Houston Inc., a nonprofit focused on revitalizing the city’s core.
“I enjoy collaborating with clients, understanding their goals and
needs and helping them to achieve their objectives. I’ll continue to seek
out challenges and to expand my knowledge and expertise,” she says,
particularly in the areas of sustainability and mentoring junior attorneys.
President & CFO
Heading up NAI Capital’s 15 offices and 250
brokers and staff, Howitt is known for her cash
management talent and for maintaining a debt-free company. With regard to current market
conditions, she says, “Southern California’s population increase alone will continue to generate
business. Coupled with the exposure of its glamorous lifestyle throughout the world, we continue to be trendsetters not
only in style but also in new technologies and business opportunities.
That will lead to continued demand for commercial real estate.”
Howitt says the new generation of women venturing into this field
understands how to be team players, having broken into “the old boys
club. Fortunately, women have significant experience in industries that
support commercial real estate, such as title insurance and banking.”
She’s a founding member of Step Up for Vets, a non-profit organization that aids returning veterans as they rebuild their civilian lives.
Opus West Corp.
For Janssen, being a real estate professional
comes first and being a woman in the industry
comes second. “It does take more for a woman to
gain respect from others, but it makes you work
harder,” she says. “I’m a living example that you
can have it all: a career, family and outside interests. It is a challenge to keep it balanced.”
During her tenure at Opus West, Janssen has taken on increasingly
visible roles. As deals have become more complex and accounting
reporting has become more scrutinized, her role in the overall operation
of the firm has gained considerable prominence. In addition to being
CFO, she oversees human resources and information technology.
Recently, Janssen implemented a weekly cash calculation tool that has
shifted the analysis function from historical reporting to forecasting.
ING Clarion Partners
New York City
During the past 12 months, Kahn has had a particular focus on developing and implementing
ING Clarion’s sustainable growth policies: its
applications for ING’s client portfolios, its integration into investment practices and its impact
on staff and facilities nationwide. “Forecasts call
for slowing growth and job losses in many indus-
tries that may result in flat or even declining occupancies and below-trend absorption,” she concedes. “However, market challenges can
create opportunities, and investments offering potentially outsized
returns can be strategically identified in this uncertain market.”
Kahn says that the climate for women has improved dramatically
since she entered the field. “There are many qualified women in every
aspect of the industry today,” says the executive, who has served as president of the New York Women Executives in Commercial Real Estate.
Partner & Global Co-Chair, Hospitality
and Leisure Practice Group
Globalization is the most important overall
trend in the commercial real estate industry
today, insists Kellman. As co-leader of DLA
Piper’s hospitality and leisure group, Kellman
is currently advising Prudential in the sale of
the multi-state Hotel Monaco portfolio and
representing the developer of a major mixed-use project in Saudi
Arabia. “As US brands expand overseas,” she says, “there is growing
investment in the Middle East and in many developing countries.”
Kellman has two primary career goals: to continue to build and
strengthen the unit she heads by further integrating the team across
national borders and practice areas; and the promotion and retention of more women and a diverse workforce in both her group and
in the industry at large.
Mary Ann King
Moran & Co.
Costa Mesa, CA
The first woman to chair the National Multi
Housing Council, King is responsible for managing Chicago-based Moran & Co.’s California
business as well as for coordinating and expanding the company’s platform nationwide. Her
current goal is to expand Moran & Co.’s platform in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast by
adding brokerage teams in those markets.
King is also committed to furthering the perception of multifamily as an accepted asset class worldwide. “The three major trends in
the apartment market today,” she says, “include the increasing focus
on mixed-use, urban infill and transit-oriented developments; the
development and refinement of green building standards for rehabs
as well as for new product; and an interest in attracting foreign capital to the sector.”
Executive Vice President
Over her 23-year career, Kos has been the
leasing agent for more than 16. 5 million sf of
office buildings and has finalized more than
5. 6 million sf of transactions. In 2007, she
received the company’s awards for Most
Square Footage Leased; Most Transactions
Completed; Top 25 Producers nationally;
and Top Landlord Representative. She has also served as a mentor to younger leasing agents and sits on Transwestern’s Midwest