Member Spotlight
Q&A with Christy Merdinian

March 22, 2018
Written by: CREW-St. Louis
As Director of Workplace Solutions for Professional Office Environments (POE), Christy connects business strategy, people and workplace to create spaces that make a difference. She has been in the corporate interiors industry since 1984. Christy works closely with clients to understand their strategic business goals and firm values. Her passion is to create spaces that improve business objectives and provides people a workplace in which to thrive.
Q:         When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?
 
A:         As far back as I can remember, I wanted to go into commercial interiors. Commercial Real Estate runs in my family, and our family dinner discussions were always lively and built around business topics relating to architecture, development, buildings, relationships and interiors.
 
Q:         What are some of the things you love about your job?
 
A:         Mostly, I love helping companies decipher and execute change. Change can be daunting and requires careful navigation for a smooth transition. I love making sense out of chaos – organizing thoughts and visions into executable plans. Secondly, I love seeing the outcome of the hard work it took to create the change: A beautiful space that functions as intended with happy, productive, thriving people is the reward.
 
Q:         What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?
 
A:         Building a network is vital to your career – people make the difference. About 10-plus years ago, I recognized that a career change was imminent. I set out to seek opportunities and meet people of influence. When I learned of CREW, the success of its members and quality of the organization I immediately signed up under Nancy Rodney’s suggestion.
 
 
Q:         What was the first CREW-St. Louis event you attended and what were your impressions?
 
A:         My first impression of CREW-St. Louis was the vastness of talented professional women. I knew that these were women that I could count on for guidance. Not only did I immediately begin attending CREW-St. Louis events regularly, but I also volunteered to be the program committee chair my second year as a member. It was that year that I was humbled to receive the New Member of the Year Award. 
 
Q:         Please name a few of the projects you’ve been involved in, specifically in the St. Louis area that you are proud of.
 
A:         A few projects that I am especially proud of are: CASS Information Systems, Rabo AgriFinance, Watlow Electric, Washington University Brown School of Social Work, Emerson Electric, Missouri History Museum and Jewish Community Center. 
 
Q:         What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?
 
A:         I am very passionate about cycling. I am currently the co-captain of Team In Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Over the past four years, I am proud to say that our team has raised more than $500,000 for The Leukemia Lymphoma Society. I have also been a member of the Building & Retention Committee for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership for the past seven years. In this role, I reach out to the community and inform people of the partnership.
 
Q:         What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?
 
A:         I am a St. Louis native and grew up in West County. I have three amazing children. My girls are in college at Truman State University and my son attends Ladue Middle School. I love supporting my kids in their activities and initiatives. In my free time, I enjoy being a healthy lifestyle advocate.