Leadership Spotlight: Jacqueline Trost – Co-Chair, Impact Awards

2019 Leadership Spotlight Series

Jacqueline Trost is Co-Chair for Impact Awards Committee at CREW Detroit and is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at REDICO | American House Senior Living Communities.  Jacqueline  joined CREW in 2016 to expand her industry network. She will be serving as Board Liaison to the Communications Committee in 2020.

The Impact Awards Committee is responsible for planning and organizing the CREW Detroit Impact Awards, a premier CRE event in Metro Detroit. This group is responsible for soliciting a call for entries, gathering recognized industries professionals as judges, and coordinating and managing the full event from start to finish.  Jacqueline ‘s leadership and commitment to the group has resulted in an industry premier event that highlights the achievements of multiple companies and individuals in the CRE Industry.

Why did you join CREW? And how long have you been in CREW?
I attended several CREW events over the years and found them to educational and fun. However, I didn’t officially become a CREW member until 2016. I immediately joined the Impact Awards Committee and became the co-chair of the Impact Committee two years later.

Why is CREW important to you? To your company?
CREW has allowed me to expand my industry network, connecting me with a talented group of real estate professionals. For the first decade of my career, I worked in the non-profit industry, primarily in health care. And, immediately prior to joining REDICO, I worked for a large multifamily developer and owner. Each industry or professional specialty has a group or organization. But of all the organizational memberships I’ve been a part of, CREW has, by far, given me the most value.

Being involved in CREW allows me connect with leaders with other highly-regarded organization within the industry. It’s also important to be that I am involved in an organization that supports professional growth and education initiatives to grow the next generation of leaders.

What has CREW done for you? Personally and Professionally?  
CREW is important because it has given me the opportunity for professional growth, as well as the chance to collaborate and network with industry leaders and colleagues. CREW committees are hard work, but it’s much easier when you work with a great group of women on a committee that’s doing good things. That’s what I’ve found with the Impact Awards Committee. 

Why should people within the CRE industry join CREW?
It’s a great way to get to be exposed to people, projects and companies you may not know or with which you don’t have much interaction. It’s beneficial to be part of the larger CREW Network – exposing our Detroit members to several dozen chapters and leaders across the country – all of whom are committed to our industry and helping one another. There’s also a variety of education and learning opportunities, which contribute to your overall professional growth.

3 things I wish I had known to elevate my professional career.

  • Never turn down an opportunity to do something new and different. Understand all the opportunities that your skills and talents offer and not what your degree says.
  • Don’t be afraid to change career paths.
  •  Failure isn’t the end of the world. It’s an opportunity to learn from your mistakes, and make improvements moving forward.

What advice would you give a new Member?
Find a committee that “fits” you right away. The sooner you get involved, the more benefit you’ll get from you membership. Also, attend as many events as you can. Not only are they great networking opportunities but there’s always a new or interesting takeaway at CREW Detroit events.

What is your favorite quote?
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter


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