PROFILE OF THE WEEK:
Diana Boutross, senior managing director, Winick Realty Group
It’s the ‘tangibles’ that drive Boutross’s career
The apple usually doesn’t fall far from the tree and, growing up surrounded by some of the city’s most historic and charming properties in Park Slope, Diana Boutross knew her passion for architecture would inspire a career in real estate. She now serves as senior managing director at Winick Realty Group.
After earning a degree in finance from Pace University, Boutross began dabbling in the real estate business. “I owned some real estate, bought, sold and invested,” she said, before taking a position at Aegis Properties, where she initially worked the office market.
But before tackling the retail sector, Boutross still needed to satisfy a desire to test the water on Wall Street. During a brief stint in the financial world, while working on an advanced degree at Pace, she realized a strong preference for the “tangible” over the “intangible” and opted to forgo her Master’s program and a Wall Street career.
But before landing in real estate, Boutross was sidestepped by her friend’s father, then serving as Swiss ambassador to the United Nations, who opened doors for her that lead to an executive assistant position for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
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