NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Kathy Braddock of braddock + purcell, a real estate consulting firm, says her friendship with co-founder Paul Purcell began 18 years ago when they were simply business acquaintances.
After years of working adjacently in the tough world of real estate and then later as co-workers, where they relied on each other for referrals and advice -- even outside of work hours -- they thought it only natural when they came up with an idea to start a business together.
Braddock says she liked that Purcell's strong work ethic mirrored hers and appreciated his accessibility and good communication skills. Looking back, Braddock says the similarities in work ethic are a major reason why they are successful business partners today.
"He had the same pride in his work and the same ownership
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