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Mayi de la Vega
Mayi de la Vega, Founder and CEO, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
Cuban-American real estate powerhouse, Mayi de la Vega is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty (ONE SIR), a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate and the leading luxury brokerage firm in South Florida. As a true visionary, de la Vega founded the firm back in 2008 during the depths of the country’s worst economic recession. Under her leadership, the company has flourished to seventeen offices and is backed by aglobal network that spans 22,000 associates in 72 countries and territories. Recognized as one of the top ten highest producing Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates worldwide, which together produce an annual sales volume of $108 billion, ONE SIR has become South Florida’s true voice of luxury.
Distinguished as an industry leader, de la Vega along with her son, Daniel de la Vega, the current president of ONE SIR, continue to strategically expand across South Florida. ONE SIR’s development division holds the majority market share of luxury condominiums above the two-million-dollar mark, with 18 exclusive new developments in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, accounting for more than $3 billion worth of real estate inventory.
De la Vega’s expertise has allowed her to maximize the prestigious reputation of the historic Sotheby’s Auction House, skillfully positioning ONE SIR’s listings for maximum exposure among the elite clientele at global events from New York to Hong Kong and Moscow.
With a wealth of experience in the industry and a number of record-breaking achievements, de la Vega prides herself in building a sustainable lifestyle, network and community for ONE SIR.In doing so, she regularly ensures that wellness is at the heart of the company’s core values and spearheaded the launch of a dedicated “Wellness Month” to encourage healthy work-life balances within the company.
De la Vega is an avid art collector and dedicates time to traveling the globe as the company’s brand ambassador, while marketing South Florida as an international, cultural mecca. She is an honored contributor to the community through her support of charitable, philanthropic and educational programs. De la Vega is a Board Member of United Way and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation and served on the Foundation Committee for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, The Board of Trustees for FIU, and as a “Guardian Angel” for Jackson Memorial Hospital. She currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida.
One Thousand Museum
ne Thousand Museum, South Florida’s most prestigious new residential tower is redefining Miami’s skyline. This infusion of Art, Architecture & Design comes from the prolific imagination of Pritzker Prize Winning Architect Zaha Hadid. Over the past 30 years, Zaha Hadid has become internationally renowned for her designs of sensuous, soaring buildings that push the limits of innovation and blur the lines between art and architecture. Located at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard on a coveted property overlooking Museum Park and Biscayne Bay, One Thousand Museum will be Zaha Hadid’s first residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Rising to more than 60 stories, it will be comprised solely of half- and full-floor residences. Museum Park (formerly known as Bicentennial Park), the home of the Peréz Art Museum Miami and the Frost Museum of Science, is rapidly becoming one of Miami’s most prestigious cultural destinations. One Thousand Museum will offer iconic architecture, unprecedented amenities, stunning skyline and ocean views, and close proximity to Miami’s finest museums and performing arts institutions.
HOW MAYI DE LA VEGA FOUND SUCCESS IN SOUTH FLORIDA’S LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARKET
My story begins like many Miamians. My family fled Cuba when I was three years old, along with hundreds of thousands of other exiles in hopes of a better life and future. I don’t remember much about my homeland, but I have vivid memories of acclimating to our new lives in America. My family settled in a small apartment, and as a child I would tag along with my mother as she cleaned offices. I remember we only had enough money to take the bus one way from the grocery store and my father would sing the whole way home to keep us entertained. A professional baseball umpire in his former life, he had to start over with nothing.
THE 2019 SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY GLOBAL NETWORKING EVENT
Sotheby’s International Realty hosted their Global Networking Event in Vancouver, Canada, May 13-15, welcoming nearly 2,000 members of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand from 35 countries. The Next Level event introduced Only, a new brand marketing campaign that highlights the spirit and crystallization of the exceptional core values of the Sotheby’s International Realtybrand, providing custom marketing materials for all affiliates. Sotheby’s International Realty President and CEO Philip White kickstarted the event’s mainstage presentations, setting the tone for the Next Level theme by taking those in attendance on a journey into the the brand’s future.
MIAMI MAGAZINE: VISION QUEST
The future looks bright for ONE Sotheby’s International Realty founder Mayi de la Vega. Having been in real estate for a quarter of a century, Mayi de la Vega (mayidelavega.com), founder and CEO of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, has developed a sixth sense for success. So when she says the resale of luxury single-family and con markets in South Florida are on an upward trend, people listen. “We have experienced a bit of a slowdown due the the economic issues in Latin America,” she explains. “but we’re very bullish about 2019.” De la Vega established ONE SIR in 2008 during one of America’s worse recessions, quickly bringing along her son Daniel on board as the managing principal broker. Today is he is the company’s president, and ONE SIR has become a leader in new development condo sales and single-family homes over $1 million.