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JoAnne Kennedy ‘banks’ on New York City

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JoAnne Kennedy's first career was in the classroom, but it didn't take long for her to realize she'd rather be jet-setting, working on a real estate career and building a powerful brokerage company. Today Kennedy is the operating officer of New York-based Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy, a company she co-founded as Hunt Kennedy with William Morris Hunt III in 1988, specializing in high-end properties on Manhattan's Upper West Side and soon thereafter on the Upper East Side. She also is senior vice president of Real Share International, the holding company for all of Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy's offices. "My first professional goal was to be an English teacher, which I achieved and I still consider myself one (albeit at a higher pay scale). I still train many agents in the company," she said. Kennedy's teaching career turned out to be short-lived, lasting only one year. "I collected my pension and took off for Europe. I didn't begin my real estate career until after my second...