This month we spoke with Assistant Project Manager Nicole Solera who is a member of our Project & Development Services Team in the Boston office.
How did you find your way into CRE and C&W?
I have a very good friend who works in CRE who spent the better part of our post collegiate years convincing me to make the move from public relations. To make a long story short, she won out and here I am today! I have to give credit to a few people on the brokerage side of the house as well as some industry mentors for helping me to find my way to CW. I’ve always been interested in project management and heard great things about the team here in Boston. Luckily Mary Kay Smith, Boston PDS Managing Director, and team thought that I’d make a great fit.
What do you like most about your job?
It’s hard to choose just one but, as a life-long learner, I thrive off the unique challenges each project brings. No two days are exactly alike, and it keeps me on my toes. To take a quote from the Beatles, I get by with a little help from my friends. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the talented teams I get to work with that make coming to the office (or virtual office) fun.
When you’re not working, where are you and what are you doing?
As a new mom, most of my free time goes to caring for my little guy, Jack, but whenever I get a chance I’m either squeezing in a workout, trying a new restaurant or hanging outside. Since COVID my friends and I have a standing Friday night tradition to try a new restaurant’s take out every week and catch up over Zoom. Even though we aren’t together we still share a meal.
How has your PDS Group adapted to the current environment?
Our team is always running on all cylinders from job to job ensuring that our clients are happy. Often, we’ll all try to catch up in between phone calls and meetings. Whether it’s a weekly coffee video call, or a team email, we have adapted to make more of an effort to stay connected. It’s nice to get a weekly update and hear what everyone is working on and provide any new insights and ideas to challenges our teammates might be facing on a project.
What’s the professional accomplishment you’re most proud of?
When reflecting on my proudest moment, some great projects that I was a part of came to mind or my first big project win. However, I’m most proud of taking a chance at a new career and starting over. It’s by far one of the hardest and most humbling things I’ve ever done but also the most rewarding.
If you’re going out to dinner in Boston, where are you going?
Not surprising to anyone who has dined with me…or caught me in the cafeteria when there are leftovers, I love food. Pre-COVID I would say you’d find me at the newest restaurant but now, Lolita’s in Fort Point or Yellow Door in Lower Mills… Because taco takeout just doesn’t cut it.