Once a month 130 members of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa meet together for lunch, networking, and learning. This month the luncheon was held at the Centre Club and I had the privilege of speaking to the group on a panel of CEOs.  The other panel members included: Leigh Young (Ai Collaborative), Roxanne Amoroso (Incore Residential), Penny Larsen (Links Financial) and Leigh Fletcher (Fletcher & Fischer P.L.).

I was able to share the events that led up to the start of my business. I was an industrial broker, leasing and selling warehouse buildings. Early on I met EastGroup Properties, sold them a slew of foreclosed business parks to launch their presence in Tampa. Then I learned the development under their umbrella as they grew through ground up developments.  NPR was established in 1996, with EastGroup as my main client.  I added development services to my offerings after I left EastGroup in early 2002. When the economy took a nose dive with the Great Recession in 2006 it took a while for the effects to be felt, but they certainly found me! Many would think that beginning a commercial real estate firm was risky, but I submit that it was riskiest when I committed to staying in the business over the last few years.  I doubled my efforts with my own firm to see these efforts begin to bear fruit in 2011.

The panel was asked to share if they had any regrets, such as a missed opportunity. I strive to work in such a way that I won’t have regrets, as do most individuals.  Over the years I have had several offers to join firms as a leasing agent, then as a broker, then as a development manager. Each time I declined one of these offers, it was because I ultimately enjoy the choice to remain as my own boss.

Guests are welcomed at these luncheons with open arms. To learn more about CREW events open to the public please visit: http://www.crewtampabay.org/home.aspx and view the upcoming Events section.CREW Tampa Panel