Houlihan Lawrence Makes Some Executive Level Changes

Real Estate In-Depth | July 2017

Nicholas Fears

RYE BROOK—Residential real estate brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence has announced several key executive level appointments and hires, including Anne Marie Gianutsos’ promotion to chief marketing officer and the hiring of Nicholas Fears, formerly of Coldwell Banker, New Jersey, as chief financial officer.

“By expanding our C-Suite, Houlihan Lawrence continues to uphold its reputation as an innovative company with advanced technologies and data driven insights servicing the suburbs north of New York City,” says Chris Meyers, managing principal of Houlihan Lawrence. “Both Gianutsos and Fears are imperative in leading our strategic growth initiatives, and in elevating our standard for excellence in luxury real estate.”

Originally from the United Kingdom, Fears brings extensive knowledge in real estate brokerage finance to Houlihan Lawrence. Most recently, he served as CFO for Coldwell Banker New Jersey, among other senior finance positions he held with NRT over the past 15 years. As CFO of Houlihan Lawrence, Fears will work to enhance the firm’s financial reporting in addition to developing an effective financial, risk and operation strategy, the brokerage firm stated.

“As an international financial executive, I’m confident in my ability to leverage my skills in corporate strategy, financial analysis and accounting to meet Houlihan Lawrence’s business objectives,” said Fears. “I’m excited to join such a successful firm and look forward to contributing to the growth of the business.”

Anne Marie Gianutsos

Gianutsos joined Houlihan Lawrence more than three years ago as head of its digital and public relations divisions, responsible for overseeing all digital and mobile marketing, product and strategy efforts for the firm. As CMO, she now also develops Houlihan Lawrence’s creative initiatives, oversees public relations initiatives and ensures company messaging is aligned across all channels. Gianutsos previously worked as an executive marketing leader for Epicurious at Conde Nast.

“I’m honored and humbled by this promotion,” says Gianutsos. “In the past year our digital marketing efforts have garnered high level recognition, and we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of our capabilities. I look forward to continue working to advance the brokerage’s focus on using technology to empower both customers and agents.”

Houlihan Lawrence also reported the restructuring of its Global Business Development team and the appointment of Delihla Rivera Magilton as its leader.

As director of global business development, she will be responsible for increasing business opportunities for the firm’s more than 1,300 agents, maintaining strategic corporate alliances and providing relocation counseling services to transferees moving into our of the area. Additionally, she will represent Houlihan Lawrence as acting ambassador to the company’s worldwide network affiliations.

Her title change follows with additional changes to the team, including the promotion of Keriann Rodriguez to manager of Relocation Properties and the hiring of Chris Cassisi, previously an agent with the firm’s Yorktown brokerage, as incoming relocation coordinator. Linda Bonaventura, Mary Jo Lockyer and Victoria Dedvukaj will continue to round out the Global Business Development team.

“It’s a privilege being part of a team comprised of such talented individuals, and a true honor to lead them,” said Magilton. “I remain committed more than ever to Houlihan Lawrence’s strong core values and consistently delivering personalized, high-quality service to each and every one of our clients.”

Magilton has more than 17 years of real estate experience, both corporately and in the field. Beginning as a sales agent at another brokerage, she joined Houlihan Lawrence’s relocation department in 2005 and in 2014 was named director of corporate relocation, a capacity in which she was recognized with an Award of Excellence in production and referrals. She is a member of the Employee Relocation Council, Relocation Directors Council and the New York Metro Group.

She succeeds Elizabeth Nunan, who held the position for more than 20 years and is now executive vice president of member services at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World in Chicago.