“It’s great that you brought all of us crazy together!” estate agent James Harris of Bond Street Partners joked to the agency.
This sense of gratitude and jovial collegiality was in the air at The Hollywood Reporter second annual Power Broker Awards, presented by The Society Group and sponsored by ASH Staging and real estate messaging app REAL on September 20. New blood and established legends exchanged hugs and offers at the ceremony, held as private Heimat fitness club in Hollywood’s Media District. The honors were held in collaboration with THRThe 2022 list of Hollywood’s Top 30 Realtors, recognizing the top sellers in the Greater Los Angeles area based on MLS sales to Hollywood clients, overall transaction volume and media exposure.
The awards were organized by sell sunset stars Jason Oppenheim and Mary Fitzgerald – with Oppenheim finding an opportunity to gently rib the Altman brothers for their absence (absent since the Altmans, stars of a competing series, Bravo’s Million Dollar List: Los Angeleswere returning from Dubai).
Celebrity Property Portfolio Award winners Rayni Williams and Branden Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates expressed their excitement at being honored by the magazine. “We always say, ‘Properties are the stars, those illustrious properties…and of course our celebrity clients,'” Rayni said in her acceptance speech. “And we don’t get anything, do we?” We’re just here working and grinding, and we can all do it together, which is so much fun. So it’s very nice to be recognized. So thank you all.
Other Power Broker Awards winners included Westside Estate Agency co-founder Kurt Rappaport, who won the Stratospheric Sale Award for a $177 million Malibu deal (the second most expensive sale in the US in 2021 ), and Linda May of Hilton & Hyland, who won the Agent of Historic Architecture Award, presented by Andrew Bowen and Samantha Atlas of ASH Staging. May’s transactions over the past 12 months have included sales of the Paul Williams-designed Bellagio estate, the late Yvette Mimieux’s Il Sogno property and the Hearst estate.
Oppenheim noted the significance of the roster, now in its 10th year, in his own career. “I remember when this list first came out, I was so far from being on any type of list and it was the ultimate list,” he says. “I studied it. I read everything everyone said. I knew all the agents on it, and honestly, I never dreamed at the time that I would ever get there. It’s actually personal to me, I love it. He also credited an ad he placed in The Hollywood Reporter helping him to land sell sunsetnow with its own spinoff, Sale of OC.
He also paid tribute to Coldwell Banker’s Joyce Rey, recipient of the Philanthropic Impact Award, for her mentorship in her early days as an agent. In her touching acceptance speech, Rey spoke movingly about how her career as a high profile agent has allowed her to give back to the community at large.
“First of all, I’m overwhelmed to be here and to be part of this incredible evening with all of you,” exclaimed Rey, who is UNICEF’s board co-chair for Southern California. “Our business and our profession is such a wonderful life. It has given us all an amazing opportunity and also the blessing of a great income. The most important thing in life is to give back. And I don’t think I have ever been happier than when I’ve been involved in a successful charity operation.And whether it’s the St. Joseph Center for the Homeless or the American Cancer Society or Coldwell Banker’s CB Cares [the brokerage’s educational foundation] . …No matter what I do for the purpose of helping others, it makes me feel even better than closing a deal.
In fact, gratitude seemed to be a theme of the evening, with Sotheby’s International Realty’s Neyshia Go, who made a list for the first time, discussing her relationship with her former boss and mentor (and member of the Top 30 list). 2022) Aaron Kirman of Compass. “He attended my wedding. That’s what our relationship means,” she says. “And even if I continued, I am having a great career at Sotheby’s, we are still very close. So between Aaron and other colleagues I work with who are on this list, we have all had very good friendships. And we’ve all been to each other’s homes for barbecues or vacations together.
But perhaps the best mentorship story was told by Rising Star Award-winning Douglas Elliman’s Jacob Greene. Greene talked about being a teenager working in the mailroom of a talent agency, driving his mother’s station wagon on Sunset when he spotted Josh Altman’s flashy sports car.
“I said, ‘I’ll follow him and we’ll see what happens,’ and I literally followed him and stopped in front of him. I said, ‘Josh Altman, my name is Jacob Greene You have to hire me. You know Josh. He’s like, ‘Okay, bro. Sounds good.’ So, I harassed him and his brother. … Long story short, I walked in there and said, ‘I’ll do whatever I have to. I’m going to work as hard as I can.
And the rest is history.
Greene accepted the Media Maverick Award, presented by REAL founder Thomas Ma, on behalf of the winning team Altman Brothers.
After an uncertain year of rising interest rates mixed with record sales, there was a feeling in the room of seasoned pros and eager newcomers who appreciated having weathered a storm – with the positive attitude so typical Los Angeles power brokers. “I mean, it’s a little bit more difficult, but I think with challenges comes reinvention and with reinvention comes spectacular things,” said The Agency’s Blair Chang list winner. “I always see the glass half full, no matter what. But we still have a great year. And it was really fun.
In fact, in an industry known for its cuts and gossip, the scintillating evening was devoid of the grudge typically associated with the industry, even with gentle inducements. When asked if there was anyone he wasn’t looking forward to seeing, David Parnes of Bond Street Partners smiled. “I’m glad to see everyone,” he said. “Honestly, it’s just nice to get together with the industry and appreciate and celebrate each other. So no, I’m really, really grateful that we were included. other of me on this!
But make no mistake, these agents got to the top for a reason. When former professional basketball player Marco Salari of Coldwell Banker, a THR Asked the 2022 Rising Star nominee who is more competitive — Los Angeles real estate agents or basketball players — he smiled. “Real estate, I would say.”
Also went around THR Top 30 list builders including Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker, Drew Fenton and Justin Paul Huchel of Hilton & Hyland, Santiago Arana of The Agency, Rochelle Atlas Maize of Nourmand & Associates, Ikem Chukumerije of The Ikem Company, Tomer Fridman of Compass, Carl Gambino and F. Ron Smith and David Berg of the Smith & Berg team, Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman, Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates and Angel Salvador of Beverly Hills Estates.
The full list of nominees and winners is below, along with additional photos:
STRATOSPHERIC SALE AWARD (for a major single sale)
Aaron Kirman, Compass
Kurt Rappaport, Westside Real Estate Agency (WINNER)
Branden and Rayni Williams, The Beverly Hills Estates
PHILANTHROPIC IMPACT AWARD
Chris Cortazzo, compass
Anthony Marguleas, Domains of Amalfi
Joyce Rey, Coldwell Banker (WINNER)
CELEBRITY PROPERTY PORTFOLIO AWARD (to a trusted agent of Hollywood clients)
Tomer Fridman, Compass
James Harris and David Parnes of Bond Street Partners, The Agency
Branden and Rayni Williams, The Beverly Hills Estates (WINNER)
HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE AGENT AWARD (for an agent who pays particular attention to transactions of venerable residences)
Drew Fenton, Hilton & Hyland
Linda May, Hilton & Hyland (WINNER)
Jade Mills, Banker of Coldwell
MEDIA MAVERICK AWARD (for innovative marketing)
Josh and Matt Altman, The Altman Brothers at Douglas Elliman (WINNER)
Rochelle Atlas Corn, Nourmand & Associates
The Umansky Team, The Agency
RISING STAR AWARD
Kati Cattaneo, Sotheby’s International Realty
Jacob Greene, Douglas Elliman (WINNER)
Marco Salari, Coldwell banker
Kevin Stewart, the agency
Caroline Wolf of Team Jenna Cooper, Compass