Playing matchmaker, Debbie Harms has built a successful career in real estate
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By Ron Davis - Reporter, Albuquerque Business First October 23, 2020
Most children’s curiosity wouldn’t be piqued by driving past a building under construction or a vacant piece of land. For Debbie Harms, however, it was the start of an interest that she built into a successful career.
Harms grew up in Farmington, and as early as age 8 she'd wonder what was going to come of a 3-story building under construction she frequently passed by in town. She had her ideas for what kind of tenant would go there if she owned the building.
Years later, she built a career of playing matchmaker with vacant spaces and commercial tenants looking to move. She has handled approximately 4.5 million square feet across more than 30 years in the commercial real estate industry. Harms is the CEO of NAI Maestas & Ward, the second-largest commercial real estate firm in New Mexico with $321.06 million in commercial transaction volume in 2019.
Debbie Harms is a national notable commercial real estate executive that has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial real estate including brokerage, development, property management and leasing services. In addition, Debbie has extensive expertise in owner association management and has been involved in and managed all aspects of commercial real estate and development. As a leader to a company of 13 skilled staff members and 34 licensed commercial real estate professionals, she manages it all through integrity, hard work, employee empowerment and more. She is passionate about philanthropy, creating a family-friendly company environment and the greater impact of commercial real estate on the New Mexico economy and our local community.