CREW Network Foundation scholars

Congratulations to our 2014 scholarship recipients

 

The CREW Network Foundation Scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in CREW Network's Qualified Fields of Commercial Real Estate.
 

Taylor Benjamin
 

Taylor Benjamin
Hometown:  Denver, Colorado
University: Senior, University of Alabama
Focus of study: Real Estate Finance

Growing up, Taylor was nicknamed the family realtor because she loved looking at houses and knew she wanted a career in real estate.  However, she became interested in commercial real estate when a summer internship landed her in a multifamily commercial real estate office in her hometown of Denver, Colo. She worked under leaders in the Denver apartment market as they brokered investment deals in apartment buildings. Hooked on the multifamily market, Taylor interned the following summer in Charlotte, N.C., with the largest property management company in the country, gaining knowledge about another side of the apartment business.

Throughout college, Taylor has maintained a 3.9 cumulative GPA. She also spent one semester studying in Alicante, Spain. She hopes to one day head a commercial real estate and development company that focuses on sustainable building and historic preservation.
 

Megan Berry
 

Megan Berry
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
University: Graduate, Washington University in St. Louis
Focus of study: Business Administration and Architecture

Megan has aligned her passion for creating innovative land use strategies to her academic and professional experiences through her commitment to finding synergies between design and business. Megan spearheaded the winning proposal for the 2013 Olin Sustainability Case Competition by developing a revenue-generating model to mitigate land vacancy in St. Louis.  

Megan was selected as a fellow of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management because of her passion for enhancing the diversity and inclusion of women in business school and in corporate management. Megan currently serves as the student body president of the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, co-president of the Olin Real Estate Club, and the Graduate Student Business Association’s vice president of external relations. Megan continues to apply her cross-functional teamwork skills to her professional experiences in real estate development. During the summer, Megan gained cross-departmental experience as a project manager in Global Store Development at Starbucks Coffee Co. Last summer, the dean of the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design selected Megan as the sole graduate recipient of the SCDA Architectsʼ Award. This granted her a summer design position at SCDA Architectsʼ Singapore office, exposing her to the international real estate market. Upon graduation, Megan will combine her experience in architectural design and business strategy to pursue her passion in real estate development.
 

Erica Chan
 

Erica Chan
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
University: Senior, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Focus of study: Finance

Erica’s interest in high-rises led her to learn more about commercial real estate. After enrolling in a few real estate classes, her interest in real estate blossomed. Says Erica, “Real estate is more of an art than science because no two properties are alike, hence requiring different approaches and challenging my resourcefulness.”

She is a strong believer on giving back to the community and has been volunteering as a tax preparer for five years. Her goal is to further extend her real estate knowledge for a successful career in commercial real estate in the near future. She believes that with determination and hard work, her real estate knowledge will allow her to discover greater means by which she can bring changes to the community around her.
 

Latricia Gordon
 

Latricia Gordon
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
University: Graduate, Roosevelt University
Focus of study: Business Administration, Real Estate and Finance

While considering different commercial real estate career paths, Latricia noted that those getting the greatest rewards for their risks were the developers. This career was right up her alley. She plans to use her love of networking to pull the right people together to build grand developments throughout the world.

She is currently the owner of a successful business that focuses on interior architecture, business district redevelopment and project management. Latricia currently holds a 3.9/4.0 GPA and will graduate in May 2015 after study abroad in Australia.
 

Auja Little
 

Auja Little
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
University: Senior, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Focus of study: Finance

A business honors student at UNC-Charlotte, Auja holds a 3.7 GPA while working as an intern and staying active within her college community as a twice-appointed member of the Student Activity Fees Commission. She will graduate in May 2015 with a degree in finance. Auja attributes her interest in commercial real estate to great opportunities and even greater mentors. Says Auja, “When I started at my first commercial real estate firm, I knew nothing about the industry. I ended up working for a brilliant mentor who opened my eyes to commercial real estate and ignited my current passion. Seeing that I could bring my own entrepreneurial spirit and project management skills to work every day made a career in commercial real estate something I ardently wanted to pursue.”

Her constant desire to grow and move forward pushes Auja to continue building knowledge and experience. Her future plans involve focusing on acquisitions and investments while climbing to a senior position in a commercial real estate firm. Ultimately, she desires to “pay it forward” and culminate her skills and life experience in the mentoring of future women who strive to reach similar goals.
 

Kimberly McLucas
 

Kimberly “Nikki” McLucas
Hometown: Concord, North Carolina
University: Junior, Western Carolina University
Focus of study: Accounting, Leadership and Finance

Nikki’s involvement on campus is extensive. She juggles executive positions in WCU’s leadership programs/conferences and her sorority, and serves in student government while maintaining status in the Honors College. Having a learning disability in reading, she remains focused on achieving her goal of becoming a CPA.  During the summer, she participated in the leadership program with Elliott Davis, a regional accounting firm, which provided an opportunity with its tax program to combine her passion for real estate with her career aspirations in public accounting.

Her interest in commercial real estate came from working in several different real estate-affiliated companies over the past three years. Over her summers and holiday breaks, she continues to gain more interest in the real estate field by attending CREW Charlotte events and student-oriented functions sponsored by CREW Charlotte with her mother. She has worked in the accounting offices of a development/property management firm and two different construction companies, which gave her exposure to several different career opportunities in real estate. She states, “I am excited about the opportunities CREW Network offers through its mentoring and networking programs, in addition to the internship opportunities that allow exposure to many influential professionals, particularly women, with achievements aligned to my goals. The opportunity to learn from these incredible leaders is very exciting for me.”
 

Meghan McShan
 

Meghan McShan
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
University: Graduate, University of Illinois at Chicago
Focus of study: Urban Planning and Policy, and Economic Development

Meghan currently maintains a 4.0 GPA while balancing dual commitments as an intern with the City of Evanston’s Economic Development Department and as a research assistant with UIC’s Center for Urban Economic Development.

After graduating from Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Meghan became interested in commercial real estate after working as an associate at a local planning consulting firm, where she led community outreach campaigns and conducted research to inform innovative social entrepreneurship ventures. In this position, she also supported the launch of Fundwell.com, a small business financing search engine and news portal. 

Meghan’s career interests after graduation include working within the commercial real estate industry to develop policy tools and market interventions that promote revitalization within disinvested neighborhoods and encourage local business ownership. Says Meghan, “I dream of developing a model of retail incubation that would serve as a hub of entrepreneurship and commercial investment for blighted neighborhoods.”
 

Dan Nguyen
 

Dan Nguyen
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
University: Senior, Virginia Tech
Focus of study: Property Management, Real Estate, Business and Entrepreneurship

Dan currently holds a 3.82 GPA and is scheduled to graduate in May 2015. She is very passionate about the real estate industry — her course work and internships have allowed her to expand her knowledge in several different aspects of the real estate industry, such as development, investment and management. Dan’s goal in the near future is to pursue a career in asset management, which will allow her to utilize her analytical skills in identifying ways to improve the financial performance of real estate properties.

“I love to learn, to explore, and to challenge myself.” Dan says. “I also love the concept of being efficient and effective at the same time, which is the reason I always search for ways to work smarter in order to generate high-quality results from modest resources. I hope to be able to apply this philosophy into real estate practices. I am eager to find new ways to improve the operations of real estate properties. My focus would be on lean practices that can increase properties’ net operating incomes and  tenants’ satisfaction while reducing unnecessary expenses, which will eventually have positive impacts on the properties’ values.”
 

Hanna Oimoen
 

Hanna Oimoen
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
University: Senior, University of Illinois
Focus of study: Finance

Hanna has been interested in architecture and real estate since she was in the sixth grade, when a teacher had her create her ideal home. She attended the University of Oregon during her first two years of college to pursue an architecture degree but found that the financial side of real estate interested her more so she transferred and changed her major.

Last summer she interned with Diversified Real Estate Capital, which opened her eyes to the endless opportunities in commercial real estate. She is currently an intern at State Farm in its real estate investment department. Her long-term goal is to run her own development company that specializes in sustainable design for lower-income housing.
 

Leeron Regev
 

Leeron Regev
Hometown: Woodland Hills, California
University: Senior, University of Southern California
Focus of study: Real Estate Policy, Planning and Development

Watching real estate projects come to life gives Leeron a sense of fulfillment. She is currently completing the courses required to achieve her real estate license and is looking forward to learning more about real estate finance and investments. She is excited to delve into new projects and is looking forward to meeting spirited associates along the way.
 

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