Vanessa Grout is an American real estate entrepreneur, investor and journalist. She was CEO of South Florida real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman from 2010-2013 during which time she restructured and expanded the company throughout South Florida.
She is currently President of CMC Real Estate LLC, an affiliate of Miami, Florida based property development company CMC Group Inc., founded by Ugo Colombo (real estate) developer, and also a licensed attorney and real estate broker. She is a regular contributor to Forbes on the topics of real estate and business.
Vanessa Grout was appointed CEO of Douglas Elliman Florida by Howard Lorber, Chairman of Douglas Elliman Realty and CEO of Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR). Through its real estate arm, New Valley LLC, Vector Group owns Douglas Elliman Realty, the largest residential brokerage company in New York. In 2013 the company earned $435.6 million in revenue, and $14.9 billion in sales volume. The company has nine offices throughout South Florida.
Vanessa Grout is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a Founder of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Miami Science Museum.
Grout was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Melanie and John F. Grout, Jr. She attended The Benjamin School, an independent college preparatory school in North Palm Beach, Florida. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. While a law student in Miami, she clerked for attorney Roy Black, who defended William Kennedy Smith.
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