R.W. Holmes: 45 Years of Local Roots and an Independent, Entrepreneurial Spirit

R.W. Holmes receives the 2021 Commercial Brokerage Firm of the Year Award

Garry R. Holmes, President & CEO
R.W. Holmes Realty Co., Inc.

BOSTON- Founded in 1976 by Robert Holmes and today led by its President, Garry Holmes, R.W. Holmes is one of the very few locally rooted, independent commercial brokerage firms in Massachusetts. The company is now in its third generation and is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Over this time, the company has been a cornerstone of some of the largest deals in Greater Boston.

R.W. Holmes has continued to be recognized as a leading real estate advisory firm, consistently ranking in the top 10 for sales and leasing, completing over 100 leases and sales per year, and is looked to as a thought leader for the commercial real estate industry. As the firm focuses on the future, their attention is now on expanding their team and services to ensure clients receive the highest level of attention, creativity, and market knowledge from start to finish on any real estate transaction.

The firm has been proud to help develop the Greater Boston landscape, being initially involved in the start-up phases for noteworthy companies such as Prime Computer, Stratus Computer, Digital, NEC, and EMC. Now, R.W. Holmes has the privilege of representing some of the largest tech companies such as The MathWorks, Inc. and several fast-growing firms in the life sciences sector.

Their pride in being a family business focuses on the firm’s ability to uphold the character and vision set by Robert Holmes 45 years ago – performing business at the highest integrity, with an entrepreneurial spirit, and with extensive market knowledge to ensure the best service possible.  The firm touts an average employee tenure of 24 years, a rarity in the industry, and is celebrating milestones this year for brokers Bob Strelke (40 years), John Eysenbach (40 years), and Craig Johnston (25 years).  This year also marks 25 years of Garry Holmes as President and CEO of R.W. Holmes.

With the third generation joining R.W. Holmes, the past five years have seen significant expansion – both in personnel, geographic coverage, and product representation.  R.W. Holmes has built a strong 128 North team, expanded into 128 South, and stays extremely active in MetroWest, Central 128, 495 West, and Rt 24.

R.W. Holmes received the 2021 Commercial Brokerage Firm of the Year Award at the Boston Real Estate Times Excellence Awards on October 29 in a virtual ceremony via Zoom. To see a recording of the ceremony, click here to watch.

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