Cori Nuttall is a Charleston native and Carolina girl through and through. Born and raised in the city, she is the oldest of three girls and studied marketing and sales at Clemson University before moving back to begin her career—although it really had begun before college ended if you consider her involvement in extracurriculars, internships, and classwork. Right off the bat, Cori found her passion when she spearheaded a sales team for the Tiger Paw Classic, where she secured sponsorships, managed the project pipeline, and even coordinated event components that led to her group’s success. Despite loving this, she spent her first year back in Charleston working for a public relations agency, specifically with hospitality clients, although she knew in her heart this wasn’t exactly the right path for her. That just so happened to be when things fell into place.
Cori comes from a family that has a strong history in real estate, especially in the Lowcountry market. Her grandfather worked in real estate, and her father, Bob Nuttall, founded the Charleston branch of Lee & Associates with Milton Thomas in 1999. Inspired by this and loving sales, she obtained her real estate license after her PR job, and at the same time a new president arrived at Lee, and with it a new opportunity: to join Dave Howard’s “commercial real estate boot camp”, as she likes to call it. She gave Dave a call, and told him who she was, what she wanted to do, and about her fierce determination. She became the very first member of the Lee & Associates Charleston office to be given this role.
The program had Cori working in different roles on a day-to-day basis, all of which has prepared her to take the commercial real estate world by storm. From market research for major projects such as our Industrial Crane Tracker to events, networking, and showings, to working one-on-one with agents around the office who are invested in her success, she found herself busy but excited to feel so motivated about an industry.
Something of most importance to Cori about her work right now are the relationships she is building with so many people in the Charleston community. By being a tourist in her own town, her eyes have opened up to areas and people she had never gotten to know growing up. Tenant representation work has been especially important to her—by working so closely with these people, she gets to form a bond with them that in turn makes her work harder, and their passion for their businesses rub off on her, too. This insight also allows Cori to see how the market in the city grows, and how change actually takes place.
Although she works hard as the youngest female associate in the office, there are many other things Cori is passionate about and cares for. She has long been involved in the musical theatre scene and was president of her school’s all-female acapella group, Take Note. The group was a big part of her life, and one of her favorite artists to cover has always been Carrie Underwood (Carrie actually retweeted Take Note’s video for a competition, where they did a mash-up of her top hits!). She continues singing for her church choir on the weekend, and finds the experience of standing up in front of people has helped her presence in front of clients and at showings greatly. Cori also spends time visiting friends in Greenville and Charlotte, and most of her weekends in the fall she heads back to Clemson to cheer on the Tigers at football games. She also attends all Citadel home football games and works for an alumni group called the Stray Dog Society, where they host big tailgates and collaborate on major events such as harbor cruises and homecoming parties (this is when that experience selling sponsorships comes back into play). On top of all of this, Cori is a member of CREW, the Charleston Young Professionals Network, and recently graduated from the Leadership Discovery Program with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
More than anything, Cori tries to abide by what Dave frequently says: Failure is not an option. She strongly believes that if you do what you love, financial and career success will follow, and looks forward to continuing working in commercial real estate and forging bonds with the community here in Charleston and beyond.