Brown Harris Stevens | Established 1837

About Terra Holdings

Company History

Terra Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Brown Harris Stevens, is one of America's largest privately-held real estate services companies. The market leader in luxury residential real estate sales, rentals, property management, commercial property services, appraisals, consulting, and insurance. With a staff of more than 1,000, Terra Holdings is the parent of a group of nine major real estate companies that provide a broad spectrum of services to clients. The premier manager of luxury cooperative and condominium buildings, Terra Holdings residential management companies serve a portfolio of more that 400 properties comprising over 30,000 units including many of Manhattan's most prestigious addresses.

Terra Holdings companies - with over $7 billion in annual residential property sales - include Brown Harris Stevens, founded in 1873, one of America's oldest and largest luxury real estate service providers, with offices throughout New York City, the Hamptons, Palm Beach, and Miami. Brown Harris Stevens is the exclusive affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate in New York City, The Hamptons and Palm Beach, making available to clients the incomparable worldwide resources of this preeminent international luxury property firm in more than 45 countries.

The Terra Holdings headquarters is located at 770 Lexington Avenue where its companies are served by a powerful central organization of seasoned, knowledgeable professionals. This team provides expertise and support in a variety of disciplines, including finance, law, accounting, information technology, marketing, research, and human resources, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art computer and communications infrastructure that has consistently been the most sophisticated in the industry.

The Terra Holdings group is organized to support the agility and focus of its individual operating companies with the strength and reach of the parent. Its members all share their enormous wealth of combined experience, information and data as top companies in their respective fields. Terra Holdings executives are respected leaders in their profession. In just the last several years, over a dozen have been honored by the Real Estate Board of New York with awards for outstanding professional achievement, and presidents of two Terra Holdings companies serve as governors of the Board.

The principals of Terra Holdings include David A. Burris, Kent M. Swig, Arthur W. Zeckendorf and William Lie Zeckendorf, and principals of Allied Partners. All are major figures in their own right as developers, investors and owners of many significant commercial, residential and hotel properties in New York and throughout the United States.

Principals and Executives

Arthur W. Zeckendorf Arthur W. Zeckendorf Co-Chairman
Kent M. Swig Kent M. Swig Co-Chairman
David A. Burris David A. Burris Co-Chairman
Alan J. Kersner Alan J. Kersner Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Treasurer
James G. Cahill James G. Cahill Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Technology Officer
Judy Caplan Judy Caplan Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Gregory J. Heym Gregory J. Heym Executive Vice President, Research & Communications
Babette Krolik Babette Krolik General Counsel
Gerald M. Makowski Gerald M. Makowski Executive Director of Marketing