20 to Watch in 2012
It’s always an assuring sign to a commercial real estate intern when two senior members of Winick Realty tell her she needs to be a broker. Such was Kelly Gedinsky’s experience. After spending two weeks as an intern to executive vice president Lori Shabtai, both Ms. Shabtai and company founder Jeff Winick told her to pursue a career in brokering. “They saw something in me that they [felt] would make me a good broker,” said Ms. Gedinsky. The English major decided to forgo a desired career in journalism to stick with commercial real estate (editorial note: very wise decision). Mr. Winick’s advice was prophetic, to say the least.
In her five years at Winick Realty Group, Ms. Gedinsky has become one of the top female brokers at the firm, leasing over 250,000 square feet of retail space. She has also handled construction projects at 450 West 14th Street and 555 Sixth Avenue.
Most notably, she continues to thrive in a male-dominated industry.
“People have a tendency to put females in one of two categories, one of which is typically a hellcat, and the other is a kind of cat, so to speak,” said Ms. Gedinsky. “I think I am neither of the two.”
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