In April of 2020, Suzanne founded The Perkins Group, a multi-generational team of preeminent Compass Real Estate professionals, with Ron Brand, Arthur Kalayjian, Kyle Forsyth, and Ivor Miskulin, and they had over $125.8 million in sales in 2020. This dynamic team has over 60-years combined experience representing Buyers and Sellers, and over $3 billion in combined sales. Each member brings their engaging personalities and valuable expertise dedicated to delivering the highest level of customer-focused service.
In 2019, with 127.9 million in sales, Suzanne was acknowledged by REAL Trends as the #47 Individual Agent in the Nation, and #8 in Santa Barbara per the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service (SB MLS).
In 2017, with $154 million in sales, Suzanne was acknowledged by REAL Trends as the #52 Individual Agent in the Nation for transaction volume, and the #1 Individual Agent in Santa Barbara per the SB MLS. She also brokered four of the five most expensive transactions in Santa Barbara County in 2017.
Representing some of the globe’s most distinguished clientele, Suzanne’s phenomenal success in the Santa Barbara market reached historical proportions in January 2007, when she represented the sellers of El Cojo and Jalama Ranches in the largest non-commercial transaction in California history. The combined listing value of the two properties was an astounding $155 million.
In 1992, Suzanne became Commissioner of the Santa Barbara County Parks Commission; and is also a past president of the Montecito Trail Foundation. In 2010, she was elected Chairman of the County Parks Commission. These positions have helped enrich her deep knowledge of Santa Barbara's real estate and land use issues.
In February 2008, Suzanne was appointed by then-Governor Schwarzenegger to the 19th Agricultural District Board of Directors. The district comprises all portions of Santa Barbara east of the Gaviota Pass and south of the Santa Ynez mountains. Governor Jerry Brown re-appointed Suzanne to the Board of Directors for another term from November 2012 to 2020.
As a third-generation horsewoman from Lexington, Kentucky, horses are an integral part of Suzanne’s life. She and her husband Perry, have bred, trained, and shown four generations of Champion Arabian and Half Arabian horses, which have included several National Champions. Suzanne has been a licensed United States Equestrian Federation (formerly AHSA) Judge since 1989 and was a large “R” Judge in the following Divisions: Andalusian and Lusitano, Friesian, and Western. Her extensive knowledge of the equine world makes her highly qualified to offer sage advice regarding the impressive ranches and equestrian properties she represents.
Before her real estate career, Suzanne was hired by Pan American World Airways, the world’s leading international airline. This was the glittering age of jet travel and she was quickly promoted to In-Flight Purser; and when the 747 entered service in 1970 she was again promoted, this time as an In-Flight Service Director. As a testament to Suzanne’s courage and strength of character, she volunteered for special assignment with the Department of Defense to serve on selected crews to fly monthly R&R flights and evacuation flights in and out of Saigon, Da Nang, and Cam Ranh Bay during the Vietnam War.