Movers & Shakers: agents join Fortune, Brown Harris Stevens, One Sotheby’s & more - Dermot OBrien Group - Sotheby's International Realty Singer Island

Movers & Shakers: agents join Fortune, Brown Harris Stevens, One Sotheby’s & more

Katherine Kallargis
The Real Deal South Florida
October 31st, 2019

Nirka Burns joined Fortune Development Sales’ 57 Ocean sales team. Burns previously worked on the One Thousand Museum sales team, managed by One Sotheby’s International Realty. Fortune Development Sales is handling 57 Ocean in Miami Beach.

Brown Harris Stevens Miami hired Andrea Masses and Erika Rodriguez as associates based in the brokerage’s South Miami office. Katharine Schroeder and Ivan Marquez joined the firm’s Coconut Grove office.

Sotheby’s International Realty opened an office in Singer Island and brought on Dermot O’Brien, who previously ran his own brokerage. Sotheby’s took over and licensed the space at 3800 North Ocean Drive, according to a spokesperson. It’s led by brokerage manager Debra Reece, who has been with Sotheby’s for over nine years.

Katherine Gale joined One Sotheby’s International Realty as a broker associate based in Delray Beach. Gale previously worked with Gale International in Songdo, South Korea, and is the daughter of Stan Gale, a real estate developer.

Mariano Perez joined Avison Young as a vice president in the firm’s Coral Gables office. He will work on expanding the brokerage’s debt and equity services and its joint venture and structured finance platforms. He was most recently assistant vice president of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital.

Howard Law Group hired two associates, Jennifer Tolston and Shakiva Brown. The real estate law firm focuses on mortgage foreclosure litigation, bankruptcy, eviction, real estate transactions and general litigation. It also relocated to a larger office in Boca Raton.

Habitat Group, led by founder and CEO Santiago Vanegas, expanded with four new employees: owner representative Gian-Marcel Adreani, development team project managers Juan Garcia and Jose R. Montes, and sales director Ana Maria Vélez.

Ted McCutcheon is now chief compliance officer of Miami-based Kawa, an investment manager with $1.2 billion in assets under management. McCutcheon was previously chief compliance officer and counsel at WE Family Offices, an independent fiduciary investment adviser based in Miami. Before that, he spent a decade as an investigator and trial attorney in the enforcement division of the Securities & Exchange Commission’s Miami office.

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Dermot OBrien Group

With close to $300 Million in sales on Singer Island since 2004 (close to 250 different properties) Dermot OBrien Group of Sotheby’s International Realty Singer Island is the recipient of the 2012 Ritz Carlton Residences Power Broker Award, 2013-2014 International Property Magazine Best Real Estate Agent Florida Award and the 2017 - 2018 International Property Magazine Best Real Estate Brokerage Florida Award. Dermot was selected as the 2010 & 2011 Unique Homes Magazine Singer Island market specialist, in addition to being a 2008, 2009 and 2010 Platinum Producer for Illustrated Properties Real Estate.

Dermot has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a Diploma from the British Chartered Institute of Marketing and a BA from University College Dublin in Ireland. A life long learner he recently completed a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute. With over 35 years of experience in real estate sales, marketing, new product development and management consulting he continues to enjoy the entrepreneurial career path.