Spotlights

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: 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.

2017 Women in Building Services: Erin Anthony, AKF Group

What trends are you seeing so far this year? Landlords have been evaluating capital infrastructure improvement projects and benchmarking the existing conditions of their properties. Within office tenant projects, bench style or hoteling type workstations have been popular, and commercial tenants are looking at properties in Brooklyn and Queens. Landlords are attracting food halls as an extension of the popularity of food trucks and high-end restaurants to their retail spaces throughout New York City.

2017 Women in Building Services: Bonnie Hagen, Bright Energy Services

What trends are you seeing so far this year?  Given the new administration in Washington D.C. is full of climate change skeptics, slashing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and other critical climate change initiatives, I am seeing a trend in the states, local municipalities and businesses moving forward with…

2017 Women in Building Services: Lisa Bauerle, MKDA

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? I am grateful that in my career I have had very few obstacles that prevented me from designing to my best ability or reaching a desired position. One that does come to mind is being underestimated by my colleagues and bosses. I confronted this with a strong work ethic and plenty of self-confidence. Gaining trust from both my colleagues and clients is always rewarding for me. 

2017 Women in Building Services: Wendi Shafran, FXFOWLE

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? Earlier in my career, I was asked to attend a meeting in place of a more senior colleague who was unexpectedly unavailable. Recognizing my inexperience with the subject matter, I quickly immersed myself in a lot of related material, carefully considering the multiple points of view. By creatively using the knowledge I had acquired, I was able to bring resolution to a complex and time sensitive issue.

2017 Women in Building Services: Sarah Nolan Hoff, Hoffhaus Creative

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career?  While it’s improving, the biggest obstacle is that many firm leaders see marketing as a support role. Marketing is responsible for crafting your message to the world, aligning your firm processes around business strategy, presenting your portfolio in the best light, and…

2017 Women in Building Services: Caren Maio, Nestio

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? It really depends on the obstacle at hand, but I think keeping perspective has always served me. I’ve always tried to see things as they are – not better, not worse. I’ve learned to…

2017 Women in Building Services: Amy Rose, Rose Associates, Inc. 

What trends are you seeing so far this year? Renters continue to gravitate toward properties that offer robust amenity packages that enhance their day-to-day life in an effortless way. In 2017, we introduced a building-specific mobile app to…

2017 Women in Building Services: Cathy Hoffman, Atlantic Westchester, Inc.

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? I knew I was entering a male-dominated industry, but growing up with four older brothers, and in a neighborhood full of boys, I pushed to excel and prove to everyone that women can work hard and play hard too.