Before They Were Brokers: Get to Know Denise Wilder

Before They Were Brokers Denise Wilder

People come to work in Hamptons real estate from all walks of life. There are accomplished ballerinas and former reality TV stars in our midst. And, Denise Wilder forged a different path, one that took her across the world, before settling here for her next chapter.

For more than two decades, Wilder operated a luxury travel business catering to both Hollywood elite and musicians including Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ronson, Baz Luhrmann, Steve Van Zandt, Chris Frantz, and Debbie Harry. “My life was like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” says Wilder of her globetrotting days. “I toured the world with bands and attended some amazing events.”

Eventually, Wilder turned to real estate, selling villas and condos at the Viceroy Anguilla and working for William Raveis in Newport, Rhode Island, before moving to the Hamptons and Douglas Elliman Real Estate in 2015. “I was used to sales and service, thinking creatively, and building client relationships,” she reflects, “so it was a natural segue for me. I always feel fulfilled when I’m helping people problem-solve.”