LINC Represented at 2019 CREW Careers Building Opportunities ®

LINC’s owner and principle broker Najdi Rafaty had the opportunity to participate in a fun and educational event as a sponsor at the Dallas 2019 CREW Careers Building Opportunities ®. The annual Building Opportunities event focuses on educating local high-school female students about career opportunities within the commercial Real Estate industry. The program includes a segment of presentations from experienced, professional women describing various aspects of careers within the industry, including their own, as well as a tour of a local commercial property.

CREW in the Community created this educational outreach event in 2004 and it became a program adopted by CREW Network Foundation and launched nationally. The Dallas program involves local high school students in a competition which focuses on the fundamentals of commercial real estate and the career opportunities within the industry. This one-day event allows the participating girls to tour a commercial property through the eyes of a developer and then work as a team to present their redevelopment concept to a panel of judges.

LINC Realty’s Najdi Rafaty with her team at 2019 CREW Careers Building Opportunities

In this particular event, the girls were given a scenario, in this case the Trammell Crow Center at 2001 Ross Avenue in the Dallas central business district in which the owners are renovating the common areas adding retail and dining to the ground floor and developing the adjacent parking lot into a new high-rise residential condo and retail building.

Each group was asked to design either a second office building with ground-floor dining and/or retail, or a multi-family building with ground-floor dining and/or retail to complement the renovated Trammell Crow Center office building and surrounding community.

Each group of 8 students were assigned certain roles to play in the competition: Design & Construction, Marketing & Leasing, or Finance. The students were asked to review the budget provided, design their office or multi-family building using the site plans provided, develop a marketing leasing plan and present their work via a power point presentation given by the team.

Two CREW Team Leaders were assigned to assist each team which is where our very own Najdi Rafaty came into the picture. She proudly represented LINC Realty and brought a level of expertise of the local commercial real estate market to help the girls figure out the best plan of attack for the assignment.

For more infomation about CREW Dallas and the Building Opportunities Program, please visit their website.