Leadership Spotlight - Jennifer Manix

April 17, 2020
Written by: CREW Detroit
This week, the spotlight is on Jennifer Manix, representing Global Business Development for Knight Watch. She is also the Chairperson for CREW Detroit’s Membership Committee. Jennifer has been a member of CREW since 2018. In her role as the Chair for Membership, Jennifer organizes the efforts of the Membership Team. The Membership Committee is charged with recruitment, retention, member benefits and satisfaction of members. The committee focuses on attracting and retaining professionals within the CRE industry, helping to build a chapter that’s dynamic and diverse.

Why did you join CREW? And how long have you been in CREW? 
I have been involved since 2014 and a member since 2018. I joined so I could be a part of a great group of girls that are doing great things throughout the State of MI. 

What advice would you give a new member?
Get involved. Get involved. Get involved. It’s hard to experience something on the sidelines. 

Why is CREW important to you? To your company?
Knight Watch finds CREW important because they want to support a group of woman doing important work throughout the state, which in turn they would like to be a part of.

What has CREW done for you? Personally and professionally? 
That’s easy- I met my husband in CREW Detroit, so I would say it’s done everything for me. It has provided me my closest friends and family, as well as elevated my career. 

Can you share a #crew success story? Job opportunity? Project opportunity?
I have many CREW success stories, but the one that is the most recent is a project that I was getting involved with and because of a CREW Connection I was able to get a blessing from the client to bid it because of the recommendation they gave.
Three things I wish I had known to elevate my professional career:
  1. Head shots are key 
  2. Network, network, network 
  3. Persistence wins projects

How have you been involved in CREW? Committees; Board? 
I am currently the CREW Membership Chair

Who was your CREW Sponsor and how did they impact your experience within CREW? 
Sara Faircloth was my sponsor and she was amazing! Having a great sponsor is key in your success because that person can really help with introductions and road maps of how to navigate the organization. 

How would you describe your leadership style and/or key attributes of your professional strengths?
I feel that the best way to lead is never asking anyone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself, and understanding that not everyone thinks the same way you do. 

What is your favorite quote?
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt