Photography by Lauren Lieberman
Crissy Poorman knows how to use her talents to build bridges to new opportunities. The former CNN reporter was part of two Emmy Award-winning teams, covering domestic and international news and later lifestyle features. After 12 years at the network, she transferred her communications skills to the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach as the marketing director. From there, she applied her residential knowledge to pursue her current career as a Realtor at Sotheby’s. Also a travel enthusiast, Crissy has been to 62 countries between personal and professional trips.
“My dad used to say, ‘If you love what you do, you’ll never call it work.’ I’ve always loved what I’ve done,” she says.
Words to live by: "Love, laugh and learn each day and you'll truly be living" - Crissy.
As a kid, she wanted to be: A lawyer.
First job: Working at a mom ’n pop ice cream store when I was 16 years old.
Fond childhood memory: Singing along to the car radio with my sister during summer trips.
First job at CNN: Ripping scripts after they were printed and distributing them to the proper people.
Proudest contribution as a journalist: I produced a story on pediatric AIDS. We got a great award for that, and I was very proud of the fact that it put a human face on children with AIDS and hopefully brought a destigmatizing aspect to it.
First significant interview: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
How she left a mark at the Ritz-Carlton: I was basically the key person responsible for developing a signature scent for the hotel. I was there just a couple weeks ago and could smell the scent wafting out of the lobby.
Favorite travel destination: The one I haven’t been to yet.
Still wants to visit: Cambodia and Egypt.
Latest hobby: I’m trying to be a golfer.
Her dream home: It would be on the Intracoastal—because I like the lights at night—with lots of windows. Something elegant but understated.
Most recent favorite purchase: A mother-of-pearl shark’s tooth necklace from House of Lavande. My friend Tracy [Smith] is the designer of the collection, and it just spoke to me.
What she would do if she were invisible for a day: Sit in the Oval Office.
Hero: My parents. They always encouraged us to try new things, to explore, to not be scared.
Her next endeavor: I’d love to write a humorous novel or screenplay drawing from my life experiences.
Title of her autobiography: Fresh Pillowcases. It’s more of a metaphor of waking up each day and having the opportunity to be the most well-intentioned person that you can be. If you feel good, you can accomplish anything and hopefully avoid the frown lines.
Toughest challenge: Saying no.
Biggest accomplishment: Being a good friend, daughter, aunt. I really value the word “friendship,” and I don’t toss it around easily. The fact that I have wonderful friends and family and a great boyfriend is an accomplishment.