Mareena Bobey, CLO, Vice President Operations, Camgill Development Corporation
What is your favourite thing about working in Commercial Real Estate?
Similar to what other members have mentioned in past spotlights, seldom is this a boring industry. There are always new opportunities and challenges, especially right now as we deal with the impact of COVID-19. I also get the opportunity to work with a wide range of groups in the industry such as architects, brokers, lawyers, landlords, and tenants to name a few. But my most favorite thing is driving by a commercial site and actually getting to see something I had a hand in helping create.
In what year did you join Edmonton CREW?
I’ve been a member of Edmonton CREW since…2012.
Do you serve on any committees for Edmonton CREW? If yes, please tell us which one and what your role is there.
Not currently due to time constraints, but I am a prior Board Member and have participated on the Breaking Ground committees in the past.
What are 3 reasons you would encourage a colleague to join CREW?
There are a lot of associations that provide networking opportunities, but CREW is unique in that you get to surround yourself with highly successful likeminded women that are a great source of insight and wisdom in a very warm and welcoming environment.
The members of CREW have a genuine desire to help and support each other not just professionally but personally as well. Wine Wednesdays during the last few weeks is just one example of this.
CREW Provides you with access to quality educational and personal development classes and conferences both at the local level and at the CREW Network level.
What is your best CREW memory to-date?
I’ve had the opportunity to get to know and create friendships with a number of fantastic people through CREW. One memory that I think best exemplifies CREW is from when I attended the conference in San Diego.
One member arrived late due to flight delays. Although she finally arrived, her suitcase never did. There was another member that had an issue with her hotel and needed to find a new place to stay.
Within minutes of this being communicated through the Edmonton group there were multiple offers to share a room and enough donated clothing options to cover off each day of the conference and then some.
Everyone stepped up and rallied around to provide whatever was needed without a moment’s hesitation. For me that just speaks volumes as to how supportive of each other the members of this network are. It also doesn’t hurt that these ladies are a crazy amount of fun to hang out with.
Finish this sentence: “I would like other CREW members to call me when…”
Of course, when there may be an opportunity to do business or when they have questions about commercial development, or leasing/property management from the landlord’s side.
But also, when they want someone to run ideas past or just need to talk through what they are currently dealing with. Most of us have been there at some point in our careers where we could have used an objective party or a mentor and that is by far the best thing CREW has to offer.
How are you positively adapting to the work-from-home and or work/life challenges presenting by Covid-19 and self-isolation measures?
We have a smaller office and have only been rotating days between the office and home to reduce the number of people in the office for just a few weeks. My husband’s business is considered essential, so he has been going to work every day throughout Covid-19. This makes us likely more exposed than others. So, I feel that self-isolation at my home has been different than what most others have experienced.
I am starting to get tired of that saying that in every crisis there is opportunity, but I have learned how to use new programs and develop new communication styles.
I do believe that as we navigate through this epidemic, both personally and professionally, the lessons learned will become yet another facet of our strength as we move forward.