Christine Camp Friedman overcame race, gender, age and humble beginnings to become one of the most respected and successful business leaders in Hawaii. She has over 20 years of real estate experience and is an important leader in our community.
Christine has a special affinity for helping those in need. Coming from a single parent immigrant family she knows first hand what it’s like to struggle financially growing up. She is directly involved in numerous organizations and lobbying efforts to help those in need.
Some questions asked:
Christine, you have 20 years of experience in real estate, how did you become involved in this market?
You continually get recognized within the industry for your extensive knowledge and skilled insight of Hawaii’s market, how did you learn the market so well?
You used to be employed by Alexander and Baldwin, how did you decide that it was time for you to venture out on your own?
What was the breakthrough moment or tipping point that made you decide this is the moment?
How was the transition from employee to owner of a company?
What was the hardest thing about getting started and how did you overcome it?
Did you always want to own your own company?
Who has been your mentor in business? Life?
Are there any experiences that have helped shape who you are today?
Have you ever experienced discrimination because you’re a good looking and young woman? Can you share your story?
How did you prove yourself as a woman in a man’s world?
Do you still feel uncomfortable or intimidated when going to a business meeting where majority of them are males?
What are the most important things (top 3) you’ve learned through your experiences?
How did you know when it was time to start hiring and expanding your company to an eight person shop?
I read that you wake up at 4:00 am to work, what’s your average day like?
Do you still have five cell phones to manage your life?
How do you manage your time?
Do you still fly home to California every weekend to see your husband?
What are the most important skills to develop to be successful in real estate?
What’s your view on the growth of the Hawaii real estate market?
You’ve been through good and bad real estate markets. What’s the secret in your opinion to making it in both times?
We see you everywhere. Can you give us some tips on networking?
What are the biggest and most common mistakes you see entrepreneurs or business owners make when starting a new venture?
What are the most important laws to becoming successful?
What was your biggest business challenge and how did you overcome it?
What are the biggest mistakes people make in real estate?
What’s the right way to get into real estate?
Any last advice for business people?
What projects are you working on now?
I read that your professional life revolves around five year goals, Where do you see yourself in five years?
Where do you think you get your drive from?
You graduated Kalani High School when you were a junior, how were you able to do that? Was that a goal or did you just figure out that all of your requirements were meant, why stay around?
Did you finish college?
What do you think about people that say that college will help you in your success of your career?
What message would you like our listeners to receive from this discussion?
What are the reasons you decided to come on this show?
Can you tell us why other people should come on this show?
Can you tell us why people should listen to this show?
With over 20 years of experience in real estate, Christine Camp Friedman has continued to be successful in earning recognition within the industry for her extensive knowledge and skilled insight of the unique Hawaiian real estate market. As Managing Director of Avalon Development Company, LLC, Ms. Camp Friedman provides detailed financial and market analysis to a wide range of investors involved in various real estate transactions and development scenarios. Avalon is involved in all lines of real estate including residential, retail, office, industrial as well as hotels and resorts. As a full service real estate company, Avalon offers three areas of real estate related services to its clients and partners: Brokerage, Market and Financial Consulting (inclusive of Land Development), and Existing Property Redevelopment or Conversions. Pacific Business News has consistently ranked Avalon in the top five real estate companies for handling the largest transactions in Hawaii for the last five years.
Prior to launching Avalon, Ms. Camp Friedman was the Vice President of Development at A&B Properties, Inc. (a subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.) in charge of the company’s real estate development and investment acquisition activities. She was also the Senior Project Coordinator of Planning and Engineering at Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc. where she handled site acquisition and development of non-company owned properties, inclusive of the Waikele and Wailuna masterplanned communities.
Ms. Camp Friedman currently holds or has previously held the following leadership, industry and community positions:
· Board Member, Central Pacific Financial (parent company of Central Pacific Bank) (March 2004 to present)
· Vice Chairman, Loan & Investment Committee of Central Pacific Bank
· 2005 Co-Chairman, Mufi Hannemann Transition Committee
· 2004 Co-Chairman, Neil Abercrombie Congressional Campaign
· Chairman, Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
· Executive Committee, Urban Land Institute, Hawaii District Council (Past Chairman, 2002/2003)
· Hawaii Developer’s Council (Past President, 2000/2001)
· Building Industry Association (Past Board Member 1998/1999)
· 2004 Governor’s Affordable Housing Leadership Group
· The Honolulu Star Bulletin’s Top 10 to Watch in 2004
· 2003 Young Community Leader of the Year, Bank of Hawaii/Pacific Business News, 40 under 40 Award
· 2002 Panel Member, The Honolulu Star Bulletin’s 2003 Economic Outlook Forum (Real Estate Focus)
· 2002 Panel Member, Real Estate Outlook Forecast, Hawaii Developers’ Council
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