Thanks to a partnership between the Department of Defense Skill-Bridge program and Phoenix West Commercial, U.S. Air Force veteran Brandy Braveboy has a new opportunity as a commercial real estate agent.

A native of Tempe, Braveboy spent 20 years in the military with more than eight years of service overseas. Her interest in commercial real estate was piqued during a flight home to visit family when she caught a glimpse of the view over Tempe Town Lake.

“A long time ago, Tempe Town Lake was a run-down area,” she recalled. “Now it’s an amazing area of the Valley with so many community features. There was even a magazine in my airplane with an article on how Tempe Town Lake is now an attractive submarket for commercial development. I hardly recognized it,” Braveboy said.

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