Ankita Menon, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, TD
Ankita Menon is a Relationship Manager with TD's Commercial Banking offices in Edmonton where she partners with business owners as a trusted advisor to help them achieve their goals with creative financing solutions and banking services. She has been involved with Canadian real estate for the last 6 years.
What originally drew you to CREW? Can you share with us a few things you have learned or gained since joining?
The women that are a part of CREW are absolutely incredible and are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things real estate. The connections, and most importantly friends, that I have made during my time with CREW mean so much.
What are your favourite aspects of your job? Can you share what motivates your success and drive?
I love being able to work with different people from all walks of life and finding a way to get creative with financing solutions that perfectly fit my client's needs. Knowing the fact that my services and expertise helps business owners achieve a dream is what keeps me going.
What originally drew you to the CRE industry? What advice do you have for someone who is looking for, or is new to, a career in CRE?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! I think that sometimes we are afraid to ask questions for fear we may appear inexperienced or unknowledgeable, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It's highly likely that if you are curious about something, then someone else too. Questions are also a great way to create a connection with someone and shows that you are interested in what the other person has to say.
Our industry has seen a big shift with the ongoing pandemic. What tips do you have for staying connected to clients and colleagues at this time?
For an extrovert like myself, this has definitely been a hard change to navigate. I'm so used to be around people all the time that my own company seems boring in comparison. The biggest thing that has helped me is to make informal check ins a part of my day where I am reaching out to a colleague or client just to say hello and see how they are doing. I've received really good feedback on this, and people appreciate it more than you know!
What is the best piece of career or life advice you have received?
Oh, there's been a few! The one that always stuck out to me was something a former manager of mine once told me, "Nine times out of ten it will all work out". I've learned over the years that things work out exactly as they are meant to, and he was right when he told not to sweat the small stuff.
Outside of work, what hobbies are you passionate about? How do you make sure you maintain time to enjoy them while balancing work and home life?
I think it's so important to be intentional with your time, whether it's at work or at home with family and friends. Cells phones are an incredible invention, but it does a mind good to turn that thing off every so often and be fully in the moment. Some of my favourite ways to unwind are to read a good murder mystery, hit up the court for a round of ball hockey or my favourite local bar (pre-COVID) for a pint!