2021 CREWMates Mentorship Program Mentor Bios - We are thrilled to announce some of the committed mentors for 2021 CREWMates Mentorship Program ...
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2021 CREWMates Mentorship Program Mentor Bios We are thrilled to announce some of the committed mentors for 2021 CREWMates Mentorship Program. Please check out their bios below!
Amy Bradac, AIA, LEED AP Amy Bradac founded Bradac Co in 2013 as a full- service real estate construction management firm. As the CEO, she is responsible for the daily operations of the company, building new business relationships, and ensuring our team delivers high quality, high value service to all of our clients. Amy’s 20+ years of experience as an architect and contractor give her the unique perspective of having viewed the industry from every angle, which makes her particularly adept at facilitating communication and moving projects forward on time and on budget.
Ginger Bryant is a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Sares Regis Group of Northern California. She entered the real estate world in 1985 and Ginger Bryant spent 8 years at Prometheus Real Estate. She joined Sares Regis Group of Northern California in 1993, where she is responsible for Finance, Accounting, IT, Asset Management for one of the Bay Area’s most active development companies. She also sits on the company’s Investment Committee and the Investment Committee for the Sares Regis Multifamily Value Add Funds. Ginger is an equity partner and a C-suite executive. She has been heavily involved in the local and national CREW groups for more than 25 years. In 2018, she received the CREW San Francisco Chapter MVP award, in honor of her long-time service and commitment to the organization. She is a past president of CREW San Francisco (2000) and CREW Network (2005). Ginger earned a degree in accounting (CPA) from University of Missouri- Columbia.
Jenny Forrest is a Director of Construction Management at Hudson Pacific Properties. Jenny Jenny Forest leads a team of ten professionals to manage construction projects at 9 million sq.ft. of office and retail properties in the Bay Area. Hudson Pacific Properties is a REIT, with a focus on innovation, ESG, and building great spaces for our tenants. She is an effective and motivated leader with over 20 years of experience in design, construction, and commercial real estate. She’s not only passionate about collaboration, construction, and sustainability, but also a creative and strategic thinker, with a strong practice of process improvement. Jenny is dedicated to professional growth and development, and she hopes to give back to aspiring professionals and make a meaningful contribution. Jenny earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley.
Suman Gera is a managing director, real estate portfolio manager focusing on executing investment Suman Gera, CPA, CCIM strategies for clients at Aegon Asset Management. Prior to joining the organization, Suman was senior advisor at Atlanta Housing Authority for about a year. Prior to that she spent 10 years at TIAA- CREF/Nuveen, at first as director of ground-up real estate developments, then as an international portfolio manager and then as managing director, head of real estate asset management. Previously, she was a separate account portfolio manager for over ten years at Lend Lease Real Estate (formerly Equitable Real Estate). Suman has over 30 years of industry experience. She received her BBA in accounting from Georgia State University, earned a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the CCIM Institute and is a CPA® charter holder.
Lada Kocherovsky is 2021 CREW SF President. As a Principal at Page & Turnbull, Lada has led numerous rehabilitations, adaptive reuse and new Lada Kocherovsky construction projects in the Bay Area. She also is in charge of financial management of the 40+ person architecture, planning, and historic preservation firm’s finances. She is an architect with a passion for integrating new contemporary design in existing and historic environments. Lada’s projects range from major commercial and institutional rehabilitations to feasibility studies, programming and planning analyses, and design of commercial interiors. Noted for her ability to lead innovative integration of new architecture into existing structures and settings, Lada excels in creating communicative and integrated teams, with powerful results proven by numerous multi- disciplinary projects, including the Martial Cottle Park Visitor Center in San Jose, the Social Hall and Crocker Dining Hall at Asilomar State Park in Pacific Grove, and the $110 million Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco, among others.
Mary Kay Kennedy is an Area Manager and Counsel at First American Title – National Mary Kay Kennedy Commercial Services, where she manages the escrow team, underwriters, and sales representatives. Prior to working at First American Title, she was the National Operations Manager of First American Exchange. Mary Kay has been a real estate attorney for over 25 years, both in private practice and as in-house counsel. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and CREW San Francisco, and is a former Chair of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California. Mary Kay received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from University of Illinois and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Samantha S. Low, LEED AP (BD+C) is a tenant real estate advisor at Cushman & Wakefield and a co- founder of TenantSee (www.tenantsee.co), a technology that empowers tenants with knowledge on what goes on behind the CRE transaction curtain, which provides Samantha Low, LEED AP (BD+C) transparency and efficiency from site selections to moving into a new space. TenantSee won an award at the CRE Tech Conference in December 2018. She is the 2020 CREW SF President; whose mission is to develop and advance women as leaders in the CRE industry. She was recognized by Bisnow as one of the Bay Area Power Women in 2019 and the 2019 CREW SF MVP in the Elevate hosted by The Registry. She is also the Industry Outreach chair of the Cushman & Wakefield WIN (Women Integrated Network) SF Chapter, the West Region co-chair of C&W ASPIRE (Asian and Pacific Islanders Professionals in Real Estate), and a prominent diversity & inclusion advocator. She lives in SF with her husband and three daughters. When not tirelessly supporting her family and purposes, she can easily spend an entire day at the museum or watch Game of Thornes. Samantha earned a degree in Architectural Electrical Engineering from University of Kansas.
Jennifer Raike is Vice President – Senior Account Executive for Old Republic Title Company in San Francisco. She has been with the company since 1990 and works with real estate brokers, attorneys, lenders, developers, buyers and sellers as a “go-to” person for title, escrow and property information needs essential to the successful closing of transactions of all types and sizes. Jennifer grew up in the Jennifer F. Raike world of commercial real estate. Prior to 1990, she sold and leased commercial/ industrial properties for Damon Raike & Company in San Francisco (now Cushman & Wakefield). In addition to her “day job” with Old Republic Title, Jennifer has been very active in CREW-SF (Commercial Real Estate Women) as a Past President (2002). She has been an adviser to the Sponsorship and Programs Committees and has worked to help develop a Mentorship Program. In addition, Jennifer was one of the founding members of The Leading Edge (a Mentorship program spearheaded by Monica Finnegan). Jennifer is also a member of Lambda Alpha International and SPUR. Jennifer sits on the Board of Governors of The City Club and is a former board member of TMC Development and Ohlhoff Recovery Programs. In her “spare” time, she enjoys travel… especially abroad. She is an avid reader and loves to walk the hills in her neighborhood as well as Crissy Field. Jennifer enjoys the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco ballet in addition to the other wonderful programs and events that our first-class city has to offer. A fourth generation San Franciscan, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Susan Spielman is a Senior Sales Executive at Pivot Interiors. She has been a top achiever in the Bay Area in commercial furniture sales (Herman Susan Spielman Miller dealerships) for many years. With high- profile clients in the Legal, Venture Capital, Financial Services, and Technology sectors, Susan specializes in creating workspaces that mean business. Her specialty includes highly complex design projects with close collaboration with architects, project managers, clients, general contractors, building owners, etc. Susan loves crossword puzzles and other word and number games. She is always looking for ways to raise the bar, for herself and for her team. That’s what makes all the hard work and long hours worthwhile. Susan earned a degree in Political Science from Stony Brook University.
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