With a storied career in banking, real estate, and hospitality, Dede Gotthelf who lives in a Victorian Townhouse in Harlem and home in East Quogue as been named one of Long Island Business News’ Top Women in Business for 2020.
In usual self-deprecating fashion, Dede (as she prefers) attributes her success to early education at The Brearley School (all girls) Williams College (at the time almost all boys), a fantastic first job at Chase Bank (training and travel), and a strong foundation in finance.
Over the past four decades, Dede has taken on unique out-of-the-box challenges such as purchasing the Brooklyn Bridge from the City of New York; being a co-general partner in the development of one of the first waterfront condominiums (The Regatta) at Battery Park City; assembling the land and site planning for the first Planned Development District (PDD) in Southampton Town that included a new King Kullen grocery store on seven-plus acres in downtown Hampton Bays; and repositioning the Southampton Inn, International Plaza, and Claude’s Restaurant in the historic Village of Southampton.
Other accolades received over the years are; Top 100 Women in Real Estate from the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW); Certificate of Appreciation from the Flanders Northampton Riverside Community Association (FRNCA); A certificate of Special Achievement from Governor Carey for urban planning and renewal at the New York State Urban Development Corporation; one of the top CFOs from Long Island Business News, and Employee of the Month from her staff at the Southampton Inn!
Dede is on the Board of the Southampton History Museum, Pianofest of the Hamptons, Southampton Village Business Revitalization Committee. She also opens her business and home to support local charities such as Peconic Land Trust, Southampton Cultural Center, and The Southampton Animal Shelter (where she recently adopted the Inn’s Concierge Cat, Rupert Clyde).
During the early days of COVID-19, she closed the Inn (that is a bit over an hour and a half from Harlem) to all outside guests to house essential workers from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
After reopening in accordance with CDC guidelines, (and with several Sterile-Light UVC sanitizing lights to protect guests and employees), the Southampton Inn continues to offer a family and pet friendly, romantic, sustainable and idyllic Hamptons getaway which attracts countless locals and visitors alike who come to explore the beautiful nature and culture of the East End all year long.
Southampton Inn & Claude’s Restaurant, 91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
Photo credit: 1) Dede Gotthelf, Owner of the Southampton Inn. 2) Best Claudes All American Picnic-pc SH Inn. 3-5) the Southampton Inn.