Janet Woodward’s success is based on managing her client’s properties as if they were her own and creating an environment where tenants want to operate their businesses. These traits were put to the test when a tornado struck one of the centers she managed in Kansas City on the Fourth of July weekend in 2015. She was onsite on the night of the tornado, and despite having a vacation planned the following week, she diligently worked to assist the property owner and tenants to ensure the center was repaired in a timely manner. Through poise and determination, she juggled the requests and needs of tenants, lenders, contractors, insurance companies and municipalities, ensuring the owner’s interests were kept at the forefront of all decisions.
The property owners, New York-based Cohen Equities, were new to real estate and have a very active and involved approach to their properties. Concentrating on value-add and distressed assets, they couldn’t have found a better property manager to help them recover from the destruction of a tornado. In fact, they credit Janet with creating more value for the center: “Simply put, we are in better shape after the tornado than we were before it. I can say unequivocally if Janet had not handled the situation as well as she did through it all we would be in a very different place today,” said Travis Burrows, Leasing & Asset Management, Cohen Equities.