Name: Stella Walton
Company: Valor Construction Group
Title: General Manager
What is your TCREW Story? I joined TCREW in 2004 when moving to Raleigh. However I have been a CREW member for 28 plus years as I first joined in Nashville, TN. While in Nashville, I served on the board of directors for many years and chaired many committees. I am currently on the board of directors for TCREW and am the UCREW board liaison. Previously I have served on the sponsorship and champion award committees for TCREW.
What is your most significant TCREW connection? How has your TCREW membership been impactful in your own personal growth and development? The TCREW membership and leadership core group are the utmost in professionalism and just sheer leaders in the CRE industry in our market. Proud to be a part of what I consider such an elite group of ladies.
How do you see TCREW impacting the Triangle? Again, the membership and leadership of TCREW are all impactful leaders in the CRE industry – all making strides in our 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? Through the UCREW committee, of which I am a founding member and the board liaison, we are working diligently with local universities in mentoring the next generation. This is very important as some of the commercial real estate industries are seeing a reduction in interest, therefore we all need to work together in the mentoring awareness and process. Mentoring my employees and others has been the MOST rewarding aspect of my CRE career.
What is one goal you would like to achieve through TCREW? To have a strong mentorship program established where young career driven individuals are working with experienced professionals on a regular basis in a mentor program. Again, mentoring is the MOST rewarding aspect of my professional CRE career.
What is the best leadership advice you have been given or can give to others? I have served as a mentor for many property managers throughout my career, in Nashville, Raleigh, Charlotte….while serving as a manager the most effective way to do so is to serve as a mentor. A very fulfilling aspect of my career. As well as, self-confidence will go a long way in the CRE industry.