Valbridge Employee Spotlight: Cary L. Crain, MAI
October 18, 2019
Title: Managing Director
Date: October 18, 2019
VPA Office: Memphis
I am a graduate of Christian Brothers University with a major in Business Administration (Finance concentration). I started working with Valbridge in March of 2014 as an analyst. I received the MAI designation this past August. I am a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, Memphis Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, and a board member of the Memphis Area Risk Management Association. I am the past treasurer of the Memphis Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. I have been married for two years to my wife Carly and we have two dogs, Knox and Maxi.
What is your title and what do you do at Valbridge?
Managing Director. Some of my duties include operations, client management, business development, and various appraisal assignments.
How did you become a part of Valbridge?
After college graduation, I worked in the banking industry then transitioned into insurance. In both positions, I was exposed to many types of real estate and soon realized my interests were in commercial real estate. In the spring of 2014, I applied for the analyst role at Valbridge. The decision to become a part of Valbridge has yielded some of the best outcomes for me both personally and professionally.
What are your specialty areas?
Investment grade industrial, office, and retail properties and all types of restaurants.
What are some of the most interesting projects you've worked on at Valbridge?
Some of the most interesting projects I have worked on are community centers with tax increment financing, major office rehabs in our downtown area, large corporate headquarters, and fair value valuations.
What do you like most about working at Valbridge?
I enjoy the ever changing projects and the challenges they present. The work never seems to get stale. I am very fortunate to work with fantastic people in my office that have invested in me and helped me grow professionally. The support, guidance, and cooperation of all Valbridge offices is second to none.
I played baseball in college and that competitive nature has been very beneficial and complementary to the appraisal field. It helped me develop persistence, to become goal oriented, and to always strive to be the best at what I do.