Entrepreneur Brittney Gondek ’12: “Utilize everything Plymouth State has to offer.”

“My favorite thing to do as a kid was go to work with my dad,” says Brittney Gondek ’12. A self-employed general contractor, her dad helped instill an interest in design and community development. Before coming to Plymouth State and majoring in graphic design, Gondek was already at work in her hometown in Connecticut with landscape design and layout projects while balancing school and athletics.

She is now the CEO of both Brittney Gondek Design, which focuses on residential and commercial projects, and The Gondek Group, where she is director of investment sales. When starting her college search, she was impressed by Plymouth State’s variety of options, student activities, proximity to the mountains, and athletics. She credits her mom, Sandra “Sandy” Gondek ’82, an educator, for helping her with the decision and search process, and mentors like late Swim Team Coach Alan Switzer with her entrepreneurial success and drive.

It was Coach Switzer who helped solidify her decision to come to PSU and would play an integral part in her growth as a student and her career. “Coach Switzer was always there,” she says. “On the bus ride back from an away meet, he’d call us up one-by-one to review things that we could work on. He really helped me learn the importance of self-reflection.” Gondek appreciates how, even though Switzer was a serious coach with high expectations, he cared about his athletes and even wrote individual poems to them at the end of every year.

The late Teaching Lecturer Jay Moskowitz ’95, ’97G also influenced her path. She remembers his class titled “Is Success Synonymous with Happiness?” and attending his Thursday night open mics at the Common Man in Ashland, NH. Both Moskowitz and Switzer were prime examples of the importance of staying in touch and valuing relationships, something she now practices daily with clients, friends, and family.

While working toward her degree and breaking records on the Women’s Swim Team, Gondek also minored in business and communications, graduating magna cum laude as a member of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society.  She also played softball for a short time and was an avid snowboarder who eagerly explored New Hampshire’s mountains. Despite her jam-packed schedule, she also prioritized volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which has now become a decade-long commitment of service to youth.

Given the intensity of her PSU days, it’s no wonder that Gondek is skilled in managing multiple projects. In addition to residential and commercial design, she is investing in business and commercial real estate opportunities and has especially enjoyed working with local business—most recently with a brewery.

Because of her firm’s quick growth, Gondek recently increased the size of her real estate team, which, coincidentally, comprises like-minded athletes. “They have the drive, passion, and focus, but they’re team oriented,” she says. “Real estate can be cutthroat, but when you have your team moving toward the same objective, it leads to greater success.” In addition to local real estate, the team is currently working on projects in the greater New England area and has the ability to help investors across the country. In 2020, it was awarded the top one percent in sales in its network.

Gondek’s current interior design projects range from New England to Miami. Projects vary from new construction and historic renovations to restaurants, breweries, and residential.

While Gondek certainly has found great success in following her passion for design and commercial real estate, she admits that there was a time when she really wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She believes it’s important to try a little bit of everything and is glad that Plymouth State’s curriculum allows for integration across subjects. She encourages current PSU students, saying, “Utilize everything that Plymouth State has to offer. Even a student club or sport may have positive influence on your future path.”

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