#CREFUTURE: Real estate and life sciences

Join us on April 21 for a moderated panel discussion on commercial real estate development in the life sciences industry.

April 21, 2023
5:00 - 6:00 Moderated Panel conversation and Audience Q&A
6:00 - 6:30 Networking reception
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road
Charlotte, NC 28217




Jeff Beck, Vice President for Life Sciences Project Delivery, Wood
Elizabeth McMillan, Vice President for Development, The Yield, Crescent Communities



Wyatt Street '23 MSRE, North State Development


#CREfuture is a panel discussion on forward-thinking topics in commercial real estate for future real estate leaders. Young professionals in commercial real estate provide an insider perspective on their career paths, current projects making waves in the market and their experiences as young leaders in commercial real estate. This event brings current students, young alumni and friends of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate together to network and connect over engaging topics impacting tomorrow's real estate market.


Explore past #CREfuture topics, panelists and photos.


Steve McClure, CEO of The Spectrum Companies
Todd Collins, Founder and CEO of Red Hill Ventures
Jane Wu, Founder and CEO of Panorama Holdings, LLC

Jake Alexander '22 MSRE, Wells Fargo Capital Markets


Renee Hill, MSRE Instructor, Belk College of Business
Kimarie Ankenbrand - Managing Director & Broker Lead, JLL
LaToya Faustin  Executive Director, She Built This City
Montell Watson  Director of Movement Direct and Minority Initiatives, Movement Mortgage
1. Jason Lawrence, Senior Transportion Planner (CATS)
2. Geoffrey Posluszny, Parking Consultant (Walker Parking)



Moderator & Alumna Ashley Cooper, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser (TB Harris JR & Associates)

Derek McGarryChief Engineer (Point Guard)

Sigrid FederAmerica’s Chief Administration Officer (CBRE)

Emily BarthSales Analyst (CBRE)

Why is there a lack of technology in real estate?

“There is a desire for concrete evidence on return on investment, which is sometimes harder to come up with. If it’s a new, intuitive technology, how is it making our processes any faster or easier? So until you have used that technology, or have concrete data, it’s hard to prove it has ROI.” - Sigrid Feder

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Panelists (left to right)

  1. Will PittsAssociate Executive Director, (Charlotte Sports Foundation)

  2. Moderator Virginia LutherAssociate Director, (Savilis Studley)

  3. Council Member Tariq BokhariDistrict 6 Representative, (Charlotte City Council)

  4. Alyson CraigDirector of Planning, Design & Development, (City of Charlotte Deputy)

  5. Steven PearceDirector of Business, (Charlotte Regional Partnership) 

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Panelists (left to right)

  1. Council Member Tariq BokhariDistrict 6 Representative, (Charlotte City Council)

  2. Bridget GrantLand Use and Development Consultant (Moore & Van Allen)

  3. City Councilman Larken Egleston, (City of Charlotte)

Panelists (left to right)

  1. Alumnus Henri GressetSenior Associate (Childress Klein Brokerage Services)

  2. Alumna Liz WardVP of Multi-Family Development (The Housing Partnership)

  3. Alumna Kristy VenningOffice Broker (Beacon Development Company)

  4. Board member Compie NewmanManaging Director (CBRE)