The Downtown Team at NAI Hunneman is growing rapidly with the recent hire of Brooke Blue. A graduate of Boston College and formerly a tenant coordinator at JLL, Brooke is excited to begin this new role at NAI Hunneman, servicing the Back Bay and a portion of the Financial District. From her experience playing for the Boston College Women’s Lacrosse Team, Brooke thrives in a competitive environment and looks to translate that competitive nature to her work in real estate. She is thrilled to hit the ground running and launch this new leg of her career. We caught up with Brooke during her first week on the job, and here’s what she had to say:
Q: We know you just joined NAI Hunneman, what have you been up to so far?
Brooke Blue: Peter Evans and Ben Sutton have done a great job introducing me to the company and helping me settle in. During my first week, I went on a leasing tour with Ben of four buildings in the downtown area –I learn best through observing – so this was a great opportunity to take it all in. Peter also brought me around to the buildings we represent and explained what clientele we are trying to attract.
Q: How did you first become interested in commercial real estate?
BB: My Dad has been in the business for more than 25 years, so I saw him in this industry growing up. After graduating in 2014, I knew I wanted to be in a goal-driven and competitive industry. Needless to say, and growing up seeing my dad’s line of work, real estate seemed like a perfect fit. I got a job with JLL in property management as a tenant coordinator and was able to learn more about architecture, get to know tenants, and focus on customer service. In June, I got my commercial real estate license so I could begin to step outside of property management. Overall, my end game has always been to become a broker. And here I am – excited to have just joined the NAI Hunneman team.
Q: How has your experience as a Division 1 athlete helped you in the real estate industry?
BB: Being a Division 1 athlete has made me very goal-oriented, competitive and a team player. I like setting goals for myself and doing everything I can to achieve them. In real estate, you’re constantly chasing the next deal – that’s the goal. I missed the competitive feel from playing lacrosse after my final season ended, so I knew I needed to be in a competitive industry like real estate.
The downtown market itself is very competitive and active. Every week there’s a new building popping up or office space opening up. It’s why we are looking to grow the Downtown Team at NAI Hunneman – to keep up in the fast paced market. This parallels my experience on the lacrosse career. My freshman year on the team was the winningest season for BC Women’s Lacrosse, and over time I helped the team develop and make the playoffs for the first time in the school’s history. I’m hoping to contribute to the growth of the Downtown Team in the same manner, in a fast-paced environment and build upon their strengths.
Q: What brought you to the NAI Hunneman team?
BB: I’m the type of person that hits the ground running and likes to make an impact. NAI Hunneman is the best place to be able to do that. At some other companies, you first equate to sitting on the bench. Here, you can start immediately and jump right onto the field.
Q: What is it like being a millennial in CRE?
BB: I’m finding more and more that social media and online connections is really important in commercial real estate. As a millennial, I grew up with this technology and method of communication. It’s no escape for real life interaction, but networking online and through social channels, helps build your clientele in different industries. Tech companies and startups are everywhere and changing work environments – they are coming in and ruling the world – or, Cambridge at least. Being 25 and part of the millennial generation, there’s something new popping up all the time.
Q: What are you most looking forward to at NAI Hunneman?
BB: Long term, I am looking forward to helping grow the Downtown Team. Over these next few months, I want to learn everything I can from Peter, Ben and my other colleagues – even colleagues who are not on the downtown team. NAI Hunneman is a full service firm, and we all work as a team, sharing our different levels of expertise and experiences. I’m very personable and love connecting and talking to people, so I try to use that as one of my main strengths. I know the next couple of months will be fast-paced and constantly in motion, but I am looking forward to learning as much as I can. I have all these resources within reach, and many colleagues who I already consider mentors.