An Engaging Leader: Meet Jen Brick

Apr 6, 2015

From time to time, CAI will profile a member of the chapter's volunteer leadership on our blog.

Q&A interview with Jennifer Brick, Chair, Member Engagement Committee and Vice President, Chapter Board of Directors 

1. How long have you been involved with CAI and what other roles do you have besides chair of the member engagement committee?

I've been involved with CAI in Pennsylvania for well over 10 years. I began by serving many years on the conference and expo committee, and then moved on to serve as Chair for a couple of years. Being a member and volunteer with CAI has been very beneficial to my career and allowed me to meet a lot of industry professionals throughout the time I've been involved. I now chair the member engagement committee with a great group of professionals, and also sit on the Executive Board as Vice President. To say I'm nervous about my upcoming presidency in two years, is an understatement. Luckily, I have some great mentors and have the guidance of our famed CED, Tony Campisi.

2. Tell me a little about your professional history and how it lead to opening your own firm.

Throughout my career, I worked in a couple of different roles for a few leading law firms in the community association arena. Over time, my career evolved into a marketing and business development role, which I loved because it got me out on the road meeting people and really understanding this niche business. In many ways, I think of my role as "sales" because while I'm spending time generating leads and working up ad campaigns to help market a company, I'm actually selling a service. In order to sell a service, you need to understand the service, which has been fun learning. While I thoroughly enjoy working with law firms, I knew there was more in me and there were additional people I wanted to work with. About a year ago, I came up with the idea of starting my own company, which was based on the concept that I would be able to work with a varied group of different professionals, law firms included, in the same marketing/business development role I currently held. If I could successfully market a law firm and actually generate leads and clients, I thought, why can't I also do that for architectural/engineering firms, insurance companies and accounting firms, etc.? After meeting with many people who offered great feedback and support, and really doing my homework on how I wanted to build the company, I was finally ready to take the plunge. 

3. What do you like most about your job?

Wow, so many things. I would have to say the best part for me at this time in my life, is the flexibility it offers. I'm able to work whenever, but I also need to be there for my three children as they get older. Their schedules and activities are crazy! I don't want to look back with any regrets, so I'm lucky enough to have a nice work/life balance. I'm also very fortunate to work with some of the smartest; most well respected professionals in the industry, which makes marketing them easy (don't tell them I said that). 

4. What is the most challenging part of your job?

Keeping track of all the moving parts. The mother in me is somewhat used to this though, having three different children with three very different visions, so in a lot of ways, I came to this prepared. While my role is the same for each company I represent and promote, they each offer their own distinct service. Getting to know each of their businesses has been very rewarding, yet challenging since some of it is complex.

5. Where are you originally from and where do you live now?

I'm proud to say I was born and raised in Oregon. I moved out to Pennsylvania in 1990 and really never looked back. I became a Bucks County resident when I met my husband, Andy. He was born and raised here, so it felt very natural to want live here, plus it was close to Philadelphia and New York, big cities I loved. In a lot of ways, Pennsylvania is similar to Oregon. If you have a bucket list, I highly recommend including Crater Lake, Oregon on that list. It's one of the most amazing places I've ever visited. While my family and I travel out west often, this past summer I took them to visit Crater Lake. Suffice it to say that Mother Nature did some of her best work there. It's stunning and I highly recommend googling pictures if you can't make it out there in person!

6. What do you do when not working?

I'd love to say that I run every day and practice yoga often. While I do both, I don't do them enough. My sons, Ian (14), Hayden (almost 13) and daughter Camryn (almost 9), keep me extremely busy with their activities, school work and sports. When I get moments to myself, I'll work on home improvement or do some online shopping (those who know me well, know of my shoe obsession and motto which is "fashion over function", which helps me justify the heels I tend to wear). Over the past 3 years, I've pretty much transformed our home and I've loved every minute. I guess it's a fun outlet for me and makes me feel grown up.

7. Do you have any guilty pleasures you are willing to share?

Ahhh, this is a loaded question. I have to say that although I'm not a huge TV junkie, there are several reality shows I love to watch. I won't name any names, but there is a show on Monday nights that I rarely miss and it involves a rose. I'm also a HUGE fan of music, so there's a show I really enjoy watching because the singers are so talented, as well as the judges. And, not that it's necessarily a guilty pleasure, I also have some amazing girlfriends who I love spending time with. 

 Interview conducted by Justin Brooks, Hotaling Investment Management, a member of CAI's Member Engagement Committee.

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