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.