By E.J. Kelley – From: HERD the Houlihan Lawrence blog
We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of one of real estate’s most respected industry leaders, Jim Gricar, as our General Sales Manager. In this newly created executive position, Jim will oversee sales and agent development for the residential, commercial and project marketing divisions of Houlihan Lawrence. He will work hand in hand with Chris and Stephen Meyers—our CEO—on business development initiatives.
“Houlihan Lawrence is a storied brand with tremendous momentum, and I’m thrilled to join the Meyers family in writing this next chapter of the firm’s history,” Jim remarked. “This role presents opportunities that are a natural career progression for me, and being a homeowner in both Connecticut and the Hudson Valley gives me the added bonus of being passionate about the communities Houlihan Lawrence serves.”
A native of Cleveland, Jim moved to New York City in 1989, working in financial services. He found his passion in real estate at The Corcoran Group, where as an agent he was fast recognized for his sales expertise, sharp judgment and ability to close deals quickly. He later served as Executive Vice President ad Managing Director of Sales for Brown Harris Stevens West Side division, which grew exponentially under his leadership, dominating the luxury market share. Gricar became President of New York-based Halstead Property in 2011, rising from his prior title of General Sales Manager and presiding over the firm’s growth from 900 to 1,200 agents. He’s also a frequent lecturer and media commentator on current market conditions.
“New York City fuels our entire region and Jim’s firsthand city knowledge, combined with his sales prowess, uniquely positions him for success in our company,” said Chris Meyers, our Managing Principal. “He has key relationships that will strengthen our ability to serve clients relocating to our communities, which is happening at an increased rate. Since 2012, the number of home buyers moving to Westchester from New York City rose from 36 percent to 42 percent.”