I am a U.S. citizen, originally from New York, who grew up in a multi-lingual German & English-speaking environment. I have a BBA in finance and marketing management from Baruch College (CUNY, NYC, 1979). My post-college work experience began with a two-year stint on Wall Street, during which time I obtained various certifications.
In 1981, I moved toGermany to work for a well-known private bank on their International Securities desk. Five years later, I accepted an offer to join a newly formed sales department at Bankers Trust in Frankfurt. The position ended in 1989 when several departments were reorganized. Thereafter, I worked for several well-known firms in a variety of capacities until my return to the United States in 1997.
In Germany, my positions required that I communicate fluently in both German and English (often simultaneously), with colleagues and clients.
As I was considered by management to be fluent in German, I was never actually offered the opportunity to attend a German language learning class, though the specialist seminars I attended did serve that function.
During my years in Germany, I attended a wide variety of specialist seminars and conferences, all of which were held in German. I was almost always the only non-German participant and usually the only female. The seminars were in the areas of banking, securities, investment, IT/software/hardware and photography (i.e. composition, darkroom techniques).
While in Germany, I also assisted at a number of trade shows, such as Photokina (Photographics), Eisenwarenmesse (Hardware) and the Schmuckmesse (Jewelry).
I've been living and translating in Jacksonville, Florida since 1997. I founded this website www.translategerman.com in March 1998.
It goes without saying that my translations - and my clients - benefit from my having lived and worked for decades in both the United States and Germany.