25-Year Anniversaries Not Such a Rarity at the Ebby Halliday Companies


In an age when many professionals change jobs often and easily, staying in one place for 25 years is definitely not something you see often.

Yet an incredible 43 people at the Ebby Halliday Companies recently achieved that very milestone. Those 43 – independent contractor agents and office staff from the Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew brands – were celebrated Wednesday with a special luncheon at Sixty Vines in Uptown Dallas. Because of a COVID delay, some had already progressed from 25 to 26 and 27 years. 

CEO Chris Kelly, who addressed the honorees and presented each with a diamond pin, said this about the afternoon. 

“It was my absolute pleasure to celebrate these team members who have been part of the Ebby Halliday Companies for 25 years or more. We fully appreciate that this kind of loyalty is not the norm in the real estate industry – especially in today’s climate of plentiful options. We think that makes a loud statement about the culture Ebby built here and that we’ve been working hard to maintain.”   

EHC is big on acknowledging such milestones – internally and externally – along with those around production, personal bests, landmark closings, incentive contests and more. It’s not uncommon to get a video email from Kelly himself, congratulating an agent for a key sale or overcoming a challenge. Vice Presidents Carolyn Rosson and Malinda Howell as well as the company’s 28 Sales Leaders also champion their people any chance they get. The brand is known for being as supportive and encouraging as Ebby Halliday herself was.

Could that be the key to why so many stick around? Here’s what some of those celebrating that day said.

Carolyn McCann | Williams Trew | Office Administrator

“I began my career with Ebby Halliday and have greatly enjoyed working for a company that was ‘out in front’ on extending opportunities to women. They also make it a priority to provide agents and employees with many incredible mentors and role models to guide us. There is a feeling of belonging to a family when you work here, and I am still so very proud to call this place home after all these years.”

Janice Berg | Ebby Halliday Realtors | Sales Associate

“I had been living in Frisco since 1977 and had the opportunity to go to the groundbreaking for the Ebby office there 25 years ago. I had my license with another company at the time. I was standing behind Miss Ebby herself and I told her I would love to talk to her about becoming an Ebby agent because I had heard so many good things about the company. She yelled out to the future manager and said, ‘Here’s our first Ebby Frisco agent. Let’s all go to lunch tomorrow!’ And the rest is history. I did become the first agent. And I can’t thank this company enough for what it’s done for me and my family.” 

Brian Smith | Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate | Sales Associate

“Prior to 1984, I had been buying and selling my own real estate. I grew up in Dallas and heard the Ebby name and knew all about the Little White House. I decided to go with them. In fact, during my training is where I met my wife Leslie Rouda Smith (current NAR President). It’s been a really good experience for our family (daughter Kristin and son Austin are also with DPMRE). The reasons I chose them? The excellence, the reputation, the professionalism and the name. The training classes and the continuing education – you just can’t beat them. They keep us very well informed and up on any changes in real estate matters. It’s been a very good career.”

Congratulations to all and thank you for your extraordinary commitment to service!

To view the 25-Year Anniversary celebration video, click here.

For more photos from the 25-Year Anniversary celebration, click here.

To learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies, please visit ebbyhallidaycompanies.com/joinus.

Ebby Halliday Realtors Names Hillary Hansen Sales Leader of New Plano West Office


Hillary Hansen has been named Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Preston Plano Parkway and Plano Willow Bend offices, which will merge in late 2021 to become Ebby’s new Plano West office. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.

“A widely admired North Texas real estate industry professional, Hillary brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation, to coaching agents and teams to reach their full potential,” Kelly says. “She is the ideal person to succeed Curt Kastan, who is returning to working in his family’s business.”

Says Vice President of Brokerage Malinda Howell, “We are so excited to welcome Hillary to her new role with our beautiful new Plano West office, located at the corner of Parker Road and the Dallas North Tollway. Day in and day out, Hillary lives out the Ebby Halliday Companies’ People First mission.”

Hansen, who has been an Ebby agent for the past nine years, most recently served as the Associate Development Director for the brokerage’s Plano and Allen offices.

“I am so excited with the direction of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the momentum,” she says. “I’m passionate about real estate and the opportunity we as agents have to be a constant during a time of transition in people’s lives.”

Hansen is a servant leader at heart who leads by example. She is a strong believer in the professional development and mentoring opportunities offered to agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.

“When working with agents, I like to cheer, to educate, and to always create leaders around me,” she says. “I get a lot of joy from watching others succeed. I’m excited about growing our new Plano West office and I am very much looking forward to working with each of our agents on their business plans and helping them achieve their goals.”

Hansen’s passion for real estate and leadership is second only to her family. She and her husband, Dan, a loan officer at Ebby’s McKinney and Denton offices, are the proud parents of a 3-year-old daughter.

In addition to her service to the real estate industry, Hillary is committed to serving the North Texas community. She is a longtime member of the Junior League of Collin County.

“I am honored and excited to take on this new leadership role,” Hansen says. “I’m looking forward to supporting the extraordinary agents who will make up our new Plano West office, as well as growing the Ebby brand across North Texas and beyond.”

To contact Hillary Hansen, email hillary@ebby.com.


Having celebrated 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are Texas’ leading residential real estate services firm. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired in 2018 by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions in 2020. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information, visit ebby.com.