For many, owning a business is a life in and of itself, but for Deidre Newton, owner of Huntington Trescott Properties, her work as a realtor intermingled with her activity in politics and LGBT activism makes her a catalyst for change. She’s a true worker for the people, and one who helps others achieve their goals through the use of her skills professionally and politically.
A fourth generation Floridian whose family has a background in farming and ranching, Newton concedes she always knew she’d “be making a living off the land.” And with an estimated $750 million in sales over her career, she clearly had the right idea.
After attaining her MBA from Nova Southeastern University, she worked for a telecom company before obtaining her real estate license. Working with a mentor for numerous years before buying his firm she has a knack for land sales, but has sold everything from commercial property to condos and million dollar homes.
She’s the current secretary of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, served for eight years on Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (several as the vice chair) and even combined her real estate and political/activist based talents to sell the building for Compass when they moved from West Palm Beach to Lake Worth. Feeling so strongly for Compass’ mission, she donated much of her brokerage fee back to the gay and lesbian community center because of her commitment to giving back — a cause for which she has a deep affinity.
Using her talents as a realtor, political party member, and activist — and managing to intermingle all of these skills in to a singular themed focus helps set Newton apart from the competition. But it also shows her to be motivated, not as much by financial gain, but as much as she is cognizant of the ultimately underlying purpose of all of these fields: public service.