As chief operating officer for the Allen Tate Companies, Sara Spencer oversees all operations and administrative initiatives, including office administration, purchasing, facilities, and information technology. She leads cross-functional project management teams for projects including office openings, renovations and website development.

Sara has more than a decade of experience in the real estate industry. She began her career as a transaction real estate consultant at Ernst & Young and has held various consultant positions with commercial real estate firms and Fortune 500 companies, as well as leadership roles in finance and asset management. She joined Allen Tate in 2015 as vice president of operations and was promoted to COO in 2017.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in finance from the University of Arizona, where she graduated summa cum laude. She also earned a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a focus in international business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, graduating summa cum laude.

A passionate advocate for public education, Sara serves as co-chair for the Best NC (Business for Educational Success and Transformation) BEST BET program and is a member of the Cornerstone Cabinet for Teach for America. She is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro and has previously volunteered with Action Greensboro, Big Brothers Big Sisters and local food banks.

A native of Payson, Arizona, Sara and her husband Morgan make their home in Charlotte with their Rhodesian ridgeback, Lola. They enjoy outdoor activities, international travel and swing dancing, and look forward to welcoming a baby boy in the spring.

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