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Carrie Szarzynski | Connect CRE

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Carrie Szarzynski


NAI Hiffman

More than 20 years of experience in operations and management

Has developed and provided senior oversight to several property teams with a focus on team-building

Helping launch and grow NAI Hiffman’s national platform

Carrie Szarzynski has been instrumental in the transformation that the Hiffman National management services department has undergone over the past three years. Under her guidance as director, the organization transitioned from individual teams to a harmonious collaborative group that makes each other better and keeps growing.  

Colleagues say Szarzynski’s ability to truly listen to what the team leads say, come up with a plan and move forward, has jumpstarted productivity. She leads by example.  Not only does she understand the real estate industry incredibly well, she also has an amazing talent for understanding individual strengths and weaknesses. Carrie focuses on the strength of our people and our internal collective knowledge of the industry to move the whole department forward.  

She recognizes the value of the experience the leadership team brings and leverages knowledge to streamline processes, add efficient new protocols, and solicit opinions of team members. Somehow she balances all of her responsibilities, is available to all employees and clients, is on the Sync committee, has corporate responsibilities, is a BOMA mentor and speaker, has been interviewed and published by several real estate publications, and is helping launch and grow NAI Hiffman’s national platform. 

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Szarzynski as one of the Chicago & Midwest 2021 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect CRE’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others. 


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NAI Hiffman's Szarzynski

About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).