Hazard Girls:
Women in Non-Traditional Fields

Host Emily Soloby, founder of Juno Jones Safety Shoes, interviews women who have successfully broken barriers in traditionally male-dominated fields. These dynamic women share their stories and advice for the next generation. Emily's goal with this podcast series is to show listeners that there are many ways to be successful - and being successful often requires hard work, community, and creativity, even when faced with adversity.


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Sn 4 #18 Nancy Surak: Getting Under The Hood of Commercial Real Estate

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With us today is Nancy Surak. She is a Senior Advisor and Managing Broker for the Tampa Bay office of the Land Advisors Organization. Nancy has more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience and has specialized in land brokerage since 2005. Tune in as we dive deeper into the commercial real estate industry to get up close and personal insight from Nancy. We take a close look at Nancy’s professional experience as well as her efforts to support women in this male-dominated industry. You will not want to miss this insightful episode full of passionate stories and the ways Nancy is committed to the advancement of women in commercial real estate!


Emily Soloby

Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.

As an executive in the transportation industry, darting from client meeting to trucking range required safety boots that met her style standards, and when she couldn’t find them anywhere, she created Juno Jones Shoes. Emily trained in shoemaking in Cuernavaca, Mexico and at the Brooklyn Shoe Space, and assembled a powerhouse team of designers, consultants, and industry experts to bring Juno Jones to life. Through Juno Jones Shoes, Emily is fulfilling her dream of not only providing women with safe, stylish footwear options for their jobs but of helping to normalize and empower women in traditionally male-dominated fields.

For more information go to junojonesshoes.com.


Nancy Surak

Nancy Surak is a Senior Advisor and Managing Broker for Land Advisors Organization’s Tampa Bay office. She has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, specializing in land brokerage since 2005 and earning recognition by Land Advisors Organization as a top producer since joining the firm in 2015.

Nancy was named the Top Woman Land Broker in the nation by the REALTORS® Land Institute in 2021 for sales volume and she’s consistently ranked among the top commercial real estate brokers in the Tampa Bay area year after year. She was awarded the 2021 Best Real Estate Deals Community Impact Award by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and named a 2021 Woman to Watch in Commercial Real Estate by GlobeSt.com. She was a finalist for NAIOP Tampa Bay’s Land Deal of the Year 2018, was honored to be among the Gulf Coast Business Review’s “40 Under 40,” and was named the Top Woman in Florida Commercial Real Estate by the Florida Real Estate Journal.

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