As a campus leader while at Meredith, it’s only fitting that Kellie Falk, ’85, a business administration major, would lead a company of more than 1,000 employees. Today, Falk is managing director and principal of Drucker + Falk, a family-owned fee management real estate company.
“During my time at Meredith, I was always involved in student life and I served as class president for the Class of 1985,” said Falk. “Meredith enabled me to be a better leader.”
Drucker + Falk was founded by Falk’s grandfather in 1938. The company currently manages approximately 35,000 multifamily homes and 1.5 million square feet of commercial space. Falk’s hope is that in five years the company can double in size in apartment count and income growth.
Managing so many employees and properties makes for a different day, every day for Falk.
“What I enjoy most about my job is that it’s never the same day twice. And my work family,” said Falk. “I am helping to provide employees the ability to take care of themselves and their families, but also I’m helping to provide safe housing to residents.”
Falk has earned a number of awards for her leadership and business success. She was awarded the Outstanding Property Management Executive from the Triangle Apartment Association, was named among the Women Extraordinaire by Triangle Business Leader Magazine, and listed on the Triangle Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Real Estate and Construction. In 2018, she was awarded the Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business Award and named CEO/Executive of the Year.
“Being named the 2018 CEO/Executive of the Year by Triangle Business Journal was special to me because you’re nominated and voted on by your business peers, so there’s no application or submittal of resume. It’s pure reputation and achievements in the business community.”
“I’m very blessed to have the life that I have and want to share with others who aren’t as fortunate. It’s important to give back to your community, especially where you live. It does take a village.”
She credits Meredith for developing her leadership skills and for the community she found.
“It will be 34 years since I graduated from Meredith and some of my closest and dearest friends are my fellow classmates. We still have that special bond (and maybe stronger today). I treasure my friendships from Meredith. They are more valuable to me than any other social interaction I have in my adult life.”