As a highly skilled, seasoned retail specialist and entrepreneur, Marianka has extensive experience in new retail developments and existing shopping centre management, including a wealth of strategic and operations know-how. After completing a BA in Communications from the Vega School of Brand Communication, Marianka started her career as Leasing Manager at Finlay and Associates in 2009, where she was responsible for major clients. She then joined Investec Property Fund as Senior Portfolio Manager, and was involved in several refurbishments and new developments, in addition to managing the organisation’s existing retail portfolio. Marianka then served as Retail Executive at Abreal for the listed fund, Pivotal. In 2015, she was appointed Managing Director of Finlay Mall Leasing. She has since purchased the company which has enabled her to implement her vision within the retail industry. During her time as Managing Director at Finlay Mall Leasing, Marianka was honoured with the industry’s coveted Young Achiever Award for the Gauteng regional area.
Marianka was a Finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2017 when she was nominated for Top Woman In Property. Nominated again and a finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards in the Top Woman in Property.
Meryl began her career in the property industry 13 years ago, focusing mainly on finance. In 2009, she moved into Operations as part of the Centre Management of Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and Eastgate shopping centre, under the Liberty Properties umbrella. From there, she was offered the opportunity to run the Valley of Waves at Sun City as part of the Sun International Group. In 2014, she relocated back to Gauteng and managed the Balfour Park Shopping Centre for Investec Properties, a listed fund. The centre underwent a major refurbishment and Meryl played a key role in repositioning the mall in the retail market. Her strong ability to build relationships has seen her carve many successful partnerships in the property industry and she has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the retail industry. She holds a Certificate in Shopping Centre Management (CSCM) as well as Credit Management, Lease Negotiation, Women in Leadership, Financial Acumen, and is currently completing her B.Com in Industrial Psychology. Her career accolades include being voted Most Influential Person by her peers as part of a Global Leadership program.