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Women Influencing the Built Environment

The British American Business Council Northern California
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Oct 12 5:30PM - 8:00PM

It is no secret that the world of commercial real estate has always been considered a "bit of a boy's club" despite a long history of women's involvement. The rise of women in real estate in recent decades however can not go un-noticed, particularly here in the Bay Area.

This event brings together an esteemed panel of women who have all achieved a phenomenal level of success in various different areas of the commercial real estate world.

Join us on Wednesday, October 11th to hear the insights and experiences of these amazing women as they climbed to the top of their game.


Blanca Torres

Real Estate and Economic Development Reporter, San Francisco Business Times

Catherine House
Co-Founder and Managing Director, SVN | QAV Associates

Catherine E. House,FRICS,CCIMis one of the Co-Founders and Managing Directors ofSVN|QAV& Associates, the San Francisco arm of SVN International (formerly Sperry Van Ness). She Chairs the National Medical Office Product Council of the 1,500+ brokerage firmSVN. As Chair she is responsible for coordinating healthcare related commercial real estate activities acrossSVNand is particularly known for her experience in selling medical office buildings, medical condominiums and neighborhood commercial buildings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a frequent industry speaker on the San Francisco commercial real estate marketplace.

In 2010, San Francisco Business Times named her one of the ?Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area?. In 2017 she was named a Commercial Real Estate Power Woman by BISNOW & Allen Matkins. Catherine?s career in commercial real estate began in 1993 in London, England where she graduated as a Chartered Surveyor and worked forCBREin London until she was recruited to this country in 2001. Much of her success in the real estate field can be attributed to her early years of training as a Chartered Surveyor as well as her subsequent designation as aCCIM, conferred upon commercial real estate leaders with a proven record of success in the field as well as mastery of financial, market, and investment analysis. AtSVNshe is one of the top producing brokers, ranked in the top 10% of over 1,500 brokers+ in 250+ offices nationally every year since she joined.

  • CCIMDesignee (Certified Commercial Investment Member). Conferred upon commercial real estate leaders with a proven record of success in the field as well as mastery of financial, market, and investment analysis
  • Fellow of the international RICS (and the Past Chair of Northern California RICS)
  • Named a "Power Woman" in Commercial Real Estate in 2017 by Allen Matkins & Bisnow
  • Named ?Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area? in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times
  • Past President of CREWSF (Commercial Real Estate Women San Francisco) 2010
  • On the Board of Directors of the San Francisco British American Business Council
  • Member ofULI(Urban Land Institute), SPUR(San Francisco Planning & Urban Research), and Belden Club
  • She has a real estate degree (BSc. Hons.) in commercial real estate from South Bank University, London, England and an RICS Diploma.

Cathy Bregenzer
Principal, Gensler

Cathy is a Firmwide Financial Services Firms Practice Area Leader. As Principal and Client Relationship Leader in the firms San Francisco office, she also heads a team focused on global design and delivery for some of the worlds best-known multinational companies. Cathys Gensler career began in Washington, D.C., more than 25 years ago. Before settling with her family in the Bay Area, she also spent time establishing the Detroit and Baltimore offices. She has been recognized with awards from the AIA, IIDA, Building Design & Construction, and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, which noted her success as a team leader with their Building Team of the Year award. A Registered Architect, Cathy earned a Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley.

Marilyn Specht
Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group

Marilyn Specht is a Sustainability Consultant at Integral Group, a global deep green engineering firm specializing in creating the world's most high performing buildings and communities that respect and enrich the earth.

In this capacity, Marilyn brings her years of experience working on a variety of green building projects to guide teams through LEED, LBC, NZE, WELL Certifications, and more.

She is a LEED AP (ND and O+M), LFA, WELL AP, EcoDistricts AP, and serves on the USGBC LEED Location & Planning Technical Advisory Group.

Frances Choun
Frances is an established leader in the construction industry, with over 30 years of experience in the AEC industry. Her tenure with McCarthy Building Companies, the second largest general contractor in California, spanned 20 years. Formerly, serving as principal and VP of business development for the SF Bay Area region, shehelped secure landmark projects, like the new Stanford Hospital, Kaiser Permanentes Oakland Medical Center and myriad structures on University of California college campuses.
Frances launched her career in Architecture, where she developed an interest in the construction side of the industry. Frances applied her business acumen and ability to lead and influence to local organization chapters. She served as president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREWSF) and Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, and served on the board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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