How long have you been with CM&B?
2 ½ years. I started as a consultant and
then moved in-house last year.
Did you always know you wanted to work in the construction industry? Or did it happen by accident?
Absolutely by accident! In fact, my husband always jokes
about how I swing a mean hammer.
When I moved to New York 17 years ago, I thought I wanted to be a food critic. My career has meandered around all facets of the hospitality industry (my passion) from in-house at a restaurant group to the design side and now the construction side. It’s fascinating to see all aspects of the industry, and I love helping people build memorable spaces.
What is your favorite CM&B project and why?
Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards. The complexity of the back-of-house and mechanical systems is like nothing I’ve seen before, and the concept is a game-changing experience for that part of the city. I love the way it engages with the street while still being a part of a multi-billion-dollar development. And the churros are to die for!
What is the most challenging part of your role and
what is the most rewarding?
For anyone in a business development role, you know how hard it is to open doors and engage people to start a conversation. You need to possess a thick skin and a polite relentlessness. However, the reward in building a long-term relationship and closing a deal is exhilarating.
What tool can you not live without in your role?
Email. Too basic? Ok fine – CRM. The value in keeping track of opportunities and conversations is invaluable.