McCall & Almy Announces Julie Gray has been Named a 2019 Women of Influence
McCall & Almy is pleased to announce that Globest. Real Estate Forum has recognized Julie Gray as a 2019 Women of Influence in the Broker of the Year – Tenant Representation category.
Julie Gray's easy going and friendly personality make her one of the most approachable people in McCall & Almy's office. She started her real estate career in Chicago and Minneapolis before coming to Boston's Northeastern D'Amore-McKim School of Business for grad school where she graduated with Highest Academic Honor and top of her class. While attending grad school, Julie joined McCall & Almy on a part-time basis, which offered her flexibility and experience working in the Boston market. As graduation neared, the partners of the firm approached Julie about joining the firm on a full-time basis. Almost twenty years later, she hasn't looked back. Steadily working her way up the corporate ladder, Julie was named an executive vice president/partner of the firm three years ago.
Julie knows what hard work and playing with a winning mentality is. She was a member of the Women's National Rugby team for twelve years before starting her commercial real estate career. Julie knows the power of women working together to accomplish like-minded goals, and she knows what it's like to be the only woman in a room full of men. When Julie joined McCall & Almy twenty years ago, she knew the industry was dominated by men, but she was lucky to have a senior woman at the firm, Mary Lentz, to serve as her mentor. Having Mary in her corner so early in her career taught her to take nothing for granted, that initiative and a relentless dedication to learning the business allowed her to succeed.
Wanting to pay it forward, Julie strives to be a mentor to the firm's younger people, both women, and men, to foster a sense of teamwork and collaboration. She feels the industry has come a long way and sees many women in senior leadership roles, which she feels has improved not only the workplace but helped young women grow and advance in careers at McCall & Almy. Her recipe for success is to find a mentor early on in your career and ask people for their advice. Meeting with experts in the industry gives you access to years of knowledge that will ultimately help you learn and grow.
Julie feels that while the tides are changing in our industry from a male-dominated industry to having more women in positions of power, it is still challenging for the younger women in the office to find a senior woman to look up to. Knowing how hard it is to find a female mentor in the commercial real estate field, Julie made it a point to mentor a young woman in the office that started as the firm's receptionist but is now a vital member of her transaction team.
While Julie is drawn to the tangible aspect of real estate, she is even more so drawn to helping mission-driven and non-profit organizations achieve their goals. It is with this in mind that she regularly bikes in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-a-thon that runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts with routes that range from 25 to 192 miles and raises money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Wellesley Friendly Aid fundraising committee; Berklee College of Music annual gala planning committee. Because that isn't enough, Julie also bikes for Harbor to the Bay, a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown, which raises money for HIV/AIDS organizations. Julie finds it most rewarding to participate in an organization knowing it is helping the greater good.
How do our clients describe Julie? "Julie has an amazing ability to multi-task. She works on a number of projects for us, a lot of which are in parallel, and she can accomplish them all, communicate with our many internal constituents and still get us the best deal."
Julie, your leadership and mentorship foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration that provides our clients with unparalleled service. We congratulate you on being honored by Real Estate Forum and are proud to call you a partner, friend and colleague.
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