Brenda S. Powers is one of the most successful, respected, and influential women in New York City’s real estate industry. Named among Sotheby’s International Realty - Upper East Side Brokerage’s #4 brokers for 2015, and 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 1% in sales in 2015 and are members of “The Thousand” – The Wall Street Journal & REAL Trends 2015 and 2014 exclusive list of the top 0.1% of all realtors nationwide, 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. She is responsible for well over $2.212 billion in sales and $2.2 billion in equity for developments.
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 has earned her the reputation as a consummate professional. Her personality is a blend of vivacity and energy overlaid with sophisticated European charm. Brenda possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of real estate, a finely-honed talent for negotiation; she is the encapsulated version of the consummate sales professional.
Brenda and her partner, Elizabeth Sample, represented the exclusive contract to sell the condominiums at Canyon Ranch Living in Miami Beach, the development of a renowned luxury brand that embodies relaxation and balance in life through fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Brenda 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.