CREW Philadelphia members stand out in the real estate industry!
Congratulations to Melissa Hasenmayer, CPA, MST, for being nominated as this month’s CREW Philadelphia Member in the Spotlight! Melissa was recently promoted to Senior Director in the Real Estate and Infrastructure practice at FTI Consulting.
Title: Senior Director, Real Estate Advisory Services
Company: FTI Consulting Inc.
Years in Commercial RE: 15
Are you a Philadelphia native? If not how did you end up in Philadelphia?
Not from Philly, but close to it. I grew up in Deptford, NJ and slowly migrated north. First to Monmouth County to attend college, then to Parsippany for my first (and still current!) job. After a few years of slowly moving south, I finally landed in Haddonfield, NJ, where I currently live with my husband and two kids.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies?
When I’m not at work I can be found reading. I read for fun every chance I get. Each year, I try to tackle a classic I’ve never read. This year, it’s War and Peace. I’ve been avoiding this one because it’s so big, but broken up into chapters it isn’t that bad. A chapter takes about 5 minutes, so I’ve found myself sneaking it in whenever I have some spare time – even in line at the grocery store!
Favorite spot in Philadelphia or surrounding area?
I’ve only been there once, but the best meal I’ve had in the past year was at Zahav. It’s so exciting to see what a foodie destination Philadelphia has become.
What does a typical day on the job look like?
Every day is different, but you can bet I am busy determining the tax consequences of the latest deals my clients are trying to close. I worry about questions like, “Can I keep the proceeds, or should I reinvest them?”, “Is this a good REIT asset?” and “How can I structure this deal in a tax-efficient way?”, so my clients can concentrate on making the deal happen. When I am not consulting, I focus on filing my clients’ annual tax returns as well as running quarterly REIT tests.
Are there industries you work with most? What are they?
Within real estate, I work with a lot of REITs and private real estate companies. The companies I work with mainly invest in retail, office and warehouse facilities.
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