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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Vicki Arbitrio 2008


  • Title: Associate Partner
  • Company: Gilsanz Murray Steficek
  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Birthplace: Mt. Kisco, N.Y.


Family: Keith Behnke and Maren (5)

College: Tufts University, School of Engineering

First job outside of real estate: Sailing instructor

First job in real estate or allied field: Intern at I.M. Pei & Partners; engineer at Weiskopf & Pickworth

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I am lucky to really love what I do – GMS provides creative structural engineering solutions for a wide range of projects from new high rise towers to landmark restorations to engineering analysis of artwork and exhibits. Our culture of continued learning, sharing knowledge and providing excellent service to our clients keeps me challenged and coming to work with a smile.

Favorite book: “Dearest Friend, A Life of Abigail Adams”

Person you admire most (outside of family): Madeleine Albright

Key to success: In sailboat racing there is a timed countdown to the start and all the boats cross an imaginary line. If you re not “over early” once in a while you aren’t trying hard enough to be exactly on time. Mistakes are okay as long as you can learn from them.

If you had to choose another vocation what would it be? Sculptor