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Most Influential Women of San Diego County for 2020

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Amy McNamara

McNamara's career started out in college, doing marketing for a boutique real estate company, at first for the experience.

Not only did it turn out well, but the firm suggested she work full time.

"At that time, I only knew about three other women who were in commercial real estate," she said.

Today, McNamara's a vice president with Colliers International and part of the firm's market-leading urban property team, which works to shape urban neighborhoods across the county.

She is lauded as a commercial real estate industry trailblazer, with a career spanning more than three decades.

Since 1993, McNamara has closed leasing and sales transactions totaling more than 5 million square feet and valued at more than $230 million, according to Colliers.

Working in what's sometimes considered a man's world has its ups and downs, but she says there are three keys to her success: Being tenacious, truthful and transparent.

McNamara's efforts to retain clients and transcend markets has been another reason for that success.

"In residential, you're dealing more with people's emotions; in commercial, it's more factual," she explained. "You're dealing with CEOs and CFOs of companies."

As one way to give back to communities in which she does business. McNamara donates 10 percent from every transaction to nonprofits.

The active mother and her two teenagers — one of whom is in college — are a family of surfers who have traveled the globe, including to Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia and Chile.

"You can often see us out at the local breaks," she added.

— Karen Weil