Real Estate Journal — Executive Women in Business — October 27 - November 9, 2017 — 7C


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Executive Women in Business

hat was your greatest profes- s ional accom- Josephine Arroyo Coleman, AIA, LEED AP Studio 5 Partnership Architects/Planners, LLC, a certified Women-owned Business Enterprise W

remain grateful for the bless- ings of my beautiful family. What is the funniest, most unique situation you have faced / conquered during your business ca- reer? As the architect for a securities project that in- volved 10 different airport frontages at EWR, LGA and JFK, I was responsible for do- ing on-site reviews of installed work. One day I arrived at one of the sites and met with the contractor’s rep to go over their work. Afterwards, he smiled and bluntly said continued on page 16C

caregiver to your children what obstacle and chal- lenges do you meet on a day to day basis? I think the biggest challenge of being the primary caregiver is leaving the stress of work at work. Finding just a little more pa- tience to pull me through the second part of my work day when I get home. No doubt, it does take a tremendous amount of extra effort to find time and stay committed, consistent and involved in my child’s school and extracur- ricular activities, but doing so is the only way I found to

Josephine Arroyo Coleman, AIA, LEED AP Partner Studio 5 Partnership Architects/Planners, LLC Years with company/firm: 18 Years in field: 28 Real estate organizations / affiliations: American Institute of Architects (AIA)

plishment in 2017? I became a Partner of my firm last year, but it was this January 2017, when I doubledmy shares and along with another female partner of our 4 Partner firm, took over majority ownership in the firm and became a certi- fied Women-owned Business Enterprise. It was hard work, but in a few short months we obtained our WBE certificates in NJ, New York City, New York State and got our WOSB certification from the Federal Government. What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2017? Get- ting my firm on the design teams that are currently rebuilding LaGuardia’s Cen- tral Terminal Building and the Delta Terminal. I take tremendous pride in being a part of something bigger than myself. How do you contribute to your company and / or the industry? I think my constant hard work, +150% effort, consistency and reli- ability have brought leader- ship to my firm. Leadership that speaks by example; I don’t expect things from my employees that I have not accomplished or done myself over my own career. In my industry, I never hesitate to address disparities or get in- volved to help make positive change happen. I take great pride in my reputation and in everything I do because I don’t have a job, I’m building a career. Who or what has been the strongest influence on your career? So seeing as how this is a “Women” in Business spotlight, I might be frowned upon when I say this, but it’s been a man that was the strongest influence on my career. Currently one of the two male partners of my firm was my strongest influ- ence because he constantly elevated me, mentored me, supported me, and depended on me. He never saw me as a “woman” that needed help, he saw me as a powerhouse that only needed room to grow and he always made sure I had that. What unique qualities and or personality do you feel makes you most suc-

ethic that coupled with my ambition and passion, leaves me always striving to better myself in anything I do. If you are the primary

cessful in your profession? I’m out-going and an admitted type-A personality. Over the years, I have honed a razor sharp focus and intense work

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