The Hollywood Reporter today announced the winners of the publication’s 2023 New York Power Broker Awards. Among the honorees are Patricia Vance of Douglas Elliman, who sold a $74 million apartment at the Aman New York last year, and Deborah Grubman of the Corcoran Group, whose key clients include Hugh Jackman and Rupert Murdoch.
The second annual awards are presented to some of New York City’s best salespeople and brightest marketers, chosen from among the elite agents who The Hollywood ReporterNew York’s annual list of Top Real Estate Agents (which is based on a broker’s total sales volume, as well as their sales and listings for celebrity clients).
The 2023 New York Power Broker Awards — presented by the editors of THR and given in collaboration with presenting sponsor The Society Group – will be given this year in six competitive categories, including Stratospheric Sale, Penthouse Sale of the Year, Agent of Historic Architecture, and Rising Star. The nominees were announced on June 27.
The winners of two awards – Team of the Year (Douglas Elliman’s Eklund | Gomes Team) and the Philanthropic Impact Award (Serhant.’s Ryan Serhant) – were previously announced.
The full list of winners and nominees follows:
Team of the Year Award
Eklund | Gomes team, Douglas Elliman
The Eklund | Douglas Elliman’s Gomes Team went home THR‘s 2023 New York Team of the Year Award after a stunning sales year in 2022 in which they raked in $4.6 billion in U.S. transactions, including (according to The real thing) $623 million in NYC deals.
“We don’t take this accolade lightly,” team founders Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes said in a joint statement to THR. “There are a lot of talented agents working in NYC, so to be named as the top team is a big deal. After all, this is one of the largest cities in the world, where some of the most prized real estate is sold.
Philanthropic Impact Award
Ryan Serhant from Serhant.
Ryan Serhant, the first Million Dollar Listing New York star who founded his eponymous brokerage Serhant in 2020, is the winner of the 2023 New York Philanthropic Impact Award in recognition of his continued support of organizations like City Harvest and the American Cancer Society.
“I am honored to be named the winner of this year’s Philanthropic Impact Award. From the beginning, Serhant has existed to support and fuel the success of others and that means we do a great job, we are all changing the way real estate is sold and we are also committed to giving back. Those who know me know that when I’m passionate about something — as I am with the work we’ve done with City Harvest and The American Cancer Society — it becomes part of who I am, and it’s a humble honor to be recognized to our philanthropy, which I believe is central to our core values. Serhant’s. I encourage our team members to disrupt for good in everything they do, which extends far beyond the real estate industry, and ideally creates a real impact in the world and in our communities. I am so proud of this award and pledge to continue disrupting for the public good.”
Media Maverick Award
Oren and Tal Alexander, The Alexander Team, Official — WINNER
Ryan Serhant, Serhant. — Nominated
Tyler Whitman, The Agency – Nominee
The 2023 New York Media Maverick Award recognizes top residential real estate agents who excel in effective marketing and goes to Oren and Tal Alexander of The Alexander Team at Official. As the prime example of their effectiveness, the two brothers founded their new brokerage last year and quickly made a name for themselves as the high-end global real estate company as they expand from New York, the Hamptons and South Florida to areas like Los Angeles and Orange County. In 2022, the Alexander Team completed more than $1.2 billion in sales, of which $730 million was in NYC.
“We are proud of the success of the company, which was launched just 14 months ago,” says Tal Alexander. “Official has grown rapidly and we continue to cultivate a strong reputation, which is a testament to the quality of our relationships – how they differentiate our business from our competitors and why we attract high-end agents who want to connect with a brand that speaks to the sophisticated nature of their clientele.”
Oren Alexander adds: “As industry veterans, our partners and co-founders have a deep understanding of marketing and what concerns agents today. Likewise, The Alexander Team is one of the others at the company with a deep understanding of our customers because we are our customers and that allows us to deliver a trusted and meaningful experience beyond the transaction, as an advisor and friend.
Agent of Historic Architecture Award
Stephen Ferrara and Clayton Orrigo, The Hudson Advisory Group, Compass — WINNER
Loy Carlos, Serhant. — Nominated
Cathy Franklin, Corcoran Group — Nominee
Stephen Ferrara and Clayton Orrigo, the founders of The Hudson Advisory Group at Compass, have won the Agent of Historic Architecture Award, given to an agent or team that pays special attention to deals for venerable residences. Their recent deals include handling the reported sales of $24 million of 9 Jay Street, a red-brick TriBeCa mansion built in 1907 and featuring its own skybridge. The duo is currently also responsible for sales at De Keller, an apartment complex with 24 homes in one restored maritime hotel in the West Village dating back to 1898.
“We look beyond the function of a building and honor its history, design and architectural essence. Our team’s passion is reflected in every property we represent, highlighting our deep appreciation for spaces that tell a story,” says Orrigo. He adds: “We recently acquired the retail space at 160 Leroy as our team’s new permanent residence, symbolizing a new chapter of growth and innovation for us. The space was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and is an architectural masterpiece that we are excited to bring to life.”
Penthouse Sales of the Year Award
Patricia Vance, Douglas Elliman — WINNER
Tal Alexander, The Alexander Team, Official — Nominee
Adam Modlin, Modlin Group — Nominated
Douglas Elliman’s Patricia Vance represented the buyer of the 6,791-square-foot Jala Penthouse in Aman New York; it sold for $74 million last year, making it the most expensive condo transaction in the 12-month period covered by THR’s 2023 New York’s Top Real Estate Agents list.
“As proud as I am to have brokered the most expensive penthouse in New York, I am equally proud and honored to be recognized by The Hollywood Reporter‘ says Vance. “A broker’s job can be challenging and unpredictable, especially in markets like the one we’re going through right now, and moments like these make it all incredibly rewarding.”
Celebrity Real Estate Portfolio Award
Deborah Grubman, Corcoran Group — WINNER
Noble Black, Douglas Elliman – Nominated
Nick Gavin, Compass – Nominee
Corcoran Group’s Deborah Grubman has won the 2023 Celebrity Property Portfolio Award, given each year to a trusted advisor to Hollywood clients. Grubman, whose former clients included David Geffen and Harrison Ford, recently represented Rupert Murdoch (along with Core’s Emily Beare) in a bidding war for a Central Park South co-op, in which the mogul paid $5 million on demand, ultimately paying $35.2 paid. million. She also has the $29.9 million listing on a Manhattan triplex owned by Hugh Jackman.
Stratospheric selling price
Betsy Messerschmitt, Corcoran Group — WINNER
Tim Davis, Corcoran Group — Nominated
Patricia Vance, Douglas Elliman – Nominee
The Stratospheric Sale Award, given for the biggest sale of the year, goes to Betsy Messerschmitt of the Corcoran Group, who represented Paul Allen’s estate in the sale of two Upper East Side co-ops, which sold for a combined $101 million last year. sold.
Rising Star Award
Eric Brown, Compass — WINNER
Erin Lichy, Douglas Elliman – Nominee
Marko Arsic and Jason Lau, Corcoran Group — Nominees
Michael Kelley-Bradford, Brown Harris Stevens – Nominated
Maggie Chong, Serhant. — Nominated
The 2023 Rising Star Award is presented each year to a next-generation broker who is 35 years old or younger and goes to Compass’ Eric Brown, who has closed more than $100 million in deals to date by 2023 with a career of in total more than 500 million dollars.
“Despite being a ‘Rising Star,’ now at 33 I’ve been in the business for over 12 years,” says Brown. “Starting young is the best advice I can give any aspiring broker.”
The agent, who scores many of his deals off-market at famous buildings such as 70 sacristy And Leonard street 56, adds: “My philosophy has always been simple. Combine a discreet and relaxed approach with hyper-localized expertise and market knowledge. This translates into providing clients with access to unique off-market properties they otherwise would not be able to find and the right data to determine fair market value. I pride myself in doing business with the high end of the market for those who call New York home. I focus my time on looking for real estate, educating myself on the market and helping clients. Do it right for your customers; they will do well with you and offer referrals.