The Real Deal Miami

TRD sales director dies at 43

Leora Brinkley oversaw business development in South Florida
Leora Brinkley

Leora Brinkley

The Real Deal lost a member of its family this week with the sudden death of South Florida sales director Leora Brinkley.

Brinkley died in her sleep at her Boynton Beach home Saturday. The cause of death was not yet confirmed, but her family said she apparently suffered a seizure. She was 43.

Hired by The Real Deal in July to oversee business development in South Florida and assist with New York sales and marketing efforts, Brinkley made an immediate impression with her colleagues and bosses.

“It’s never easy losing a team member, especially one who brought so much positivity to the group,” TRD publisher Amir Korangy said. “She was always quick to greet clients and coworkers with a hug. How do you not miss something like that? Needless to say, our hearts are heavy with Leora’s loss and her picture will forever be on our wall. She was one of the awesome ones.”

A fixture at real estate industry events, Brinkley was known for her ever-present smile. That relentless positivity and work ethic stood out during her short tenure with the company.

“Leora was one of the most passionate people I’ve worked with in my career,” TRD National Advertising Director Ross Fox said. “I had the opportunity to get to know her well and I’ll miss her very much.”

Before joining The Real Deal, Brinkley spent two years as a client specialist with Boca Raton-based CHG Healthcare Services. From 1996 to 2011, Brinkley amassed a variety of marketing experience during stints with the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cox Media Group, the Palm Beach Post and WPTV Newschannel 5.

She studied marketing at Christopher Newport University in Virginia and the Tampa-based Center for Sales Strategy.

Brinkley is survived by her mother, Ora Brinkley, sister Lalita Samrai and son Morgan Whitaker.

Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized. The Real Deal will provide the details when they become available.

  • Jorge Fernandez

    Rest in peace. I had the pleasure of meeting her just last week at my friend’s Holiday Party. I’m in shock.

  • Ted Rampertt

    She was a lovely woman and far too young to die. She will be missed.

  • Caprice Weber

    It is hard to believe that such a vibrant young woman, so full of life is gone. I had the pleasure of meeting Leora and getting to know her. I had lunch with Leora just last month. She will be greatly missed. .

  • Thomas B Thorpe

    RIP. A wonderful lady. We were friends in college and she always had a smile and was willing to help anyone that asked.

  • Bridget Koornneef

    I worked with Leora at The Palm Beach Post. I am in shock! She was so young! RIP! I will pray your family to find strength!

  • Tracy

    Will miss my high school friend. Many fun times together. Will never forget your zest for success . You have touched many lives over the years. Rest in peace my dear friend.

  • Tomi Rose

    Leora was a awesome woman with an amazing spirit. We shared many laughs over the phone. There were a couple times we planed to meet in person. But, I always had to reschedule due to my sons schedule. Now, I will never get the chance to meet her in person. Leora, you will be greatly missed and I pray you rest in peace. In honor of the business woman Leora was. I dedicate my New Years resolution to her, ” I will make time to meet in person with the business professionals I work with.” Tomi Rose

  • Tiffany

    Memorial service will be held at 3pm Jan 4th 2014 at kingdom hall oh Jehovahs Witnesses 1500 NE 4th street 33435