Meet Kiana Akina
What is your role at Avison Young?
As the Operations Manager, I am responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Denver office, including administration, finance and accounting, and human resource functions.
How did you get into commercial real estate?
Commercial Real Estate has always been in my blood, my grandparents were investors and held multi-family and office assets in Hawaii, California, and Philadelphia. I always enjoyed watching and learning from their expertise. I initially got into residential real estate with REMAX and then had an opportunity to join an office agency team here in Denver, which afforded me the opportunity to grow, learn, and expand my role into what I am doing today here at Avison Young.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My biggest influence in my life is my Mom! She raised five kids, worked full time as a paramedic, and managed to keep a household going while my Dad traveled for work. Her kind, loving heart, and selfless attitude is something I live by everyday. Today, she has grown adult children and continues to kill-it as a mother and grandma.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
I've received an abundance of good advice, although one piece that resonates with me at the moment is to stay dedicated to your own personal legend. Focus on self-love, focus on self-care, focus on your growth. Don't get distracted by opinions of others. You deserve to treat yourself well, so you can treat and serve others better.
How has Avison Young supported you as a woman in business?
Avison Young has surrounded me locally and nationally with a wide variety of talented individuals who have mentored me, challenged me, and allow me to continue to grow, learn, and expand my role as a woman in the CRE business. In 2019, I was able to represent Avison Young at the CREW Network Convention where I met so many women who raved about the women and men they know who work for Avison Young. This was refreshing to hear that our people and culture don't go unnoticed.