Debra K. Osuch, REM
Senior Manager, Facilities and Property Development
Debra K. Osuch, REM leads SME’s marketing group providing guidance on development and execution of strategic marketing plans, directing rebranding initiatives, managing preparation of qualifications statements and proposals, and directing design of the plethora of marketing materials and campaigns that tell our clients who SME is and what we do. Deb also helps owners and members of the design and construction community manage their environmental risk related to acquiring, developing and maintaining commercial real estate. In particular, she helps clients wade through the myriad of environmental due diligence regulations and helps them choose the best path toward maximizing their environmental liability protection. She has a knack for understanding the real issue being brought to the table by asking questions, being organized, meeting schedules, communicating details, all while staying within budget. Deb is thrilled that what SME does contributes to economic development in the communities in which we live, work and play, and is passionate about helping our clients succeed. She has a BS degree in Medical Physics from Oakland University, and an MS in Hazardous Waste Management from Wayne State University.

Among her many honors, Deb is most proud of and humbled by the recognition from Business Detroit Weekly as one of the “Most Influential Women of 2004.” Being recognized as “influential” spurred an awakening that she might have something to offer other professional women and young students. Since that time, Deb has taken up the challenge to make it a priority to help mentor young students and to advance the success of women in the industry. Deb is also proud to have been recognized as a 2007 Athena Award Finalist by the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, to have been honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as a “40 Under 40” award recipient, and to have received the 2004 Industry Achievement Award from Wayne State University’s College of Engineering.

Deb has served as president of the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Detroit chapter (CREW Detroit) and continues active participation on the CREW Detroit Past Presidents Council. She is active in the Southeast Michigan Society of Healthcare Engineers (SMSHE); the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE); the Michigan Society of Healthcare Engineers (MiSHE); the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Personally, Deb is most proud of her recent running accomplishments. Never having been an athlete as a child, she started running just a few years ago and has since completed three half marathons, eight 10K races, and a multitude of 5K races, placing 3rd in her division in two of those races. Deb says that while tough runs don’t last, tough runners do! She plans to be running into her old age.

Deb loves to spend time with her three children, chauffeuring to football, track, baseball, basketball and volleyball, and proudly cheering on their academic accomplishments as well. She is most happy when running, kickboxing, spin cycling or biking along the beautiful trails in our glorious Midwest. Reading and spending time with friends and family is on top of her list of favorite things to do, and when that includes wine tasting, she’s even happier. Deb has served as Treasurer of the Nocturne Lake Association since 2001, and also volunteers to lead the associations Environmental Assessment Committee where she mentors youth volunteers in environmental stewardship.


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