Member Spotlight - Cara McKedy

November 19, 2019
Written by: CREW-St. Louis
Cara is the founder and president of eddy Design Group, a full-service interior design and architecture firm in St. Louis. Cara has worked in nearly all 50 states and abroad to envision and bring dynamic spaces to life, helping clients maximize the impact of their real estate. eddy Design Group is a team of designers, creative thinkers, problem-solvers and advisors with experienced team members in the workplace, hospitality, industrial, sustainability and higher education markets.

Member Spotlight - Q&A with Cara McKedy


Cara McKedy
Founder and President
eddy Design Group

 

Q:

 

When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?

A:

After switching majors four times in my early years of college, I found myself playing catch up on a finance and banking degree. I elected to take a visual design class as a “blow off” course. That semester I found myself engrossed in the creative process of the class and came to realize there was a commercial realm to design and architecture that excited me and allowed me to use creativity every day in forming space and especially in problem-solving. With one final change in my major (much to parents’ relief!), I began my studies in Environmental Design and Architectural Studies and I’ve never looked back!

 

Q:

 

What are some of the things you love about your job?

 

A:

 

I love that we get to create spaces that have an impact on how people live, work and relax and that each day is different – bringing new challenges and opportunities. What I love most, however, is that design is a service-based industry based on building meaningful relationships with clients and peers in the industry.

 

Q:

 

What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?

 

A:

 

I joined CREW about five years ago. At the time, I was looking for mentorship and the opportunity to network with other leaders in Commercial Real Estate. As a female leader in a predominantly male industry, I love that CREW is based on women supporting and elevating each other.

 

Q:

 

What was the first CREW event you attended and what were your impressions?

 

A:

 

My first CREW-St. Louis event was an awards ceremony, which at that time was held at Maggiano’s. It was a great opportunity to see how CREW-St. Louis celebrates the achievements of its accomplished members. It is also fun to look back and realize, at my first meeting I walked in knowing one, maybe two people in the room; and now, not only has my network expanded exponentially, but also, one of the award recipients from that evening, who I did not know at the time, is now a dear friend. It’s a true testament to the professional relationships and also friendships that are built within CREW.

 

Q:

 

Please name a project you’ve been involved in, specifically in the St. Louis area that you are proud of.

 

A:

 

Early in my career, I had the pleasure of being involved in the planning and design for several campus expansion projects for Edward Jones in Maryland Heights, Des Peres and their Tempe, AZ, campus. These projects were foundational in both my personal career growth and were impactful both architecturally and economically in the region.

 

Q:

 

What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?

 

A:

 

Member of St. Louis Forum
Trustee of the Board of the National MS Society
Corporate Leaders Challenge Participant and Advisory Board Member
Former Board Member of University of Missouri - Architectural Studies

 

Q:

 

What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?

 

A:

 

In addition to starting my own business, my most important role is as a wife and mother to Owen (6) and Emilia “Emmy” (2). Every day is a work in progress, to better manage the flow between being present as a mom and growing a company as an entrepreneur.

 

Q:

 

This winter you can find me:

 

A:

 

  1. Buckling down to help clients reach year-end goals,
  2. In the bleachers watching my son’s indoor soccer or basketball games,
  3. Singling loudly to Christmas carols.

 

Cara’s Motto: People want to work with people. You’re only as strong as the relationships you build.