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Real estate marketing executive

Louise Mintz Sunshine is an American real estate professional and founder of the Sunshine Group.

Background

Sunshine is the daughter of Elizabeth Pressman and Nelson Mintz, and a granddaughter of Bertha Pressman and Barney Pressman, the founder of Barneys New York. She graduated from Brandeis University and attended New York University where she took business classes in preparation for taking over her father's real estate portfolio.

Education

Bachelor, Brandeis U, 1962. Attended and studied real estate and business postgraduate courses, New York University.

Career

After school, she served as the finance chairwoman of the New York State Democratic Party during Hugh Carey's governorship. In the course of her duties, she met donor Donald J. Trump and from 1973 to 1978, Sunshine worked as an executive vice president for the Trump Organization. In 1986, she co-founded the real estate marketing and sales company Sunshine Group with Jerry Speyer and Judith A. Banham.

The company focused on the sale of luxury condominiums and by 2000, it reached $8 billion in real estate sold. In 2002, she sold the Sunshine Group to NRT LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the United States. She stayed on with the new company as Chairman and CEO for three years and mentored Kelly Kennedy Mack to be the subsidiary's new president officially renamed the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group after being merged with another NRT subsidiary The Corcoran Group (founded by Barbara Corcoran).

She was named Chairman Emeritus and acted as senior advisor to President and CEO Pamela Liebman. In July 2006, she took a job with the real estate development company the Alexico Group (founded by Izak Senbahar and Simon Elias). In 2012, she founded Sunshine Select Residences which offers furnishings for high-end residences and has served as a consultant on projects by Steven Roth and Joseph Moinian.

Membership

Former state treasurer Democratic Party. Former finance chairwoman New York State Democratic Party. Board directors Cathedral of St. John Divine.

Member real estate development advisory board Columbia University. Commissioner New York City Commission on Women's Issues. With New York City Job Development Authority.

Vice chairman State Thruway Authority. President New York University Hospital Ladies' Auxillary. Member Urban Land Institute.

Board trustee Dalton. Member of International Real Estate Federation, Real Estate Board New York, Economic Club New York.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Spending time with grandchildren.

Connections

Married Abraham Sunshine, 1962 (divorced 1980). Children: Suzanne Sunshine Mendel, Paul, Samuel. Married Martin S. Begun, February 1997.

father:
Nelson E. Mintz Sunshine

mother:
Elizabeth (Pressman) Sunshine

spouse:
Abraham Sunshine

spouse:
Martin S. Begun

child:
Suzanne Sunshine Mendel Sunshine

child:
Paul Sunshine

child:
Samuel Sunshine