Member Spotlight - Tori Manix, Director, Board Liaison to IMPACT Awards

September 8, 2020
Written by: CREW Detroit
This week’s Spotlight is on Tori Manix, Senior Vice President for Plante Moran - REIA.  Tori also serves as the Board Liaison to CREW Detroit’s Impact Awards Committee. With her assistance in leadership, the mission of the CREW Detroit Impact Awards Committee is to successfully plan, implement and promote a premier awards program focused on utilizing membership, sponsorship and industry relationships to recognize, and award, recently completed commercial developments. The Impact Awards are designed to recognize projects that have significantly impacted their surrounding community.

Why did you join CREW? And how long have you been in CREW?
As a 21 year old starting my career in the commercial real estate industry, the first professional organization that immediately grasped my attention was CREW Detroit, leading me to apply shortly after starting my role at Plante Moran Cresa.  In an industry typically dominated by males, it was important to me to find a cohort of knowledgeable, successful and dedicated women for mentorship early on in my career.  Now, after six (6) years in CREW, I have found that CREW Detroit has continually provided me with a group of peers that share my passions both for commercial real estate and the advancement of women within the industry.

What advice would you give a new Member?
One of the things that makes CREW Detroit unique is the ability to form deep, meaningful professional relationships unlike many other networking organizations.  I encourage new members to get involved in events and committees early to maximize on the network.  In addition, there is a particular emphasis on professional development that allows members to grow their leadership and general skillset for their careers.

Why is CREW important to you? To your company?
As I’ve attended more and more events and been able to get to know members on a more personal level, I am continually impressed by the level of membership base (both existing and brand new members) and the diversity in experience level and skill set.  In addition, in comparison to other professional development groups, the programming is continually a cut above.  The amount of programs, variation in type, location, speakers and more is one of the reasons I continue to get more and more involved in CREW. 

Can you share a #crewsuccess story? Job Opportunity? Project Opportunity?
My #crewsuccess story has been the leadership opportunities and skills I’ve been able to learn throughout my membership.  With the various roles on committees and the executive team, there’s ample opportunity for members to learn great soft skills that will transfer into their day-to-day role at work as well.

3 things I wish I had known to elevate my professional career.
I’m still learning!

How have you been involved in CREW? Committees; Board? 
I was originally on the Impact Awards Committee for a year and now serve as the Board Liaison for the Impact Awards Committee.  I also attend many of the events during the year as well.

Who was your CREW Sponsor and how did they impact your experience within CREW?
My CREW sponsor was Alicia Washeleski, who is a senior leader at the company that I work for. She encouraged me to join CREW early in my career as a great way to establish my network and meet other women in the commercial real estate industry.  We still work together on many projects to this day!

How would you describe your leadership style and/or key attributes of your professional strengths?
My leadership style is open and direct in communication, which leads to strong interpersonal relationships with colleagues and direct reports with a general sense of trust and “backing”.  

What is your favorite quote?
“I just want to tell you good luck, we’re all counting on you” - Leslie Nielsen, Airplane!