Women who rock real estate

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March 30, 2018

As National Women’s History month comes to a close, we’d like to introduce you to a few of the talented women who make up JLL Houston. JLL has long been a leader in diversity and inclusion. We know it is the diverse skill sets, perspectives and backgrounds of our people that make us great. Reinforcing our commitment to diversity, we were recently named one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women and were previously recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.

Let us introduce you to a few of our colleagues.

Elizabeth Clampitt, Senior Vice President, Retail Land Brokerage

How did you get into commercial real estate?

I was working at Enron when they filed bankruptcy, so I knew my time there was going to be short lived. My friend was in the research department at a commercial real estate firm and was leaving. She thought I should interview and take her spot. I interviewed and was offered the job that day. I worked in research for about nine months before I transitioned into retail brokerage.

Who was the biggest professional influence in your life and why?

Simmi Jaggi. She showed me hard work can be fun and rewarding. She taught me I don’t have to accept disrespectful behavior no matter who it was coming from. And most importantly, she showed me you can be a great mom and work outside the home.

What advice would you give young people starting out in commercial real estate?

No means no for now!

When not at work, what are you most likely to be found doing?

Chasing my two kids around, reading, hunting, fishing or boating.

Elizabeth also keeps busy through her involvement with YES! Prep, Texas Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. Connect with Elizabeth.

Sue Tucker, Group Manager, Property Management

How did you get into commercial real estate?

My commercial real estate career began back in my early twenties working in the accounting department of a major real estate developer that was instrumental in helping create the skyline of downtown New Orleans. While working in various positions, I touched on numerous aspects of real estate. I became aware of property management and have loved it ever since. Property Management is cool! It is constantly changing and no day is ever the same.

Who was the biggest professional influence in your life and why?

Without a doubt, I can say Joseph C. Canizaro gave me my professional business base, and helped me to be the success I am today. He was my “business” dad. Joe set the bar high and I always felt if I could achieve better than half of what he expected (his goals were over the top most of the time), then I was moving in the right direction. Also, over the last ten years, Mary Stanton has been a huge influence. She is an amazing leader, cheerleader of our team and motivational mentor.

What advice would you give young people starting out in commercial real estate?

Most people do not realize all commercial real estate has to offer. It is a versatile and ever-changing industry offering many ways to have an outstanding career with lots of growth options. It was the best decision I ever made and what is really fun, is my son, Bear, has followed in my footsteps and is now working for JLL in Denver.

When not at work, what are you most likely to be found doing?

Listening to music at various venues is something my husband and I are always doing. In addition, you can find us at our condo in Orange Beach, Alabama right on the gulf and/or traveling. My bucket list is very long.

When not a work, traveling or checking out new music, Sue keeps busy with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Greater New Orleans Inc. and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Connect with Sue.

Michelle Lopez, Executive Vice President / Regional Manager, Integrated Portfolio Services

How did you get into commercial real estate?

I took a real estate course as an elective at Baylor to complete a requirement. The course was so interesting, I changed my major, stayed an extra year and loaded up on real estate classes. Real estate is so diverse; you can do anything you desire. I started out in commercial appraisal right out of college and then landed an on-site account management contract role. My client service role began there and it’s come full circle to my current role at JLL, working on-site with our clients over the past 10 years with IPS.

Who was the biggest professional influence in your life and why?

Mary Stanton has been a tremendous influence in my career. She is a constant leader and example of the character and culture of JLL. She has created an environment of empowerment, teamwork and a consistent quality of performance. She has an unprecedented work ethic and provides an unwavering dedication to everything that she does. She has guided me, supported me, voluntold me, and encouraged me throughout my career with JLL. I’m honored to work with her and even more honored to consider her a friend.

What advice would you give young people starting out in commercial real estate?

Step up and step out. Often times we do what is comfortable, it’s what we know, and it becomes easy for us. I would recommend stepping out of your professional comfort zone; challenge yourself, contribute something different in order to discover untapped talents. When you do something that is uncomfortable for you, that’s when you grow.

When not at work, what are you most likely to be found doing?

Anything outside. Hanging out by the pool, riding bikes, running, motorcycle riding (actually, just hanging on to the back), keeping up with two teenagers, entertaining and hosting events with friends and family, and always spending time with Joe.

Connect with Michelle.

Clients and third-party organizations continue to recognize JLL globally for its commitment to diversity and inclusion across the board. Here are some of the awards and recognition we’ve received this year.

Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America

Commercial/Multifamily Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award

50 Best Companies for Diversity

Military Friendly Employer

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