M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal — Women in Business — October 21 - November 17, 2022 — 23D


Women in Business

Principal at Lee & Associates Eastern Pennsylvania, LLC Spotlight on Kimberly Jacobsen


“getting to no” and land de - velopment, which has allowed me to fully help my clients contemplating land sales or acquisitions. And my current husband has taught me to have fun and that you’re only as good as the people around you! Who do you feel was most influential in your life when choosing this profession? I am super-blessed to be married to the best guy, Jo - seph, and have three grown step-children and three grand- children! We also have two dogs and a three-legged cat! We live in Bucks County and

have a second home in Lake Harmony that really is a fam- ily gathering place! What inspiring word of advice would you give to a young woman about to go into the field of commercial real estate or your allied field? Today, I would encourage young women to pursue a career in commercial real estate, especially industrial, real estate. When I went into brokerage and questioned whether or not I could be suc- cessful, I realized I’d never know unless I tried! MARE

ell us how and when you began your ca- reer in the profes-

Kimberly Jacobsen Principal Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania, LLC Years with company/firm: 2 Years in field: 14 Years in Real Estate Industry: 34

sion you are in: I started my real estate ca- reer in 1988 working as the ex- ecutive assistant for a partner in a local real estate company that focused on syndications and limited partnerships of office, retail and multi-family housing assets. From there, I moved into property manage- ment of suburban office build - ings which gave me a basis in budgeting, contract negation, leases and lease administra- tion, and construction (tenant fit-outs). All of these proved invaluable as my career pro- gressed to development and then to brokerage. What is your current po- sition? Currently, I am a principal with the firm Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania. My business practice focuses on supply-chain and industrial property services that include tenant representation, land - lord agency and land sales. I am a PA-licensed real estate salesperson. Why did you choose the field/profession you are in today? I can honestly say that I did not choose brokerage; it chose me. First, in 1996, I was recruited to lease office space in suburban Philadelphia for a 300,000 s/f building with an average tenant size of approxi- mately 1,200 s/f. Then after working at a large industrial REIT and a national design- build developer, at the end of 2008, I was approached to be part a large brokerage firm’s newly-forming Pennsylvania industrial team. I haven’t looked back since! Who or what has been the strongest influence on your career? I’ve had many strong influ - encers on my career, and oddly enough, they have been my family and many of the men in my personal and professional life. I come from a family of strong, working women, which was a great foundation! I’m also the fifth of six children, so you needed to be a little scrappy to be heard!! My first husband, taught me to know the answer to a question before it’s asked and to “think like a guy.” It sounds weird, but in many instances, working in a male-dominated profession,

doing so has served me very well! A former colleague taught me to work my plan and not get caught up or distracted in what others are doing. By keeping my head down and focused, I

would be able to generate my own business, and therefore not be reliant on someone else to do that for me. My boss at Opus East, Craig Guers, taught me the importance of

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