Colliers International is the fourth-largest commercial real estate company in the world, so Omaha office associates have the resources to provide clients with a full range of commercial real estate and property management services, and assist owners and tenants with their real estate decisions. They’re also proud to share that, in a field that is still male-dominated globally, the Omaha team includes a female chief financial officer, a female vice president, six female brokers, and two female property managers.
Vice president Cindi Incontro, who has 24 years of experience in the commercial real estate business, describes the Colliers Omaha office as “professional, fun, and different every day.”
“Our group is filled with an amazing group of smart people, with multiple women in leadership roles who understand and enjoy helping clients find real-world solutions for their real estate needs,” she says. “Colliers is incredibly family-friendly and work/life balance aware. Our female employees are empowered to be creative, knowledgeable, and leaders in our industry.”
Chris Mensinger, a commercial real estate broker who’s been with Colliers since 2011, says women bring a “new perspective” to the field.
“Women understand what it takes to keep negotiations moving forward. As someone who works between several parties to get the best end result, keeping personalities, emotions, and expectations under control is an important part of brokerage,” she says. “My work is not about me; it is about how real estate decisions best serve my clients. These are important, costly, long-term decisions that make a huge impact on organizations.”
Mensinger says her employer supports the career goals of women and men alike.
“Colliers International is a group of strong and focused professionals that have helped me grow my business and teach me the industry. They have supported my dedication to advancing women in the industry through my participation in CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), Omaha Metro,” she says.
She is giving others similar support as well. At the end of the day, “I would like to be known as someone of character who promotes other women and appreciates those who have struggled before me to give me the opportunity to work successfully in my field,” she says.
Kristi Andersen, an associate broker who came to commercial real estate after 20 years of working in the communications industry, says Colliers has a reputation for integrity, a characteristic she values highly. But it is up to individual associates to earn repeat business and referrals by making sure clients are satisfied.
“We believe in building relationships and providing our clients personalized service,” she says. “I have built strong relationships in Omaha. Relationship-building continues to be my primary goal in this field…I want my clients to know that I have their best interests in mind at all times.”
It’s part of a bigger picture, too, she says. “Our community is fortunate to have many women who are business leaders and business owners and they, too, have many reasons to need the assistance of a good commercial real estate broker.”
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This sponsored content appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of B2B.