Leader Spotlight - Rachel Pharis-Pannell, Impact Chair

December 20, 2021
Written by: CREW Detroit
This week’s spotlight is on Rachel Pharis-Pannell, Director of Leasing, Thomas A. Duke Company.  Rachel is the Chair for CREW Detroit Impact Committee.  With her dedication and commitment, 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 is designed to recognize projects that have significantly impacted their surrounding community.

Name the app you can’t live without. Why?
Amazon is my most frequented app. The convenience of having anything you might need delivered to your doorstep with the click of a button is both a blessing and curse!

What character trait do you most admire?
Integrity – I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from some amazing people in this industry. I find it humbling to see my mentors’ integrity portrayed through strong morals and values that guide their decision making, whether or not other people are watching.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Listen more than you speak. When you listen to understand instead of listening to respond, the more you grow as a person. In both my professional and personal life, I have learned that if you listen to learn, the more you understand and the more you can relate. This has helped me become even more successful in my career and in my personal relationships and friendships.

What was the biggest thing, business or personal, you accomplished this year? 
I got married, purchased our first home together, and got a dog all in the midst of a global pandemic which provided plenty of hurdles in itself. Those are all great accomplishments for 2020!