Member Spotlights


Wendy Bell
Avison Young

Current job:  Senior Property Manager

Summary of your role in the company:   Oversee the property management of 2,500,000 square feet of properties in North and South Carolina.

How I chose my occupation: It is wonderful to do a job that you enjoy and that is why property management works for me. 

Years in the business: 25 years

My specialization is:   I enjoy learning buildings and how they work.   You also have the opportunity to meet so many different people, and they all have unique expertise in what they do in their position.

A good lead for me is:  Is a company that is needing management for their facility whether it be local or large REIT.

The most satisfying part of my job is: I like to learn new things, and in my job I learn something new all the time.   A building has so many aspects and you get to see the intricate way it works.   Then you can make the design of the building function in a way that it provides a healthy environment for your tenants.

Best leadership advice I have been given:  I read this from John Maxwell and it resonated with me for many years.  A leader is one who….knows the way…..goes the way….and shows the way.

Greatest professional achievement:  When I managed a new mixed-use project in the middle of a recession.

Number of years with CREW:   3 years

Most significant CREW connection:    Robin Turner was very much a part of why I joined CREW.   Robin is a women who always was a part of something that is valuable, helpful, and a place where you can give back.   Her experience drew me to CREW and I found she was right.

Place of birth/hometown: Albemarle, NC

Number of years in Charlotte:   30 years

Family:   Husband:  Jim Bell,   Daughter & Son-in-law:  Jason & Jennifer Ipock Daughter & Son-in-law:   Jason & Elizabeth Mitchell    Grandchildren:  Addison Ipock, Aiden Ipock, Ethan Mitchell and Ryan Mitchell

My ideal vacation spot: We have a home on Oak Island.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy reading, kayaking, and swimming.

Other professional organizations I belong to:   Institute of Real Estate Management, Sustain Charlotte, Wipe Out Waste

I wish I could: I enjoy photography and I love the outdoors.  I would like to know more about cameras and be able to capture the beauty of nature.



McKenzie Publicover
Kimley-Horn

Current job:  Civil Engineer & Project Manager at Kimley-Horn

Summary of your role in the company: I am a project manager with Kimley-Horn’s Development Services team. Day-to-day, I work with a team to design and permit site development projects.

How I chose my occupation: I always excelled in science and math in school, and civil engineering seemed like a natural fit. I went into the land development field specifically because it is a blend between the creative concepts of designing a site and the structured aspects of adhering to code requirements and engineering standards.

Years in the business: 5 years

My specialization is: Kimley-Horn is a full-service engineering firm providing  transportation/transit, land development, planning, utility, traffic, and market analysis services. My primary focus is development services and site civil engineering for multi-family, industrial, and land side aviation projects. I particularly enjoy assisting on rezonings.

A good lead for me is:  An introduction to someone in need of civil engineering services or anyone developing in the Charlotte area. I love hearing about everyone’s projects around the City!

The most satisfying part of my job is: I love being able to watch a site plan on paper come to life throughout construction. It’s really exciting to watch projects you’ve worked on become part of the community and contribute to the development and growth of our City.  

Best leadership advice I have been given:  Lead by example.

Greatest professional achievement:  Obtaining my PE and being able to work with the great team we have at Kimley-Horn. I really enjoy learning from our senior partners and having the opportunity to pass along those skills to train our new hires. 

Number of years with CREW: Around 2 years

Most significant CREW connection: Through previous involvement on the Student Outreach Committee, Janine Willis and I were able to present to the students at East Meck High school about science/engineering. It was fun to develop a presentation and speak with the students about career options in STEM fields.

Place of birth/hometown: Lexington, South Carolina

Number of years in Charlotte: 5 years

Family: My husband, Dann, and our two dogs, Tucker and Otis.

My ideal vacation spot: Somewhere I haven’t been before! I love a good weekend getaway and am currently trying to visit every National Park in the US.

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking. Yoga. Long walks with my dogs. Coffee. Audiobooks narrated by the author. The entire ABC Bachelor franchise. Running (TBD, I’m also signed up for my first half marathon in November, but still not sold on running!)

Other professional organizations I belong to: At the moment, I am only a member of CREW, but I was formerly a member of ULI and still enjoying attending events from time to time.

I wish I could:  Keep a basil plant alive.

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