One Left Out

I just finished reading the special report on Women in Commercial Real Estate in the June 14 issue. As a 32-year-old woman who has worked in the real estate industry for 11 years, I commend you on giving these 25 women the recognition they deserve. However, you really missed the boat in omitting my boss, Mary Ann King, from your compilation.

On a professional level, Ms. King's credentials and accomplishments are both impressive and inspiring. In 1986, Ms. King joined Moran & Co., an investment advisory specializing in multifamily real estate. In 1994, Ms. King formed a brokerage arm which handles the sale of institutional-quality apartment properties. Since 1995, Ms. King has represented institutional sellers in the marketing of over $1 billion in apartments, of which some $300 million represent transactions here in Southern California. Her list of institutional clients include Kemper Insurance, Prudential, Heitman, Archstone, CNA, Travelers and R & B; Realty. Two of Ms. King's current valuation assignments include the recently completed Tierra del Rey property in Marina del Rey (for Legacy Partners) and assisting Playa Capital Developers value their first apartment project in the Playa Vista master-planned community.

On a personal level, Ms. King conveys the generosity and professionalism that has made her so well regarded in the industry. I don't know how best to convey her personal qualities in a short summary except to say this: People find it astonishing that I have been with the same company for 10 years. I attribute this directly to Ms. King. She has been a mentor, friend, boss, and role model rolled into one.


Manager of Acquisitions and Dispositions

Moran & Co.

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