Bio: My journey to a senior leadership role with one of the Southeast’s leading multifamily development and investment companies has been atypical, to say the least. After teaching first grade for a few years, I transitioned in my career and joined the team at Graycliff Capital as a real estate coordinator. As a fast-paced learner, I quickly assumed increasing responsibilities. Concurrent with helping grow the business, I received my MBA from Clemson and was promoted to COO that same year.

Looking back to my undergraduate days in elementary education at Clemson, I never would have predicted that I would be leading a team of professionals that has closed 59 transactions equaling more than $1.4 billion dollars! As a former educator, I am passionate about supporting educators and students through initiatives like “Make Summer Count Book Celebration” and “Family Reading Night.” As a female leader in business, I also look for opportunities to mentor young women in small groups and individually. Finally, I am a member of the Red Shoe Society and thoroughly enjoy participating in activities associated with the local Ronald McDonald House each year. Simple acts of kindness, helping others and providing support to those in need bring me tremendous joy and fulfillment in life.

What is your favorite quote?

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  – Martin Luther King Jr.

Who was your most influential mentor?

Sarah Turpin (first grade teacher at Clemson Elementary)

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