Chris Kelly, Leslie Rouda Smith Named to 2022 Swanepoel Power 200 List


Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Leslie Rouda Smith, 2022 NAR president and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate broker associate, were named among “The Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate” on the just-released Swanepoel Power 200. The prestigious Swanepoel lists are widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business. 

“It’s my honor to be named to the Swanepoel Power 200,“ Kelly says. “But I want to give credit where credit is due: Our people are what make the Ebby Halliday Companies special. It’s my honor to work alongside an immensely talented team of professionals who are passionate about serving our clients, our communities and our industry. The opportunity to help lead this iconic company to its next level of growth and performance is both humbling and exciting.”

The Swanepoel rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, the office held, the 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 and Leslie on another honor very well deserved!

To see the full Swanepoel Power 200 list, click here.

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.

Ebby Halliday Elementary Starts the School Year Strong


Agents of Ebby Halliday Companies Deliver Backpacks, School Supplies for Every Student at DISD’s Ebby Halliday Elementary

The Ebby Halliday Companies is built on a foundation of generosity, extending back to the days when Ebby Halliday herself was running the iconic residential real estate brand. Now a new generation of agents have readily adopted her personal mantra, “Do Something for Someone Every Day,” and are living it out in a variety of ways.

A most recent example is the Back-to-School Backpack Drive initiated by the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. Agents were given school supply lists for Ebby Halliday Elementary School in southeast Dallas, and asked to provide. 

The company’s more than 30 offices quickly responded and within a week, hundreds of backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and more, were being delivered to the school – in plenty of time for Meet the Teacher night on August 12.

CEO & President Chris Kelly was quite pleased by the effort.

“Given what we’ve asked the children in our communities to endure and overcome these past 18 months,” said Kelly, “helping get their school year off on the right note is the least we can do to contribute towards their success. I am incredibly proud of how the entirety of the Ebby Halliday Companies rallied around the challenge issued by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.”

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young are EHC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion officers as well as sales leaders with Ebby Halliday’s offices in Rockwall and Forney, and Southwest Dallas, respectively.

“The Council’s goal was to gather 650 backpacks and we beat that by three!” said Kidd. ”We also have additional supplies for almost 100 more students.”

“Our mission with community outreach efforts like this is twofold,” Kidd continued. “We want to encourage both internal growth among our agents, staff and executives, and growth among our own community members. We want to ensure they have the opportunity to bridge generational wealth gaps. This mindset can start as early as Kindergarten.”

Added Young, “In addition to this, committee members have already identified a few key areas in North Texas where we plan to hold educational seminars regarding credit and lending, and host other beneficial programs. The potential to own a home should be for everyone.”

Ebby Halliday Elementary opened in August 2011 as part of a 2008 DISD bond package. The two-story, environmentally-friendly school is set in a rural-like area called Rylie where manufactured homes and horses are a common sight. Just behind the school, bulldozers prepare lots for a large single-family housing development, perhaps a sign of hope for community members that owning a home can be for them, too. 

Record-Breaking Month: $1.1 Billion in Sales, 2,000 Families Served


Month-end numbers have been tallied at the Ebby Halliday Companies and results confirm the local residential real estate powerhouse, comprising Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, has again broken a 75-year sales record achieved less than a year ago. 

June 2021 is now officially the North Texas market leader’s best month ever, totaling $1.1 billion in closed sales.  

Chris Kelly, CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, took to video email and social media to congratulate more than 2,000+ agents across North Texas on the accomplishment.

“Your previous record did not stand the test of time,” Kelly said, “as less than a year later, you broke it again. Thank you for the unparalleled service you provide to your clients, as that is what this record represents. In just 30 days, you helped almost 2,000 individuals and families. At this rate, we can anticipate year-end numbers to break even more company records.”

So far in the first half of 2021, agents of the Ebby Halliday Companies have helped over 9,000 individuals and families and closed $5 billion in real estate. 

Having celebrated last year 75 years of service to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by transaction sides. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. 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.

Travis Mathews Named VP of Operations


Travis Mathews has been named Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.

“Travis joined the Ebby Halliday Companies in 2019 and has adeptly led our growth strategies through acquisitions, franchising and related expansion opportunities, as well as our IT infrastructure and commercial real estate growth, all while skillfully overseeing our consumer-facing technology and the extensive suite of technology tools available to our agents,” says Kelly. “In his new role, Travis will expand upon these functions to oversee finance and accounting, facilities, and our growing property management and Apartments by Ebby divisions.”

Says Mathews, “As Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, I have the privilege of leading a dynamic team dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our agents and clients. In this role I am also sharply focused on growing the reach of the Ebby brand, in North Texas and beyond.”  

Mathews has been in the real estate industry for 18 years, starting as an agent with Briggs Freeman Real Estate in 2004. He joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates in 2008, most recently serving as its Chief Operating Officer. In 2018, Mathews joined the Ebby Halliday Companies’ parent company, HomeServices of America, as Director of Operations, overseeing critical and innovative technology initiatives.

“I am so excited with the direction and growth of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the incredible momentum this iconic company is experiencing,” Mathews says. “Our leadership, employees and agents are dedicated to providing our valued clients with a world-class residential real estate experience, day in and day out.”

Mathews graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is married to Brittany Mathews, a real estate agent in Dallas. The couple have two children.

Mathews adds, “I am honored and excited to take on this expanded leadership role with the Ebby Halliday Companies and I am looking forward to building on the extraordinary success and the hard-earned equity of each of our brands.”Having celebrated 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. 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’ real estate brands include Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information, visit ebby.com.

Don Tomlinson Named President of Texas Premier Title


Don Tomlinson has been named President of Ebby Halliday Companies’ Texas Premier Title. Tomlinson assumes the role from Martin Ripoll, who, after a 40+ year career in the title industry, has announced his retirement and desire to spend more time with his wife and family.

In 2011, Ripoll helped create Texas Premier Title to better serve the real estate industry across North Texas. Over the last decade, he and his team have closed over 30,000 real estate transactions and collaborated with thousands of real estate professionals to provide a stellar closing experience. Ripoll is known as both a true student of and a teacher in the title industry, and helped develop and launch the careers of countless professionals. His dedication to employees, real estate professionals and clients is renowned in the industry, as is his commitment to service and willingness to solve any issue or challenge. 

Tomlinson assumes the role of President as of June 21. He and Ripoll have been working closely together during the transition period. 

Tomlinson comes to the Ebby Halliday Companies from HomeServices of America sister-company Long & Foster, where he has served as Regional Vice President of RGS Title since 2013.

“During my roles as Managing Attorney and Regional Vice President, I learned something new each day,” Tomlinson says. “This type of role has been my goal for many years, and I’ve spent my time at RGS honing the skills I would need for it through additional education, networking, reading, and listening.” 

“Martin has built something special that will last long into the future,” he continues. “It’s an incredible accomplishment. I have to respect the foundation he built while looking toward the future. My approach will be to take things step-by-step. Current team members are working hard every day, and I will support them while also finding new avenues of growth.” 

Tomlinson is coming from a similar, very active market in the Washington, D.C. area. He plans to use his understanding of the commonalities and adjust to the unique elements of the North Texas market, thinking about the rest of this year but also planning for five, 10 and 20 years from now.

Catherine Sims, Vice President Core Services, spoke of the transition, saying, “While Martin is responsible for elevating Texas Premier Title to the level it is today, we are confident Don is the right leader to continue the upward trajectory with his visionary thinking. We are looking forward to having his title savvy and expertise here in Texas.”

“I’m looking forward to a lot of things about Texas, but the people really stand out to me,” Tomlinson says. “I’ve only met a few on prior visits, but they have been incredibly welcoming. It will be a big move for my East Coast family. We’re really looking forward to becoming part of the community and getting to know the people and places that make Texas unique.”

Texas Premier Title is a full-service title company that take pride in building strong, long-lasting relationships with clients. Strategically located branch offices located throughout the D-FW area provide clients the ability to close at a convenient location. Escrow officers and associates are dedicated to ensuring that every detail of the “contract-to-close” process is executed with excellence for an exceptional customer service experience. For more information, visit txprem.com.

Having celebrated 75 years of service to North Texans and those moving to the region in 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. In addition to three real estate brands: Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, 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.

WiNGS, Ebby Halliday Foundation Team Up to Impact Women in DFW


WiNGS – a 113-year-old nonprofit organization that empowers women, fights poverty and impacts generations – has been named the beneficiary of all donations made to the Ebby Halliday Foundation through the end of summer. This partnership continues the legacy and connection between WiNGS (formerly the YWCA of Dallas) and Ebby, and will expand the impact made on women in Dallas through WiNGS programming.

Ebby Halliday embodied the spirit of entrepreneurship, support and mentorship of women, which is foundational to WiNGS’ mission. Causes benefiting women and children were always dear to Ebby, who supported the organization back when it was known as the YWCA. She remained a faithful supporter of the mission of women achieving financial security and self-sufficiency through the transition to WiNGS, and even became the namesake of the WiNGS building, “Ebby’s Place,” which opened in 2015.

“Ebby Halliday was doing the work of WiNGS before she even knew about WiNGS,” said Kate Rose Marquez, CEO of WiNGS. “This partnership is a continuation of her unwavering support of women, and will allow WiNGS to have an even greater impact on families in Dallas.”

“The WiNGs Center at Ebby’s Place goes above and beyond to help women get back on their feet,” said Chris Kelly, President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies and board member of the Ebby Halliday Foundation. “Its goals and our mission of service align perfectly. We’re very proud to support this vital community asset.”

Just as Ebby approached mentorship, WiNGS is not a one-time service – it is an organization that practices the principle of teaching women to fish. The services at WiNGS empower women to become self-sufficient and take ownership over their path to success. WiNGS staff, coaches, nurses and volunteers take a customized approach to tailor resources, action plans and one-on-one mentorship to each client’s specific goal and build resiliency to prepare for the future. WiNGS views “Ebby’s Place” as more than just a physical building, but rather a state of mind.

The Ebby Halliday Foundation is accepting contributions through the donations page on its website. If you would like to contribute to this life-changing cause, and follow in the footsteps of one of Dallas’ great philanthropic leaders, visit https://www.ebbyhallidayfoundation.org/donate.

For more information about WiNGS and Ebby’s Place, visit wingsdallas.org.

Kristi Wallace Named Recruiting Specialist for Ebby Halliday Companies


The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today that Kristi Wallace will assume the duties of Recruiting Specialist its brokerage brands (Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew). Wallace earned her real estate license in 2003 and has most recently been an agent with the top-producing Paulette Greene Group at the Ebby Frisco office. 

With talent attraction and productivity being among the Ebby Halliday Companies’ top goals for 2021, President & CEO Chris Kelly confirmed that Wallace will be the right recruiter to help reach these goals. 

“Recruiters tend to be hired from outside,” Kelly says. “Kristi brings to this corporate position an insider’s knowledge that will no doubt be invaluable. She already knows and champions the culture here and has the mindset of an agent. Recruits will find her knowledgeable, relatable and empathetic.”

Wallace will report to Betsy Cameron, vice president of business initiatives and also sales leader for the Ebby’s Little White House and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Lakewood offices. 

“I am thrilled with the perspective Kristi brings to this vital role,” Cameron says. “Recruits are often choosing from more than one brokerage, and she will be able to offer the benefit of her personal experiences here to them. And do so with confidence!” 

Wallace confirms that this is her intent. “I wholeheartedly believe the Ebby Halliday Companies are incredible, from the leadership team to the Marketing Department, to the technology, education and coaching available. I believe my passion for the brand will shine through in every conversation I have with current agents and prospective candidates alike.”

“I have an intimate understanding of the trials and tribulations agents face every day,” Wallace continues. “From the outside looking in, it seems quite easy, right? Just put a sign in the yard and the house sells with multiple offers and on to the next.  But it’s not an easy job, especially in this market. I hope to alleviate any concerns agents have and get them started on the right foot.” 

When asked what she’s most looking forward to in her new role, Wallace replies, “I’m excited about the opportunity to not only contribute to the growth of our brands, but also to have an impact on individual agents’ lives by introducing them to the Ebby Halliday Companies and helping them elevate their careers. One of my all-time favorite Ebby quotes is, ‘Improve your life by improving the lives of those around you’ and this position will allow me to do just that!” 

Wallace is a native of Colorado. She and her husband spend their free time with their fur babies and seek ways to improve the lives of all four-legged friends through various animal welfare programs.

To contact Kristi Wallace, call 972-834-1961 or email kristiwallace@ebby.com.

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.