Professional Profile: Leslie Cook 2021

Leslie Cook

Name: Leslie Cook

Title: Business Development Manager

Company: GTL Construction, LLC

Location: White Plains, NY

Birthplace: Long Branch, NJ

Education: BA, Business Administration

First job: Executive Assistant, Real Estate Development

First job in real estate or allied field: Greenlight/CM – I started in purchasing and worked my way up to business manager

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I am currently working on business development and strategic growth. We look at BD as relationship building and maintaining not just sales. A huge part of my job is to ensure our entire team is continuing to grow strong relationships with our clients while finding new connections. I plan on doing this for the future. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

How do you unwind from a busy day? I spend time with family, outdoors, and traveling.

Favorite book or author: My current favorite book is The 5am Club by Robin Sharma (this book and routine has been such a positive life adjustment).

Favorite movie: Cruella – I love that it was one of the first Disney movies not centered around a princess being rescued by a prince. She was passionate about her career.

Last song/album that you purchased/downloaded? I have been listening to a lot of Van Morrison and Billy Joel lately.

One word to describe your work environment: Open, capable, understanding and logical – our processes make sense without over complicating things.

Rules to live by in business: The most important part of life and business is your outlook and attitude. If you waste time being negative it will not get done. If you train yourself to control your emotions and think positively in every situation you will be able to come up with a way to make it work out.

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job) Design and client experience consultant for a luxury hospitality group.