A greatly respected and passionate leader, Diane M. Ramirez is the Executive Chairman & Senior Advisor of Brown Harris Stevens. Under her thoughtful and careful leadership, Ramirez has strategically grown the firm from its original goal of three storefront offices in the most important communities in Manhattan to its current size of three dozen strategically located offices with more than 1,400 agents throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Licensed in New York, Connecticut and Florida, Ramirez has been an active real estate executive and broker for more than three decades. She started her career as an agent in Palm Beach, Florida before returning to her hometown - New York City - where she quickly became a top real estate broker. She and Clark Halstead together founded Halstead in the fall of 1984. Their vision for the company was to be a high-end firm that leveraged advanced technology, covered all segments of the market and was located in the communities they served. Due to their vision, Halstead became the first big firm to utilize storefront offices in Manhattan as well as the first to be on the West Side and Downtown. They grew the firm organically and were purchased by Terra Holdings in 2001, helping to expand the firm to the size it is today.
Ramirez was appointed by the Governor to the Department of State Real Estate Board in 2010 and is still an active member. She is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), where she currently serves on the Board of Governors, Executive Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the Residential Division. Ramirez was an early supporter of REBNY and has played an integral role on many of the committees including Ethics, Education and Admissions. In addition, she is an accredited continuing education teacher for the State. An active member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the WorldÂ® (LeadingRE) for more than 20 years, Ramirez serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors along with top real estate executives from all over the world. LeadingRE is a selective global community of over 550 independent real estate firms and 130,000 associates producing over one million transactions valued at $372 billion annually.
Over the course of her career, Ramirez has been consistently recognized for her passion and dedication to real estate. Leading Real Estate Companies of the WorldÂ® presented her with their prestigious Leadership Award, which honors a member broker for outstanding leadership achievements. In 2019, REBNY honored Ramirez with the Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership Award for her exceptional career in the real estate industry, and she was also previously honored by REBNY with the Henry Forster award, an annual recognition presented to a real estate professional with an outstanding record of achievement and conduct both within the industry and the community. Additionally, Ramirez is consistently ranked within the Swanepoel Power 200, as an Inman Influencer, and by the New York Observer as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate. She was also named the '2016 Real Estate Person of the Year' by the Institute of Real Estate Management, an award recognizing outstanding achievements within the real estate industry.
Ramirez is involved in philanthropy both in and out of the real estate community. REBNY recognized her community service by presenting her with the Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award and, in addition, she has been presented with the New York Moves 'Power Women' honor, the City & State 'CSR Responsible 100' and the OTTY 'Eastsider of the Year' Award, each of which acknowledge outstanding involvement in the community. Ramirez was also honored by the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter with the Celine Marcus Community Service Award. She and her husband, Sam Ramirez, are long-standing supporters of the Valerie Fund in New Jersey (an organization which helps children with cancer) and were honored at their annual Thanksgiving Gala for their outstanding involvement and dedication to the charity. Ramirez resides in Manhattan with her husband, Sam Ramirez, who is the founder and CEO of the investment banking firm, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc. She is a proud mother of two and grandmother of five.