Spotlights

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Christina Cadigan, Architectural Designer, DJSA Architecture, PC

What led you to your current profession? I took courses in engineering and architecture when I was a student at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston. I was influenced somewhat in my career choice by the example of my grandfather, who was a civil engineer for many years.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Megan Kane, Job Captain, DJSA Architecture, PC

What led you to your current profession? Every building, whether new or old, is unique and has a story to tell. It’s our job to make sure it’s told. A few things inspired me to pursue my current profession.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Candace Cunningham, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP

What are some of the benefits of being a mentor or having a mentor? Mentors are akin to an experienced, trusted friend, in a professional context. You can share frustrations and goals and they will provide an objective viewpoint, overlaying your subjective circumstances,

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Deirdre Robinson, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP

In the past year, what project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of? Every time I work with my clients to close on a project where new affordable housing units are going to be created I am proud of the work that we do.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Katherine Cruz, PE, Associate & Project Manager, Hancock Associates

What led you to your current profession? I was interested in engineering but wanted a career that wasn’t too technical and had lots of variety – civil engineering was a great fit! Also my mother, who was bursar at a local university, knew it was important for me to pick a career-centered major before starting college and stick with it. It was great advice.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Gail McNeice, Director/VP - Renewal Leasing, Linear Retail

What trends will dominate your industry in the coming months? The recovery of the economy will play a large impact on our industry.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Marilyn Santiago, Senior Commercial Real Estate Advisor, SVN Parsons Commercial Group - Boston

What led you to your current profession? I joined SVN Parson Commercial Group - Boston in 2008 as the director of marketing for the firm. Throughout the years I worked closely with the partners and managers and learned hands on the intricacies of real estate investing, ownership and management.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Kelly Colón, Director of Workplace Strategy, Cresa

In the past year, what project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of my ability to continue to support my family, students, clients, and company during a global pandemic that forced every segment of our lives to change on a dime.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Jennifer Defreest, Vice President of Marketing, Cresa

What are some of the benefits of being a mentor or having a mentor? The mentor/mentee relationship is a tremendous opportunity to gain skills and grow professionally. I’ve been lucky enough to have been on both ends of this relationship.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Vicki Keenan, Principal, Cresa

What are some of the benefits of being a mentor or having a mentor? I don’t claim to have many talents, but one that I do believe I possess is the ability to recognize potential. I take a personal interest in helping people identify their strengths and how they can use them to not only advance