Chris Kelly Named Most-Admired CEO by Dallas Business Journal


After a two-year absence, the Dallas Business Journal has announced the third class of its Most Admired CEO Awards. Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly was named among this group of prominent North Texas leaders.

A highly visible and accessible leader, Kelly produces weekly companywide update videos himself, visits multiple offices a week, makes time to meet with staff and agents upon request, attends office socials, company functions and industry conferences, serves on panels, grants interviews with local and national media … in other words, his level of productivity and engagement is highly inspiring to all who serve alongside and under him. He is also quite active on social media, managing his own accounts, interacting with others and championing the Ebby Halliday Companies three real estate brands and its mortgage, title and insurance brands. 

“This past year was one of incredible growth and strategic expansion and I couldn’t be any prouder of our agents and employees,” says Kelly. “This award is a testament to the commitment and hard work of our approximately 2,000 agents and 400 employees who day in and day out deliver an exceptional real estate experience to our valued clients.”

Kelly joined the Ebby Halliday Companies four years ago with a great measure of respect for all he had already accomplished, and it has only grown as staff and agents have gotten to know him and observe the impact he is making both for the company, the industry and the community.

Kelly and his leadership team’s continued expansion efforts into new markets have solidified the company’s ability to take advantage of ongoing migration into the state of Texas as well as the internal migration that is happening within the state among various markets. He has guided growth in new markets, including East Texas, Forney, Stephenville, Tyler, Cedar Creek Lake and Oklahoma, through the acquisition of other brokerages and by opening new offices, which has resulted in agent growth of over 10%.  Under his leadership, the company has also increased and expanded its mortgage, title, insurance and property management services. 

Kelly is actively involved in the North Texas community, including serving on the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber and as Chairperson of the Talent Attraction Committee for the Dallas Regional Chamber.

The Dallas Business Journal’s 2022 Most Admired CEOs will be honored at an event on June 16 and featured in a special publication in print and online in the Dallas Business Journal on June 24.

Ebby Halliday Companies Name Dawn Redmond Sales Leader of 190 – Richardson Office


Dawn Redmond has been named Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ 190 – Richardson Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Malinda Howell, senior vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

An Ebby Halliday agent for 16 years, Redmond is a widely respected member of the office she will be overseeing. A leader in the North Texas real estate industry and an involved member of the community, she currently serves on the Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and is President of Executive Women International, Dallas.

Redmond earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master’s of Arts from California State University, Long Beach.

“At Ebby Halliday, Dawn has earned a reputation not only as a top-producing agent, but someone that lives our People First mission in the way she treats her clients and other agents,” Kelly says.

Adds Howell, “Dawn is extremely passionate about relationships and helping people achieve their dreams. She knows the culture of the Ebby Halliday Companies and the 190 – Richardson office and her appointment ensures this top-producing office will remain a vital real estate resource to the surrounding area.”

Redmond succeeds René Barrera, a respected industry veteran who has chosen to return to selling real estate at Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office.

Prior to entering the real estate profession, Redmond had an extensive and diverse professional background that included public relations and marketing.

“I have a long history of sales, customer service and management,” she says. “The best part of every role has been helping people – whether it is helping a client buy or sell a home, or helping a new agent be successful in their real estate career.

“I am a servant leader and collaborator who finds joy in creating impact through community service and mentoring,” she adds. “I believe in leaving every situation better than I found it. I always work side by side with whoever I am shepherding.”

Redmond’s real estate designations and certifications include Real Estate Negotiations Expert,  Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Graduate of the Real Estate Institute, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource,  and Texas Affordable Housing Specialist.

In addition to helping people with their real estate goals and performing community service, Redmond enjoys traveling, eating out and dancing. She is an active Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the proud mother of a rising college sophomore and a recent college graduate. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information on Ebby’s 190 – Richardson Office, visit the award-winning ebby.com. To contact Dawn Redmond, email dawnredmond@ebby.com.

Hayden Real Estate Joins Ebby Halliday Companies


Residential real estate leader The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Hayden Real Estate, based in Stephenville, located approximately 70 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth. In addition to Stephenville, Hayden Real Estate serves the Farm & Ranch and residential real estate needs of Erath and surrounding counties.

“Hayden Real Estate has long demonstrated a commitment to excellence and superior marketing, technology and property management, and is home to a carefully selected team of agents who operate with the utmost integrity,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “A full-service residential real estate firm built on high expectations and lasting relationships, it is a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies.”  

Travis Mathews, Chief Operating Officer for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Over our 77-year history, our company has been built on strategic moves and we believe the addition of the outstanding real estate professionals of Hayden Real Estate will help ensure our leading market position for many years to come.”

Hayden Real Estate was founded by Eric and Jamie Hayden and has been carefully built by adding only the area’s most-respected agents to the firm’s roster of full-time agents. 

“Joining the Ebby Halliday Companies will take us to a whole new level,” says Eric. “We will now offer agents and their clients a dedicated and seasoned support team, enabling us to provide even more exceptional service throughout the entirety of the home buying and selling process.”

Says Jamie, a graduate of Stephenville’s Tarleton State University, “Ebby Halliday is such a respected name in the real estate industry. We couldn’t be happier knowing that our culture of caring will continue and that our agents and clients will benefit from the vast resources of the Ebby Halliday Companies. We like and respect their approach to the business of people and couldn’t be more pleased to be part of the Ebby family.”

In addition to the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience, agents in Ebby’s Stephenville office will benefit from the firm’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network in the world. 

“We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Hayden Real Estate to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” says Senior Vice President of Brokerage Carolyn Rosson.” Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction, and we believe they are an ideal fit for our Ebby family.” 

“We are so grateful for the extraordinary community of Stephenville,” says Eric. “They have been so amazing and supportive over the years, and we feel blessed to live and work here. We are excited for what the future holds for both our agents and clients as we grow along with Stephenville and the surrounding area.” 

Eric and Jamie, along with the rest of the market-leading team at Hayden Real Estate, are actively involved in the community, sponsoring such organizations as the Tarleton Booster Club and Rodeo, the Stephenville PRCA Rodeo, the Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the Stephenville Independent School District. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information about Ebby’s Stephenville office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Realtors Celebrate Rookies of the Year 2022


In 2021, you got it done. In 2022, we drink to you!

Maybe they’re new to the business, but these Rookies finished their first year like longtime pros. We had so much fun celebrating their successes with a special luncheon at Haywire.

Keep up the great work in Year 2, everyone!

Check out our Rookies of the Year Luncheon 2022 video below.  

For more photos from the Rookies of the Year Luncheon 2022, click here.

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

Jennifer Young Named Sales Leader of Little White House


Jennifer Young is the new sales leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Little White House Office. Young will also continue in her role as sales leader of Ebby’s North Dallas Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Malinda Howell, senior vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

“We are thrilled Jennifer has accepted this expanded leadership role and we know she is the right person to lead this iconic Ebby office,” says Kelly.“ She is the ideal person to succeed Betsy Cameron, who has been an incredible leader of the Little White House.” 

Cameron, who has led Ebby’s Little White House since 2019, will continue in her role as vice president of business initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Also announced was the appointment of Stacia Price as the Sales Leader in-Development for Ebby’s Little White House and Ebby’s North Dallas Office. Price will work closely with Young to provide coaching and support to sales professionals, along with continuing her sales career.

“We are very excited to welcome Jennifer and Stacia to their new roles, and we are so grateful for Betsy’s leadership,” says Howell.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Young worked as a registered nurse before becoming a real estate agent in 2014. When she moved to Dallas from Louisiana her Realtor was Mike Harvey. Young says Harvey, with his enthusiasm for real estate, convinced her to become an agent. She joined The Harvey Team in 2014, and when the team moved to Ebby in 2015 she joined them in the North Dallas Office.

“I knew I could learn so much from working with Mike and Pam Harvey,” Young says. “They are so widely admired and respected. Both Mike and Pam have been great mentors and so helpful to me over the years.”

Young says while learning the real estate business from Mike and Pam, she began to notice how much she also enjoys teaching and mentoring.

“I’m a servant leader at heart,” she says. “As a former nurse, I love to take care of people and I get a lot of joy from watching others succeed. I’m excited about growing our Little White House and North Dallas offices to the next level and working with each of our agents on their business plans and helping them achieve their goals.”

Young and her husband, Chris, are the proud parents of four children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, volunteering in the community and cheering on the LSU Tigers.

“I am honored and excited to take on this expanded leadership role,” Young says. “I’m very much looking forward to continuing to grow one of the nation’s most widely admired real estate brands.”

Price is a fourth-generation Texan who has developed a reputation for surpassing her clients’ expectations and has earned the Ebby’s Little White House VIP award for customer service multiple times. Her experience with sales, marketing and negotiations from her former role as a corporate executive makes her a perfect fit for her new role.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home MortgageHome Team InsuranceTexas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information, visit ebby.com. To contact Jennifer Young, email jenniferyoung@ebby.com. To contact Stacia Price, email staciaprice@ebby.com.

Tiffany Anderson Named Sales Leader of Ebby’s Prosper | Celina Office


Tiffany Anderson is the new sales leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Prosper | Celina Office. Anderson will also continue in her role as sales leader of Ebby’s McKinney Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Carolyn Rosson, senior vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

“We are thrilled Tiffany has accepted this expanded leadership role and we know she is absolutely the right person at the right time in just the right roles,” says Kelly. “Tiffany brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation to working effectively with clients through closing and beyond.”

“A licensed residential real estate agent since 2003, Tiffany joined Ebby Halliday in 2010 and has built a successful real estate practice by consistently going above and beyond for clients,” Rosson says. “Tiffany has also been an effective mentor for many agents. She has the perfect background and experience to fulfill this important role.”

Raised in real estate, Anderson’s journey began as a small child observing her late grandmother as she worked as a professional agent. A natural problem solver, innovative and people-oriented, Tiffany followed in her grandmother’s footsteps. A successful business built on referrals is a testament to the personal service and professionalism Tiffany has delivered throughout her career. 

A longtime agent whose transition into management has been an organic one, Anderson says she is, at heart, a servant leader. “I get a lot of joy from motivating people and I have always approached work as service. I want to serve our Prosper | Celina and McKinney agents and the wonderful North Texas community I’m privileged to call home.” 

Anderson, who holds the Graduate, Realtor Institute designation, is a graduate of St. Edwards University. She is an active volunteer and is married with three boys who are themselves active in sports and the outdoors. She enjoys yoga, dancing, gardening, boating, biking and traveling, as well as playing sports with her boys and watching them play sports. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new role in Ebby’s Prosper | Celina Office,” says Anderson. “I consider it a new way to give back to the industry I love, and I am very much looking forward to using the professional skills I have developed to help new and established agents take their real estate careers to the next level.”

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home MortgageHome Team InsuranceTexas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information on Ebby’s Prosper | Celina Office, visit ebby.com. To contact Tiffany Anderson, email tiffanyanderson@ebby.com.

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.