A visionary real estate professional to the global elite, Mayi de la Vega is the founder and chief executive officer of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, the fastest growing luxury real estate brokerage firm in South Florida. The firm, with offices in Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Brickell, Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Aventura, and Fort Lauderdale is an affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty, the global network associated with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, which currently has more than 12,000 sales associates throughout 650 offices in 45 countries and territories worldwide.
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, was formed in 2008 ― in the depths of the country’s worst real estate crash ― with one office and 30 agents, and today has grown to eight offices and more than 300 agents. In 2012, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty recorded sales of more than $1.3 billion and was involved in the top 10 highest real estate transactions in Miami. Real Trends also named the firm among the top 10 firms in the nation with the highest average home sales prices.
Mayi’s entrepreneurial spirit was initiated at a young age when she and her father founded Intercontinental Metals, an aircraft distribution company that sold aluminum sheet and plate to the aerospace industry. While serving as president, she raised two small children amid a robust travel schedule that had her calling on clients throughout Latin America and Europe.
After selling the business in l992, she charted a new career course by earning her real estate license and becoming an agent at a boutique residential brokerage firm. She utilized her numerous social and business contacts to cater to Miami’s upscale Coco Plum and Coral Gables neighborhoods, and soon after, formed Stewart de la Vega Group, a real estate firm specializing in luxury sales. Nearly a decade later, she was presented with an opportunity of a lifetime to acquire and build the prestigious Sotheby’s International brand in South Florida.
The international aviation business provided Mayi with a broad global perspective, experience with complex transactions and vast international contacts, which became invaluable as she carved a niche in the luxury real estate business, where she serves discerning buyers, sellers and investors and represents A-list celebrities and Fortune 100 CEO’s. Mayi prides herself on the culture she has created within the company, providing the utmost expertise, reliability and integrity. Her eye-popping multimillion-dollar transactions have set records and regularly make national headlines.
The family entrepreneurial gene runs deep. Her son Daniel, serves as ONE Sotheby’s Managing Partner and Broker, while daughter, Alina, is a top-producing agent.
For Mayi, being a good business woman extends beyond the boardroom. She initiated the ONE CIFO Project, a business and art partnership with the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation and in 2012 launched One for One, a charitable campaign that encourages agents and clients to donate after every sale to benefit Women in Distress and Lotus House, which serve homeless women in South Florida’s impoverished neighborhoods. Dedicated to her alma mater, she is on the Board of Trustees of Florida International University and is also on the Advisory Board of the Florida International University College of Medicine. Passionate about art, she is an avid collector of photography and works by mid-career and emerging Latin American artists.
A graduate of Florida International University she holds a degree in International Marketing and Finance.