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.”
Current (2019) CREW members involved in this project:
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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