After graduating from The Tuck School of Business ‐ Dartmouth’s Executive Program in 2003, Connie received her Certified Property Manager certificate and LEED AP credentials.In 1981 Connie joined PM Realty Group, the largest third-party commercial real estate firm in the nation. Connie was the first woman to be promoted to Executive Senior Manager during her 20-year tenure with the company. Her comprehensive knowledge of property management, leasing, and construction management, comprising a portfolio with over a million square feet under contract gives her an astute ability to recognize value in well-managed buildings. Connie left PM Realty Group to start Customized Real Estate Services, Inc. (CRES) in 2001, and ten years later developed LEAD 2 GREEN to specialize in green real estate services. In 2008 Connie was the first CEO of a certified woman-owned commercial real estate company in the nation to earn the LEED® Professional Accreditation designation. This designation, awarded by the US Green Building Council, is to distinguish building professionals who have the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED® Certification process. The LEED® AP has a thorough understanding of the practices and principles involved in the LEED®Green Building Rating System.
Ileana Leija joined CRES + Associates in 2005 specializing in office, retail and industrial space. She is responsible for the bilingual division of CRES working with Hispanic clients to find them the best commercial properties available. Ileana has helped to close over 5 million square feet, and instructurmental in the company being named the Top Fastest Growing Women Business Owner in 2006 & 2009. She is actively involved in her church and the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance. She has volunteered many hours helping under privileged children, and is a volunteer at the Wesley Community Center working with teens. Ileana helps each year with the WBEA annual golf tournament to raise money to support the scholarship fund. She is attending the Houston Community College as a Business Major. Ileana will use her expertise in commercial real estate and her bilingual ability to assist in locating properties for our clients.