As part of an ongoing series of interviews with leading members of ULI Philadelphia, meet our Chair for Mission Advancement and Vice President for Business Development at Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company.
How long have you been a ULI member?
I have been a member since 2005 and serve in this region on the Advisory Board, the Management & Governance Committee, the Women’s Leadership Council and the Young Leaders Council. Nationally, I serve on the Programming Committee and Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee and the Next 100 Formation Committee.
How has being a ULI member benefitted you?
I came into the industry with no real estate educational background. So, for me, ULI was a library without walls — it is the platform where I learned about best practices and trends while also tapping into the real estate community. On a more personal level I have met many of my closest friends through ULI.
Tell us a little about your firm and what you do.
Commonwealth Land Title delivers the full spectrum of commercial real estate services and support. We coordinate and close real estate transactions locally and nationally. Our clients include public REITs, high net worth individuals and many others. I am responsible for developing and expanding business by providing customer service and expertise for a timely and successful closing.
What tips do you have for local members looking to get involved at the national level?
To get involved on a national level, startswith attending a Fall or Spring Meeting. The Meetings are a great way to learn about trends and best practices while giving you access to members from around the world. In addition, Product Councils meet at every Fall and Spring Meeting. Product Councils are an opportunity to learn in a confidential and intimate setting with 40-50 members sharing ideas and networking. Another way to get involved nationally is to demonstrate leadership at the District Council level. For example, I helped spearhead the Women’s Leadership Initiative for our District Council. Subsequently, National noticed, and I was appointed to the National Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee. If you are interested in getting involved locally or nationally, please reach out to me.
What would you be doing if you weren’t involved in real estate?
I’d be trying to save the world in some way — through education or helping to feed the hungry. I feel very passionate about doing something for humanity.
What do you see as our biggest land use challenge?
If we believe in the urbanization of America, then public transportation and our aging infrastructure need to improve. With more people moving to urban centers, we need to develop a culture which supports those who want to drive less.
You’re known for traveling internationally. What was your last big trip?
Aside from the ULI national meeting in Vancouver, I recently spent three weeks in India preparing for my sister’s wedding. It was fun, but exhausting!