Co-President Bess Freedman is a strong leader, motivator and educator. Formerly a Senior Managing Director of the Corcoran Group’s East Side headquarters, Bess brings to her real estate career at Brown Harris Stevens a high level of professionalism, interpersonal skills and negotiating savvy that are respected by agents and peers alike.
Bess was appointed in 2013 by Brown Harris Stevens President Hall F. Willkie to foster business development for both the agents and the firm. She enjoys being a resource for brokers and staff and finding creative solutions to every situation, particularly new ways to pitch and market listings and to coach agents through difficult negotiations. She encourages a cohesive working environment that invites mutual inspiration and sharing.
Prior to her promotion to Senior Managing Director at Corcoran, as an agent, Bess attained great success at their Carnegie Hill office. Bess achieved repeated membership in their Multi-Million-Dollar Club thanks to her exemplary customer service, knowledge of the market and results.
Originally from upstate New York, Bess earned her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and her law degree from The University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering real estate, Bess practiced law as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland, and also worked at Legal Aid as an attorney. Bess is a member of the Florida, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Bar, and worked in New York pro hac vice. She speaks Spanish and has lived in various cities including Washington D.C., Miami, and Seville, Spain. Bess is the mother of two children who are attending school on the Upper East Side. In spare time she enjoys family and friends, music, reading, knitting, weekends in Woodstock, N.Y., and regular meetings with her Mahjongg group. She is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York.