Member Spotlight - Q&A with Cindy Bambini
Marketing and engineering often don’t overlap in a firm, let alone exist within one person. With a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering (Mizzou) and an MBA with an emphasis on Marketing (Olin, WashU), Cindy brings both sides of her brain to every endeavor. At CannonDesign, she works to connect people to opportunities and build diverse teams who design solutions for the greatest challenges facing our clients and society.
She serves as the creator and team lead for CannonDesign’s Inclusive Partner Program and as the Chair of our DEI Committee. She also has four adult children, a cabin in the country that she adores, and finds time to help others as a Balanced Body-certified reformer and mat Pilates instructor.
Q: When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?
A: I don’t think I “decided,” rather I fell into it when I entered the built environment. The CRE industry appeals to my love of space, buildings old and new, and design. I probably should’ve been a designer rather than an engineer.
Q: What are some of the things you love about your job?
A: I love connecting people to opportunities and seeing the impact design can have on not only a building but also on our environment and community. I am a huge fan of Mother Earth and love that as a firm we strive to design buildings that are sustainable.
Q: What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?
A: I’m in my third year as a member. I joined in March of 2019 to learn more about the CRE industry and to make connections/meet people who work in the industry.
Q: What was the first CREW event you attended and what were your impressions?
A: I attended the orientation in person at the Pierre Laclede building. I was impressed with the warm welcome and the overview of the organization, and I knew exactly what I needed to do when I left to get connected into the organization. I think every organization could benefit from a similar welcome process.
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 am most proud of our renovation of the Post-Dispatch building for Square and the new Mercy Multispecialty Center at Ballas and Conway.
Q: What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?
A: I am the Co-Chair of the sponsorship committee for ULI St. Louis, a member of the St. Louis Forum, and I volunteer for the Fit and Food Connection as a Pilates instructor.
Q: How has COVID-19 impacted you and your organization?
A: We own our building, so we’ve had the option to go into the office for months. I go in from time to time. I do go out to events so long as proper protocols are in place, but I choose to mostly work from home. Our business at Cannon is very good; we are busy, especially in our health practice.
Q: What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?
A: I am a lifelong, very proud St. Louisan. My kids are my favorite people, and I’m more than crazy about my 3-year-old Aussie, Mildred Francine Cinnamon Pup Tart Bambini (Millie). I’ve been a single Mom for 20 years but have a steady beau who is an excellent golfer and an occasional goofball. I love laughter, sunshine, kindness and my life.