Member Mondays - Debra Cole

July 18, 2021
Debra Cole
Principal/Client Relations Director
HLW
CREWbiz Profile

How Many Years a CREWNY Member?
18

How do you bring value to your company?
Having worked in the CRE industry for many years, I bring an incredible network of trusted & valued connections to my firm, knowledge of the marketplace and the right opportunities for us to pursue. I understand that the value of building strong relationships with clients & colleagues is key to our firms continued success.

Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of.
I quite literally fell into the CRE industry after a long career in another field. When I first started in this business, I had very little knowledge. I learned as much as I could immediately, started to develop a network of strong industry colleagues & joined organizations, such as CREWNY which I knew would help in the development of my new journey. I am proud to continue as a leader at HLW and am grateful for the opportunities and relationships I have developed.

What about CRE ignites your passion? How about in your current role?
I work with an incredible team of creative individuals and am inspired daily by the beautiful projects we produce. I love knowing that the spaces our team designs provide inspiration & creativity for the end users. I enjoy making connections and introductions for my team, both locally and globally, that ultimately result in opportunities. I am passionate about mentoring junior staff to understand the benefits of connections & relationships.

How do you encourage women reports, colleagues and friends in CRE to persevere, despite challenges?
Stay true to yourself, always follow your instincts and never lose confidence. Every challenge is an opportunity to make a positive change and grow no matter where you are in your career.