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  • Brenda Nguyen, MPN Realty

30 Under 30: “Knowledge and genuine relationships are the pillars to a successful career”

Who or what has been the strongest influence in your career? There hasn’t been a singular person who has been my strongest influence, but rather a cumulation of individuals throughout my life who has influenced my career. Within the commercial real estate world, the MPN Realty office has been my most cherished collection of individuals, by far, who have mentored and pushed me to where I am today. Each person at MPN Realty collectively provides the environment for me to discover, establish, and cultivate myself into a real estate professional, and into an unshakeable individual in a dynamic world. Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in, about your current position and why you choose the field/profession you are in today? I knew early on that the 9-5 work lifestyle wasn’t for me, so I sought a career that would let me determine my own timeline – even if it meant I’d have to put more hours in and forgo financial stability at the beginning of it. I’ve always had passions for seemingly disparate disciplines – from psychology to finance, from philosophy to economics, from photography to urban development – and wanted a way to intersect these into a career that challenges me every week. I also enjoy working with numbers and data models in Excel spreadsheets as much as I do meeting people from all walks of life, and becoming a commercial real estate professional has truly allowed for me to tap into all these areas at once.

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