Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Retail Leasing and Sales Division, is among the most renowned retail brokers and consultants in the country.

She provides comprehensive retail expertise to an array of tenants and landlords, both nationally and internationally, advising and encouraging retailers as they emerge as major players in New York City, transforming troubled neighborhoods into sought-after shopping districts. 

Consolo authors an online publication, “The Faith Report,” and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, New York Post, Crain’s, Real Estate Forum and Real Estate Weekly, among other publications. She frequently discusses the latest trends in retail real estate on radio and television shows.

Consolo will speak during Real Estate Connect in New York City, Jan. 11-13, 2006.

Here are her answers to a set of questions posed by Inman News:

Panel or session at Connect: NYC Real Estate: The Real Story.

What lesson did you learn in the last year?

This past year I learned not to be afraid of change, both professionally and personally. If you are positive, you can only grow to be better.

Who is your hero?

My first mentor, a talented professional from the finance industry who gave me the encouragement to chase after my dreams. He guided me as I began my real estate career and taught me to put blinders on so that I did not get distracted by looking back or by looking ahead.

What would your second career choice be after real estate?

Real estate is actually my third career so far, so my fourth career choice would be to be a soap opera star.

Which daily newspaper do you read and which section do you read first?

I read 20 newspapers every day and I always start with the business section, then real estate, followed by style.

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