For Greater-Binghamton-based Karen Klecar, commercial
real estate is more than a profession, it’s a mission. “Commercial properties,
large and small, are the key to our economic vitality,” she believes.“This
region, long considered ‘The Valley of Opportunity,’ and is ripe for revival.”
Klecar’s passion for economic revival took root in the
1990s, as IBM — born and based in Endicott — moved most of its
operations out of state. Twenty thousand jobs were lost. The economy plummeted.
At the time, Klecar owned a jewelry and clock store just down the street
from IBM headquarters. Her once-thriving , 16-year-old business was
one of many casualties of the IBM exodus.
But Klecar, a New York City native, remained loyal to the
region she came to love as a student at Binghamton University. Exploring new
careers, she was drawn to the challenge and complexity of commercial real
estate. “It’s not only essential to our region’s survival, it’s endlessly
interesting,” says Klecar, a Phi Beta Kappa Binghamton graduate. “You deal with
such a variety of spaces, clients, and dispositions.”
Klecar became a licensed New York State Real
Estate Associate Broker. For the next two decades, worked in Binghamton with
Robert A. Mead Associates, Pyramid Brokerage, and Exit Realty, repeatedly
winning top seller awards. In 2015, she joined Bridgeway Commercial Realty.
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