When Carol Epstein started in commercial real estate in the 1980s, men on the other end of the deal refused to work with her because she was a woman. Although men eventually started to accept more women in the workplace, painful comments and stereotypes were still prevalent, she said.
Epstein has managed some of the biggest commercial real estate deals in the Bangor region, but she said women working in her field are still an “anomaly.”
On Thursday, business community members gathered at the Hollywood Casino Ballroom for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Luncheon to hear from Epstein, who discussed her experiences in business with Deb Neuman, the chamber’s president and CEO.
A Bangor native, Epstein has been an active commercial broker in Maine since 1984. She formed Epstein Commercial Real Estate in 1987. She also manages her family’s development company, Epstein Properties, started by her late father, Sidney Epstein. Her recent deals include the sale of the former Lowe’s building in Ellsworth to The Jackson Laboratory in 2012 and the former Bangor Daily News building to Cross Insurance in 2014. She also has handled a number of high-profile commercial leases for retailers in Bangor.