CREW panel: Everything's coming up roses for Austin real estate
February 19, 2014

Nearly two years into my stint as the Austin Business Journal’s real estate reporter, I finally felt up to the challenge to moderate a panel of real estate experts this week at the monthly luncheon for the Austin chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women. Getting to know the ins and outs of any beat doesn’t happen overnight, and real estate is especially challenging.

The panelists presented a wide range of perspectives and context. Marc Bove, president of The Bommarito Group, has been a practicing architect in Austin for 30 years. He’s also been one of the lone male members of CREW — a stalwart proponent for women in real estate from the get-go. After all, The Bommarito Group’s founder, Marla Bommarito-Crouch, has been his leading mentor all these years and he sees women as continuing to fill formidable roles in the local real estate market...

Rosalie Kessler is a past president of CREW and another veteran real estate professional, primarily within the marketing realm, but she’s just signed on as an asset manager for one of Austin’s most active investment and development companies — World Class Capital Group. Kessler believes that, for the most part, gender is a non-issue and Austin women are proving their worth in greater numbers. She’s obviously positioned herself to be in the midst of the transactional activity working for real estate wunderkind Nate Paul. In fact, ABJ named Paul one of the people to watch in the year ahead.

Alecia Burdick, an analyst with newly formed brokerage KMD Studley, couldn’t agree more. A recent University of Texas graduate, Burdick is already making her presence known in a field that for years has been dominated by men. Nothing is going to hold her back, and her boss, Marshall Davidson, says she’s the future of real estate in Austin. She’s gung-ho about Austin’s real estate future and expect to see more of her in the years ahead.

CREW panel: Everything's coming up roses for Austin real estate

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