Stepping into the role of CEO this year of the nearly 100-year-old Daniel Gale Sotheby's Intl. Realty, Deirdre O'Connell succeeded longtime leader Patricia Petersen, who led the Long Island, N.Y., firm to $3.3 billion in sales volume in 2017, with an average sales prices of $912,000—almost twice the MLS average on Long Island.
In selecting O'Connell for the role, Petersen looked to her longtime colleague, someone who was widely respected both within the organization and throughout the industry, and who would bring both a hands-on and visionary approach to the role.
"It's actually humbling," said O'Connell to RISMedia earlier this year. "You work really hard and want to achieve your goals; everyone feels that way. When Pat proposed that I take on the CEO role, I felt a little overwhelmed, but with excitement, honor and joy."
O'Connell came to Daniel Gale Sotheby's in 2007 after having built a successful startup real estate agency. In her most recent executive position as general sales manager, O'Connell has been instrumental in the expansion of the organization west to Queens, south to Rockville Centre and east to Westhampton Beach.
"Becoming part of the Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty family years ago certainly more than exceeded my expectations, and it is a great privilege to continue to build upon Pat's many significant contributions to Long Island and the industry, both locally and globally."