Douglas Elliman Honors Top-Performing Agents of 2020, Announcing New York City Winners of The Firm’s Annual Ellie Awards

Douglas Elliman 2020 Total Sales Volume Tops $29.6 Billion in Closed Sales

On March 4th, Douglas Elliman, one of the largest independent residential real estate brokerages in the United States, announced the winners of the 2021 Ellie Awards, which honor the firm’s top performing agents throughout the nation for 2020. Top performers from New York City, including Manhattan and Brooklyn, were among the honorees this year.

“While this past year was extremely challenging, our talented agents persevered. Through their hard work and dedication, our brokerage was able to surpass its 2019 sales volume despite a global pandemic,” said Howard M. Lorber, Executive Chairman, Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC. “Even though we cannot celebrate together in person as in years past, it is important for us to honor our incredibly skilled agents and present well-deserved awards for their extraordinary success.”

Nationwide sales for Douglas Elliman in 2020 totaled $29.6 billionas the company continued its nationwide growth into new markets. The firm was responsible for 46,303 sales and rental transactions.

In 2020, the firm broke the record in Brooklyn for the most expensive home ever sold with a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, which closed for $25.5 million. Notable deals in Manhattan included two top penthouses at Madison Square Park Tower for $45 million, a penthouse at 150 Charles for $40 million, a penthouse in Soho at 421 Broome Street for $35 million and a penthouse at Renzo Piano’s 565 Broome for $22 million.

“Even in unprecedented times, our agents continued to perform at the top of the market in New York Citydue to their hard work and determination,” said Steven James, President and CEO of Douglas Elliman New York City. “We are excited to celebrate their talents and success and look forward to their tremendous achievements that 2021 will undoubtedly bring as well.”

The inaugural Elliman Icon Award was presented to Fredrik Eklund, John Gomes and Julia Spillman of the Eklund | Gomes Team in honor of their 10 extraordinary years at Douglas Elliman. 


Earning first place for Top Teams by Gross Commission Income (GCI) in Manhattan was The Holly Parker Teamout of the 690 Washington office. Taking home this year’s #1 spot for Top Individuals by GCI was Jennifer Kalish, who is based out of the1995 Broadway office.

Rounding out the awards for Top Teams by GCI were The Noble Black Team (#2), The Rubin Team (#3), The Shemesh Team (#4), The Lindsay Barton Barrett Team (#5), Alexander Team (#6), The Eileen Hsu Team (#7), The Anderson-Ehrmann Team (#8), The Jacky Teplitzky Team (#9), Lauren Muss and The Katzen Team (tied #10), The Michael Lorber Team (#11), The Tavivian Team (#12), The Rosa Pereira Team (#13), The Mackay Dixon Team (#14), The Lense Team and Doug Bowen/Zia O’Hara Team (tied #15), The Patricia Vance Team (#16), Sabrina Saltiel Team (#17), Janice Chang Team and The Peraino& Lawrence Team (tied #18), The Zweben Team (#19) and Nickman | O’Neal Team (#20).

In the number two spot for Top Individuals by GCI was Ann Cutbill Lenane (#2), Andrew Azoulay (#3), Emily Sertic (#4), Elena Sarkissian (#5), Sarah Burke (#6), Rachel Medalie (#7). Joshua Lieberman (#8), Neal Sroka (#9), Jason Walker (#10), Lila Nejad (#11), Diane Johnson (#12), Madeline HultElghanayan and Marcos G. Cohen (tied #13), Suzan Kremer (#14), Jane Powers and J. Roger Erickson (tied #15), Cybele Kadagian (#16), Gisela Vergara (#17), Eleonora Srugo (#18), Janna Raskopf (#19) and Elana Schoppmann (#20).

The award for Top Team by Transactions was won byThe Rubin Team. The award for Top Individual by Transactions went to Ann Cutbill Lenane.

Additional Top Teams by Transactions were The Tavivian Team (#2), The Shemesh Team (#3), The Rosa Pereira Team (#4) and The Holly Parker Team (#5).

The Top 5 Individual Agents by Transactions were rounded out by Rachel Medalie (#2), Jennifer Kalish (#3), Joshua Lieberman and Maria Capotorto (tied #4), Rafael Silva, David Glick and Patricia Levy (tied #5).

For Manhattan, the Top Retail and Commercial Award by GCI and units was given to The Dana Commercial Team (#1) followed by The Puopolo Team (#2).

The MindreauTeamwas named the firm’s Top Rental Team by Transactions in Manhattan and were followed by The Rothman Team andThe Sicari Team (tied #2), AltschulerBartolucci Team (#3), The Steiner Team (#4), The Hamersley Team and The Leibowitz Team (tied #5).

The Azaria Team (#4) and TheTavivian Team and The Leibowitz Team (tied #5).

Keyan Sanai based outof the 575 Madison Avenue office, was named the firm’s Top Rental Individual by Transactions in Manhattan. He was followed by Janna Raskopf (#2), Andrea Anzaldo (Weksler) (#3), Jonathan Aka (#4) and Jessica Wolf (#5).

Additional awards included DE Title Services for Manhattan, which went to NazilaJarrahian and The Outgoing Broker to Broker Referral Awardwent to Michael Lorber,followed by Noble Black and Diana Arias who tied for number two.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Belinda Brackenridge of Manhattan’s 575 Madison Avenue office for her career-long contributions to the business, and Peco (Pete) Angjeleski and Dana Romita tied for Rookie of the Year for Manhattan. 


In Brooklyn, The Scott / Robles Team, led by Aran Scott and Anthony Robles of the 190 Fifth Avenue office, were named Top Team by GCI.  Additional top teams included The Maroni Team (#2), The Peters Breese Team (#3), The Rebecca Goldberg Team (#4) and AltschulerBartolucci Team (#5).

Bren Salamon of the 43 5th Avenue office was named Top Individual by GCI in Brooklyn, followed by Rebekah Carver (#2), Daniel Soldano (#3), Adam Kramer (#4)and Myrel Glick (#5).

The Top Team by Transactions in Brooklyn also went to The Scott / Robles Team. They were followed by The Peters Breese Team (#2), The Maroni Team (#3), The Rebecca Goldberg Team (#4) and AltschulerBartolucci Team (#5).

The number one spot for Top Individuals by Transactions in Brooklyn was awarded to Robert Nicoletti of the 187 7th Avenue office, followed by Bren Salamon (#2), Rebekah Carver (#3), Daniel Soldano (#4) and GavrielIlyabayev (#5).

The Golovko Team was named the Top Rental Team by Transactions in Brooklyn. KleviTomcini won the same distinction for Brooklyn’s Top Rental Individual by Transactions.

Other Top Rental Teams by Transactions included The Sepulveda Team (#2), The Mazurek Team (#3), Minsky /Abrishami Team (#4) and The Scott/Robles Team (#5).  Additional Top Rental Individuals by Transactions included Diana Hermanowski (#2), Allan Gerovitz (#3), Michael Gidaly (#4) and Nicola Nicoletta (#5).

Christina Kremidas, based out of the 664 Fulton Street office, took home Elliman’s Rookie of the Year award for Brooklyn.

The prestigious Pinnacle Club Award winners, presented to New York City agents and teams who made over $1 million in 2020 included Agranat-Hashey Team, Alexander Team, AltschulerBartolucci Team, Anders Austad Team, The Anderson-Ehrmann Team, Andrew Azoulay, The Lindsay Barton Barrett Team, The Noble Black Team, Doug Bowen/Zia O’Hara Team, Sarah Burke, Janice Chang Team, Chestler Jacobs Team, Marcos G. Cohen, The Jessica Cohen Team, The Ariel Cohen Team, The Steven Cohen Team, The Didier Team, The Douglas Team, Madeline HultElghanayan, J. Roger Erickson, Espinal Adler Team, The Eileen Foy Team, The Hamersley Team, The Holl-Geller Team, The Eileen Hsu Team, Diane Johnson, The Kirsten Jordan Team, Jennifer Kalish, The Katzen Team, The Kotler Team, The Rebecca Goldberg Team, The Maroni Team, The Peters Breese Team, Daniela Kunen Team, The Patty LaRocco Team, The Wendy Lee Team, The Leibowitz Team, Ann Cutbill Lenane, The Lense Team, Jessica Levine Team, Joshua Lieberman, The Michael Lorber Team, The Mackay Dixon Team, Rachel Medalie, The Kathy Murray Team, Lauren Muss, Lila Nejad, Nickman | O’Neal Team, The Novo Team, The Holly Parker Team, The Peraino& Lawrence Team, Tom Postilio& Mickey Conlon Team, The Rosa Pereira Team, The Rosen Team, The Rothman Team, The Rubin Team, Sabrina Saltiel Team, Elena Sarkissian, The Scott / Robles Team,  Emily Sertic, The Shemesh Team, The Sonsino McTighe Team, Neal Sroka, Richard Steinberg Team, The Tavivian Team, The Jacky Teplitzky Team, Tirosh & Team, The Patricia Vance Team, von Broock Team, Jason Walker, The Williamson Team and The Zweben Team.

About Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Established in 1911, Douglas Elliman Real Estate is the largest brokerage in the New York Metropolitan area and one of the largest independent residential real estate brokerages in the United States. With more than 7,000 agents, the company operates approximately 105 offices in New York City, Long Island, The Hamptons, Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Texas. Moreover, Douglas Elliman has a strategic global alliance with London-based Knight Frank Residential for business in the worldwide luxury markets spanning 61 countries and six continents. The company also controls a portfolio of real estate services including Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, Douglas Elliman Property Management and Douglas Elliman Commercial. For more information on Douglas Elliman as well as expert commentary on emerging trends in the real estate industry, please visit