2021 Lawyers in Real Estate Awards
Last year, the Connect CRE team followed up our well-received Next Generation Awards and Women in Real Estate Awards with the inaugural Lawyers in Real Estate Awards. For...
2021 Women in Real Estate
Announcing the 2021 Winners for the Connect CRE Women in Real Estate Awards.
From hundreds of submissions, we have highlighted women with achievements and...
2021 Next Generation Awards
Connect Commercial Real Estate is proud to present the winners of our 2021 Next Generation Awards. In one of the most challenging years on record for the industry,...
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Next Generation Honoree: Lendlease’s Christie Walker Leaves No Stone Unturned
Christie Walker has amassed more than 10 years experience in property acquisitions and development. As Lendlease’s New York acquisitions manager, she sources, negotiates and underwrites deals to acquire land and create joint ventures for residential and commercial projects.
One of Walker’s signature achievements also happens to be her first. She led the acquisition process for a parcel of land in downtown Brooklyn—the first foray of her then-employer TF Cornerstone into Brooklyn. When she identified the opportunity and reported it to her team, there was some skepticism that it would still be available to a developer that lacked significant experience in the area. Christie was able to drive the deal through and secure the property by “leaving no stone unturned.”
That’s just one of the reasons we chose Walker to be one of the New York 2019 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s third annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.
Walker has spent her entire professional career in the property business, earning her real estate license right after high school. She has demonstrated a strong aptitude for unearthing unusual opportunities and underutilized assets in the crowded and competitive New York City market. She has also demonstrated some entrepreneurial foresight—a few years ago, she developed CribRater, an app to connect landlords with prospective renters.
Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces.
Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications.
Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).