Spotlights

2017 Women in Building Services: Ellen Talley-Lotzky, Symmons

What trends are you seeing so far this year?  My work focuses on the hospitality industry.  I’m seeing an increase in the emergence of brands, be it hotels, assisted living centers or traditional building management companies.  Each market segment strives to stand out from the crowd through use of unique yet memorable names, decorative design, and updated yet functional products throughout their properties 

2017 Women in Building Services: Diana Revkin, TPG Architecture

What trends are you seeing so far this year? Beauty and wellness concepts are dominating the retail scene, offering an ever-growing list of spa services. Online retailers continue to test the waters and look for new ways to…

2017 Women in Building Services: Francesca Bucci, BG Studio International

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? Be who you are. Most people respond positively to people who don’t pretend to be someone else. I also know how to delegate to people who are better than me in a particular field. I am better at seeing the big picture and looking ahead, strategy and communication are my best traits. That is why…

2017 Women in Building Services: Kevin Renée Gilbert, Gilbert International

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? I have always been more proactive than reactive; most of my time is spent anticipating what is to come and preparing for it, seeking to foresee obstacles and searching for alternative routes before hitting them…

2017 Women in Building Services: Julie Raisch, CompStak

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career?  My biggest obstacle has been being taken seriously. Historically, CRE conferences haven’t been filled with women, young people, and tech startups – I had to know my stuff. I spent time with senior brokers and studied the market. Over time…

2017 Women in Building Services: Kenne Shepherd, Kenne Shepherd Interior Design Architecture PLLC 

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? To me obstacles are opportunities to reinvent the present into the future I am looking to create. I don’t let myself get trapped in negative thinking about the worst that can happen or a cycle of complaining. I look beyond the obstacles in front of me and…

2017 Women in Building Services: Michele O’Connor, Langan

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? I developed many of my biggest strengths on the kindergarten playground–seriously. In my daily life, I make a conscious effort to listen, take chances, trust in others, focus on…

2017 Women in Building Services: Jennifer Carey, JLC Environmental Consultants

What trends are you seeing so far this year?  Our firm has experienced strong growth this year and it appears that real estate and construction should continue to do well for the foreseeable future. A recent New York Building Congress analysis of labor data reported…

2017 Women in Building Services: Michele Boddewyn, Boddewyn Gaynor Architects, d.p.c. 

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? Obstacles always present themselves throughout a career. Early on in my career, one of the challenges I faced as a new entrant into the field of architecture was working with consultants and contractors that had 30 or 40 years of experience. I learned that the key to my success was…

2017 Women in Building Services: Lisa Mulligan, Town of Brookhaven and Town of Brookhaven IDA and LDC

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? I try to surround myself with people who have strengths that differ from mine. I know that I cannot do everything, so I look for partners to work with me. I have also found that it is…