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Don’t ask her to sit behind a desk.

posted Feb 3, 2017, 4:03 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 4:04 PM ]
You may know PSAR affiliate member Tania Gonzalez as an active support of PSAR’s Young Professional Network (YPN). Tania, an escrow account executive, has been involved in YPN the past three years. YPN focuses on connecting and engaging the next generation of realtors with the tools and encouragement they need to succeed.
 
 But, did you know that, at one time, she planned for a career as a chief financial officer of a hospital? Also, planned for a career as an attorney.
 
“Yes, I have a lot of interests and I’ve looked into several different careers, but I’m very happy at what I’m doing right now,” said Tania. “I enjoy motivating others and helping people with their business success. That’s very rewarding to me.”
 
After she graduated in 2009 from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Tania got a job with an attorney whose practice involved handling insurance claims for mortgage companies on foreclosed properties. "My whole life I wanted to be an attorney. So I worked at a law firm to get experience. Little did I know the attorneys themselves would tell me to run away from the profession.”
 
So, Tania earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration with plans to work at a hospital. She loved numbers and finance and wanted to someday become a CFO of Children's Hospital, where she could make a difference. “But, then I realized that I would not be happy sitting behind a desk 18 hours a day,” Tania said.
 
Tania grew up in El Centro in the Imperial Valley, graduated from El Centro High School (class of 2005) and earned a full-ride college scholarship to SDSU based on her grades and community service projects that benefited seniors, special education children and immigrants.
 
Tania received her scholarship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “I will forever be grateful to their Foundation, which helped me not get stuck in a small town and expand my horizons,” Tania said. “Our economy needs more college-educated workers than ever before. They make it possible for many who want to attend college but cannot afford it.”
 
During college, Tania worked at the SDSU book store on campus as a manager and also as a bartender at the Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge in Pacific Beach. “My strong restaurant industry background definitely contributed to my sales abilities,” she said. “If I didn't sell then, then I didn't make money. Talk about motivation for a driven individual."  
 
In August 2013, a friend encouraged Tania to look into the escrow industry. “I was scared at first and the thought of sales sounded unstable, but I decided to take the chance and dive in,” said Tania, who today is a top sales executive for New Venture Escrow. “It has turned out to be a great career and lots of fun. I work all over the county, meet a lot of great interesting people and work with the best group of escrow professionals in the business. I don't know why It took me so long to choose sales. Real estate is the best industry I've ever worked in."
 
Meeting great people is one reason why she enjoys PSAR and YPN. “It’s like a big family,” Tania said. “Our Association cares about their members and their success. And, YPN gives us the opportunity to network not only with younger professionals but with everyone in the Association. People like to do business with people they know and meeting people at events and mixers is a great way to get acquainted so we can do more business together.”