2022 Leadership (Officers & Directors)

PRESIDENT

Bryan Morris / William Pitt Sotheby's

Bryan Morris is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby's with over 15 years of experience and services the town of Darien and its surrounding communities. Prior to this, Bryan worked as an attorney and is a licensed attorney in Connecticut, Pennsylvania & New Jersey. Bryan previously served as a director on the Darien Board of REALTORS® from 2015-2017 and was a past President in 2016 and 2017. Bryan hails originally from Philadelphia and is an alumnus of Penn State University. When he isn't donning his real estate hat, Bryan loves to travel, watch television, and enjoys dancing.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Deb Brennan | BHHS NE Properties

Deb Brennan is a life-long area resident living in Darien CT. Debbie currently serves as President of the Darien Board of REALTORS® having served as a Vice President the year prior. She has been a REALTOR® for 16 years working at the Darien office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties servicing Darien and surrounding towns. Debbie enjoys her partnership with her son, Gaynor, selling real estate. She is a graduate of the Univ of CT with a BA Degree in Economics, has two children and is a boating, golf, tennis and paddle tennis enthusiast.

VP/President Elect

Gen Distance | Gen Next Real Estate, LLC

Gen Distance has been a REALTOR® since 2006 and is the Broker/Owner of the indie firm GEN Next Real Estate. Gen and her childhood sweetheart now husband, Brian, purchased a home in Darien in 2016 with the plan to move back to Greenwich where they previously resided for many years. Those plans changed when they fell in LOVE with Darien. Gen is a graduate of Hampton University and The George Washington University Law School. Gen actively engages in community service though the Norwalk/Stamford Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Omicron Upsilon Omega. Gen serves as the President of the Chapter’s charitable foundation.

TREASURER

Judy Hyers | William Raveis

DIRECTOR

John J. Bainton | Compass CT

John is a passionate REALTOR® that has been serving Fairfield County since 2013. He is one of the founding members of Compass's Darien office. Before becoming a full-time REALTOR®, John worked as a business consultant helping distressed and insolvent businesses and as a broker in the Reinsurance business. As a Fairfield County lifelong resident he has lived and worked in communities from Greenwich to Westport. You may have spotted him on HGTV's show House Hunter's Renovation renovating one of his previous Darien homes. John currently lives in Rowayton with his wife and two sons. Outside of work John is a competitive sailboat racer and outdoorsman.

DIRECTOR

Kathleen M. Granath | Coldwell Banker Realty

Kathleen has lived in Darien with her husband for 28 years. Ten years ago she decided to become a REALTOR. Kathleen loves making connections between people and things. As an Irish Dance Mom, she helped many girls find and sell their used dresses. It’s the same feeling she gets when finding her clients the home of their dreams - pure JOY. Prior to her REALTOR career, Kathleen was Manager of Creative Services and Ad Sales at MTV. Additionally, Kathleen was the manager of Marketing at Tribune Broadcasting New York. All of the skills learned while marketing and selling television have added value to her real estate career selling and marketing homes. Kathleen has been trained as a Global Luxury Specialist and was welcome as a member in the Coldwell Banker 2020 International Diamond Society.

DIRECTOR

Kimberly C. Hyde | William Pitt Sotheby’s

Kim has over a decade of experience educating and supporting her community. With deep ties to both the Darien and Rowayton communities, she prides herself on serving and helping others. Kim grew up in Darien and raised her three children here. She shares a deep knowledge and understanding of not only Darien, but the surrounding Fairfield County towns as well. In addition to being an alumna of Darien High herself, she has worked at, volunteered at, and sent children to five different Darien Public Schools. She has insights that are especially unique, even as a local professional mom – she has personally navigated every street in town as an ambulance driver and Adult Advisor for the Darien Emergency Medical Services Post 53.

DIRECTOR

Mary Lopiano | Brown Harris Stevens

Mary is a REALTOR® with Brown Harris Stevens and a longtime member of the National Association of REALTORS® , the Darien Board of REALTORS® and a recently elected member of the Darien Board of Directors. She was born and raised in Connecticut and has lived in Darien for over 40 years, her children attending Elementary, Middle and High school here. Mary enjoys gardening, Long Island Sound boating and fishing and summertime fun on Nantucket with her family.

DIRECTOR

Stephanie O’Grady | Houlihan Lawrence

Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Stephanie graduated from Florida State University in 2004 and then moved to Manhattan to pursue a career in real estate. Stephanie spent the first 10 yrs of her real estate career specializing in sales and marketing for some of NYC's top developers. Stephanie then moved to Darien with her husband and two children. Stephanie is a member of The National Association of REALTORS, Connecticut REALTORS, The Darien Board of REALTORS, the Darien MLS and the SMART MLS.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Irene A. LaRusso | Darien Board of REALTORS®
Business: 203-655-3700

Irene A. LaRusso, Executive Officer and Certified Professional Standards Administrator, oversees the daily operations of the Board of REALTORS® and the Multiple Listing Service for more than 29 years. She is also a member of CT REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. An avid ice hockey fan and former member of USA Hockey, Irene enjoys attending NY Ranger games, volunteering at local animal shelters and spending time with her family and her Golden Retriever “Bear” who can be found at the Board office. Come by and say hello. Irene is also a certified Notary Public, appointed by the State of CT, with a term expiring in 2024.

TERM EXPIRES:

12/31/2022 – Deb Brennan, Mary Lopiano, Bryan Morris
12/31/2023 - John Bainton, Gen Distance, Judy Hyers
12/31/2024 - Kim Hyde, Kathleen Granath, Stephanie O'Grady

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