Gates Hudson Commercial Division VP Cindy Warfield was profiled in AOBA’s September 2016 INSIDE News & Advocacy Recap.
See transcript below:

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Cindy Warfield, Vice President, Commercial Division, Gates Hudson

A native of Newport Beach, CA with 25 years experience leading teams and managing a diverse mix of assets, Cindy is an active member of AOBA and BOMA. In addition to earning her RPA, CSM and LEED AP certifications, she attained her certification as a Professional Life Coach.

When not working, Cindy and her husband love to travel and spend time with family and good friends.

Tell us about some changes you’ve seen over the past 5 to 10 years in our industry and how you’ve adapted. Some changes with the greatest impact include the need for a greater emphasis on emergency preparedness and a heightened level of awareness; expectations in property management to create value for both owners and tenants; and major trends such as the rise of co-working environments, consolidation of medical practices, etc. Of course, every building, every market and every owner is different so it’s essential to be involved with your communities.

Successfully adapting requires constant awareness and recognizing changes in the workplace, then taking action. For example, after recognizing that the definition of liability and safety in terms of emergency preparedness had expanded to a whole new level, I joined AOBA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. This group of professionals supports me in doing my job well and keeps this issue in the forefront.

What did you take away from your experience as a volunteer “Mentor” for BOMA International’s Career Day at this year’s Conference?
It was fulfilling to share knowledge gained from experience, and to have the opportunity to inspire and motivate. Also, my fellow Mentors and I had the chance to learn from each other. The day offered an inspiring reminder of the importance of paying it forward, and I was impressed by how extremely sharp and goal-driven our “mentees” were.

What draws you to continue to volunteer for AOBA?
It provides me the opportunity to network with peers, build friendships, gain knowledge, and enhance my skills. I love the many hats we wear, so it is all part of wearing them well and enjoying our work world.