients and understand their business in order to develop the best possible financial solution.
Best leadership advice I have been given: Never let them see you sweat. In all professions there are challenges and struggles along the way that need to be worked through—this is especially true with real estate transactions. I firmly believe that you may not be able to control every situation or the outcome but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it---and that is what people will remember about you.
Greatest professional achievement: After working 10 years out of college and having my second child, I decided to stay home to raise my family. I envisioned staying out of the workforce for about five years until my children were in school. However, five years turned into ten as a result of the “great recession” in the late 2000’s. Entry into the workforce after ten years was a challenge on many levels, most significantly from a network and technology standpoint. While it was a lot of work to catch up, I am proud to have embraced the challenge and appreciate all I have learned along the way. I am once again financing commercial real estate which has always been my true passion.
Number of years with CREW: 4
Most significant CREW connection: I recently agreed to co-chair the Membership Committee with Angie Beard. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know Angie better and could not ask for a better partner. She is extremely organized, pro-active but most importantly, she is someone who “gets it done”. I’m looking forward to working with Angie in 2018 and getting to know her better.
Place of birth/hometown: Ithaca, NC
Number of years in Charlotte: 24 years
Family: My husband Marshall, our three children, Marshall (18), Mollie (16) and Sarah-Katherine (13) and two dogs, Bailey and Tucker.
My ideal vacation spot: Anywhere that includes a beach, sun and my family.
Hobbies/Interests: In my free time I enjoy walking (esp with friends and dogs), yoga, gardening, travel and spending time with family.
I wish I could: Freeze time---my kids are growing up too quickly!!