Member Spotlight – Susan Bowen & Michelle Hamilton

October 24, 2022

 



Susan Bowen

Director of Business Development
Rosemann & Associates, P.C.
 
Michelle Hamilton
Business Development
Looking for a new opportunity!
 
Susan Bowen and Michelle Hamilton have a lot in common. They both work in Business Development in the CRE industry, are active members of CREW St. Louis, their sons are both named Max and these boys have been best friends since kindergarten. Michelle and Susan not only enjoy collaborating on projects with expertise in senior living and multifamily, but they have a ball visiting Mizzou together to visit their two youngest that remain close as always. “I can’t say they weren’t stinkers sometimes and lived their names to the fullest” but both would agree there are no two sweeter boys than these. Fun side note, these Maxes actually ran in threes. Their other best friend is named Max (of course) and is son of Doug Rendleman, owner of A.J. Brown Contracting.
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Susan Bowen serves as Director of Business Development for Rosemann & Associates, P.C. St. Louis office, connecting Rosemann’s clients, partners, and project teams throughout the U.S. Rosemann is celebrating 35 years designing multifamily housing (affordable, workforce, market-rate, seniors housing, student housing, military housing, historic adaptive reuse and mixed-use).
Known in the AEC industry as a trusted advisor and client advocate, Susan provides personal attention from strategy through project completion. She is an accessible point of contact and is passionate about assisting clients with projects that have an impact on communities. Susan is committed to maintaining the quality relationships and professionalism that Rosemann & Associates has been recognized for more than 35 years.
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Michelle Hamilton is a skilled leader in Business Development. She has found a common passion among designers, art and furniture professionals to create spaces where people thrive. Michelle is a business development and marketing strategist, dedicated to client relationships and consultant partnerships. She’s a team player that brings an entrepreneurial spirit as a catalyst for success. A champion of new ideas and business development objectives, she works closely with internal and external stakeholders to identify current areas of achievement and utilizes market research to suggest new avenues of growth and opportunities.

Michelle is also an artist, mother and wife. Her glass sculptures can be found in publications and collections nationwide or at www.zaximo.com
 
Q:        How long have you known each other / where did your friendship start?
 
A:       SB: Michelle and I met when our boys were in kindergarten, and I knew from the start Michelle was a supportive fellow mom and friend.

MH: Susan and I have known each other for more than 14 years. We met when our boys were in kindergarten.
 
Q:       When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?
 
A:       SB: I’ve always served in a business development role. I started my career in the corporate events industry, then in the automotive/trucking/industrial industry. I was then hired into the AEC industry by an old boss 10 years ago and have never looked back.
 
MH: Initially, I was a commercial furniture sales rep from 1993-2004. I left to work in the marketing field and as a studio artist but returned at Susan’s recommendation in 2016 as a business development professional.
 
Q:       How has your friendship evolved as you both work in the CRE industry?
 
A:       SB: Our firms often partner so I am thankful to be able to work together though I most appreciate the accolades, support and advice we provide each other through the ups and downs the CRE industry can present.

MH: Susan and I have had the good fortune of working for organizations that naturally support each other in strategic pursuits. But more than that, we are a sounding board for ideas, concerns and goals.
 
Q:       What are some of the things you love about your job?

A:       SB: I am fortunate to work for a firm of sincere, kind professionals; the best part of my job is helping developers bring much needed housing to communities. As a seasoned professional, it is rewarding to help others in the industry.

MH: For me, business development is about the joy of connecting the dots. I am eternally curious about what makes people tick, what excites them about their work, their life or their project. Helping others to make a connection and achieve a goal is a big part of my day. For clients, understanding what their challenges are and who are they trying to help means I have the great opportunity to be a part of their solution.
 
Q:       What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?

A:       SB: I officially joined in 2018 though attended events in prior years. I always recommend CREW to colleagues as it has had such a positive impact on my career.
 
MH: I joined CREW in 2017. Susan suggested it as a good fit for increased networking but also as a resource for thought leadership in the CRE industry.
 
Q:       What was the first CREW event you attended and what were your impressions?
 
A:       SB: I attended a new member coffee and was struck by the positive energy and the feeling of equality, no matter what role we each held in the industry. We were all welcomed.

MH: A Dine-Around. It was just comfortable. The leader made sure everyone had an opportunity to talk about not only their roles but themselves and ask for help in achieving next steps.
 
Q:       Tell us about a CREW memory you two have together.

A:       SB: Though Michelle and I have attended countless CREW events over the years, even co-chairing an Awards Dinner, a favorite event was the Bourbon tasting Michelle helped plan. There was a special energy and excitement in the air, beautiful weather, interesting venue and program, and the representation of CRE industry professions was a wonderful snapshot of what CREW stands for. Wonderful event that no one wanted to leave.
 
Q:       Please name a few of the projects you’ve been involved in, specifically in the St. Louis area of which you are proud. Include any projects you’ve been able to work on together!

A:       SB: We have been involved in several market-rate multifamily projects, but the most rewarding are LIHTC projects that have brought much needed housing to the St. Louis area.

MH: I am most proud of the projects that are designed for where people live and thrive. I have been a part of many senior living, healthcare, and multifamily projects in the area and they align with my passion for how space design can impact quality of life and work.
 
Q:       What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?

A:       SB: I am a founding board member of the Women’s Affordable Housing Network of Missouri and the annual MOWHA (Missouri Workforce Housing Association) conference planning committee. I just turned over the MU Beta Moms’ Club secretary role and am a member of Atlanta’s Shotgun Sisters, ULI and NMHC.

MH: I am involved in The St. Louis Forum, and I volunteer at Children’s Hospital making art with patients (a program I’m anxiously awaiting to come back since Covid) and am a former board member of Home Sweet Home.
 
Q:       How has COVID-19 impacted you and your organization?
 
A:       SB: I “baked” my way through Covid with the Barefoot Contessa and have mastered several recipes. Rosemann & Associates is busy with new multifamily projects as the need for housing has increased during Covid. Virtual meetings have allowed our firm to efficiently reach clients and partners throughout the U.S.
   
MH: We stuck close to home in the early days of the pandemic as I have a high-risk family member. But I cherish that time as it gave us unexpected moments with our son before he left for college. I also really enjoyed learning about the use of technology in connecting with people both personally and professionally. The pandemic was awful for many reasons, but the positive outcomes have been remarkable.
 
Q:       What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?

A:       SB-I have two sons at Mizzou, used to coordinate PRCA rodeos and barrel races, and I am a huge NFL football fan (Go Chiefs!).

MH: I’m thrilled to be on the 2023 Executive Board as a Director.