Each year, the Banker & Tradesman asks its readers to nominate women deserving of the Women of FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) award. They set out to find the most talented, ambitious, innovative and philanthropic women who are achieving excellence and making a difference in these traditionally male-dominated industries. This year 14 winners were selected. Mary Doyle, Managing Director, Asset Services, was among those selected.
You don’t go from secretary to general manager of a major commercial real estate brokerage firm without bringing some serious heat.
Mary Doyle has spent her career in commercial real estate – an industry typically dominated by men.
Mary graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1984 with a degree in English Literature, but felt she lacked the office skills to excel in the working world. It didn’t help that at her high school, women had been pulled out of typing classes and forced to take Latin instead.
Mary decided to enroll in an 11-week Katharine Gibbs College course focused on helping women get their foot in the door of the business world. She took typing and steno classes, and with the help of the Katharine Gibbs placement agency, she landed a job with RM Bradley. There she joined several other female executive assistants just like her, hoping to get a jumpstart on their careers. One of her bosses saw the potential women had in the field of property management, noting the women at his office paid more attention to detail than men, and were more focused on making a property look presentable. With his help, Mary advanced from executive assistant to assistant property manager.
By age 25, Mary was managing a five-building office park in Woburn, and today she oversees a portfolio of more than 3,000 buildings in the New England region for Cushman & Wakefield.
Mary’s career progression speaks for itself and her resume is impressive, but her flexibility and work ethic are even more noteworthy. In the field of property management, every day is different. It is easy to go in with a plan, but it is hard to stick to that plan, as challenges and opportunities present themselves daily. Property management is a field requiring constant juggling, and the grit and determination to make sure that juggling is done well. Mary’s flexibility and unyielding work ethic are represented by the RPA designation after her name, which Mary earned from the Business Owners and Managers Institute in 2002.
Two of the traits that set Mary apart 32 years ago –continue to be differentiators to this day – which are her initiative and her ability to embrace change. Mary’s relentless dedication is the reason she has worked her way up from entry-level employee to director, and now it has won her the Banker & Tradesman Women of FIRE award.
“I am honored to be named a Woman of FIRE by Banker & Tradesman,” said Doyle. “There are many inspiring women in this industry, and it’s humbling to be a part of such an esteemed group of women. As I continue to pursue my passion for commercial real estate, I hope to inspire other female business leaders to enter the field.”
The FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) industries form the foundation of the Massachusetts economy, and there is a growing need to recognize the women who make these sectors, and the Massachusetts economy, thrive. The Women of FIRE award shines a light on the most talented, ambitious and innovative women for outstanding achievements in their field, and for overcoming obstacles.
As a 2016 Woman of FIRE, Mary’s standout accomplishments are being duly recognized. Her efforts to improve both Cushman & Wakefield and her community are sure to inspire future generations to follow in her ambitious footsteps.
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