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SitusAMC Power Pro: Christina Brodeur

Christina Brodeur, Servicing and Asset Management Professional 

 

Where did you grow up? 

I was born and raised between New York City and Bergen County, NJ. During the pandemic, I left the apartment I grew up in on the Lower East Side and came back across the river to Jersey City. I love Jersey City because it has the best of all worlds — it’s the second largest city in New Jersey but still has that local small-knit community feel. You can go from a skyscraper office building to a row of beautifully preserved brownstones within a block. The food scene is every bit as diverse as New York City. And being close to family and friends is a plus. 

  

What’s one thing you enjoy most about your job? 

The teamwork. I work in Servicing and Asset Management in our Commercial Real Estate business, and people are advocates for their colleagues. There’s a community, a selflessness, and sense of looking out for each other. Plus, with so many people coming from such varied professional backgrounds, I feel like I learn something new every day.  

  

Who inspires you most? 

My parents, because of their incredible work ethic. My mom was a full-time teacher while also taking classes at night for her post-graduate degrees; my dad was an armored truck driver who worked to bring his family over to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic. They took such pride in their work and instilled that value in us growing up. I am fortunate to have found a career in an industry that I am passionate about.  

  

Looking back would the younger you be surprised by where you are today? 

Absolutely. I was dead set on becoming a lawyer at an early age. I have a degree in political science from Penn State University and took a year off between college and law school to save some money. That year I got a job at Credit Suisse as a loan closer for Column Financials’ Small Balance Loan Program and got hooked on commercial real estate. I got to do all of the activities that appealed to me as a lawyer — reading contracts, negotiating — in an exciting industry at a Wall Street firm. 

  

What book would you recommend right now and why? 

“Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson. It was published in 1999 but was eerily prescient about the evolution of technology that would come to fruition nearly a decade later. It covers a number of topics that are relevant today, including the geopolitical landscape, war, technology and the moral obligations that come with it.  

  

What’s your favorite recent travel experience? 

Prior to the lockdown in 2020, I had just returned from a solo trip to French Polynesia. It was such an incredible experience — the people, the culture, the history, and of course, the food. I cannot wait to go back and explore more of the islands. It is well worth the 14+ hours of flights to get there!   

 

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