Women in Business: Joni Sweetwood
Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in: I fell into commercial real estate brokerage. I had been handling REO (real estate owned) by Midlantic Bank (now PNC) when I was approached by the then president of Kislak. At first I didn’t like the business. However, over time it became an excellent choice for me. Why did you choose the field/profession you are in today? I didn’t choose brokerage. I fell into it. However I enjoy it so much that it’s become my hobby- something I love to do. It’s flexible hours and pays well. I get to work with fabulous people and enjoy seeing properties. What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2018? In 2018 I had a career high. I sold The Pavilion Apartments, 680 units in Newark’s best location, adjacent to the broad Street train station. How do you manage the work/life balance? I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for work and life. My motto is “life is for living.” I work hard all day long. I’m extremely organized and focused. This all comes after my family. Family is always first. I make sure every day I do something, even if small, that is fun. I fit in travel and exercise and am lucky to live a healthy, happy life.