For 20 years, Gail Bowden has beenadvising medical office clients in theSoutheast market to make informedinvestment decisions. For the durationof her two-decade career, she hasworked with SVN Commercial AdvisoryGroup as a senior investment advisor.Last year, Bowden was ranked the number two broker in the company. Bowdenis also committed to mentorship anddiversity. She leads several women’sgroups to usher women into the CRE industry and she works withnew entrants into the company to ensure the firm’s future success.
In her nearly four-decade career, CindyCooke has worked on every variation ofmultifamily deals, from large portfoliotransactions to affordable housing andnew market rate development inArizona. As a senior SVP of ColliersInternational, Cooke leads a team of 15.Last year alone, she closed 40 properties,a total of 9,384 units and nearly $1 billion in value. She was the top multifamilybroker in the company, and earnedColliers International’s Everest Award, given to brokers in the top10%. She is an active mentor, helping to guide the careers of youngprofessionals and promote self-growth.
Mary Cummins has been a dominantforce in the Southern California realestate market for 36 years. As presidentof Cummins Real Estate, she representsinvestment clients in all asset classesand raw land sales, focusing on theLatino community. In addition toinvestment brokerage, Cummins is areal estate appraiser and is regularlycalled as an expert legal witness. In hercareer, she has served as a witness inAmbassador Hotel litigation involving Donald Trump. As an industry influencer, she has served as a thought leader, discussing widespread community issues like the rising development costs and redtape and the housing crisis in Los Angeles.
As managing broker at Cagan’s Realty,
Mirela Dulu advises individual and insti-
tutional clients on multifamily invest-
ment deals. In her 25-year career, Dulu
has led sale and lease transactions across
all property sizes, from four units to 1,000
units. Along with her partner, Heather
Gallagher, Dulu closed the 154-building,
924-unit Heritage Village Pointe acquisi-
tion in December of last year, paving the
way for the largest condominium decon-
version program—by total number of units—in Illinois, and one of
the largest in the US. The $94 million transaction took 11 months
and is an example of the complex transactions for which Dulu and
her team is known.
CHRISTINE M. ESPENSHADE
Christine M. Espenshade’s 24-year
career has touched every segment of
the commercial real estate industry.
She worked in asset management,
underwriting, property management
and accounting before finding invest-
ment brokerage in 2009—and she
hasn’t looked back. As a vice chairman
at Newmark Knight Frank, her team
closes $1 billion in real estate deals
annually in the multifamily sector, rep-
resenting large institutional owners, real estate investment trusts,
investment funds and local families. In her professional brokerage
career, she has managed more than $8 billion in assets. Espenshade
is an active member of CREW Urban Land Institute’s Multifamily
council and the National Multifamily Housing Council.
As the VP of investments at Marcus &
Millichap, Karly Iacono is among the
firm’s top producers. For several years,
she has been ranked in the top 2% of
brokers in North America, frequently
taking on complex transactions on
behalf of national net lease investors.
This includes deals
with zero cash
flow debt struc-
ture and buyers
with CMBS debt defeasance requirements.
Iacono launched CRE Fast Five, an educational video series for investors and industry professionals, just one example of her commitment to supportingcareer growth as well as diversity. She is an active participant in thefirm’s diversity initiatives and a member of CREW.
Lynn LaChapelle is part of an elitegroup to forge the path for women inthe CRE industry. In the last 35 years,she has worked on some of the mostnoteworthy institutional deals in theSan Diego market, racking up totalinvestment advisory and lease transactions of $10 billion in value. In the lastyear, she has closed office, life scienceand mixed-use deals totaling $225 million. LaChapelle is passing on herknowledge to the next generation. As a managing director at JLL,she organized the firm’s first women’s leadership conference andserves on San Diego Women’s Business Network board at JLL.
JODI V. MEADE
An expert in the automotive property sales niche, Jodi V. Meade hasplayed an integral role in defining the asset subclass during her 35-yearcareer. She launched the automotive properties group at CBRE, and