Senior Vice President, Capital Markets
Meet Lisa Maki
What is your role at Avison Young?
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets. I'm focused on all sectors of investment sales with a primary focus on office and land in the urban core. My role, in concert with other team members, includes production, strategic planning and special projects, client business development and various marketing initiatives.
How did you get into commercial real estate?
I began my career with CBRE (Nashville) with a focus in both Landlord and Tenant Rep in Office Leasing in 2006.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
I would have to say my father who had very little education, yet still managed to own his own business. I most admired how he lived his life and how he treated others with such respect. I'm not sure I ever heard him complain about anything or blame someone else for mishaps in his life. He knew how to live well with very little and always with a smile.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Connect with at least five industry experts to learn from them on how to become a "Best in Class" professional.
How has Avison Young supported you as a woman in business?
Both our local Managing Director, Warren Smith, and our US Capital Markets Managing Director, John Kevill, have been tremendously supportive. In addition to them, there have been many others that have been extremely helpful with introductions, guidance and referrals. I feel like I can pick up the phone to connect with almost anyone here at AY in any role and they would be available if I needed assistance or had questions.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I was once a stewardess. Prior to beginning my career in the CRE Industry, I was a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines for 18 years. I had the privilege to fly with our military during Desert Storm, the White House press on key historical dates, 19 NBA teams, 6 NHL teams in addition to holding the Lead Flight Attendant position for the NFL's Tennessee Titans for the first five years they were in TN. Additionally, I was fortunate enough to fly with UConn during the 1999 Final Four Championship (they won), the San Antonio Spurs during the 1999 NBA Championship (they won), the Tennessee Titans during Superbowl XXXIV (they lost by a half of a yard) and the USA Men and Women's Olympic Basketball Teams during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia (Both walked away with GOLD Medals).