Member Spotlight: Cristina Tulabut

November 26, 2021

Cristina Tulabut, Senior Property Administrator, RioCan REIT

I am a Senior Property Administrator at RioCan REIT. I started with the company in May of 2018 and has been, I'd like to believe, an essential part of the team since then. I do a combination of accounting, administrative and customer relations from ensuring rents are collected and posted on a timely manner, all tenant-related concerns are addressed and resolved to creating purchase orders, receiving and reviewing correspondences and make sure they agree to the executed lease agreements, insurance tracking, etc. I also assist my Property Manager with the preparation and tracking of annual budget and obtaining necessary reports, tendering and finalizing contracts and so much more. Prior to joining RioCan, I had worked for one of RioCan's national tenants, Lubexx Enterprises which manages all Jiffy Lube locations all over Canada and had dealt with all franchisees. So I already had an experience with landlordtenant relationship even before I am introduced to the real-estate world.

What originally drew you to CREW? Can you share with us a few things you have learned or gained since joining?

I learned about CREW through Kim Wingerak, RioCan's VP of Western Operations. I did my homework and found out that is such a big organization that empowers women to excel, influence and lead by example. I am a member of other women's group and non-for-profit organizations so volunteering and being active in my community is not new to me. By joining CREW, however, I look forward to broadening my professional network. I have attended virtual events and made aware of the mentoring program which I believe is mutually beneficial for both the mentor and mentee. I am looking forward to getting involved in CREW events and undertakings.

What are your favourite aspects of your job? Can you share what motivates your success and drive?

I am passionate about my job and has an incredibly good work ethic. I always put my best foot forward and ensure that any given task given to me is delivered. I think that is really important.

What originally drew you to the CRE industry? What advice do you have for someone who is looking for, or is new to, a career in CRE?

I am very social and loves being around people. I have been presented with opportunities in the past which will allow me to work in the customer service related industry. I was ready to become a licensed insurance advisor but that didn't push through. So when i was looking to transition from my old job and was given the opportunity to work in commercial real estate, I grabbed the chance. I have learned a lot in the last 3 years of working in the property management. I intend to sign up with BOMA, get my Real Estate license and advance my career.

Our industry has seen a big shift with the ongoing pandemic. What tips do you have for staying connected to clients and colleagues at this time?

When we were mandated to work remotely in 2020 due to the pandemic, I remained connected with friends and colleagues virtually. I encouraged my tenants to reach out by phone calls. Hearing their concerns and what they were going through instead of just merely reading emails felt more personal. However, we all know it is different from actually seeing people in person and have a face-to-face interaction. So when I got the email if i want to go back to the office, I immediately said yes. Employees can still work with caution and practice safe distancing. Much as I enjoy teh comfort of working from home or virtual get together, I (we) need the physical separation between work and social/personal life. Being at home is supposed to time where i decompress, not having everything together in the same space.

What is the best piece of career or life advice you have received?

I didn't have an easy life. I am a single mom and between raising and providing solely for my kids, I have learned a great deal of how to be independent, at the same time be a person of integrity and value. I have been with learned a lot from people I have been with and worked in the past. But I taught myself to always be the best that I can be. Do not let people overstep you, or do not overstep. If you are right, speak up. Let your voice be heard. If you want something so bad, you have to work hard into attaining it. Always connect to people.

Outside of work, what hobbies are you passionate about? How do you make sure you maintain time to enjoy them while balancing work and home life?

I go out with friends at least once every 2 weeks. I love going for nature walks, or dinners and movies with my boyfriend. I work out regularly (although to be honest, sometimes I make excuses not to lol). After a long day at work, I cook supper (which I love doing; I can be a chef on my next life :D) and bond with my daughters by watching our fave tv shows together. My daughters are all adults already but we make it a point to spend family time.