Having been born at sea while her parents were in the midst of a sailing expedition around the world, Alexandra Loye has lived a unique life.

Since childhood, the Avison Young principal has been finding adventure in the most unexpected places.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s in business real estate, Loye went on to become one of the few women involved in commercial real estate brokerage.

“It was a no brainer for me. I’m so math oriented and I’ve always loved business,” she says about going into an industry mostly populated by men.

Loye started her career as an associate at a firm that is now Newmark Knight Frank, but it was not easy.

She admits most of her success was built on perseverance and her determination. Eventually, Loye’s perseverance landed her a top position at Avison Young.

“Being able to have the confidence and experience to really bring creative solutions to your clients is vital,” she says.

One of Loye’s most recent successes in 2015 is very important to her, as it was one of her largest commissions and is now the deal behind the success of an emerging nonprofit, Lauren’s Institute for Education.

She found an investor to purchase the property on behalf of the nonprofit, which completely turned its business around.

Loye is not shy about expressing her passion for her work.

With that same determination and passion, Loye dreams of being a business influence to other young women.

“I want to have a positive impact on young women in this industry. I am more than happy to sit down with them and encourage them that this industry is not made only for men,” Loye says.