Member Spotlight: Kimberlie Garraway

December 6, 2022

Kimberlie Garraway​, SVP Pro Management at ONE Properties
I am the SVP Property Management with ONE Properties.  I lead a team of 75 people in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, managing both multi-family and commercial properties.

When and how did you first get interested in the Commercial Real Estate Industry?
Like many people in property management, I fell into the industry after university.  It was initially just a job to pay the bills, but I was lucky to have two mentors that quickly showed me how this 'job' could be turned into an extremely challenging and rewarding career.  I was encouraged to start taking my RPA designation courses very early on in my career and had the good fortune to gain experience in many markets across Canada.  And ironically, 30 years later I am back in Edmonton working in the same building I started my career in!

What was your path to where you are now?
My personal life took me to Toronto for several years, which gave me the opportunity to grow my career.  I started as a property administrator in Edmonton, but quickly moved into a property manager role in Toronto, managing industrial real estate. I then progressed into a senior pm role, overseeing the industrial team which was great experience and set me up for my next opportunity as director of property management and leasing with ING Real Estate.  When the company was sold in 2010 I had the opportunity to work as an asset manager with KingSett, before making the decision to come back to Edmonton. I came back as in a director role in third party property management, but was then presented with a unique opportunity to work on the tenant's side as a director of asset management with Sobeys.  It was the first time in my career that I worked somewhere where the core business wasn't real estate!  When they relocated the office to Calgary I moved over to ONE as a director and moved into the VP role in 2018 when our portfolio started to grow.  I have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to grow the department over the past 7 years - we had 10 people when I started in 2015 and we now have 80+ just in property management.

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?
Take advantage of every opportunity and challenge that is thrown your way!  I love property management as each and every day is different and after 30 years I am still learning.  I had some very good fortune along the way, but my career was built on being the person to step in and say "I'll do it"

How has CREW affected your professional career? Has it changed your business and personal relationships in the Commercial Real Estate Industry?
A large portion of my career growth happened outside of Edmonton, so when I came back to the City I did not have the same connections or network that my peers who had grown their careers here did. Networking has never been one of my strengths, so walking into a sea of 'suits' at an industry event can be very intimidating when you don't know anyone. At my first CREW function I had 2 women come up and introduce themselves and made me feel welcome and I am still doing business with both of them.  

Share the top reason(s) you would encourage a member of the Commercial Real Estate Industry to get involved with CREW.
It is a wonderful opportunity for people to build their network in a supportive environment.  The connections you can make are from a wide variety of industry professionals. 

BONUS: Share an interesting or little-known fact about yourself?
In the middle of my career I spent 4 years in Shilo, MB where there was zero opportunities in commercial real estate, so I spent 3 years as the assistant manager of a country bar.