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 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 & 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 his 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 for twenty six years. He is married to a New York City teacher who is Director of Gifted Education at PS 115 in Brooklyn, and has a son and daughter, both products of Brooklyn schools (public and private), who are currently in graduate studies in New York and London.