Douglas Elliman Chief Executive Officer Scott Durkin has been an industry leader for nearly three decades and is a driving force behind the globally recognized brokerage’s ranking as one of the largest independent residential real estate firms in the United States.
Scott’s meteoric rise at the New York City based firm began when he was hired as Executive Vice President in January 2016 as part of the company’s effort to grow a nationwide presence. He was quickly promoted to Chief Operating Officer in October 2016, President in December 2017 and Chief Executive Officer in 2021.
From the outset, Scott has helped oversee expansion efforts in New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts and Texas, as well as restructured operations in Westchester, Connecticut and the Hamptons. He has also led the development of a more streamlined and strategic operations team, bringing together top-tier talent across a range of disciplines including public relations, marketing and technology.
Previously, Scott enjoyed a 26-year tenure at The Corcoran Group, where he was a protégé of Barbara Corcoran. He quickly earned a number of esteemed titles, including Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director of the Chelsea Flatiron office, which ranked among the company’s top 10 locations nationwide during his 11 years of leadership.
Highly involved in several key milestones for The Corcoran Group, from selling the business to NRT/Realogy to acquiring subsequent brokerages in New York and Florida, Scott solidified his reputation as a formidable leader in the real estate industry—an impressive leap from his modest start as a sales agent.
Scott sits on the board of directors of God’s Love We Deliver, for which Douglas Elliman agents and staff have been instrumental in helping to raise over $1 million for clients of the organization too sick to shop or cook for themselves.
Scott is also an avid equestrian who owns five Warmblood horses and spends any spare time riding in upstate New York and Wellington, Florida as a regular amateur competitor in the world of dressage. Active in the United States Dressage Federation and the United States Equestrian Federation, Scott is a board member of the Have a Heart Animal Welfare Fund.