On March 8, China General Chamber of Commerce–USA (CGCC) hosted its first 2018 Lunch & Learn Series event “How to Develop a Career Path” at the CGCC New York office. Lee Kosmac, Senior Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank, joined us as a guest speaker to share her stories and thoughts on career development. About 30 representatives from CGCC member companies and partners including China Merchants Bank, Board USA, HSBC, EisnerAmper, Douglas Elliman, Cushman & Wakefield, UHY LLP, Asian Society and Xinhua News Agency North America attended the event.
Lee gave three tips to young professionals who seek development in their careers: First, build up your domain expertise and practice the skills that go along with it; Second, curiosity, when you are in networking, ask the question; Third, become a great storyteller in a way you can long your story or shorten it given the circumstances.
CGCC presents special thanks to Ms. Lee Kosmac. The CGCC Lunch & Learn Series aims to provide a platform for CGCC member companies and partners to share industry insights and experiences. We welcome proposals for our future Lunch & Learn events! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information.
Senior Managing Director
Lee Kosmac joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2004. Formerly a broker, Ms. Kosmac has transitioned into the role of CEO Barry Gosin’s chief of staff. In this capacity, Ms. Kosmac provides client-side relationship management, strategically managing all of his endeavors to build and maintain relationships. She acts as the direct liaison between the client and Mr. Gosin, in addition to coordinating internal communications between the senior executives of Newmark Knight Frank. Ms. Kosmac contributes invaluable business knowledge from her past experience in brokerage, operations, marketing, and management and executive positions. She understands the value of each client’s unique business objectives, always attuned to its financial goals, corporate culture and nuances of the organizational infrastructure.
Prior to her relationship management role, Ms. Kosmac served as a real estate advisor, successfully completing a number of challenging assignments on both a national and international level. Select clients included: Pfizer, Hewitt Associates, MetLife, Merck-Medco, Cable/Wireless, Rutgers University, McGraw-Hill, ING Reliastar, Louis Dreyfus, Cablevision, the New York Times, Bank of New York and J.P. Morgan Chase. Before joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Ms. Kosmac was with GVA Williams as a senior vice president. She also served key positions with Grubb & Ellis and Insignia/ESG.
Prior to her career in commercial real estate, Ms. Kosmac was vice president of operations for System Connections, Inc. She had P&L responsibility, accountable for organizing, staffing and managing the start-up software development company. Earlier, Ms. Kosmac was vice president of marketing for Updata Software Company. Before joining Updata, she held various management and executive positions at On-Line Software International. Preceding that position, she was a senior consultant with the Stenrich Group, a marketing management consulting firm. Practice areas included strategic planning, marketing, product development, sales training and advertising.
Ms. Kosmac was recently selected as one of the 100 Women Real Estate Leaders for the 21st Century by Real Estate Weekly and the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW). She was the recipient of the Real Estate Broker Award from the Morris Area Development Group for her outstanding contribution to the economy of Morris County through her representation of Pfizer Inc. Bergen County. The municipality of Haworth, NJ, named Ms. Kosmac Volunteer of the Year in 2004 for more than 17 years of service as a member of the Haworth Planning Board. She has presented seminars for the American Management Association, The Stenrich Group and Penton Learning, Inc. Currently, she is a member of Cornet Global NYC Chapter and serves as an active member on the education committee.
Ms. Kosmac holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from New York University and has completed post graduate studies in Psychology at Bucknell University.