AZCREW Q&A: Jackie Orcutt, Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield
A: Commercial real estate is a wonderful field in which to work, but it is no secret that historically there have been far fewer women in the industry than men. My membership has introduced me to so many inspiring people — men and women alike — who have professional goals similar to my own. What I love most about being an active member is the ability to collaborate with accomplished real estate professionals, learn from some of the best women in the industry, and participate in an outstanding national organization dedicated to promoting education and civic service.
Q: What about AZCREW do you find to be most rewarding?
A: I start every day with a list of items that I know I need to accomplish in order to meet the promises I have made to clients and colleagues. Unfortunately, business development always seems to take a back seat to deals in progress, or crucial client meetings. However, what I love about being a member of AZCREW is that you can count on networking and developing your business relationships by simply dedicating an hour or two of your week to attending the luncheons, special events or committee meetings. The interaction with members always leads to a deeper relationship with industry leaders which in turn fosters business development.
Q: Was there an “aha moment” when you realized being a member was invaluable?
A: I remember attending my first committee meeting 3 years ago. I sat at a small conference table surrounded by incredible members who were highly recognized in the industry: Mindy Korth (CBRE), Vicki Williams and Ericka LeMaster (Alliance) to name a few. As I listened to them brainstorm about the hot topics in commercial real estate I realized I had so much more to learn about my own profession. Instantly I was excited to be actively involved in planning programs that would provide educational opportunities to our members and local commercial real estate professionals.