Prudential Douglas Elliman Senior Vice President and top producing agent Max Dobens has been promoted to Executive Vice President and manager of the firm’s Waverly Place office in Manhattan’s West Village.
“Max has always been an outstanding member of this company and we are thrilled to announce his promotion,” says Prudential Douglas Elliman President and CEO Dottie Herman. “Not only is he one of our top producers, but he’s also committed to growing the level of service we provide as a company. He will bring great leadership to the team at Waverly Place.”
Dobens joined Prudential Douglas Elliman in 2003 as part of the award-winning Jacky Teplitzky Team and has consistently been among the firm’s top producers each year. Most recently in 2011, the team ranked seventh overall in the firm for Gross Commission Income (GCI), tenth overall for the most transactions, and achieved the prestigious Pinnacle Award for gross commissions over $1,000,000.
“Prudential Douglas Elliman is a place that encourages agents to grow in ways other brokerage firms do not,” says Dobens. “With their help, I have developed the skills to push new recruits and fellow agents to their potential and that’s why I am looking forward to being part of the management team at Waverly Place. The culture there is really like a home – not only in the physical sense, but in the camaraderie that exists there as well. It’s a real testament to the spirit of the company.”
The Waverly Place office, located at 137 Waverly Place in the West Village, is a unique setting with a wealth of history. Once home to renowned author Edgar Allen Poe, the townhouse was acquired by Douglas Elliman Real Estate in 1988 and became one of New York’s premiere hubs for private home sales. It is currently home to real estate industry icons such as Abigail Agranat, Ariel Cohen, Jan Hashey, and Leslie Mason – all of whom are helping to transform the downtown landscape.
Originally from Hamilton, New York, Dobens has lived in Manhattan since 1990 and his small town roots have proven to be an asset in the big city environment. His commitment to helping his colleagues succeed is shown through his bi-weekly company seminars on agent development and teaching courses at REBNY. He was also recently named an honorary faculty member at his alma mater, The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, where he often speaks to students about real estate careers.
In addition to Prudential Douglas Elliman, Dobens has worked at The Corcoran Group and in the hotel services industry. He is fluent in Spanish and is currently studying Brazilian Portuguese. In his free time, Dobens enjoys cooking, soccer, and spending time with his two teenaged sons.