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Professional Profile: Karen Ramos 2016


  • Title: Managing Director – Loan Syndications, Debt Optimization & Distribution Americas
  • Company: Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Karen Ramos, Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Education: Master of Science in Real Estate (major in Finance) – New York University

First job outside of real estate: Guest relations manager at Hotel Inter-Continental Manila

First job in real estate or allied field: Senior consultant at PKF Consulting (Asia/Pacific)

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Head of Crédit Agricole CIB’s loan syndications efforts for commercial real estate/lodging and healthcare REIT transactions across the U.S. and Canada. Responsible for loan originations, structuring, pricing, executing, sales, and distribution for primary and secondary loan syndications. In close collaboration with relationship managers, investment bankers, and credit risk officers, my plan/goal is to help build Crédit Agricole CIB’s commercial real estate/lodging and healthcare franchise, and help manage the bank’s exposure in these sectors.

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? Hang-out, read books, and watch movies with my kids Alexandria (7) and Jack (5).

Favorite book or author: “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown

Favorite movie: “Pride and Prejudice” (BBC)

Last song you purchased/downloaded? Hamilton Soundtrack (original Broadway cast)

One word to describe your work environment: Collegial

Rules to live by in business: Lead by example and with integrity; What goes around, comes around; Work smart and master the politics of the business inner circle (the “secret handshake”)

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? Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) – Il Buco (New York)

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job) To be an owner/operator of a portfolio of commercial real estate properties (primarily multifamily) in the Tristate area