Spotlights

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: Shari Leventhal, Langan

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? I use my excellent communication skills to develop relationships with peers and clients. Clients enjoy working with me because I can effectively convey any issues that may arise and propose a resolution. My calm and clear-headed approach to speaking with clients gives them confidence that our team can tackle any challenges that come our way.

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: Sara Ngan, FXFOWLE

What trends are you seeing so far this year?  I am seeing more cultural and institutional projects and less opportunities in the luxury residential market. The luxury residential market seems to be more cautious at the moment, yet mid-market rate units are doing very well.  What do you do for fun? I love cooking and baking for family and friends. There’s nothing like enjoying a great meal with people you care about.

Nina Peek and Colleen Griffiths of AKRF prepare and plan for adaptive reuse

Adaptive reuse, or the continued use of a building for a new and redefined purpose, continues to gain prominence in residential and commercial land development. Often associated with historic or culturally significant structures, adaptive reuse has been employed as a land use and real estate strategy to combat urban sprawl, promote sustainable design, and revitalize underutilized commercial or industrial zones.

2017 Women in Building Services: Pansy Cheng, H2M architects & engineers

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? Through hard work and persistence. English was not my native language, so when I first arrived in the U.S., I had a difficult time understanding my study materials. In order to succeed, I knew I had to work twice as hard and study twice as long compared to my classmates. I ended up graduating with honors and was inducted into the Cum Laude Society along with seven other members in my class. Using the same strategy, I obtained my architecture registration, LEED AP and Interior Design certifications.

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…