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James R. Holland Sr.

James R. Holland Sr.

Title: Real Estate Company Officer
Company: A Bit of Boston
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

James R. Holland Sr., Real Estate Company Officer at A Bit of Boston, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in real estate and as a journalist and photographer.

Mr. Holland has parlayed many different areas of expertise into a 50-year career as an award-winning photographer and writer, as well as a successful real estate developer. After coursework at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois from 1962 to 1964, he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University in Athens in 1966 and pursued postgraduate coursework with the University of Missouri School of Journalism the same year, as well as interning with the National Geographic Society where he was employed as a contract photographer from 19867 to 1968. Mr. Holland thereupon served as a film producer for the Christian Science Center in Boston from 1969 to 1974.

In 1975, after purchasing a brownstone, Mr. Holland embarked on his real estate career as a developer and president of Brownstone Properties, Inc., in Boston from 1975 to 1977 and a broker for Street & Co. from 1977 to 1982. He thereupon founded and served as president of A Bit of Boston Real Estate, Inc. in Boston from 1982 to 2017.

During his years as a real estate developer, Mr. Holland did not slacken from his original career as a photographer, publishing many well-received photography books that include “The Amazon,” “Mr. Pops” (about Boston Pops Maestro Arthur Fiedler), “Tanglewood,” “W.O K’s Weird Wacky Wonderful World: The Art of William O Keefe,”and “Diamonds Are Waiting For You: Crater of Diamonds Where Dreams Can And Do Come True” and “Boston’s Notable Addresses: Historic Homes and the Residents That Made Them So.” In addition, he has flourished as a columnist and movie critic for nearly 10 years, and his work has garnered awards and praise spanning several decades, from National Press Photographers Association 1966-1968, the Competition Award from World Press Photo in 1967, the Film Award from the National Newsweek-Bolex Documentary Film Contest in 1969, an Individual Photography Film Competition Award in 1970 as well as the Eric Hoffer Excellence Award and the Next Generation Indie Book Award from USA Book News in 2008 and 2009.

Mr. Holland has participated in numerous endeavors in his community, having contributed to the Small Property Owners Association since 2000, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay since 1972, and the Boston Home and Property Owners Association. His professional photography and media associations include the Griffin Museum of Photography, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, National Press Photographers Association and American Society of Media Photographers.

Mr. Holland attributes his success to the main thing that inspired him, the Family of Man Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. He considers his career highlight marrying his wife Helen, who he says keeps him on the straight and narrow path. In the near future, Mr. Holland is considering publishing some more of his photography.

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