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SPOTLIGHT: Victoria ‘Tori’ Manix, Plante Moran Real Estate Investment Advisors, Vice President


Tori Manix has been around construction sites since she was a preschooler. Manix, a vice president at Plante Moran’s Real Estate Investment Advisors, grew up learning about real estate and construction through her father’s successful business.

Today, the 26-year-old manages a team that makes critical contributions to the development of The District Detroit, and her hard work and dedication are being recognized. This week, Crain’s Business Detroit named the Michigan native among its 2018 “Twenty in Their 20s” list.

“It was definitely a goal,” Manix said of the distinction.

Manix began working for Plante Moran as a consultant and earned a promotion to vice president last summer, making her the youngest VP in the company’s history.

As a leader involved with The District Detroit, Manix is responsible for development strategy, which includes analyzing potential projects for the highest and best use and financial feasibility. Lately, Manix has been working on newly-announced projects, including the historic restoration of 1922 Cass Ave. and the Detroit Life Building, and the future mixed-used complex between Little Caesars Arena and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University. The projects are among six office and retail assignments that represent nearly $200 million in investment to the bustling live, work and play development.

“It combines sports, real estate development and it’s in Detroit. It’s the perfect trifecta,” Manix said of her position working in The District Detroit.

Before leaving Michigan on a volleyball scholarship and landing at the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Manix interned for her family’s business, getting a leg up on her peers. She met key people in the community, observed pitch meetings and learned about building from conception to end for major projects, like the SkyLofts in downtown Royal Oak.

Rather than stay in Philly or flock to Chicago or New York, Manix made a deliberate decision to come home. Her chance to be “a big fish in a small pond” drew her back to Detroit, she said.

“I graduated in 2013, and Detroit was getting a lot of buzz. It was something that I really wanted to be a part of,” Manix said.

The sports enthusiast said she especially enjoys being a manager and teaching others skills she’s learned along the way. “Working on a monumental project like The District Detroit has been a privilege and honor that I definitely do not take for granted,” Manix said.

When Manix is not traveling, boating or doing CrossFit, she works on her master’s degree studies in real estate at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The graduate program, she said, will help her gain a better perspective about her field by learning about other elements of the industry, such as law and accounting.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit will deliver $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.