Leadership Spotlight: Sara Faircloth

April 14, 2020
Written by: CREW Detroit
This week, the spotlight is on Sara Faircloth, Board Liaison to Membership. Sara is the Business Development Manager in Michigan for Allsteel and has been involved with CREW Detroit since 2013. In her role as the Board Liaison for membership, Sara leads the initiatives for all things Membership. 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 joined CREW after moving to Detroit from Northern Michigan and switching careers from Hospitality to the world of CRE. I didn’t know anyone other than Kelli Herman who got me involved.  I joined in 2013

What advice would you give a new Member?
Join a committee and GET INVOLVED. The more you put in to CREW  the more you will receive

Why is CREW important to you? To your company?
CREW is important to me on many different facets, from the Personal & Professional Development, to Networking with my peers and keeping up to date on Industry Trends. My company understands the importance of being out in the market place and making sure we have strong relationships with many influencers.

What has CREW done for you? Personally and Professionally?  
Professionally I have created an amazing network of women where I never have to make a cold call to reach someone. That is a POWERFUL entity. Personally, I have met some of my best friends from CREW that I have the privilege to work and play with. 

Can you share a #crewsuccess story? Job Opportunity? Project Opportunity?
When I was at a previous company, we worked on the Ally Financial Project. That project was incredible as it was a culmination of CREW companies and people coming together to create an amazing space for Ally.

3 things I wish I had known to elevate my professional career.
  1. Always be open to trying new ideas|things, even though you think it may not be your “cup of tea”. 
  2. Moved to Detroit sooner!
  3. Gotten involved in a Non-Profit that is near and dear to my heart.
How have you been involved in CREW? Committees; Board?
I started out on the Golf Committee and then added Membership to that. I have been the Co-Chair, Chair and currently serving as the Board Liaison for Membership

Who was your CREW Sponsor and how did they impact your experience within CREW?
Kelli Herman was my CREW Sponsor and she was fantastic on welcoming me to the industry and getting me involved in CREW Detroit. It was an instrumental turning point in my career.

How would you describe your leadership style and/or key attributes of your professional strengths?
I am very easy-going and love having everyone contribute to the Membership Team. Always open to hearing new ideas and ways of doing things. I feel I am very approachable and easy to have a conversation with. Listening is something I also pride myself on with this crazy world of distractions we currently reside in.

What is your favorite quote?
Be Bold. Be Brief. Be Brilliant Doug Manix