Membership Spotlight June 2022
Thursday, Jun 9, 2022
Membership Spotlight | Alexis Law
Alexis is the recipient of our inaugural CREW Vancouver Award at the SFU Beedie School of Business Scholarship. Alexis finished her last semester at the Beedie School of Business at SFU with a Bachelor in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing and Operations Management. She started working in the real estate industry through a co-op position as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Coordinator to a Residential Realtor. Alexis was eager to learn about other sectors within the real estate industry so she began working with a Commercial Realtor and Business Broker specializing in business asset sales and leases. Since October 2021, she has been working as a Junior Investment Analyst in the Portfolio Management team at Public Services and Procurement Canada.
How did you initially become involved in commercial real estate and what are your career aspirations upon graduating from SFU?
- I initially became involved in CRE when I started as an Unlicensed Assistant to a Commercial Realtor and Business Broker specializing in business asset sales and leases.
- Through my previous hospitality experience, it was able to translate my knowledge and skills in helping buyers and sellers looking to buy or sell their restaurant business.
- Post-graduation, I aspire to gain more exposure to a broad set of skills that will help me achieve success in a role in real estate allowing me to continuously learn and challenge myself professionally and personally.
- I’m a personable individual and I’m looking forward to continuing my career in real estate possibly in sales and/or development.
What excites you about the industry?
- What excites me about the industry is that there are endless opportunities within the CRE from brokerage/sales to finance and commercial lending.
- Additionally, with the growing number of professional women becoming leaders in CRE it’s even more inspirational to young individuals like myself to explore and achieve success in real estate.
What are your plans for growing and leading the industry?
- As I gain more experience in CRE, I want a career that will allow me to make a positive impact on the world and give back to others.
- Currently, women are still underrepresented in CRE and I hope to help make the path to executive leadership positions encouraging and attainable for females in the industry.
- Also, I want to encourage and mentor young individuals looking to pursue a career in the industry in the future.
What are your key takeaways from your experience with CREW Vancouver so far? Do you plan on joining CREW? If so, can you please share a few things you are looking to gain by being apart of this network?
- I’ve had a very positive experience with CREW Vancouver so far. Having the opportunity to meet Alicia and Madeline through this scholarship has given me greater insight into the CRE
- They provided me guidance and inspiration by sharing their experiences they’ve gained in their career
- I’m excited to be involved with CREW Vancouver through their mentorship program and meeting everyone in the virtual meet and greet tonight. I’m looking forward to attending in-person networking events (since the pandemic) and building connections with experienced female industry professionals to help me grow both professionally and personally.
If you were asked to give one piece of advice to university students looking to build a successful career in commercial real estate, what would it be?
- One piece of advice I would give to university students looking to pursue a career in CRE would be to network with industry professionals.
- You’d be able to get a better idea of the industry and learn what sectors/positions you’d be most passionate about.
Outside of school, what are your hobbies/passions and what advice do you have for maintaining a good school/life balance to be able to enjoy them?
- It’s important to maintain school/work/life balance to improve mental health and overall well-being.
- Outside of school, I enjoy going to hot yoga, fitness classes and trying new restaurants with friends.
- Especially working and attending classes from home, having time to socialize and step away allows me to be more productive and motivated with school and work.