I am a U.S. citizen, originally from New York. Although English is my native language, I 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 additional well-known firms in a variety of capacities until my return to the United States in 1997.
Spending this length of time in Germany made it possible for me to not only become fluent in business German, but also, and to me most importantly, achieve fluency in my particular fields of expertise and interest.
My positions required that I communicate fluently, clearly and precisely - despite the high stress environment - in both German and English (often simultaneously), with colleagues and clients.
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 and usually the only female participant. The seminars were in areas of banking, securities, software/hardware and photography (i.e. composition, darkroom techniques).
Oddly enough, I was never actually offered the opportunity to attend a "German" class per se as I was considered by management to be fluent in German.
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 benefit from having lived and worked for decades in both the United States and Germany.