Member Spotlight: Christie Rock

October 25, 2022
This month’s CREW Member Spotlight shines on Christie Rock. Christie is the newly elected 2023 Director of Programs for CREW Tampa Bay, and she has been involved with CREW for almost six years! She joined CREW not only for the camaraderie with like-minded commercial real estate industry leaders, but also in order to give back to other women in the industry with the experience, wisdom, and tools she’s acquired throughout her career.

Christie was raised in the small town of Sebring, Florida, and although she enjoyed her hometown, she knew she wanted more. Christie believed if she focused on her grades and sports, she could attend a good college and embark on a successful career path. With her Bright Futures Scholarship in hand, she moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. Her original career plan was to earn her degree in finance, and then become an attorney, but toward the end of her tenure at UF, she met one of her mentors, Ted Starkey, who introduced her to the field of commercial real estate. When she joined the industry, there were very few women in the commercial real estate realm, thus creating unique challenges for her along with others who were blazing inroads. Christie is a go-getter who loves to take challenges head-on and who is continually focused on success. She found the commercial real estate industry to be a perfect fit!

Christie is a Senior VP for Commercial Real Estate Finance for Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ - SBCF). As a commercial real estate lender, Christie focuses on various clients’ projects including multi-family, medical, self-storage, office, retail, as well as acquisition rehabs around the state. Based in Stuart, Florida, Seacoast Bank has been family-owned for over three generations and has been in business for over 90 years. With assets over $10 billion, Seacoast is growing fast with a goal to be the biggest and best bank in Florida. Prior to joining Seacoast Bank, Christie endured various mergers and acquisitions with previous commercial real estate lenders. She has overcome many challenges, gained a lot of knowledge and experience, and she has worked her way up through the ranks, thriving in her current role. Christie loves the relationships, like-minded people, opportunities, and the overall positive culture at Seacoast Bank.

When asked about a favorite quote, Christie immediately answered with the following:

“Your strength doesn't come from winning. It comes from struggles and hardship. Everything that you go through prepares you for the next level.” ― Germany Kent

Christie is continually making it to the next level through the strength she has earned from her own struggles and hardships. She has not only had to overcome challenges in her career, but Christie has also endured many personal challenges and hardships. After the passing of their biological father, Christie found herself raising her two young girls as a single mom, while working hard to grow in her career. Christie had no other choice than to have the strength to propel herself to the next level - a level where Christie has found a perfect work environment, where her daughters (now 9 and 14 years of age) are thriving, and where she has been blessed with a wonderful husband and blended family. Christie has found complete happiness!

To Christie, success means making her daughters proud while finding a healthy career and personal life balance. Christie truly loves her work life and her home life, and although she has stress, she has learned to manage it well. She is fully grateful for where she is today!

In her spare time, Christie loves fishing, playing pickleball, playing golf, and spending time with her family.