ULIDFW WLI Learn from a Leader Part IV: Development


Thursday, January 21st, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm CST

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    ULIDFW Women's Leadership Initiative's "Learn From a Leader" program is a 5-Part Series of moderated panel discussions proudly featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth's leading women real estate professionals. Each session is focused around the stages of CRE Development, beginning with Financing and continuing through to Post Occupancy and Leasing.


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    How does development look from the view of an entrepreneur and a director of development?

    In our fourth session of the Learn from a Leader series, our WLI hosts have brought together 2 Women Industry Leaders to offer an informative moderated discussion, which will explore how to successfully develop a project. Topics to be discussed: What are the general steps that a developer takes? How does the developer start a development? What are the roles and responsibilities of each key stake holder?






    Kennis Ketchum

    President, Portfolio Development, LLC

    Developer Kennis Ketchum founded Portfolio Development in 2001 to focus on multifamily and mixed-use commercial development in the Southwest. Ketchum had spent nearly 20 years in the industry and was excited to flex her entrepreneurial muscle in one of the more competitive parts of commercial real estate. While CRE is not necessarily the career Ketchum dreamed of when she was young, the industry allows her to leverage her knowledge and personal skills to help others. 2019 Ketchum was one of the women profiled to be honored at Bisnow’s Dallas-Fort Worth Power Women 2015 Ketchum was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women. About Portfolio is a developer of multi-family and mixed-use projects, primarily in the southwestern United States. We specialize in both conventional and HUD 221(d)4 financing, and are a registered HUB in the state of Texas. Our average project size is approximately 200-300 units, and we handle everything from site selection through project completion. We operate as an outsourced real estate development team, as well as partnering in joint ventures. www.portfoliodev.com


    Meaghan Janson

    Director of Development, Crescent Communities

    Meaghan joined Crescent Communities in the fall of 2019 as Director of Development in our Dallas office. In her role she sources and develops projects in all markets across Texas. Before Crescent Communities, Meaghan practiced architecture for over a decade for firms such as Torti Gallas and Partners in Washington, DC, and WRT Solomon ETC in San Francisco. She returned to Texas with her MBA and advanced her development career working for StreetLights Residential. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. www.crescentcommunities.com


    Nadia Christian

    Partner, Wolverine Interests

    Nadia Christian serves as a Partner for Wolverine Interests. Nadia transitioned into real estate after a 15-year career in behavioral health. In 2014, she founded a very successful construction company, Petersen Construction, specializing in building custom homes and construction management services. That eventually led to a partnership with Wolverine Interests. Nadia focuses on mixed-use development projects and supports asset management with cloud-based building performance tracking and project management tracking software. Nadia has exceptional knowledge of construction management and oversees multifamily development projects and works closely with FHA MAP Underwriter on the 221 (d) (4) New Construction. Firmly committed to the philosophy, enriching peoples lives through communities; Nadia enjoys being involved in mixed-use developments where she can enrich the lives of others by creating environments and experiences, valued community assets that we call mixed-use developments. Nadia’s sphere of influence expands beyond real estate and into the community at large. She is actively involved in and understands the value of communities, it’s schools, and it’s different neighborhood dynamics. Her community involvement proves her to be not just a real estate professional, but also a trusted advisor. She is known for her integrity and equanimity in difficult situations. As a tech enthusiast, Nadia creates and implements strategic road maps and tech recommendations to ensure the company is optimizing technology in the most efficient manner. She is an active member of the nonprofit Urban Land Institute (ULI) both on the Small-Scale Development Council and UrbanPlan for Public Officials. She also served as a board member of the Dallas Builders Association and was active on the Government Relations Committee. Nadia grew up in East Texas where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from the University of Stephen F. Austin then achieved her Masters in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. In her free time you can find Nadia staying active by participating in Ironman events, and, of course, exploring great dining venues with her husband and three children.