Inside Carter | Malloy Peterson

Every other week we’ll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Malloy Peterson, senior vice president of the advisory group. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. How did you end up in commercial real estate?
My first job was in finance. While it provided a great foundation for my career, I still wanted to explore my options. I took my first real estate class while getting my masters at Georgia Tech and loved it. It also didn’t hurt that Atlanta was going through a major real estate boom. I took a job in strategy, one of my other passions, but later ended up in a commercial real estate position which also involved a lot of strategy. I’ve been at it for nine years now.

2. What’s one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you?
I grew up in Louisiana and can peel crawfish as fast as anyone. I’ve lived in four states and still think Louisiana people are hard to duplicate – the salt of the earth and great fun!

3. Best part of your job here at Carter?
The entrepreneurial spirit here is strong and inspiring. If we believe in something, we will work long and hard at it, exhausting all options before we’ll say we “can’t” do something.

4. Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My dad, although he passed away before I began my career. Looking back, I think he was quite the “feminist” – maybe it was his way of coping with having three girls. He set very high expectations for each of us and even tried to prepare us for the realities of the workplace and challenges with work-life balance that we would inevitably face. As an attorney, he drew this from his own observations in the workplace. While I couldn’t quite appreciate it at the time, it was great advice.

5. Where in the world are you headed on your next vacation?
To Palm Beach to celebrate my husband’s grandparents’ 65th anniversary.

6. What did you want to grow up to be?
I wanted to be an attorney or serve in public office. But there was about a decade when I was trying to be the next Mary Lou Retton.

7. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
I would love to get my whole family back together for Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents’ house in the early or mid-80s.

8. Are you a social media user? Which platforms?
Yes. I started off on Facebook for years, but have become much more of a Twitter follower recently. I am more of a reader than a poster. I have been on LinkedIn for years as well, but have become more engaged over the past few years as a result of improvements in the platform.

9. What’s on your bucket list that you’d like to share?
To spend some time giving back as a teacher, even if it’s in retirement.

10. Favorite thing about Atlanta?
I think that the in-town neighborhoods are beautiful, especially all of the old trees. I still think it’s a treat to be a part of a traditional neighborhood, while being just minutes from great restaurants, employment centers and sports teams.

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