NAIOP Young Professional Group (YPG) Alumnus, Megan Woodring is a commercial real estate finance expert with a forte for structured debt and construction financing which she has derived executing more than $4 Billion in debt placement. She thoroughly enjoys the lifecycle of the deal and especially relishes pitching deals to various lenders ultimately creating a competitive environment to find an outlier bid. As Vice President in CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance division Woodring gets plenty of opportunities to experience this exciting process. In her role, she participates in the placement of debt financing for all commercial real estate asset classes throughout the West Coast. Since joining CBRE in 2013, Woodring has partnered with the Institutional Properties Debt Platform led by Brad Zampa and Mike Walker.
She and her colleagues work with life insurance correspondents, pension funds, international and domestic commercial banks, debt funds, mortgage REITs and Wall Street CMBS investment banks. Currently Woodring is engaged in a number of deals in major West coast markets. However, her major focus at present are two sizeable mixed-use development debt and equity raises here in the Bay Area. “My favorite part of a transaction is working to understand the client’s objectives and diving into the macro and micro deal-economics to achieve optimal returns,” she said, “The most rewarding part is actively participating in a client’s ability to execute their business plan with the best financing terms available in the market.”
In 2015 Woodring had the good fortune of being selected for NAIOP SFBA’s Young Professionals Group (YPG). She credits the experience with helping her refine her leadership and communication skills, exercise her ability to creatively solve problems and evaluate her short and long-term goals.
An active alumnus who regularly attends YPG events, Woodring encourages those starting out in their careers to apply to the program. “I am so grateful to CBRE leadership for sponsoring me,” she said. “My participation in YPG has afforded me the opportunity to expand my career path and grow both personally and professionally.
GET INVOLVED is the mantra that Woodring repeats to those considering joining NAIOP. Naturally, her own experience is a testament to the value of investing time and effort to go beyond simply attending events. “Our chapter is full of high caliber people and I am so proud that YPG has become a widely respected part of the industry with over 120 alumni working for top companies,” she said. “I suggest that young professionals start with the Developing Leaders program and consider participating in YPG. We are currently taking applications for our 6th class!”
On the personal front, Woodring was born on the East Coast. However, she quickly began to feel like a native Californian while attending the University of California San Diego. (The sun and sand will do that!) She loves to travel and experience new cultures and recently embarked on perhaps the most exciting new adventure of her life time, she got married! Woodring celebrated their big day on October 29, 2016 in the Presidio (like a true Californian) and she lives in San Francisco with her husband Blake.