Time Features ONE SIR Founder in ‘The Boss’ Series

“So many factors play into achieving success in this business, but it boils down to hard work, tremendous discipline, cultivating a sphere of influence – and vision,” said ONE Sotheby’s International Realty founder Mayi de la Vega.

Mayi was recently featured in Time Magazine’s prestigious The Boss series – articles about women who have risen to the top of their fields, sharing their stories and keys to becoming successful. Other women include: Glenda McNeal, President, Enterprise Strategic Partnerships at American Express and Dr. Joyce Brown, president of F.I.T.

From a young age Mayi learned to approach the world with a strong work ethic and positive attitude, traits that both her parents possessed – the belief that anything can be achieved through hard work. It was not until college however that Mayi found her true calling when majoring in business at Florida International University. While still in school she joined her father at his company that sold aerospace materials to companies including Lockheed Martin and Boeing, working her way up to Chief Operating Officer. It was in this capacity Mayi began to appreciate the importance of having relationships in many places, and created a foundation for the discipline of managing a team, strategic planning and people skills; experiences she has built upon in the decade since founding ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and tapping into the Sotheby’s International Realty global affiliate network.

“I could sense the word was changing and that Miami would soon play a much larger role with globalization. The city was always a hot spot for tourism, but was ripe to develop into a real hub for business, arts and culture. I knew an international real estate firm was the future.”

Mayi became the first Cuban woman to own a Sotheby’s franchise in 2008; in the midst of one of the country’s worst economic crashes she was determined to succeed, creating a business and building a team that became the number one company for all transactions over $1 million in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The ONE SIR Development Division handles more than $3 billion worth of inventory on prestigious new developments such as Turnberry Ocean Club, Fairchild Coconut Grove and One Thousand Museum.

One of Mayi’s keys to success is cultivating a team that can be relied on to execute the company’s strategy and vision. For ONE SIR those include establishing an authentic presence in the community, and creating a sophisticated, professional and ethical real estate experience.

“We are still in growth mode and exploring new territories and opportunities.”

Read the full story about Mayi de la Vega on the Time Magazine website.

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