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Posted by Ronilo Palama on October 13, 2019
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  • Where are you from originally?

    I was born in Louisiana, but our family moved shortly after to Virginia and then Bangkok, Thailand. I am a military brat. From Thailand, in 1976, my father was stationed in Austin at what is now the Austin Bergstrom Airport. That Hilton Hotel used to be his office building. 1000 years ago, they chose Balcones Woods to call home and it seemed like the edge of the world. Today, of course, we consider it central Austin. I went to Anderson High School and graduated in 1988.
  • Tell us an interesting detail about you that many might not know?

    I met and married my husband in 3 months! It was a whirlwind romance that we readily admit should not be tried at home! We are so lucky that we still believe it was the best decision either of us made, and at 7 months this January, we love to share our story. He has been a huge support to me in this crazy career I have chosen.
  • How did you get into homebuilding?

    I started my career as an Executive Assistant to the SVP of Finance at Ryland Homes’ corporate offices in California back in 2002. When I had completed my undergrad degree in Finance, I asked to go sell homes for Ryland in Atlanta. I sold homes from 2006 – 2008, when the market crashed. I left the industry at that point, but soon after I moved back to Austin in 2014, I signed back on to Ryland’s Austin Division in June of 2015. By September of 2015, we had officially merged with Standard Pacific, and now of course, Lennar. It’s been 11 years, 3 states and 3 company names, but I’m still here!
  • What do you love about homebuilding?

    I know it sounds like what we’re supposed to say, but truly, I love helping families find homes. More specifically, I love helping first time home-buyers get their foot in the door, literally and figuratively. I had already helped many couples and individuals purchase their first home, long before I myself had done so. My whole perspective on the process changed significantly once it was my turn. I am more patient, I am more empathetic to their fears, their insecurities, their excitement. It’s a roller coaster of emotions for many, and I love holding their hand through it all.
  • What experience would you repeat?

    Traveling back to Thailand as an adult is a dream of mine. I have so many memories of the two years I was there, but I was just a little girl. I want to see the home we lived in, I want to see the temples I only remember due to photographs, I want to taste the foods that my brain remembers, but my tongue doesn’t. I feel so fortunate to understand that there are other cultures and other people out in the world beyond our own. We would all do well to learn a little bit about some of them. In the end, we are more alike than we are different.
  • What are 3 adjectives that describe you best?

    Curious, Passionate, Loyal. People tell me I’m funny. Some days I believe them.
  • What is your favorite Model, Floorplan or Feature?

    I really love Lennar’s Rosso floorplan, from the Brookstone Collection. It’s a 3BR, 3 BTH home at roughly 2300 sf. I love that the bedrooms are in separate corners of the home. Everyone has their own bathroom! I love the large office/flex space before you get to the kitchen. The kitchen is wide open to the family and breakfast area, allowing great interaction with everyone while dinner is being made. The large covered patio covers most of the back wall of the home, making outdoor living a real opportunity. I really feel it offers small families and empty-nesters the best of everything.
  • What is one thing you want people to know about your community?

    Carmel Creek has one of the best opportunities in the Austin area for really explosive equity growth. It’s location and the relatively under-developed city of Hutto has no-where to go but up as new businesses and services set into the area.
  • What is the best advice you have ever been given?

    “Don’t just take the jobs you want and love, take the jobs no one else wants and do them to the best of your ability. People will notice and reward you.” My dad said that to me when I was 21 and complaining about a job transfer. As a 30 year Air Force Colonel, he knew a thing or two about assignments he didn’t love. He didn’t achieve the rank he did taking easiest path. I have remembered those words every time I think I might not love the opportunities presented to me. Every time, I am surprised by the internal reward of doing that job well and earning a better salary or title to go with it.
  • What lights you up in life?

    Good BBQ!
  • Do you have someone in your life that has been an exceptional mentor? Who? Why?

    Yes! My boss in California, at Ryland Homes, has really been such a wonderful mentor over the years. She gave me lots of room to grow while I worked for her. When I decided to complete my college degree, I sought her advice and took it. When I am challenged about something in my career or work etiquette, I continue to seek her input. I am so lucky that she and her husband ended up retiring here in Austin too! We still make time to see each other regularly. What a gift.

CAMERON MCNABB

Lennar – Carmel Creek

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