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Terry MartinDenning

Principal/COO/Designated Broker, NAI Horizon After 29 years in commercial real estate, Martin-Denning still views each day as an adventure. “Not every person you meet is going to make you money but over time strong relationships, built on trust and respect, have tremendous value.” Surprising Fact: “I love football so much that I coached my son’s Pop Warner team. I would have loved to play myself when I was growing up but that wasn’t an option for girls in the ‘old days.’”

Debra Sydenham

Executive Director, Urban Land Institute, Arizona With 30 years in the industry, Sydenham said she couldn’t have reached success without “dark chocolate, a good belly laugh, and following the Golden Rule.” As “the face of ULI,” Sydenham practices its mission ”to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities”personally and professionally. Surprising Fact: “I have flown in an F-16 aircraft and experienced aileron rolls, aerial loops, pulling 5Gs, and going Mach 1.1 to break the sound barrier.”

Karrin Taylor

Executive Vice President, DMB Associates For the first few years of her career, Taylor doubled as a law school student. Twenty years later, she feels “blessed to work for a company that challenges her. “This can be a very aggressive business and women need to own their competitive side and be strong advocates for their clients,” she said. Surprising Fact: “For nearly a decade, I have served on the United States Air Force Chief of Staff’s Civic Leaders Group. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world...including an active war zone.”

Beth HarmonVaughan

Cindy Winters

Harmon-Vaughan entered the CRE world more than 30 years ago and earned her proudest professional achievement when she became a principal and managing partner for Gensler. She reached this point through “perseverance and an extremely high demand for quality in everything” she does. Surprising Fact: “I have a collection of nearly 50 pairs of iconic Ray-Bay Wayfarer sunglasses in assorted colors and limited editions.”

With her recent acquisition of Eagle Commercial Realty Services, Winters has reached the top of her 26-year career. “I see very few women in the higher levels of business ownership such as development companies and/or brokerage firms,” she said, adding that mentors and community involvement are gateways to board involvement. Surprising Fact: “I love competing (getting dirty) in mud run competitions.”

Managing Principal, Gensler

President, Eagle Commercial Realty Services

Inset: Terry Martin-Denning Pictured, left to right: Deb Sydenham, Karrin Taylor, Beth Harmon-Vaughan and Cindy Winters

AZRE magazine July/August 2014  
AZRE magazine July/August 2014