Mentor Spotlight - Jaimee Keene

August 1, 2019
Written by: Jaimee Keene
Jaimee Keene
Vice President
Avison Young
Who is your role model?  Why?
I’ve often admired Mary Sullivan in our market. In fact, when CREW announced a Dinner with an Icon featuring Mary Sullivan last year, I jumped at the chance to meet her and learn more about her success. She is truly an inspiring icon for women in the Denver commercial real estate field, particularly as a broker in the largely male dominated sector of investment sales. I was also impressed by her openness and willing to meet with rising women in our field and she encouraged each of us attending that evening to reach out to her as we face challenges in our careers. As luck would have it, I met my Mentee – Anna – at this event featuring Mary.
Top three life highlights?
I was the first in my family to attend college – and took it one step further by attending graduate school and completing my MBA with a concentration in Finance by the age of 22.  It was a highlight to have my parents feel so proud of my accomplishments, especially since they didn’t have the opportunity to attend college.
I have to say I’ve never felt as strong as when I completed 56-miles as a relay cyclist in the Boulder Ironman 70.3 (half-ironman) less than five months after I had brain surgery to remove a tumor the size of a golf ball (I named my tumor Pro V1).  I cried on that ride every time I passed a mileage marker, and I cried at the finish line with overwhelming feelings of triumph, joy, and disbelief that I was able to conquer such a feat when just four months earlier I was on bedrest recovering from a major surgery, unsure what my future would hold. At the time of my surgery, we didn’t know if I was facing the diagnosis of cancer. It was definitely a highlight to overcome this experience.

This counts as two – but having both of my sons is a true highlight. I’ve learned more from them then they will ever know, and I’m blown away by their grit, humor, and compassion for others. They are 14 and 15 now, and I’m grateful to have flexibility in my career to allow me the time I need to help them flourish in their high school years.
How do you define success?
To me, success is defined as the ability to recognize opportunities in whatever form they appear, and seizing the opportunities when they arise.Weather you succeed or fail, the mere ability to identify opportunities AND act on them defines success. After all, success doesn’t happen without trying and sometimes failing.