Member Spotlight: Kristen Hagen

November 21, 2022

In this month’s CREW Member Spotlight, the light shines on Kristen (McFarland) Hagen. Kristen has been with CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:  CBRE) for nearly eight years, and she has earned the title of Senior Associate, Capital Markets. Kristen’s primary focus within CBRE is to facilitate the sales of office buildings, leading the middle market platforms. Working out of CBRE’s downtown Tampa office, Kristen and her capital markets office team secured over $186 million in office sales in 2021 and have surpassed that number by closing over $227 million year to date. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment company with more than 105,000 employees serving clients in over 100 countries. The company’s mission is, “To realize the potential of our clients, professionals, and partners by building the real estate solutions of the future.”  In living that mission, CBRE has invested in professionals within the local commercial real estate market by becoming a Silver Annual Sponsor of CREW Tampa Bay in 2020, and they have already extended that support through 2023.

Kristen grew up in a very small town in northwest Ohio called Defiance (2020 population of 17,180). She knew she wanted to go to college and eventually move to a big city, but Kristen’s educational and career path did not begin with the field of commercial real estate in sight. In fact, Kristen graduated with a business degree and her MBA in Accounting from Baldwin Wallace University. She moved to Cleveland to begin her career as an audit associate for KPMG, a Big Four accounting firm. She later changed companies where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and eventually worked in commercial lending. While gaining this varied experience, Kristen’s eyes became wide open to the world of commercial real estate—a different career path where she knew she would utilize her strong analytical and financial experience to aid in her success. 

Soon after beginning her commercial real estate career at CBRE, Kristen found she was one of very few women in the field. She said, “There were definitely not a lot of women in the capital assets side of the business!”  She learned about CREW Tampa Bay and became a member in 2019. She joined not only to network and meet other women in commercial real estate, but also to find a good support system, mentor others in the industry, and give back to the commercial real estate community. Kristen immediately got involved volunteering and has been  serving the past two years as Chair of the Sponsorship Committee. She is the incoming Director of Sponsorship for the 2023-24 Board of Directors, and she was a finalist for the 2022 CREW Member of the Year Excellence Award.

Kristen believes that hard work pays off. She is highly focused and puts forth 100% effort in order to be successful. The “R.I.S.E. Values” put forth in training at CBRE—Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence—are deep-seated, and Kristen lives by those values every single day. Her primary inspiration comes from being the best person she can be for her family, her co-workers, and for herself. Earning people’s trust and continual confidence is extremely important to Kristen. She loves her team, the people she works with, and the family-oriented culture at CBRE. Kristen defines success as overall “happiness.”  She says, “If you are happy in your career, you truly enjoy coming to work each day!”  Learning to master a great work-life balance has allowed Kristen to find true happiness and success in her life, both personally and professionally. 

What many people may not know about Kristen is that she is a “thrill-seeker” by nature! She loves riding roller coasters, skydiving, and she is not afraid to swim with the sharks! In her personal life, Kristen enjoys spending time with her new husband, Matt, and their yellow lab, Hunter. They are big sports fans who root for Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns, as well as local Tampa Bay teams. They enjoy riding bikes, taking their dog to parks, scalloping, and they especially enjoy having a cocktail on the beach while watching the sunset.