Name: Kim Cameron
Company: North Carolina A&T Real Estate Foundation
Title: Director, Real Estate and Economic Development
What is your TCREW Story? I moved to Durham, NC in January 2013 from Atlanta, GA and immediately joined TCREW in February 2013. I was assigned to the Programs Committee where I stayed active on that committee serving as Co-chair in 2016 and then chair in 2017. I joined the board January 2018 and am currently serving my second term.
How do you see TCREW impacting the Triangle? There are still many times that I am the only woman sitting at the table planning or implementing a commercial real estate development project. TCREW will impact the Triangle by actively increasing the diversity of the commercial real estate industry.
How can we, as women in the commercial real estate industry, best make an impact in mentoring the next generation of women in CRE? As women we not only need to mentor the next generation of women in the CRE while they’re in school or early in their careers over chats, we need to unabashedly employ them, support them and promote them throughout their careers.
What is one goal you would like to achieve through TCREW? I achieved many goals through TCREW while serving on the programs committee by providing programs regarding: wage/housing inequity, alternate sources of financing (NMTC, EB-5, SBA), including Durham/Chapel Hill in program topics, etc. I’m a community developer at heart and many times traditional commercial real estate professionals aren’t aware of “alternate” commercial real estate activities in neighborhoods and communities not located in central business districts.
What is the best leadership advice you have been given or can give to others? Always leave a place/organization better than you found it. Be impactful in your work.