(NEW YORK, NY) — Bess Freedman has been named the first-ever CEO of Brown Harris Stevens. The news comes less than a year after Freedman was selected as co-president of the brokerage.
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Bess Freedman has been promoted to CEO of Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales! In addition to her close work with our NYC agents and offices, Bess will also strategize on marketing and technology as well develop greater integration with The Hamptons, Palm Beach and Miami. This is an exciting new chapter for Bess and BHS NYC President @hallwillkie, who will continue to oversee our 8 NYC offices. Please join us in congratulating @reinadenyc! Full @trdny story in bio.
As CEO, Freedman will oversee the performance of the firm’s luxury markets in New York City, the Hamptons, Palm Beach, and Miami.
The news was announced through a company-wide email from Hall Willkie, the president of BHS, according to The Real Deal.
Freedman, previously the senior managing director of the Corcoran Group, joined BHS in 2013 as managing director of sales and business development. Since then, she has helped launch a massive rebranding effort that introduced the firm to cutting-edge technology in the industry.
During a recent conversation with The Real Deal, Freedman explained her previous frustrations of not having the authority to get certain things done.
“It was frustrating not to have the ability and authority to get things done,” Freedman said to The Real Deal. “We’re in such a crazy environment and it’s so competitive, you need to have somebody who can make decisions and get things done.”
In 2019, Freedman will focus on the firm’s marketing strategy and will continue to improve its ability to compete in the competitive market.