Member Spotlight: Kathy Johnston Umbach

June 8, 2022

Kathy Johnston Umbach, Principal and Owner, Human Dimensions Licensed Interior Design Services Inc.

I am the Principal and Owner of my licensed interior design firm, Human Dimensions Licensed Interior Design Services Inc. I have been practising for over 37 years. I started when I was twelve. Don't do the math.

When and how did you first get interested in the Commercial Real Estate Industry?

While I worked for Stantec, I was approached by Carla Voss to participate in CREW after the Edmonton CREW chapter was formed. It's been amazing ever since!

What was your path to where you are now?

I'm a curious soul. My fault is my willingness to say yes but every opportunity has been a blessing and gives me another tool on my tool belt. I'm obsessively client focused; I strive for excellence in all I do. It's built trust and has allowed me to have a $0 marketing budget.

If you were asked to give one piece of career advice to someone entering the commercial real estate sector, what would it be and how has this guidance helped your career?

Your word is your bond. Don't over-promise but do over-deliver. Tell the truth. Be authentic. Relax, it will all work out.

How has CREW affected your professional career? Has it changed your business and personal relationships in the Commercial Real Estate Industry?

I have a deep respect for all the lawyers in my posse. These women are rock stars.

I'm smarter because of their brilliance.

Share the top reasons you would encourage a member of the Commercial Real Estate Industry to get involved with CREW?

  1. There will always be a familiar face at your next male-centric event. Priceless.
  2. Strong women support other strong women to be even stronger. Think about that.
  3. We communicate differently. It is a joy to find your tribe.

As a bonus, Share an interesting or little known fact about yourself?

I'm a nerd. I love learning about random things and then applying that thinking to my current problem.

And a dog lover. I will stop on the trail to say hello to a dog and ignore their owner. No offense.