Years in real estate: 13
What real estate associations or organizations are you a member of: CREW Boston – former board of director...
One of the most important tools I have worked to develop during my career is a flexible point of view. This means I strive to see what appears to be an obstacle, not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to look at the issue from a different point of view.
Balancing the demands of being a competitive weightlifter, mother of a toddler, and architectural designer takes excellent project management skills. The ability to set goals, create an action plan, and have the discipline to execute the plan is essential.
The main obstacles are during economic industry downturns. These have required diversification, nimbleness, and successful penetration of new markets—sometimes taking us out of our comfort zones, but always positioning us for future growth.
I always strive to keep a positive attitude despite whatever challenges come up. One of the things I love about real estate and property management is that no day is ever the same. We are constantly faced with new challenges.
There are people who have the innate ability to think strategically and lead others. I am not one of these people. I had to get there (and continue to get there) through experience. This means I made, and continue to make, a lot of mistakes along the way.
As vice president of marketing & training, I believe it is important to develop relationships that will foster success in all aspects of your career. My biggest strength comes from my background in building community partnerships and networking.
One of the most important things that I have to done to achieve success is networking. Communication and developing relationships is still the number one key to success.
Wellness is a big trend in strategic workspace design. We see clients becoming more thoughtful about creating healthy spaces that bring a sense of wellbeing to employees. When we create spaces where people want to work, they perform better at their job—happy employees are productive employees.
Being a woman in a predominantly male industry is challenging, however I try to be opportunistic and create value add relationships with key decision makers-both female and male. I believe that I have a unique advantage over many fellow commercial real estate professionals...