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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Spencer Ferdinand 2007


  • Title: Executive Director
  • Company: Queens Economic Development Corporation
  • Location: 120-55 Queens Blvd., Ste. 309, Kew Gardens, NY 11424
  • Birthplace: N/A

College: BA in Philosophy, Hobart College/MBA, New York University Stern School of Business
First job outside of real estate: Pushed ice cream wagon in Brooklyn at age 13.
First job in real estate or allied field: Associate with Real Estate Enterprises inc. in Boston, Mass., helping to manage the forced relocation of residents of a troubled public housing development.
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Executive director, 30 year old local development corporation for Queens County, N.Y., with population 2.2 million and an area of 110 square miles. Responsible for entrepreneurial training, commercial corridors and marketing of county.
Hobbies: Keeping 80-plus year old home up to code
Favorite book: “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
Favorite movie: “Seven Samurai”
Keys to success: Ability to make win-win deals and deal with diverse populations
If you had to choose another vocation what would it be?: Architect