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Stephen Kotler

Chief Executive Officer of Brokerage, Western Region

575 Madison Ave
New York City, NY 10022
Office: 310.595.3888

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As President of the Western Region for Douglas Elliman, Stephen Kotler is responsible for revenue growth for the California and Colorado regions of the fourth largest real estate company in the United States, with a sales force of over 6,000 agents, more than 80 domestic offices, and over $22 billion in annual sales. 

In his position as President of the Western Region, Mr. Kotler helped engineer the company’s strategic expansion into new markets, including South Florida, Los Angeles and Aspen, Colorado.  

Mr. Kotler brings to the table over 30 years of experience in real estate sales and management.  A New Jersey native, after studying at Ithaca College he joined J.I. Sopher and Company in 1985, where he became general manager of the largest rental business in Manhattan.  In 1991 he joined Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York, where he formed the Kotler Group, the first agent team in a New York brokerage. For the next 15 years the team ranked among the top ten producing agents at Elliman, and in the top 1% of Prudential’s nationwide network of over 60,000 agents.  He was also the first rental agent at Douglas Elliman to earn $1 million in gross commissions.  Under his management, the company’s flagship 485 Madison Avenue offices ranked in the top five offices within the company for five consecutive years.  The Elliman rental division remains the second largest rental company in New York City.

Mr. Kotler also anticipated the growing demand for corporate relocation services as more companies expanded and became increasingly global in reach, and he represented international corporate relocations for clients including Goldman Sachs, J.P Morgan, American Express, Pfizer, and ING.    

In 2005, Mr. Kotler was responsible for the sale of 40 East 66th Street to Vornado Real Estate for $158 million.

Mr. Kotler was the architect behind Douglas Elliman’s 2014 announcement of a Global Alliance with Knight Frank Residential. With 412 worldwide offices and over 17,000 brokers, Douglas Elliman and Knight Frank Residential have now created the largest platform to market properties of their clients to a global audience. 

 

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