The Real Deal New York

At the Desk of: Donna Olshan

The trendsetting broker on her days as a cub sports reporter, on witnessing a plane crash and on NYC’s antiquated high-society Social Registers
By Adam Warner | January 08, 2016 09:30AM

Donna Olshan

Donna Olshan (credit: Tobias Truvillion)

From the January issue: Donna Olshan is purging all the paper in her office, from condo prospectuses to typewritten listing sheets. She says real estate needs to digitize. All this paper on the chopping block stems from work at Olshan Realty over the past 35 years. Olshan graduated from George Washington University in 1976 as a journalism and political science major and worked as a sports reporter at Newsday for a few years. In 1979, her father, Marvin Olshan, a prominent NYC lawyer, suggested that she get licensed as a salesperson and try to sell a studio in her building. She sold it in three days. The next year she founded her eponymous company and, as she tells it, went on to become the first in NYC to do corporate relocation. [more]