Carolyn Rosson Named President of the Ebby Halliday Companies


Carolyn Rosson has been named President of Brokerage of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Over her 41 years at Ebby Halliday, Rosson has held a variety of leadership positions within the organization. Most recently Rosson served as Senior Vice President, overseeing half of the brokerage’s offices under the Ebby Halliday, Dave Perry-Miller and Williams Trew brands. Prior to that, Rosson led the company’s Southlake office.

As President, Rosson will lead the day to day sales operations of the brokerage, ensuring the company continues to provide its sales associates, buyers and sellers a best in class experience. “I’m honored to lead our teams at the Ebby Halliday Companies and to work even more closely with our talented management team, sales associates and employees at all our brands to better serve our clients and our communities,” said Rosson. Malinda Howell will serve as Senior Vice President of Brokerage under Rosson, overseeing the 35 offices of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Rosson’s new role comes as part of an announcement that Chief Executive Officer Chris Kelly will have the additional title of Executive Vice President for HomeServices of America, the parent company of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

“Carolyn absolutely lives our mission of People First in all that she does,” says Kelly. “As I take on additional duties for HomeServices, I am confident that Carolyn, along with our executive leadership team, will continue to innovate and thrive in the years ahead.”

In addition to his duties at HomeServices, Kelly will continue to be involved in company activities, including a special focus on continuing the already rapid growth and expansion of the company’s footprint in new markets across Texas and Oklahoma, in close collaboration with Travis Mathews, the Chief Operating Officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

About the Ebby Halliday Companies

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, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Launch Initiative to Serve Hispanic Community


The Ebby Halliday Companies, Texas’ leading residential real estate services company, is launching an initiative to serve the growing Hispanic community in North Texas. This initiative stems from the Ebby Halliday Companies’ ongoing commitment to serve, reflect, and grow with North Texas.

“Homeownership is a fundamentally important and rewarding experience,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we are committed to serving all members of the communities in which we operate, not only through assisting them with the home buying and selling process but also through education on how to become a homeowner and how to protect their home and its value. We recognize the complexity of this industry and understand the importance for Hispanics to connect and be accurately informed in their language of preference.”

Leading Ebby’s initiative is Community Affairs Director Fabián Gayosso, who is supported by the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officers Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, Pamela Young and Sherry Adams. Born and raised in Mexico City, Gayosso earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and his professional experience includes working at two Consulates of Mexico in the United States and at a marketing firm that focuses on the Latin market. He specializes in strengthening community partnerships and building strategic alliances to develop, implement and promote programs and strategies aimed to improve the living standards of the communities.

“With a team of bilingual agents that speak our language (Spanish) and breathe our culture, the Ebby Halliday Companies are ready to guide Latinos to a rewarding experience, help them reach their goals and get them to the place we all want to be: home,” Gayosso says. “As an immigrant myself, I understand the challenges that people, regardless of their cultural, religious or socio-economic backgrounds, face outside their homeland. I am thrilled to lead this initiative at Ebby Halliday to strengthen the communities we serve.”

Although the focus will initially be on the local Hispanic community, this foundation will allow Ebby to better reflect the company’s current and evolving community within its agent population, leadership and client base.

“We realize our business is based on relationships and that every individual interaction makes a difference,” says Gayosso. “We are committed to being a trusted resource for both our agents and the community and to ensuring exceptional service and a transparent process.”

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 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 diversity and inclusion initiatives, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Unique Stays in Texas


Looking for a unique getaway, but don’t want to travel too far? Check out these one-of-a-kind destinations located right here in the Lone Star State!

Skybox Cabins – Glen Rose, Texas

Skybox Cabins are situated on 50 acres in the Texas Hill Country. Stay in the trees in these treehouse-inspired cabins. With large windows and second-story balconies, these cabins are a perfect spot for watching the sunrise, sunsets and star gazing into the night sky. skyboxcabins.com 

Flophouze Shipping Container Hotel – Round Top, Texas

Enjoy a weekend getaway in a recycled shipping container. There are nine different houses available that are renovated and beautifully decorated. With floor-to-ceiling windows, wake up to a beautiful sunrise and fresh Texas air. flophouze.com 

Cypress Valley Treehouses – Spicewood, Texas

Pick one of five treehouses to stay in, enjoy a day trip swimming in the lake or the pool and experience the rush of the zipline. At Cypress Valley Treehouses, your opportunity to relax is waiting for you. cypressvalley.com 

Geronimo Creek Retreat – Sequin, Texas

Getaway cabins, teepees and treehouses are all on this vacation rental property where you can enjoy swimming, fishing and other water activities like kayaking and paddle boarding. There is also an inside game room, basketball and volleyball court to name a few. geronimocreekretreat.com

Open Air Resorts – Spicewood, Texas

At this resort, you can stay in vintage trailers, tiny homes or an RV. There are also campsites, a swimming pool, a fishing pond and many other amenities. openairrv.com/communities/spicewood/ 

Basecamp – Terlingua, Texas

This Texas escape is a cross between a western hideaway and a space camp. You can stay in a teepee, casita or an enclosed see-through bubble-like tent to sleep under the night sky. This campground is located just outside of Big Bend National Park where tons of outdoor adventures await. basecampterlingua.com 

El Cosmico – Marfa, Texas

Twenty-one tents, teepees, yurts and vintage trailers all in the amazing town of Marfa. Throughout the year, this fun resort offers yoga, workshops, concerts and more. elcosmico.com 

The Exotic Resort Zoo & Safari Cabins – Johnson City, Texas

Zebras, elk, camels and a wallaby are just some of the animals on the grounds of this amazing property. There are six cabins available for overnight stays if you feel one day at this exotic retreat is not enough. Zooexotics.com 

Content provided by Core Services. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house Core Services brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. To learn more, visit ebby.com.

Ebby Frisco Food, Wine + Spirits Fest Benefits Operation Once in a Lifetime


Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to its 2nd-annual Food, Wine + Spirits Fest at Frisco Hall on Thursday, August 25, 2022. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Once in a Lifetime

“One of the founding principles of the Ebby Halliday Companies is service to the community,” says President and CEO Chris Kelly. “Our agents and employees take pride in serving their neighbors across Texas, and I couldn’t be more excited about our Frisco Office’s Food, Wine + Spirits Fest benefitting Operation Once in a Lifetime.” 

Says Bill Tucker, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office, “Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Operation Once in a Lifetime, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to make the dreams of U.S. service members, honorably discharged veterans and their families come true.” 

The Food, Wine + Spirits Fest’s VIP Experience includes a Riedel Glass Seminar hosted by a Riedel expert. Each participant will receive a Riedel Tasting Set, a $180 value, and taste four extraordinary wines. Afterward, participants are invited to join the Food, Wine + Spirits Fest walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants offering specially curated appetizers. The VIP Experience is $200. 

The Food, Wine + Spirits Fest’s Signature Event features a wine glass and general admission to a walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants’ specially curated appetizers. The Signature Event is $75. 

“Participants in our 2nd-annual Food, Wine + Spirits Fest will enjoy an exceptional evening, all benefitting Operation Once in a Lifetime, the “Make-A-Wish” of the military,” Tucker says. “In seven years, Operation Once in a Lifetime has helped over 159,000 service members and veterans and we’re thrilled to support such a widely respected, local organization.” 

The Food, Wine + Spirits Fest will also feature a silent auction with great prizes, including 2021 Bourbon and 2021 Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey from Sweetens Cove Spirits Company; two whiskey barrels from Jack Daniels; The Tribute Golf Club outing for 4 golfers; Kitchenaid 5-quart artisan stand mixer from Nebraska Furniture Mart; $200 Steve Fields Steakhouse gift card; 4 tickets + 1 parking pass to the Sept. 22 Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels game and more. 

“Even if you’re not a wine enthusiast, you’re invited to the 2nd-annual Ebby Frisco Food, Wine + Spirits Fest,” says Tucker. “It’s sure to be a fun time benefitting a great cause.” 


To learn more about the Ebby Frisco Food, Wine + Spirits Fest and to purchase your tickets, visit ebbyfoodandwinefest.org.

Three Finalists in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt from Ebby Halliday Companies


HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2022 is underway! There are eight categories and if you’re like us, you can’t wait to see inside these extraordinary properties and click the ‘VOTE’ button for your favorites.

This year, three homes under the Ebby Halliday Companies umbrella have been chosen as finalists. You will find them all in the Amazing Kitchens category. 

“​​Chateau-Style Dallas Estate With Warm & Inviting Kitchen”

9727 Audubon Lane, Dallas | Karen Keegan | Ebby Halliday Realtors 

“Contemporary Gold and White Kitchen With Double Islands”

1621 Carruth Lane, Southlake | Marcontell + Gilchrest | Ebby Halliday Realtors 

“Industrial-Style Kitchen in Converted Dallas Warehouse”

1517 E Levee Street, Dallas | Henda Salmeron | Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate 

Voting takes place now through August 2, and you can vote daily for your favorites in each of the eight categories. After you vote, be sure to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000!  

Cast your vote today! 

2022 marks the 11th consecutive year HGTV has partnered exclusively with Ebby Halliday Companies’ global real estate network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury marketing division Luxury Portfolio International to host the contest, which last year saw over 1.5 million votes cast – making it one of the most popular contests on HGTV.com.

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 three legacy brands: 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.

*Sweepstakes Details: Limit of one (1) Entry per eligible person, per day, per Website during the Promotion Period. Promotion ends 5:00 p.m. ET on August 2, 2022. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. This Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 21 years of age or older at Promotion start date. One (1) prospective Grand Prize Winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received during the Promotion Period on approximately August 3, 2022, and will be contacted by phone or email on or about three (3) business days following the drawing. The Grand Prize Winner will receive the following (the “Prize”): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) presented in the form of a check. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $10,000. Full Sweepstakes details are available here.

What is a Builder’s Home Warranty?


A builder’s home warranty is essential when buying a newly constructed home. Before signing a contract, learn what a builder’s warranty on new homes could cover and what it won’t. If you’re thinking of buying a newly constructed home, it’s important to know the difference between a builder’s home warranty and a standard new home warranty.

To learn more, visit bit.ly/BuildersHW.

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Festivities & Fireworks!


Happy Independence Day! As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, we hope you enjoy the many parades, outdoor concerts, festivities and fireworks commemorating our great nation’s birthday. Here are our picks for the best celebrations in your area!

ADDISON

Kaboom Town

Addison Circle Park

July 3 | 5 – 11 p.m.

ALLEN

Market Street Allen USA Celebration

Celebration Park

June 25 | 7 – 10 p.m.

ARLINGTON

Arlington Independence Day Parade

Downtown Arlington

July 4 | 9 a.m.

COLLEYVILLE

Stars & Guitars

Colleyville City Park

June 24 |  5 – 10 p.m.

DALLAS

Fair Park Fourth

Fair Park Dallas

July 4 | 4:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration

Klyde Warren Park

July 2 | 7 – 10 p.m.

FLOWER MOUND

Independence Fest 

Bakersfield Park 

July 4 | 5 – 10:30 p.m.

FORT WORTH

July 4th Celebration

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

July 3 & 4 | 6:30 – 10 p.m. 

Fort Worth’s Fourth

Panther Island Pavilion

July 4 | 5 – 10 p.m.

GRAPEVINE

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

Grapevine Lake

July 4 | 9:30 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE

Independence Day Lake Fireworks Spectacular

Lake Jacksonville

July 4 | 9 – 10 p.m.

LAKEWOOD

Lakewood 4th of July Parade

Lakewood and Cambria Boulevards

July 4 | 10 a.m. 

McKINNEY

Red, White and Boom!

Downtown McKinney & McKinney Soccer Complex

July 4 | All Day

PARK CITIES

Park Cities 4th of July Parade

Highland Park Town Hall to Goar Park

July 4 | 9 a.m.

PLANO

All American 4th & Fireworks

Red Tail Pavilion

July 4 | 6 – 10 p.m.

SOUTHLAKE

Southlake Stars & Stripes

Southlake Town Square

July 3 | 3 – 11 p.m.

STEPHENVILLE

July 4th Celebration

Various Locations

July 4 | All Day

TEXOMA

July 4th Celebrations and Fireworks

Various Locations

July 2 – 4 | All Day

TROPHY CLUB

Trophy Club Fourth of July Celebration

Independence Park East

July 4 | 6 – 10 p.m.

TYLER

Fourth of July Celebration

Lindsey Park

July 3 & 4 | All Day

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.