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Professional Profile: Fred Berk 2016

About

  • Title: Co-Chair of the Real Estate Group
  • Company: Friedman LLP
  • Location: New York City
  • Birthplace: New York City

Education: State University of New York at Binghamton

First job outside of real estate: Worked throughout High School and College.  Delivered newspapers, stocked shelves in a supermarket, Friendly’s Ice Cream waiter etc etc. Summers in college managed the shipping department of a factory. The first summer I worked in the shipping department loading trucks, after that year they asked me to return to run the department as the current department head took off 2 month to visit family in Asia. That enabled me to save enough money to not have to work during the school year at college.

First job in real estate or allied field: Graduated college and started at Friedman Alpren & Green the predecessor to Friedman LLP.  At that time the firm was about 40 people now 450 people.

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Currently – co-chairman of Friedman LLP Real Estate Group, co-managing partner of Friedman LLP. Future – Continue developing business and developing fantastic talent to continue and accelerate our expansion. 

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? Reading non technical or real estate related matters.

Favorite book or author: James Patterson novels

Favorite movie: “The Godfather”

One word to describe your work environment: Exciting

Rules to live by in business:

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

What goes around comes around

You only live once, do it with dignity and pride

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go?

Steve Jobs.

At my house, my wife is a fantastic cook .  Would want to spend uninterrupted time with him so would not like to be in a public place.

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job)

Good question, wish I knew?