Kim Marks Calls on Fellow CREW Charlotte Members for New Barings Global HQ
 

November 19, 2019
Written by: Julie Sorensen, CREW Chicago

For 15 years, Kim Marks, Principal, Workplace Practice Leader and Head of Interior Design and Procurement Services for Progressive AE, has created workspaces for global financial management firm Barings. As the company began its third relocation to the top seven floors of a new Charlotte, N.C. high-rise, Marks was faced with a new challenge—designing Barings’ new global headquarters with brand standards to be replicated in offices worldwide.

Marks’ long-term relationship with Barings allowed her to introduce five fellow CREW Charlotte members to the project and champion for their selection.

  • Marks and her colleague Melissa Brown, Senior Interior Designer with Progressive AE, handled the design and specifications of the project
  • Cody Lipson, Business Development Specialist with Balfour Beatty Construction, served as the general contractor 
  • Emily Buehrer, Landscape Architect with Stimmel (formerly BLOC Design), handled the landscape design
  • Amber Brown, Market President with Alfred Williams & Company, provided the furniture
  • Scarlet Powell, Strategic Account Director with Unified Technology Systems, ensured the audio-visual systems were state-of-the-art

Marks’ project team received the 2018 Heavy Hitters Commercial Real Estate award for commercial interior space from the Charlotte Business Journal. The project was also recognized with CREW Charlotte’s 2018 Deal of the Year award, and the 2019 CREW Network Impact Award for Member-to-Member Business.

Marks credits her service on the CREW Charlotte board and multiple committees for allowing her to develop relationships with fellow CREW members and her project team.

“The relationships that I have developed in CREW make these business partners top of mind when their services and products are needed for a project,” she said.

Marks also recommends putting your best foot forward when receiving a referral for a project.

“Your services are not required on every job,” Marks said. “When you have the opportunity to work on a project, be highly professional about it, and make sure your performance reflects well on the referring member.”


Project lead:
 
Kim Marks
 

Kim Marks
Progressive AE
 

Current (2019) CREW members involved in this project:
 
Melissa Brown
 

Melissa Brown
Progressive AE
 

Cody Lipson
 

Cody Lipson 
Balfour Beatty Construction
 

Emily Buehrer
 

Emily Buehrer
Stimmel (formerly BLOC Design)
 

Amber Brown
 

Amber Brown
Alfred Williams & Company
 

Scarlett Powell
 

Scarlet Powell
Unified Technology Systems


Julie Sorensen

Julie Sorensen has over 20 years of experience in the Commercial Real Estate Transaction Services Industry, and has consulted with national and regional lenders, investors, property owners and servicers regarding their physical and environmental due diligence; specifically, identifying risks associated with commercial real estate, quantifying those risks and mitigating them. Sorensen has worked with clients in policy development and evaluation of the appropriate service levels for the client's risk tolerances and transaction-specific requirements. She has managed projects from single site transactions to portfolios in excess of 100 properties and has overseen projects across the US.



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