Melissa A Wilhelm
Transaction & Operations Manager
Number of years in the industry
Started in Commercial Real Estate industry in 1997
Any CREW volunteer positions, committees, etc
Fundraising Committee, Director
Member Spotlight Questions
1. Where did you get your career started and what was the most valuable lesson you learned early on?
I started for a local commercial real estate data services provider called LeaseTrend -- which eventually got purchased by Costar. The biggest thing I learned on the data services side of commercial real estate is that change is inevitable…. You have to embrace the technology.
2. What inspires, drives, or motivates you in your career?
My interest in commercial real estate is what drives and motivates me. I love helping my clients but I also have a natural inquisitive interest in development. If I drive by a site where they are pushing dirt or there is construction, I have to find out what is being built.
3. What advice can you share for working with a challenging client or colleague?
Be honest and up front. I believe people can handle the truth!
4. What do you see taking shape in our industry in the next 5 or 10 years?
Well, with COVID-19…. Everything changes. In all aspects. Office space will look different with social distancing and cleaning, but I believe the need for office space will still exist. People need to be around people! Retail will have to adapt and there will be more curbside pick ups. And we will need more distribution space to accommodate the delivery demands.
5. Do you have any passions or hobbies outside of work?
My kids! I can’t get enough of everything they do. I love being a sports mom. I also coach and am active within my community.
6. Who is your personal hero?
My personal mantra is to try to be Christ-like. Give people a break and grace. Turn the other cheek. Look for the best in people. Start with the belief that things are done with the best intensions. And to give to God what I can’t control it and let him handle it.