Patricia J Petersen

President & Chairman of the Board



President and Chairman of the Board of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

Patricia Petersen is a recognized expert in the world of residential real estate sales and marketing. Under her leadership, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, founded in 1922, has grown to become a $4.07 billion dollar organization with 28 sales offices, close to 1,000 sales agents, and consistently leads in achieving one of the highest average sales prices in the country.

Headquartered in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, with sales offices across Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the North Fork and Westhampton, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s services include a Relocation Division, an award-winning Marketing & Technology Department, New Development Marketing Group, Commercial Company and Rental Divisions and the Ambassador Abstract title company.

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty became the exclusive affiliate of Sotheby's International Realty for Long Island's North Shore in 1976, and under Pat's direction the Sotheby's program has flourished, gaining national and international recognition, including top honors such as the prestigious Sotheby's Leading Worldwide Network Affiliate Award over many years. In addition to its place on the Regents Board of "Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate," Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty is active in Real Trends, The Asian Real Estate Association and The Realty Alliance (comprising some of the real estate industry's most influential companies with participation "by invitation only").

Pat brought her talents and energy to the marketing of residential real estate to Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty in 1974, following a successful career in public relations in New York City. Starting as a sales associate, Pat quickly took on managerial roles of increasing responsibility, playing a significant role in the organization’s growth. She was named Vice President and General Manager in 1985 and President and CEO in 1991. In February of 2018, Pat stepped aside as Chief Executive Officer, naming Deirdre O’Connell to succeed her in the role. Pat remains active in the strategic direction of the organization as President and Chairman and continues to hold a majority interest.

A frequent lecturer and national spokesperson for the industry, Pat serves on the advisory boards of national and international professional organizations including the Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliate network. In 2018 Pat was named among the Swanepoel Power 200 most influential people in real estate, is a member of Luxury Real Estate’s prestigious Billionaires Club, and was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat is a member of The Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents; Women’s Real Estate Council; the Long Island Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She has been profiled in RIS Media, Realtor, Inman News, LORE, Distinction and Enterprising Women magazines, among others. The Long Island business community has acknowledged Pat Petersen as an industry leader and expert source. Long Island’s top business publication, Long Island Business News, named her an Outstanding CEO in 2013 and again in 2016, further distinguishing her among the honorees with a Signature Achievement Award. The publication had previously welcomed Pat into its “Top 50 Women on Long Island Hall of Fame.” Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty has been named an MVP in Long Island Real Estate by The Long Island Association, Long Island’s largest business organization, and the Chamber of Commerce Regional Partnership honored Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty as a "Business of the Year."

Pat continues to anticipate client needs and has initiated many new and innovative programs as she builds on the accomplishments of the past. Both clients and agents benefit from the high standards of a corporate culture that demands discretion, diligence, respect and caring for all. Her ongoing training programs for both new and longtime agents are among the best in the industry.

Visitors to have access to a wealth of information from the hyper-local activities within a specific community to the big picture of the entire Long Island market, from closed sales prices to properties just placed on the market. Prospective buyers can zero in on “buyer matches,” and homes of interest through targeted lifestyle searches based on community, school districts, waterfront or equestrian properties, rural or in close proximity to nightlife. Among the user tools and information are video, photos, 3-D tours, home statistics, market snapshots, maps, agent bios and more.

Pat Petersen is personally active with many organizations on Long Island. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Huntington Hospital for 12 years and a philanthropic supporter of the hospital for more than 30 years. She was a co-honoree at Huntington Hospital’s Centennial Gala in 2016. Pat serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and actively supports the Heckscher Museum of Art, Caumsett Foundation, Pink Aid, UJA-Federation of New York, Save the Children, North Shore Land Alliance, Nassau County Museum of Art, and Old Westbury Gardens, among others.

Business Details

Year Established

Regent Territory

North Shore of Long Island

Service Areas

N Shore Rd, Pembroke, Bermuda


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