Jane Acker

Member Spotlight

Company: Fairway America
How did you first hear about CREW Portland?
Fairway CEO recommended I join; first heard about CREW in Chicago.
What motivated you to join CREW Portland?
Networking, Business Development, Meet Inspiring People, Be a voice for women in Commercial Real Estate
How did you get here?
TLDR: My story is one of consistent growth and value creation in CRE. I came to Portland to join Fairway America’s acquisitions team. Out of school, I worked for JLL market research and investment sales in the Chicago HQ. I underwrote and created the OM for the highest price PSF office transaction in Chicago history (412 N Wells). At that point I wanted to continue my growth and join the principal side. I moved to an institutional multifamily and retail owner-operator and became a key part of asset management. I refined the valuations process, wrote all company white papers, oversaw light value add projects, implemented new technologies (Yardi, Realpage, and Power BI), and led the creation of the annual business plan. Wanting to be in a more transactional and dynamic environment, I joined Northpond Partners, an institutional-funded, retail-focused private equity shop. There I handled new acquisitions (underwriting, due diligence, closing), executed on business plans (including lease negotiations) for 1/3 of the firm's portfolio, aided in all elements of modeling and financing for large mixed-use development projects, and traveled and built relationships in the Southeast and greater Midwest. I’m looking forward to working at Fairway, where I can build relationships with new sponsors, work on a high volume of middle market transactions, and become a more well-rounded real estate professional.
Tell us something we didn't know about you?
I love to dance - modern, social, and capoeira. I studied quantitative economics and dance in college.
If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Courageous, intense, creative
Favorite Travel Destination?
Spain or hopefully soon Brazil
What is one goal you would like to achieve through CREW?
Develop relationships with other women in the business that want to learn and grow.