Education * Licenses * Professional Associations * Volunteer Organizations
- Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, 2010
- Master of Arts, 2013
- South Carolina Licensed Real Estate Agent
- Notary Public
- Greater Greenville Association of Realtors
- South Carolina Association of Realtors
- National Association of Realtors
- Greenville MLS Member
- International Self Storage World Expo (ISS)
- Self Storage Association of South Carolina (SSASC)
- Meals on Wheels
- Local Pageant Guest Judge
- NG University Alumni Board of Directors, Finance Committee, 2015
- Guardian Ad Litem, 2015
In Progress/Future Aspirations:
- ISS Development Planning & Building Workshops
- Greenville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greenville Class 45 (2019)
- PhD, Real Estate - University of California Berkeley / Wharton University of Pennsylvania
Lauren is a member of the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®, South Carolina Association of REALTORS®, National Association of REALTORS®, and the Greenville MLS. A native of South Carolina, she attended Wyatt Institute of Real Estate and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of South Carolina. As a second generation SC real estate broker, Lauren started her real estate career as a child, following her dad around to his investment properties, collecting rent, interacting with tenants, and learning firsthand the ground work of being in real estate.
In 2010, she made her first adult steps into the real estate sector as an intern during college at a local property management office. Eight years later and counting, Lauren continues to build upon her knowledge and experiences across multiple areas of the real estate arena, ranging from residential leasing & property management, commercial leasing & property management, residential sales, and ground up commercial development (ie: mixed-use; self-storage). She has worked for Rohdie Development and Management, along with Easlan Management, both privately held residential real estate development groups. For over 5 years, from 2012-2017, Lauren worked in-house as a corporate commercial Real Estate Manager for World Acceptance Corporation, a publicly-traded international industry leading consumer loan provider, operating 1,200 offices in 15 states and Mexico; Parent company of ParaData Financial Systems. (NASDAQ:WRLD). Handling over 70 transactions each year, she acted as a liaison between corporate personnel, landlords, brokers, developers and third parties to identify, source, negotiate, and structure high volumes of commercial real estate lease agreements within a territory spanning fifteen (15) states, totaling over two million (2,000,000) square feet of retail/office space. Her primary focus was executing all commercial real estate transactions for the company, site acquisitions, portfolio management, payment controlling, facility management, contract drafting, and handling Landlord relations on behalf of the company. Lauren was instrumental in the execution of over two hundred (200) commercial real estate transactions across one hundred (100) US sub-markets. She has brokered and closed deals with leading global commercial real estate brokerages such as CBRE (largest in the world), NAI Global, Colliers International, Brixmore, Cushman& Wakefield, JLL, and many others.
In addition to being a REALTOR®, Lauren is also a Senior Project Coordinator in Acquisitions and Development for a hospitality and asset management group, specifically their self-storage division. Her focus is ground up developments, and acquisitions with capital appreciation opportunities. As a team member, she supports the long-term business development strategy of building and acquiring one hundred (100) self-storage assets across the U.S. by 2027.
A past board member and treasurer of her Alma Mater, work as a guardian ad litem, and involvement in the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization, Lauren has developed a variety of network contacts which enable her to stay well informed of expanding opportunities in the housing market, commercial sector, and corporate arena.