Hall of Fame
Crystal Kennedy, Rebekah Bahn Kingston Join Hall of Fame
Congratulations to the newest members of The Midwest Real Estate News’ Hall of Fame
(see pages 52 and 53 of the magazine's digital issue). Crystal Kennedy
and Becky Bahn Kingston
join several other CREW-St. Louis members lauded by the Midwestern-focused commercial real estate publication. The magazine honored Crystal and Becky in its December - January issue.
Crystal was selected for her three decades of experience as an environmental lawyer at Thompson Coburn LLC. She shares her passion for her work with the magazine. “As an environmental lawyer, I enjoy helping clients turn contaminated property into vibrant, healthy places to work or live. I love driving by properties that used to be an eyesore and seeing them and the surrounding area teeming with people and activity,” she says.
Additionally, Crystal praises CREW-St. Louis for helping her succeed. “For me, the most important step I took to success was to join CREW-St. Louis whose membership consists of professional women (and men) involved in virtually every aspect of the commercial real estate industry. Through CREW-St. Louis, I learned the universe of issues and practicalities associated with the purchase and development of commercial and industrial property, which enhanced my ability to offer practical advice and solutions to clients on environmental matters.” Crystal served as Chapter President in 2004.
Becky’s career spans 13 years. She has become one of the region’s most successful commercial real estate brokers. As a Senior Vice President with Colliers St. Louis, she specializes in representing tenant and landlord clients on lease transactions but also works on investment sales to fulfill her clients’ business needs.
Her success hinges on hard work and relationship, she tells Midwest Real Estate News.
“To be successful in brokerage, you must be hard-working, driven and competitive. You must also have patience. It takes time to establish a good reputation and truly know the ins and outs of the market. Clients need to know you’re trustworthy, and fellow brokers need to know you’re cooperative and focused on getting deals done. From Day One, I worked hard to become a trusted advisor and an expert in the St. Louis office market. Once clients are comfortable with you, and know you’re looking out for their best interests, repeat business and referrals quickly follow.”
Crystal and Becky join several other current and former CREW-St. Louis members who have been recognized by the publication. They are Ellen Mannion, Wendy Timm, Marcia Smith Niedringhaus and Lynn Schenck. For nine years, the publication’s Hall of Fame honors the “biggest names in the commercial real estate industry.”