Board Member Spotlight: Michelle Pink
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020
Michelle Pink is the current CREW Calgary President and the Director, Region Leader (Western Canada) of Property Tax at Ryan! Michelle is also a mom, community volunteer and a real estate investor. At Ryan, we strive to liberate our clients from being overtaxed, freeing their capital to invest, grow and thrive. Michelle’s team works with various landlords and business owners across all asset classes to minimize their property tax burden with a focus on assessment negotiations, appeals and property tax forecasting.
Michelle found a passion for all things real estate while in University and has built a career and life around this passion. With over 15 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate, Michelle has held various positions in brokerage, asset management and for the last five years, in property tax consulting.
1. What do you enjoy most about working in the Commercial Real Estate Industry?
I’m a super nerd. And I love all things real estate. For me, it’s the mixed nature of our industry. We’re never doing the same thing. Whether it’s property tours, valuations, negotiating deals, there are so many aspects of our job that keeps us on our toes. I also love the tangible nature of real estate.
2. How has CREW brought value to your career?
CREW has brought endless benefits to my career: a network of cheerleaders, mentors, world-class leadership training, board and leadership experience. Most importantly, CREW was a great place to grow my confidence. Since getting more involved in CREW Calgary over the last few years and CREW network, I have catapulted my career.
3. What are three reasons you would encourage a colleague to join CREW?
No matter what point you are at in our career, CREW can offer a benefit. If you’re newer in your career, CREW can offer mentorship, networking and great learning and growth events. In particular, it provides the opportunity and space for leadership growth which is often lacking in many of our career pathways.
4. How are you positively adapting to the work-from-home and work/life challenges presented by COVID-19 measures?
I might not be the best to answer this as I didn’t love working from home full time. I like having the option, but I miss the hustle and bustle of my team. Working in beautiful office space, putting on real pants (other than lulus)… and drinking warm coffee! LOL. Seriously, I think the best part I got out of working from home was the closeness it demanded of my team. We have a “cooler talk chat” for 15 minutes every day. We can have important updates, play a game of online Pictionary or even trivia. This 15 minutes a day has paid dividends for our team’s closeness which is paramount as we all were working remotely.
5. Share an interesting or little-known fact about yourself
Hands-down the best travel memory I have was hiking the lava fields in Hawaii with my best friends.