Doug Selzer Named Sales Leader of Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office


Doug Selzer has been named Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Malinda Howell, vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

A member of the Ebby Halliday family since 2012, Selzer has served as an agent in the office he will be overseeing. He is an active member of the East Dallas community, has served as the East Dallas MLS Representative for MetroTex Association of Realtors and serves as both a mentor in the Ebby Lakewood | Lake Highlands office as well as an instructor for the Ebby EDGE (Education/Discipline/Growth/Excellence) orientation program. 

“Doug has earned a reputation not only as a top producer along with his wife Elizabeth, but someone that lives our People First mission in the way he treats his clients and other agents,” Kelly says. Adds Howell, “As a Dallas native and Lake Highlands resident, Doug has already invested so much of himself in the area. He will help ensure this office remains a vital real estate resource to the surrounding residents.”

Selzer succeeds Rene Barrera, a respected industry veteran who recently took the helm at Ebby’s 190 – Richardson Office after Malinda Howell stepped aside to focus solely on her role as vice president of brokerage of the Ebby Halliday Companies. 

Prior to real estate, Selzer had an extensive background in senior management and leadership within the banking and financial services sectors. This position, he feels, is a natural extension of his career path.

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

Asked what he will bring to his new role, Selzer replies, “I am a collaborator. I want to work with new and experienced agents alike to share ideas – processes and procedures – that will make everyone better. I also see our office as a resource for the community. Of course, we want to help people buy or sell a house, but I also see us as being a go-to source of real estate information for those who live and work in the area.”

Selzer is a Certified Negotiation Expert and a Historic Home Specialist, in addition to a ‘D Best’ Real Estate Agent since 2018 and an Advocate ‘Top 25 Realtor’ since 2015. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a degree in Economics and is married to Lakewood | Lake Highlands agent Elizabeth Selzer. They have two sons. Doug enjoys fishing, cooking and relaxing with friends. 

For more information on Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office, visit the award-winning ebby.com. To contact Doug Selzer, email dougselzer@ebby.com.

Chris Kelly Among Top Industry Execs


Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, has been named to the Power 200. The list is widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business. To view the just-released Power 200 list, visit bit.ly/Power200ChrisKelly

The rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, office held, decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth and potential.

Congratulations to Chris Kelly on another honor very well deserved!

Chris Kelly is president and CEO of North Texas-based Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes three real estate brands, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, as well as affiliated mortgage, insurance and title companies. A graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Kansas Law School, Kelly is also a licensed real estate broker. He joined ReeceNichols, HomeServices of America’s Kansas City affiliate, in 2007, and served as corporate legal counsel before being promoted to chief administrative officer. Before joining the Ebby Halliday Companies, he served as senior counsel for HomeServices, where he supported the company’s acquisitions and technology initiatives. Chris and his wife, Melinda, have three children. He enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle, and has completed two Ironmans and five Half-Ironmans, as well as numerous marathons and other races. His other great passion is spending time with family.

Jill Reagor Smith Named EHC Success Coach


The Ebby Halliday Companies have appointed Jill Reagor Smith to a new position at the North Texas-based residential real estate services firm: Success Coach. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.

“A natural teacher and mentor with over 20 years of real estate experience in D-FW, Jill brings proven leadership skills and industry expertise to our three real estate brands, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew,” Kelly says. “We are very pleased that she has accepted the role of Success Coach with the Ebby Halliday Companies and feel strongly that new and experienced sales associates will benefit from Jill’s passion for excellence.” 

Adds Betsy Cameron, Vice President of Business Initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Jill is a highly respected veteran of North Texas real estate. She brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate and truly appreciates the wide-ranging educational opportunities available to new and experienced agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

A sixth-generation Texan, Reagor Smith is passionate about the residential real estate business and the professional relationships she is privileged to enjoy. 

“I am very relationship-driven,” Reagor Smith says. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving new and seasoned agents. The most important thing for me is to understand how each operates so I can better serve them.”

Reagor Smith adds, “My leadership style is collaborative. There is so much to learn from other agents. I love that the Ebby Halliday Companies feel like a family. The culture, professionalism, educational opportunities, integrity and high standards really set our brands apart.”

As a licensed real estate agent, Reagor Smith became a trusted advisor for clients. As the Success Coach for the Ebby Halliday Companies, she will coach and hold accountable new sales associates and those looking to take their business to the next level. She will evaluate needs, develop training materials and present classes and seminars in unison with, and under the direction of, Professional Development Officer Denaige Pizzutello. In addition, Reagor Smith will conduct in-person and virtual sessions and training with individuals and groups.

After graduating from Texas A&M University and prior to entering the real estate profession, Reagor Smith worked as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. She is married to Brian, a real estate appraiser, and the couple has an 18-year-old son, Spencer. She particularly enjoys volunteering, designing jewelry and cooking. Her other great passion is spending time with family and friends at the family’s Texas Hill Country ranch.

“I am so excited about my move to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” Reagor Smith says. “I love to listen and understand how agents work and help them take their business to the next level. My door will always be open for our agents, and our valued clients will reap the benefits.” 

For more information on Jill Reagor Smith and professional opportunities available at the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit the award-winning ebby.com.  

Ebby Halliday Companies Announce Home Office Move


The Ebby Halliday Companies, the No. 1 residential real estate services company in Texas, is proud to announce the move of its corporate office to a state-of-the-art facility in the Legacy Business Park area of Plano. 

“This beautiful new office is built for the future and now reflects the current culture and mission of our organization,” says Chris Kelly, President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Situated just off the Dallas North and Sam Rayburn Tollways, it is centrally located to our 31 offices across North Texas.” 

Adds Vice President of Finance and Operations Anthony Jackson, who oversaw the project from inception to completion, “The Ebby Halliday Companies new headquarters was designed from the ground up to support our agents and clients. We now have all of our central operations under one roof, including brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services. In addition, we have a beautiful new onsite training center.”

Completed with attention to detail by Dallas-based Conceptual Interiors, Ebby’s new corporate office features approximately 17,000 square feet of space that better meets today’s work needs with a focus on employee collaboration. Given today’s modern work environment and needs, the new space is deliberately smaller than the previous space which was over 34,000 square feet. However, you would never know it when you walk the space with its increased use of glass-enclosed offices and conference rooms, a nostalgic 30-foot wall mural of Ebby overlooking downtown Dallas in the 1950s, a video and photo studio, and a shaded outdoor courtyard.

Conceptual Interiors Vice President of Business Development Aaron Wallace says it was an honor to work on the project with the Ebby Halliday Companies as the firm celebrates 75 years of serving North Texas in 2020. “As employees and sales associates celebrate a milestone anniversary of one of our region’s most-storied businesses, we are very proud to have played a part in ensuring they are poised for the next 75 years. I love the way this new space turned out and I believe Ebby would be very proud.” 

The Ebby Halliday Companies’ new corporate office is located at 5560 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 100. For more information, call 972-980-6600 or visit ebby.com.

Ebby Acquires Cedar Creek Lake Brokerage


North Texas-based Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Johnson Monroe Realtors, a leader in the Cedar Creek Lake residential real estate market for the past 38 years. 

Johnson Monroe Realtors has long been a premier real estate company at Cedar Creek Lake. Its heritage goes back to the original real estate agency in the area, Paschal Real Estate, which began prior to the creation of the Cedar Creek Lake reservoir in 1966.

“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our combined companies to better serve current and future residents, as well as second-home buyers and sellers, in the Cedar Creek Lake area,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with over 100 years of residential real estate experience.”

Malinda Howell, Vice President of Brokerage for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Over our 75-year history, our company has been built on strategic moves and we believe the addition of the outstanding real estate professionals of Johnson Monroe will help ensure our leading market position for many years to come.” 

Natalie Thomas, Sales Leader of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake office, will lead the newly combined teams. “We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Johnson Monroe and believe this move significantly strengthens our leading position in the Cedar Creek marketplace. Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction. We like and respect their approach to the business of people and are very pleased that these highly respected agents will be joining our office.”

Travis Mathews, Vice President of Strategic Growth for the Ebby Halliday Companies, led the efforts on the acquisition along with Tracy Nowell, the owner and broker for Johnson Monroe. “We are working hard to ensure clients and agents alike will enjoy a smooth transition,” says Mathews. Adds Nowell, “It was important for me to find a partner that fits our company culturally and shares the same values on how to service our clients. I truly believe that we found that partner in Ebby Halliday.”

In addition to the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience, Johnson Monroe agents joining Ebby Halliday 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. 

“We take pride in offering our clients knowledgeable sales associates who provide exceptional service. Simply put, Johnson Monroe agents are a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies,” concluded Thomas.

Throughout 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas. 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. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title

For more information about Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Expand Into Oklahoma


The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today that the largest residential real estate services company in Texas is expanding into Oklahoma. 

“We are so excited to announce today that the Ebby Halliday Companies are open for business in Oklahoma,” says President & CEO Chris Kelly. “Ebby clients benefit from knowledgeable, respected agents and a team of professionals dedicated to making buying or selling a home or property one convenient experience. While our skilled agents help them navigate the market, our affiliated core-services companies handle mortgage, insurance and title needs with the utmost care. We are thrilled to offer those looking to buy or sell in Oklahoma the same great service we have long been known for in North Texas.” 

Says Marsha Butler, Ebby’s Broker of Record in Oklahoma, “As a company, we are passionate about this expansion and the opportunity to serve the real estate needs of Oklahomans and those looking to purchase property in the Sooner State.”

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Butler is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Her family has resided in the state since before it became one. Butler has been affiliated with the Ebby Halliday Companies for five years as an agent and mentor in the company’s Prosper | Celina Office.

Butler says exceptional recreational, farm, ranch and residential opportunities are abundant in Oklahoma and she is excited to introduce clients to all the state has to offer. 

“I am so grateful to be a part of Ebby’s Oklahoma expansion,” Butler says. “It has been a team effort for many months now involving an extraordinary group of agents, executives and employees. We are ready to hit the ground running and are so excited about assisting North Texans with their real estate needs in Oklahoma as well as introducing our incredible company to those that already call the Sooner State home.”

Adds Kelly, “2020 has been a memorable year for the Ebby Halliday Companies as we’ve celebrated our 75thanniversary. But more importantly, 2020 has been a significant year of growth as we open new offices in Cedar Hill, Prosper and Forney, and as we expand into the Oklahoma market to serve the needs of our valued clients. At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we can’t wait to further grow our ‘footprint’ across this great region as we seek to provide the professional representation and attention to every detail of each transaction that our valued clients so deserve.”

For more information about Ebby Halliday’s residential real estate services in Oklahoma and to search for your Oklahoma home, visit ebby.com/oklahoma. Contact Marsha Butler at marshabutler@ebby.com.

Shelly Nelson Named Recruiting Specialist


Shelly Nelson with Ebby Halliday Realtors

Shelly Nelson has been named Recruiting Specialist for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and CEO, recently made the announcement. 

Ebby’s in-house recruiting is recognized among the best in the residential real estate industry. Former Director of Recruiting Merry Shuck will transition to a new role as Director of Market Expansion for the Ebby Halliday Companies.

“I want to thank Merry for her significant contributions and I’m very happy to welcome Shelly Nelson to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” Kelly said. “Widely admired and respected in the North Texas residential real estate industry, Shelly possesses an extensive résumé and an intimate understanding of recruiting.” 

Said Betsy Cameron, vice president of business initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Shelly has held recruiting leadership positions at well-known brokerages and worked as a sales manager for a major corporation for 13 years prior to entering the recruiting industry. Her extensive background and industry knowledge are valued assets that will benefit our brands daily.”

A longtime resident of North Texas, Nelson grew up in Lake Highlands and has lived in Frisco since 2011. In addition to having served as a recruiter for two well-known real estate brands, she holds a residential real estate license and has worked as an agent. 

“I am passionate about recruiting, particularly within real estate,” Nelson said. “I love the real estate industry and the people who are part of it; they make a difference in the lives of others in pursuit of the American dream of homeownership.

“Ebby Halliday Companies agents are a very loyal group who are known for professionalism and integrity,” Nelson said. “Ebby is such an iconic brand and our industry-leading training sets our company and agents apart. I am very much looking forward to doing all I can to help attract new and experienced agents to the incredible culture and resources available to them at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”  

Adds Nelson, “As a recruiter, I want to help each person I interact with choose the best route to reach their professional goals. At the Ebby Halliday Companies we offer a time-proven path to a successful real estate career.”

When not working, Nelson enjoys spending time with friends, networking and playing golf. She is the proud mother of adopted twins, who are now in high school.

To contact Shelly Nelson, email shellynelson@ebby.com.

With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies include some of the most-respected brands in the country. Its real estate brands include Halliday RealtorsDave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its core-services companies include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Expansion Continues With Opening of Forney Office


The Ebby Halliday Companies have opened a new office in Forney. The office, located at 101 E. U.S. Highway 80, will serve fast-growing Kaufman County and the surrounding area. 

“Near the prominent corner of Highway 80 and Pinson Road, our Forney office, like all Ebby offices, will feature the latest in technology and offer home buyers and sellers one convenient residential real estate experience, including brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly.

Adds Vice President of Brokerage Malinda Howell, “While many companies have contracted during the COVID-19 era, we are proud to continue our significant expansion across North Texas.” 

In addition to opening its new Forney office, the Ebby Halliday Companies recently opened a new Cedar Hill office and are currently building a new Prosper location.

Ebby’s new Forney office is ideally located between the company’s two Rockwall offices and its Cedar Creek Lake Office, Kelly says. 

“Strategically located along U.S. Highway 80, our Forney office offers a superior location and is a statement of our commitment to serving this increasingly popular, fast-growing area for many years to come,” says Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, Co-Sales Leader of the new office and Sales Leader of Ebby’s Rockwall offices. The Forney office will also be led by Natalie Jackson Thomas, sales leader of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office.

“With success comes growth,” says Thomas. “We are assisting clients with one of the most-expensive and important transactions of their lifetime and it is vital that we utilize all of the resources that we can to best serve their needs. We are thrilled to now be able to do that from an exceptional, high-visibility Forney location. Whether you’re considering buying or selling a home or other property, we’re here to serve you.”

Ebby’s new Forney office will offer area residents, those who may be considering calling the area their new home, and top-producing agents an opportunity to be a part of something special. The office is designed to continue to grow along with Forney and the surrounding area and to accommodate the growing number of agents who proudly serve the area.  

Says Sotelo Kidd, “We are actively seeking agents to join our new Forney Office. Natalie and I love to see others succeed, and we’re excited about this opportunity to use our enthusiasm and sales skills to ‘sell’ Ebby as a company. Agents have choices and they can’t choose a better company than Ebby Halliday. Looking to make a move? Contact us today.”

Contact Sylvia Sotelo Kidd at sylviakidd@ebby.com or 214-476-6082. Contact Natalie Jackson Thomas at nataliejackson@ebby.com or 214-236-1910.

For more information about Ebby’s new Forney office, visit forney.ebby.com and facebook.com/ebbyforney.

Jason Bell Named Sales Leader of Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office


Jason Bell is the new sales leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office. Bell will also continue in his role as sales leader of Ebby’s Flower Mound | Lewisville Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Carolyn Rosson, vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

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

Bell succeeds Kim Nwachukwu as sales leader of Ebby’s Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office. Nwachukwu has chosen to return to serving clients as a full-time agent in the office Bell will lead.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as sales leader of this office, working with some of the best agents in the business,” Nwachukwu says. “I have missed, however, the everyday interaction with clients in real estate sales and I’m excited to return to that side of the business. I believe that Jason is just the right person for this job. He brings new energy and ideas and is great with education, technology and social media. Jason and I are focused on ensuring this leadership transition is a smooth one and that this will be a very positive experience for our Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell agents and clients.” 

“Jason joined Ebby Halliday in 2016 and has built a successful real estate practice by consistently going above and beyond for clients,” Rosson says. “He has also been an effective mentor for many of our agents. Jason has a thoughtful communication style that makes him very relatable to the agents he serves.”

Before embarking on his real estate career, Bell worked in the life and health insurance industries for 15 years. He holds the Graduate, Realtor Institute and Pricing Strategy Advisor designations.

“I’ve always enjoyed teaching, mentoring and coaching,” Bell says. “I feel like it’s what I’ve been called to do. I’m super excited about my new role as sales leader of Ebby’s Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office. “I strongly believe that my way is not the only way. I’m more interested in learning about what an agent is comfortable doing and then helping them maximize the opportunities.” 

Born and raised in North Texas, Bell is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He and his wife Amy have three children and enjoy spending time boating, fishing, golfing and watching their children play sports.

For more information on Ebby’s Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office, visit ebby.com. To contact Jason Bell, email jasonbell@ebby.com.

Tiffany Anderson Named McKinney Sales Leader


McKinney Sales Leader Tiffany Anderson

Tiffany Anderson has been named Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ McKinney OfficeChris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Malinda Howell, vice president of brokerage, made the announcement earlier today.

A licensed residential real estate agent since 2003, Anderson was most recently an agent in Ebby’s Plano Office as well as the Agent Development Director for the company’s 190 – Richardson Office.

“Tiffany joined Ebby Halliday in 2010 and has built a successful real estate practice by consistently going above and beyond for clients,” Kelly says. Adds Howell, “Tiffany has also been an effective mentor for many of our agents. She has the perfect background and experience to fulfill this important role.”

Anderson succeeds Kathy Darrow, a respected industry veteran who has led Ebby’s McKinney Office for over nine years and was recently named Texas Referral Alliance Liaison and Contract and Transaction Advisor for the Ebby Halliday Companies. 

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 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 McKinney agents and the wonderful community I’m privileged to call home.” 

Anderson, who holds the Graduate, Realtor Institute designation, is a graduate of St. Edwards University and a resident of McKinney. She is an active community 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 McKinney 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.”

For more information on Ebby’s McKinney Office, visit ebby.com. To contact Tiffany Anderson, email tiffanyanderson@ebby.com.