Christine Ramsdell currently serves as the Director of Facilities Management at St. Charles County Government. St. Charles County is the third largest but the fastest-growing county in Missouri. The County has more than 760,000 square feet of space, including commercial properties serving the needs of the community, courthouse, police and correctional buildings. Christine is responsible for all grounds and building maintenance as well as space planning, design and construction projects for the county.
Christine has been in commercial real estate for more than 20 years. She has enjoyed her time working with architectural, engineering and commercial furniture firms, as well as general contractors and subcontractors. She also provided guidance to the YWCA of St. Louis with her strategic planning expertise and pulling in several CREW-St. Louis members to assist the organization.
Member Spotlight – Q&A with Christine Ramsdell
Q: When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?
A: Commercial real estate was never my intended career path. I slipped, tripped and fell into managing facilities and construction projects at Enterprise Rent-A-Car because I was very good at planning and organizing. Now, I am grateful because I found my niche managing facilities!
Q: What are some of the things you love about your job?
A: I have really enjoyed the challenges and diversity of things that come my way. Seeing a project come to completion and how happy employees are with the outcome, or the exhilaration when you resolve a problem or situation is very rewarding.
Q: What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?
A: I joined CREW-St. Louis three short years ago. I knew CREW fit within my career goals and several CREW friends were very encouraging! It took me some time to join because I didn’t want to join until I felt I could contribute. About three years ago I was completing a board commitment, so I knew it was finally the right time.
Q: What was the first CREW-St. Louis event you attended and what were your impressions?
A: I attended my first event years before I became a member. It was a small venue, focused topic on work place design. It was very beneficial, and I was impressed with the presentation and the practical knowledge I received.
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: I worked for Enterprise Holdings for more than 20 years, so I worked many projects for the corporate offices. Every one of them I am proud of, but the most meaningful project was their Lakeside Project, which was highlighted at a CREW-St. Louis event last fall. The Lakeside project was years in the making to encompass a new workplace strategy. Though I left before its conclusion, I was told it’s a huge success. I take pride in knowing that I helped start that new direction and, better yet, I was able to accomplish it with fellow CREW-St. Louis members! Soon, I will also be very proud to help the county open its new Emergency Operations Center in O’Fallon.
Q: What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?
A: I am a current IFMA St. Louis member and was a board member of the YWCA of St Louis for six years.
Q: What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?
A: For me, it’s not all about work. I am also very proud of my family! My husband, Bret, of 17 years and I have raised three great kids: Sons, Ryan (23) and Nathan (20) as well as my beautiful stepdaughter, Libby (21). While the kids are no longer kids, we still have our Boxer fur-babies, Samson and Della to keep us young! And it never hurts to fit some yoga in as often as I can… Namaste!