#CREFUTURE: Real estate and life sciences

Join us on April 18 at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for a moderated panel discussion on the vital nexus between real estate and life sciences, discussing topics poised to significantly impact the industry's trajectory. 

WHEN: April 18, 2024


  • 4–5 p.m. — Moderated panel conversation and audience Q&A
  • 5–6:30 p.m. — Networking reception

WHERE: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road
Charlotte, NC 28217


Kenlie Chapp

Moderator: Kenlie Chap

Executive Director of Research at Royster CRE

Kenlie is the Executive Director of Research at Royster CRE, a land advisory firm in Charlotte. She has ten years of industry experience with a specialization in development research. Prior to her current role, she led JLL Research in Charlotte and was a Multifamily Investment Sales Analyst with JLL Capital Markets. 

She has also held positions at Foundry Commercial, AvalonBay Communities, and RealPage. Kenlie is an active member of ULI Charlotte, was a Strategic Advisor for Charlotte’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan, completed the Commercial Real Estate certificate program at Cornell University, and will graduate UNC Charlotte's Masters in Real Estate program in May 2024.

Chase Kerley

Panelist: Chase Kerley

Managing Director, Crescent Communities

Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the commercial and residential real estate development industry. Strong real estate professional skilled in acquisitions, entitlement, land development, negotiation, real estate development, brokerage, and dispositions.

Dianne Jones

Panelist: Dianne Jones

Managing Director, JLL Business Location and Economic Incentives

Dianne is responsible for the oversight of site selection and incentives negotiations services to both privately held and publicly traded companies.  Her expertise in the site selection industry over the last 10 years has allowed her to assist in several industrial expansions, national site selection projects and corporate relocation projects ranging in size from $3 million to over $1 billion in multiple states.

Jordan Harris

Panelist: Jordan Harris

Business Recruitment Manager, City of Charlotte Economic Development

Recently joining the City of Charlotte's Economic Development team, Jordan brings over twelve years of community engagement, project management, and strategic planning experience to a role that focuses on positioning Charlotte as the best destination for business relocation and expansion.



#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)