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Dorothy Herman

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Dottie Herman is president and Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Elliman, New York’s largest residential brokerage, with more than 80 offices in New York City, Long Island, the Hamptons, Westchester, South Florida, Connecticut, Aspen and Los Angeles; more than 6,000 real estate agents; and a network of international affiliates. The firm has formed a global alliance with London-based Knight Frank Residential in 58 countries allowing Elliman to reach international buyers from all over the world.  Douglas Elliman consistently ranks in the top four of all real estate companies in the nation. In addition, the company controls a portfolio of real estate services, including commercial and retail leasing and sales, relocation and settling in services, new development consulting and also Manhattan's largest residential property manager, Douglas Elliman Property Management, as well as DE Title.

Dottie has over 30 years’ experience in the real estate business, starting as a broker with Merrill Lynch’s Long Island real estate division.  In 1989 she bought Prudential Long Island Realty and expanded the company into the Hamptons. After turning the company into the powerhouse brokerage operating on Long Island and in the Hamptons, she purchased Douglas Elliman, Manhattan's largest and most prestigious brokerage firm, with Howard M. Lorber, who became her business partner and is Chairman of Douglas Elliman.

Dottie has been consistently ranked in Crain's New York Business 50 Most Powerful Women in New York, Inman News Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders, and The New York Observer's The Power 100. In 2015 she was listed in the Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in America by Inc. Magazine among the Inc. 5000 list where Douglas Elliman was named as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

In 2013, Dottie received the Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award at the annual Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) banquet as well as the Long Island Business News’ Outstanding CEO Award. She was also the recipient of a BRAVA SmartCEO Award, recognizing exceptional female leaders for their contributions to business and philanthropy. In 2014, Dottie was named one of New York's Most Influential Women by Gotham Magazine. In 2015, she received the Innovator of the Year Award by Inman, was inducted into the Long Island Business News Hall of fame class of 2015, the highest honor for the most distinguished leaders in the LI business community, was ranked in the annual Swanepoel Power 200, honoring leaders in residential real estate, The SP200 also publishes eight top 20 lists, including the Most Power Women in Residential Real Estate where Dottie was in the top three.

She is also host of am970’s popular Saturday morning radio show Eye On Real Estate. Go to am970theanswer.com Saturdays at 10am and click the ‘Listen Live’ button in the top right corner. In addition to her successful business ventures, Dottie is involved with the New York Restoration Project, is on the board of Gold Coast Bank, the Katz Women’s Hospital of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Southampton Hospital, the American Heart Association, and Every Woman Matters Walk: A Walk for Women and their Families.


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