Business 100 – 2019

James J. Houlihan/Houlihan-Parnes Realtors LLC

James J. Houlihan is a graduate of Manhattan Preparatory School (1970) and of Fordham University School of Business (Gabelli School of Business 1974). He represents the fourth of five generations in a family business, Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC, founded in 1891 by his great-grandfather, Daniel Houlihan. Mr. Houlihan is the managing principal of his multi-faceted commercial real estate firm and has managed its daily operations since becoming a partner in 1987. Mr. Houlihan has served as chairman of the Great Hunger Memorial Committee of Westchester County that created a monument commemorating “An Gorta Mór”, the period known as The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845-1851). He also conceived and curated the acclaimed exhibit “The Fighting Irishmen: A Celebration of the Celtic Warrior.” The Irish Arts Center awarded Mr. Houlihan with its “Spirit of Ireland” award in 2001, and he received the Irish American Building Society award in 2007. Mr. Houlihan received the Croagh Patrick award from St. Patrick’s Home at their 80th Anniversary dinner in November 2011. He was also honored by the Knights of St. Patrick in 2017. Mr. Houlihan and his wife Pat currently reside in Bronxville, New York andNantucket, Massachusetts. They have five grown children and four grandchildren.