Spotlights

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Kelly Lagergren, Principal, Cresa

What are some of the benefits of being a mentor or having a mentor? I have not had the benefit of being a mentor, but I can certainly speak to the benefits of having a mentor. I have been fortunate enough to have the same mentor for my entire 20+ year career at Cresa.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Alethea Sullivan Vice President Cabot, Cabot & Forbes

What trends will dominate your industry in the coming months? I think we are going to continue to see the desire to create or come up with innovative ways to implement live/work communities. The design of future multi-family projects will have that in mind and existing communities will re-evaluate their current amenity set-ups to accommodate this new way of life.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Noreen O’Toole, Principal, Platinum Partners LLC

What are some of the benefits of being a mentor or having a mentor? In my earlier years, I was fortunate enough to have a mentor. We connected and discussed business relationships, and he shared his guidance and professional expertise on leadership and emphasized learning and professional development.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Bianca Carlson, Development Associate, The Procopio Companies

What led you to your current profession? I started my career in property management and was always intrigued by the acquisitions/development side of multifamily real estate. I ultimately decided to pursue a career in the development side and, since then, have gained a robust knowledge of the multifamily development

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Joelle Denham, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, The Bulfinch Companies

What are some of the benefits of being a mentor or having a mentor? I would not be where I am today without the guidance and encouragement I received from my own mentor, who I met early on in my career while at Arthur Andersen, and subsequently worked with at Deloitte and then DiCicco, Gulman & Co.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Noelle Humphries, Associate Real Estate Development Director, NeighborWorks Housing Solutions

In the past year, what project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of? Bringing the redevelopment of an 83-unit mixed-income property to fruition. We’re closing on the financing and beginning interior and exterior renovations in September.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Krista Manna, Owner, KR Architecture & Interiors

What trends will dominate your industry in the coming months? Offices are becoming more than “just a place to go to every day.” That has especially proven true since the pandemic landed here, and the resulting hybrid work models where people work remotely some or much of the time.

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Charlotte Ostberg McAleer, Realtor, Herrick Lutts Realty Partners

What led you to your current profession? I hold both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Boston College and for a number of years I taught early childhood and special needs classes. I left the field of education to raise my children, and when it was time for me to return to work,

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Lisa Puffer, Estimator, Groom Construction Co., Inc.

What led you to your current profession? My career started as an Interior Designer in architectural firms where I evolved into a project manager. With my time spent at construction sites and working with budgets I wanted to be more involved in the projects

2021 Women in Commercial Real Estate: Patty Colone, Director of Compliance, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Groom Construction Co., Inc.

What are some of the benefits of being a mentor or having a mentor? Mentorship is one of the most rewarding aspects of my profession. To provide the caring and understanding needed to grow a mentee’s career, not only benefits them but my own work as well.