Each year, Midwest Real Estate News runs its Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame issue, honoring the top real estate professionals working throughout the Midwest. This year, we are also running these profiles online. Today, we look at the busy career of Laura Hengle, director of marketing with the Akron, Ohio, office of Bock & Clark Corporation.
Mastering her niche: Laura Hengle isn’t a broker or a developer, but she has been outstanding in a key niche on the margins of the commercial real estate business. She has also been a standout at the center of one of the organizations that has advanced the core of the business.
Hengle is a past president of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Cleveland, and has diligently served the organization since when she went to work at Bock & Clark Corporation in 2000, according to CREW, the organization that nominated her for the Hall of Fame.
Bock & Clark is a national commercial real estate due diligence firm specializing in American Land Title Association (ALTA) Surveys, Zoning Reports and Environmental & Assessment Services.
An award-winner: It’s clear that Hengle has eanred the respect of her peers. She was recognized as the 2012 CREW Cleveland Member of the Year and received the 2016 CREW Cleveland Deborah Rocker Klausner Leadership Award.
Dedicated to her industry: Hengle, despite her busy career at Bock & Clark, has devoted long hours to serving the commercial real estate industry.
In addition to her term as CREW Cleveland president in 2011, Hengle previously held the position of communications chair with the organization and has represented her group at 18 straight national CREW conventions.
Hengle was a member of the CREW Network Gold Standard Task Force in 2011, and in 2012 and 2013 she served on the CREW Network Industry Research Committee, chairing that group in 2013. She also co-chaired the CREW Network Member Education Convention Planning committee in both 2014 and 2015, and was named a Champion Director for CREW Foundation in 2016 and 2017.
Forming relationships: Hengle credits her ability to form long-lasting relationships as one of the main reasons for her career success.
“I think my willingness to meet new people has helped me in my career path,” she said. “One of the greatest steps I ever took was joining CREW Network at the beginning of my career.”
A leader in her field, too: Hengle, as director of marketing, played a key role in positioning Bock & Clark as a leader in commercial real estate due diligence. She collaborates with Bock & Clark’s department managers and sales team to inform the commercial real estate industry about the scope of the firm’s services, and oversees production of brochures, advertising, web site content, trade show coordination, customer feedback and client tracking.