Warburg Realty taps veteran BHS exec to run Tribeca office

Stephen Klym will rejoin the firm June 1, roughly 14 years after he left

Stephen Klym (Rabih Chebab)
Stephen Klym (Rabih Chebab)

A long-time Brown Harris Stevens executive is headed back to his former brokerage.

Stephen Klym will rejoin Warburg Realty on June 1 as the firm’s senior vice president for strategic initiatives and sales director for its Tribeca office. In the latter capacity, he replaces Brennan Zahler, who left Warburg last month after five years to run the Corcoran Group ’s Soho office.

Klym returns to Warburg, where he served as marketing director and senior managing director from 1999 to 2007, after spending the last 10 years at BHS as executive vice president and managing director of sales.

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“We wish Steve the best and thank him for his service, and we are very fortunate to have such a wealth of experienced executives and managers here at BHS to step in immediately,” BHS CEO Bess Freedman and president Hall Willkie wrote in an email to agents on Monday.

In his new role, Klym will work closely with CEO Frederick Warburg Peters to strengthen the firm so that it stands out amongst “monolithic companies that offer conveyor belt-like service,” he said in a press release.

“Warburg has always been a strong company, and by putting its agents front-and-center and allowing them to do their jobs, which are tough, we’ll be able to further differentiate the company,” Klym said.

Warburg closed 142 sell-side deals worth a combined $238 million last year, primarily in Manhattan, claiming 8th place in The Real Deal’s 2020 ranking of the city’s top residential brokerages. The company says it has 140 agents spread across its Upper East Side and Tribeca offices.

“Steve is family to me, and I could not be more proud to have the opportunity to once again add his insights to our strategic decision-making,” said Peters.