Monday, March 18, 2019 / by Juan Grimaldo
Megan Creecy-Herman grew up going to construction job sites with her father, who worked as a painting contractor. So when she thought about her future career, real estate seemed like a natural fit.
“I like knowing that no two days are the same. Every deal is different,” said Creecy-Herman, market officer and vice president in the Phoenix office of Prologis Inc., a San Francisco real estate investment trust.
She majored in real estate at Arizona State University and interned for EJM Development, where she worked with industrial buildings and began to enjoy the product type.
Creecy-Herman worked for the developer before going to the University of Arizona for her MBA. She then worked at Liberty Property Trust and became market leader for Phoenix in 2018, before moving to lead the Prologis Phoenix office. While she was working at Liberty Property Trust, the company was named Developer of the Year twice by NAIOP, the Commerical Real Estate Development Association.
In 2008, she was founder of the NAIOP Developing Leaders Arizona chapter, which aims to provide mentorship and networking opportunities for young people in the commercial real estate industry. In 2014, she became chairwoman of NAIOP’s Arizona chapter, and was its first female chair and the youngest person in the country to lead a national chapter. When she was chairwoman, the organization made education a priority for the first time.
She has worked in the industry for 17 years, and makes it a priority to provide mentorship and other advice to young people in the industry.
She and her husband, Stephen, were married in 2012 and now have a 3-year-old son, Grant. They live in North Scottsdale with their dog, Sophie.
Why is mentorship so important to you? I’ve really grown up in this industry. It’s all I’ve done since I was 21. I want to serve as an example for young women that it’s very possible to be successful in this industry. I don’t think anyone should be dissuaded. I had a lot of great mentors, so I feel a responsibility to pay it forward to the next generation. I still have formal and informal mentees, I really enjoy making an impact on future careers and giving back to the industry that has given so much to me. I want to make sure I’m a good teammate and a good manager.
You were part of a committee focused on diversity at NAIOP in Arizona. What does that group work to do in real estate? The committee looks at how to diversify the industry in a meaningful way to make the industry more reflective of the communities where we build and develop real estate. I’m glad Prologis is leading the way on diversity in the industry. We have a program with NAIOP for scholarships for women and minorities to create a more diverse, more inclusive workforce.
What organizations are you involved in? I’m still on the national board of directors for NAIOP, and I’m a member of the Junior League of Phoenix, a women’s organization for volunteerism and educating other women. I’ve been on several committees with the Junior League, and our current focus is building a healthy Arizona.
What advice would you give to young people trying to have a career like yours?I think about it a lot more now that I’m a mom, but one of the most important traits is resilience. You can’t underestimate resilience. Don’t stop on your first no. If you have a passion for the industry, don’t let anyone push you off that path.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? I like to travel. My husband and I used to travel a lot, and my son already likes to travel. I like to exercise, I do yoga and I run. We like being outside as a family. On a weekend, you would probably find me outside. We live in DC Ranch, so there are lots of places to go hiking.
Author: Corina Vanek, Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal (Image and Video: Phoenix Business Journal)