Douglas Elliman CEO Scott Durkin has been an industry leader for nearly three decades and is a driving force behind the globally recognized brokerage’s ranking as one of the largest independent residential real estate firms in the United States. His meteoric rise at the New York City-based firm began when he was hired as executive vice president in January 2016. He was quickly promoted to chief operating officer in October 2016, president in December 2017 and chief executive officer in 2021. From the outset, Durkin has helped oversee expansion efforts in New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts and Texas, as well as restructured operations in Westchester, Connecticut and the Hamptons. He has also led the development of a more streamlined and strategic operations team, bringing together top-tier talent across a range of disciplines. Previously, Durkin enjoyed a 26-year tenure at The Corcoran Group, where he was a protégé of Barbara Corcoran. Highly involved in several key milestones for The Corcoran Group, from selling the business to NRT/Realogy to acquiring subsequent brokerages in New York and Florida, Durkin solidified his reputation as a formidable leader in the real estate industry.