Douglas Elliman Honors Top Agents in Florida at The Ellies – The Firm’s Annual Awards Celebration


$3.6 Billion 2017 Total Sales Volume in South Florida-Up 34% Year-Over-Year; Douglas Elliman Total Sales Volume Tops $26.1 Billion, Increasing 6 Percent

On March 5th, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, the fourth largest residential real estate company nationwide, hosted the firm’s world-class agents in Florida at its annual awards celebration – The Ellies. One of several Ellies events held throughout the nation, the ceremony honored top performers in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Aventura, Bay Harbor Island, Jupiter, Wellington and Del Ray Beach.

Douglas Elliman Florida marked a banner year in 2017 with $3.6 Billion in closed transactions, up 34% from 2017. Nationwide, Douglas Elliman’s total sales volume was $26.1 billion, up six percent.

“Douglas Elliman continues to flourish in South Florida because of the incredible success of our highly skilled and talented agents,” said Howard M. Lorber, chairman of Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC. “We expect our strong presence and brand to continue to grow in the region in 2018.”

Leading the Top 5 Teams for Florida was The Carroll Group, based out of Miami and Miami Beach. They were followed by The Alexander Team (#2), Carmenate + Duchon Residential (#3), the Goihman Group (#4) and the Bill and Bryan Team (5).

The Top 5 Agents for Florida were led by Maria Mendelsohn, based out of Wellington. She was followed by Steve Solomon (#2), Raul Santidrian (#3), Senada Adzem (#4), and Pablo Alfaro (#5).

“We are incredibly proud of our talented team of agents and their dedication to Douglas Elliman’s success,” said Jay Phillip Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman Florida. “We have experienced extraordinary growth and expansion in the past year, and we look forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead as we continue on this path to becoming the most dominant real estate firm and resource for sellers and buyers of luxury properties throughout Florida.”

Douglas Elliman Florida continued its expansion and growth this year throughout South Florida adding a 20th office and reached a total of 1,000 agents, more than any other firm in South Florida. New offices opened in Brickell and Mizner Country Club and the firm kept its ranking as number one in Miami Beach. The top sales included a spec home in Miami Beach Elliman handled both sides of the sale for at $22.6 million, a Venetian Islands home for $22 million, a waterfront home in Manalapan for $21.6 million and a resale unit at Faena House for $20.6 million.

“I am incredibly proud of Jay Parker and our entire team in Florida,” said Scott Durkin, Douglas Elliman’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “This past year marked a new level of success and we look forward to continuing to provide all of our agents with the best in class technology, marketing and public relations to help them reach even greater heights in 2018.”

Winning the award for #1 Top Agent in Brickell/Coconut Grove was Raul Santidrian. He was followed by Rose Harris (#2), Hilda Jacobson (#3), Barbara Estela (#4) and Tomi Rose (#5).

In Miami Beach, the #1 Top Agent was Oren Alexander. Other winners included Pablo Alfaro (#2), Eloy Carmenate (#3), Mick Duchon (#4), Bill Hernandez (#5).

The Top 5 Agents in Aventura / Bay Harbor/ Design District were led by Chad Carroll (#1) and also included Brett Harris (#2), Richard Goihman (#3), Bo Mastykaz (#4), and Devin Kay (#5).

In Fort Lauderdale, the #1 Top Agent award was given to Niki Higgins. She was followed by Dan Teixeira (#2), Tika Van Den Hurk (#3), Midge Clark (#4), and Juan Noriega (#5).

The Top 5 Agents in Boca/ Delray were led by Steve Solomon (#1), Senada Adzem (#2), Paul Fishman (#3), Erik Ring (#4), and Sue Tauriello (#5).

Winning the award for #1 Top Agent in Palm Beach/ Jupiter was Gary Pohrer. He was followed by Matthias Fretz (#2), Ashley McIntosh (#3), Chris Leavitt (#4), Robert Kemp (#5).

In Wellington, the Top 5 Agents were led by Maria Mendelsohn (#1) and also included Martha Jolicoeur (#2), Kristina Lloyd (#3), Ron Neal (#4) and Mark Norman (#5).

Fred Botwinik, based out of Miami Beach, was named Top Commercial Agent of the Year for the Florida region. Christina Krezmien, based out of Fort Lauderdale, received Florida’s Rookie of the Year award.

Several agents were honored with the DE Shares awards for philanthropic endeavors including

Marlene De Cespedes (St. Jude Chairperson & South Region), Lisa Wilson (St. Jude North Region), Jaimee Light (Animal Rescue Mission - ARM), Debra Golan (Feeding South Florida), Brooke Snader (Toys for Tots) and John Greene (Habitat for Humanity).

The prestigious Pinnacle Club Award winners, presented to agents and teams who made over $1 million in 2017, included Chad Carroll, Maria Mendelsohn, Steve Solomon, Oren Alexander, Raul Santidrian, Senada Adzem, Pablo Alfaro, Gary Pohrer, Paul Fishman, Brett Harris and Eloy Carmenate.

About Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Established in 1911, Douglas Elliman Real Estate is the largest brokerage in the New York Metropolitan area and the fourth largest residential real estate company nationwide. With more than 7,000 agents, the company operates approximately 113 offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey, Long Island, the Hamptons & North Fork, Westchester, Greenwich, South Florida, Boston, Colorado and California. Moreover, Douglas Elliman has a strategic global alliance with London-based Knight Frank Residential for business in the worldwide luxury markets spanning 60 countries and six continents. The company also controls a portfolio of real estate services including Douglas Elliman Development Marketing; Manhattan’s largest residential property manager, Douglas Elliman Property Management with over 250 buildings; and DE Commercial. For more information on Douglas Elliman as well as expert commentary on emerging trends in the real estate industry, please visit

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