After 20 years in both residential and commercial real estate, Butler, a native of Washington DC, enrolled at Robinson College of Business to earn her M.S.R.E. “Earning my master’s degree helped me better understand the numbers side of the business and gave me confidence to structure deals and better assess portfolios regardless of size and property mix,” states Butler. “Specifically, asset management, proper analysis of portfolios and the Argus Enterprise certification added to my skill set.”
For the past two years, Butler has served as branch chief, in the leasing division of the General Services Administration (GSA), an independent agency of the United States government, established to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, among other management tasks.
Butler maintains and oversees the Alabama, Mississippi and Florida Panhandle territories including: federal real property lease acquisitions, hundreds of negotiated leases, over 5 million square feet, and just under $100 million annually in rent, which includes negotiated savings to taxpayers. She successfully led the Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee branch through both the Lease Administration Management (LAM) Procurement Management Review (PMR) and full PMR in the first year of appointment as branch chief.
Butler is also an independent broker in Georgia and associate broker in DC, Maryland and VIrginia.
She has a strong track record of giving back and is serving as the AREA GSU president for 2019. Butler is the founder of a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization, T.H.R.I.V.E. Enterprises Inc. T.H.R.I.V.E.’s mission is centered on advocacy for small businesses, affordable housing and financial literacy. She also shares her industry knowledge through Facebook live posts including recent topics: probate/estate sales, property selling tips, foreclosures and acquiring investment properties.