Born in Vail, Colorado, Elias Benson’s love for picturesque landscapes started early. With a family that moved often, Elias lived everywhere from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C. As a young adult, Elias moved to Maui, Hawaii. In Hawaii, Elias worked for the Ritz Carlton as a chef before meeting world-renowned photographer, Peter Lik, and becoming his most decorated sales leader. With Lik USA, Elias traveled the United States opening galleries in markets such as Las Vegas, Aspen, Key West and Beverly Hills. He became a top salesman in fine art by selling the most expensive photograph to date for $6.5 million. Elias then took his skills for selling high ticket items to the real estate market. He is currently living in Santa Barbara with his wife, Michelle, and two dogs, Aya and Sophie. Elias is constantly monitoring the market and finding new ways to innovate the industry.
One of Elias’s greatest strengths is how he's able to adapt and relate to all sales situations. As a sales speaker and trainer, it's the sales process that separates him from others. Everything has a process, and it's all about how you come up with steps to execute the goal.
During his time in art sales, Elias worked with high profile clients, including some of the country's most successful people where he always maintained a professional and discrete relationship. Because of this, Elias has been honored to be frequently recommended to new clients by those he has worked with.
Elias chose to work with Sotheby's International Realty because the company is built on honesty and service. The Sotheby's name is synonymous with integrity and expertise when it comes to investing one's money, whether it be in property or fine art. He is proud to join outstanding colleagues in provide clients with intelligent and effective sales transaction services.
Beyond his career, Elias enjoys snowboarding, outrigger canoeing, taking the dogs to the beach and enjoying the gorgeous nature areas around Southern California.