James J. Houlihan is a graduate of Manhattan Preparatory School (1970) and of Fordham University School of Business (CBA 1974). Mr. Houlihan represents the fourth of five generations in a family business, Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC founded in 1891 by his great-grandfather. Mr. Houlihan is the managing partner of his multi-faceted commercial real estate firm and has managed its daily operations since becoming a partner in 1987. Mr. Houlihan is an active partner in Houlihan-Parnes Properties, a commercial property management company, HP Capital, a mortgage service company, and GHP Office Realty, LLC, an entity involved in the principal acquisition, management and leasing of office buildings. Mr. Houlihan is a member of Q10 Capital, LLC, a national leader in sourcing commercial real estate capital.
Mr. Houlihan is active in the commercial real estate industry throughout the United States with a main emphasis on the tri-state area. Mr. Houlihan has been retained by many leading financial, not-for-profits, and educational institutions as both a consultant and agent to manage, lease, acquire, renovate, and sell real estate.
Mr. Houlihan is the past President and Chairman of the Board of the Apartment Owners Advisory Council of Westchester. He is the past Chairman of the prestigious Sales Brokers Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York. In 1999 Mr. Houlihan was a winner of the “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award” from the Real Estate Board of New York and runner-up for their 2006 award.
Mr. Houlihan has served as Chairman of the Great Hunger Memorial Committee of Westchester County that created a monument commemorating “An Gorta Mor”, the period known as The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845-1851). Mr. Houlihan has been honored as a recipient of the prestigious “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” in 2000 for his varied humanitarian efforts. He was also named to Irish America’s magazine “Top 100” list in 2001 and to their Top 100 Business list annually from 2006 through 2009. He received the Irish Arts Center’s “Spirit of Ireland” award in 2001 and the Irish American Building Society award in 2007.
Mr. Houlihan’s speaking engagements have included Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University and the New School for Social Research.
Mr. Houlihan has served on the Westchester County Parks Department Board. He was the Committee Chairman for the successful fundraising effort for The Rising, a memorial dedicated to the 109 Westchester County residents who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. The Westchester County Board of Legislators honored him with the first ever Chairman’s Medal of Gratitude in 2004. Westchester County Parks Department honored Mr. Houlihan with their “Best Friends Award” in 2010. Mr. Houlihan received the Croagh Patrick award from St. Patrick’s Home at their 80th Anniversary dinner in November, 2011.
Mr. Houlihan curated the acclaimed exhibit “The Fighting Irishmen: A Celebration of the Celtic Warrior”. The exhibit originally opened in the fall of 2006 at the Irish Arts Center and traveled to the South Street Seaport Museum in New York, the John J. Burns Library at Boston College, the Ulster American Folk Park, the GAA Museum at Croke Park and the University of Limerick all in Ireland and closed after being on display at the Phoenix Irish Cultural Institute in Arizona in 2013.
Mr. Houlihan and his family have been involved in many charitable endeavors. Amongst them is the lead gift to create the new baseball field at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx. Additionally, Jim and his family have set up scholarships at Fordham University, Fordham Law School, Fairfield University, Manhattan College and Mount St. Vincent College.
Mr. Houlihan served as Chairman on the Executive Committee of the President’s Council of Fordham University from 2013 through 2015. He now serves as a member of the Fordham Board of Trustees. In 2011, he was honored by Fordham University with the “Fordham Founders Award” at its annual Presidential Scholarship dinner. Mr. Houlihan also serves on the Board of WFUV Radio at Fordham University and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Irish Arts Center.
Lead by Mr. Houlihan, Houlihan-Parnes, Realtors is proudly celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2016.
Mr. Houlihan and his wife Pat currently reside in Bronxville, New York and Nantucket, Massachusetts. They were jointly honored in 2015 by “The Holocaust and Human Rights Commission” in Westchester County. They have 5 grown children and 1 grandson.
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