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Brenda S Powers

Brenda S. Powers is one of the most successful, respected and influential real estate women in New York City. Her professional track record speaks for itself. Ask Brenda to what she attributes her success, and she immediately reflects on what she terms 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, from the United States to Europe, Brenda has lived in Bulle in Switzerland, Los Angeles, Rabat in Morocco, Bordeaux in France, Conakry in Guinea, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Sweden, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Berlin and Tel Aviv.

Being fluent in four languages, Brenda has global exposure to different customs coupled with a 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 a sophisticated European charm. Add to all this a 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. Her cosmopolitan upbringing has engendered a comfort level with clients that include the glitterati of the world from celebrities and heads of state to Wall Street moguls and captains of industry.

Thanks to this acumen, 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. In fact, this commission is particularly dear to her heart as it was through her own experience at Canyon Ranch that she re-envisioned herself to become the healthy, active and physically fit woman she is today.

Brenda is quick to acknowledge the role of her partner of 18 years, Elizabeth Lee Sample, in her success. This association has produced some of the most successful real estate deals in New York City. For example, 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. Her passions include riding, which began at the Dar Es-Salam Royal Academy in Rabat, Morocco. She is a daily spinner, weight trainer, swimmer in the Atlantic Ocean and paddle surfer, and is currently taking surfing lessons.