Spotlights

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: 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: 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: 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: 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…

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: 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.

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: 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: Julia Lindh, MKDA

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? I make sure my clients know they are my priority. This has led to long-term relationships. It’s not about winning the job, getting it done and moving on. I want to foster a long-term relationship so I am the…