Brenda S. Powers is one of the most successful, respected and influential real estate women in New York City. Named among Sotheby’s International Realty - Upper East Side Brokerage’s top five brokers for 2012, her professional track record speaks for itself. She and her business partner, Elizabeth Sample, were listed among NRT’s top 3% in sales in 2014, Sotheby’s International Realty-Upper East Side Brokerage’s top five brokers for 2012, and were identified by The Real Deal as the fifth-highest listing brokers in 2010, 2011, and sixth-highest in 2012 and 2013 and number 12 in 2014, with listings on the Forbes “Top 10 Most Expensive Properties for Sale” lists in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2013. In addition, The Sample Powers Team was named to Gotham’s “New York Billion Dollar Brokers” list in December 2013 and had listings on Unique Homes’ “Top 10 Most Expensive Listings of 2013 and 2014” list. Ask Brenda what she attributes her success to, and she immediately reflects on what she calls her “global perspective.” She was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and traveled the world, as her father was diplomat for the Swiss government. From Africa to South America, to the United States and Europe, Brenda has lived in Bulle, Switzerland; Los Angeles; Rabat, Morocco; Bordeaux, France; Conakry, Guinea; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Sweden; Rio de Janeiro; Sao Paolo; Berlin and Tel Aviv.
Fluent in four languages, Brenda has global exposure to different customs coupled with sensitivity to cultural preferences, which has allowed her to develop an unerring instinct for matching property to purchaser and earned her the reputation as a consummate professional. Her personality is a most attractive blend of vivacity, openness and energy overlaid with sophisticated European charm. Add to all this reputation for integrity and discretion, an encyclopedic knowledge of real estate, and a finely honed talent for negotiation, and she is the encapsulated version of the consummate sales professional.
Brenda and her partner and mentor, Elizabeth Lee Sample, represented the exclusive contract to sell the condominiums at Canyon Ranch Living in Miami Beach, the latest development of a renowned luxury brand that embodies relaxation and balance in life through fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Brenda is quick to acknowledge the role of her partner of 18 years, Elizabeth Lee Sample, in her success. Brenda, together with Ms. Sample, is regularly sought out as a consultant by developers and foreign investors, along with engineers, architects, interior decorators, hoteliers, retailers and restaurant operators.
Brenda holds a Bachelor's degree from the Academy of Bordeaux in France and graduated from the Centre International de Glion in Switzerland with a degree in tourism and hotel management. Her charitable work includes fundraising for the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons.