Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Sales, Brooklyn Heights
Licensed Real Estate Broker
In a real estate career spanning almost 30 years in Brooklyn's landmark communities, Chris Thomas has excelled both as a residential and commercial broker.
In a real estate career spanning over 30 years in Brooklyn's landmark communities, Chris Thomas has excelled both as a residential and commercial broker. In 1992 he took over direction of the William B. May Company in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn's top residential real estate firm at the time. Since then he has been privileged to manage a staff of top professionals whose experience in Brownstone Brooklyn matches his own.
In 2004, Brown Harris Stevens and William B. May joined forces and Mr. Thomas was named Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, doubling the size of the brokerage staff, and moving to its current landmark location at 129 Montague St in the heart of the Heights.
Like many top professionals his route to real estate was indirect, and as a result he brings a variety of talents to his current job. Originally a teacher and a photographer, he taught photography and photo history at the University of Maryland before moving to New York to work in exhibitions production at the Museum of Modern Art. After a brief sabbatical teaching in Italy, he returned to Brooklyn where he began a freelance photography practice specializing in art and architecture.
In 1981, a developer for whom he had done photographic work invited him to run an on-site sales office at a condominium loft development in Cobble Hill. What began as just a weekend sideline, driven by love of period architecture and brownstone neighborhoods, has become a long and most rewarding career in real estate. In over 30 years of brokerage he has represented Schools, Hospitals and local businesses in their commercial transactions, private individuals in the sale and purchase of hundreds of properties, as well as supervising billions of dollars in residential sales by an experienced professional staff.
Chris is a resident of Clinton Hill, where he has lived since 1984. He is married to a retired New York City teacher who was Director of Gifted Education at PS 115 in Brooklyn, and has two grown children: a son practicing law in Washington DC and a daughter who is a producer for the BBC in New York. Both attended Brooklyn schools (public and private).