Mary Frances Burleson Receives NAR Distinguished Service Award


Our leader, President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at The National Association of Realtors Convention in San Francisco. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member may receive. Mary Frances has played a very large role in building our company into one of the premier residential real estate companies in the nation. And now, she s leading it to another level as we experience the best year yet in our history. Congratulations Mary Frances on a job very well done. We could not be any prouder! Below is the full press release.

Shown, from left, are Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, and Vice President and Director or Marketing Randall Graham.

Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, received the National Association of Realtors 2013 Distinguished Service Award at the association s annual meeting in San Francisco. The award was presented November 9 at a formal dinner and ceremony at the historic Clift Hotel.

Ms. Burleson is the third member of Ebby Halliday Realtors to receive the National Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Award. Past winners are Founder and Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday, the first woman to receive the award, and the late Posie Willess, who like Ebby was a trailblazer for women in the residential real estate industry. Of the thousands of residential real estate companies in the United States, the Ebby Halliday Companies is the only one to have been honored with three NAR Distinguished Service Awards.

The award recognizes members of the National Association of Realtors who have shown exceptional meritorious service for at least 25 years. Out of approximately 1 million Realtors, no more than two are recognized with the award each year.

NAR established the Distinguished Service Award in 1979 to honor Realtors who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and are recognized as leaders in their local communities. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member may receive.

I am honored to be recognized with the Distinguished Service Award, says Ms. Burleson. I have been fortunate to serve a company founded by the legendary Ebby Halliday, whose impact on the residential real estate industry is unmatched. Our Associates, who seek every day to follow Ebby s example of service, are the basis of our company s success.

Ms. Burleson started with Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1958 as a temporary receptionist.

My husband said that I had looked over the garden wall when I started working for Ebby Halliday and that I was never the same again, says Ms. Burleson. Ebby has mentored and helped many, many people to find their career path . . . and I was one of the fortunate ones.

Today, Ms. Burleson is president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, mortgage, insurance and title companies, and approximately 1,500 associates covering more than 12,000 square miles of North Texas. The 68-year-old Dallas-based firm is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and ranks 12th in the nation. In 2012, it participated in approximately 16,000 property transactions with a sales volume of $4.8 billion.

Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three principles of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community, Ms. Burleson says. I am extremely proud to be a part of an organization that places service to others at the forefront of everything we do.