Real estate icon Diane Ramirez has been named chief strategy officer for Berkshire Hathaway New York Properties, the company announced earlier this week.
“Berkshire Hathaway is a brand that I have admired for so long and I am very excited to be a part of it,” Ramirez said in a statement. “Over the years, I’ve loved growing brands successfully. I am a proven company when it comes to growing and nurturing a company at its roots and making it a full-fledged force and I am very much looking forward to doing that for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in New York and beyond . “
Ramirez’s real estate career began to take off in 1984 when she co-founded New York-based brokerage firm Halstead with Clark Halstead. For nearly 40 years, she helped broaden the brokerage business to over 30 offices with 1,400 agents based in New York City, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Fairfield Counties.
Ramirez is licensed in Florida, Connecticut and New York, according to the announcement. She has received three REBNY awards including the Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award, the Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership Award, and the Henry Forster Award. She was also added to Inman’s list of real estate influencers in 2017.
In 2020 Brown Harris Stevens (BHS) merged with Halstead. Working under the name of BHS, Ramirez became Executive Chairman and Senior Advisor. She now brings her expertise to Berkshire Hathaway, where she is tasked with expanding the broker’s presence in New York and the surrounding states.
“Diane [Ramirez] is a real estate genius, ”Candace Adams, President and CEO of BHHS New England / Westchester / New York Properties, is quoted in the press release. “Her wisdom and grace, coupled with her unparalleled expertise, make this a phenomenal partnership – not just for our New York Properties family, but for neighboring markets as well. We’re thrilled to have Diane on a team made up of the best in the business. It will play a crucial role and be successful in what it does best. “
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