Get to Know...Kate Deady

October 27, 2022 • BOMA International

“I enjoy the bumps in the road and seeing the final result.”

Kate Deady, a property manager with Transwestern Real Estate Services, was elected to a two-year term on BOMA International’s Executive Committee in June 2022. A Texas native, Deady joined Transwestern’s Asset Services team in 2018 and now oversees a portfolio spanning 375,000 square feet of office and medical office properties throughout the San Antonio market.

How did you get your start in commercial real estate?

In college, I worked at a leasing brokerage company with a leasing agent. That was my first step. When I graduated from college, I knew I didn’t want to continue working on the leasing side, but my mentors told me that my personality would be a great fit for property management. I started as a temp at Transwestern, and in just three years, I moved up the ranks to become a property manager. On the property management side, you need to have good time-management skills—a realistic view of timelines and projects. You also must be personable and able to handle pressure when there’s a lot going on. And, of course, you should keep your employees’ needs in the forefront. Having these attributes has made me successful in my property management career.

What do you enjoy most about being a property manager?

I enjoy that every day is different because it keeps things interesting. I like helping our tenants but also growing our relationship with tenants and vendors. With coworkers, I like innovative ideas and design. I enjoy the bumps in the road and seeing the final result. I feel like I’m putting my own touch on the building and helping to create value.

How did you get involved with BOMA?

My mentor at Transwestern, Anjanette Hicks, told me to get involved in BOMA.  She knew participating in BOMA was vital for young professionals, and she introduced me to the Emerging Professionals Committee. From there, I got more and more involved. Now, I’m a member of the Emerging Professionals Committee for BOMA International and BOMA/San Antonio, and I’m chair of San Antonio’s Transwestern Young Professional group. I think young professionals are looking for growth opportunities. They want to be in organizations that add value to their career, and they want to make connections. They want to be in roles where they feel appreciated, and their voice is being heard. Getting the proper education and resources to them has been a passion of mine—it’s my way to give back for everything BOMA has given me.

What’s happening with the real estate market in San Antonio?

In San Antonio and all across Texas, we’re getting ready for the winter and the challenges that can bring to our properties. We had a rough winter here a couple of years ago with the power grid failing, and it’s projected to be a pretty cold winter again this upcoming year. We want to make sure our properties are protected and ready for any storms—or anything else the weather throws our way. In this region, we have building systems—and even some properties—that aren’t necessarily built for weather extremes, so it takes a lot of planning to get them ready. But we’re prepared!

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I have an identical twin sister. We are both big outdoor enthusiasts and love to go backpacking. My favorite spot to go is southern Utah because its slot canyon galore in that area.