Houlihan-Parnes Firm Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Real Estate In-Depth | July 2016

RYE—On June 9th, Houlihan-Parnes Realtors celebrated the firm’s 125th anniversary at the Westchester Country Club in Rye.

Founded in 1891 by Daniel J. Houlihan, an Irish immigrant, the company has always been family owned and operated and is proudly celebrating its 125th year of continuous operation. Since the late 1800s, the firm originally was founded as a carpentry and construction business, which has since evolved into a multi-faceted organization featuring property ownership and development and many related commercial service businesses.

The firm is currently managed by James J. Houlihan, who joined the firm in 1973 and became managing partner in 1987. The other partner, James G. Houlihan is inactive due to health considerations at this time and Howard Parnes, who recently passed away.

Several members of the fifth generation of the Houlihan family have worked at Houlihan-Parnes Realtors over the last few years.  Bryan Houlihan, son of James J. Houlihan, has been working at the firm and Jim’s other son, Michael McEvoy has joined the firm as a summer intern.  In addition, Jim’s brother-in-law, James K. Coleman and cousin, Jeremiah Houlihan and Howard Parnes’ nephews, Fred and Sheldon Stahl and their mother, Barbara have been with the company for many years.

Proclamations acknowledging the historic business milestone were presented by Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, Michael B. Kaplowitz, vice chairman on behalf of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and New York State Senator, Jeffrey D. Klein.  Proclamations were also received from Ruben Diaz Jr., the President of the Borough of the Bronx and from the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Joseph Kelleher and President & CEO, Nunzio Del Greco. In addition, Houlihan-Parnes received a New York City Council Citation from Council Member, James Vacca from the City of New York.

 Photo Caption: From left to right, James J. Houlihan, Houlihan-Parnes Realtors; Barbara Jones, Irish Consul General; Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino; Mary Patricia Houlihan, Houlihan & O’Malley and Andrew M. Greenspan, GHP Office Realty