Ebby Halliday Realtors Announces First Oklahoma-Based Agent


In historic news for the Ebby Halliday Companies, President & CEO Chris Kelly announced that the first agent has been hired for the first Ebby Halliday office outside of Texas. Stan Gardner, an established real estate professional in Owasso, Oklahoma, near Tulsa, will carry this unique distinction into his new role. 

“Stan is a highly respected agent and member of the community,” Kelly says, “with qualities that dovetail nicely with our mission of ‘People First. Lasting Relationships. Elevating Real Estate.’ He has proven a visionary and entrepreneur in his career decisions thus far, so becoming our first resident Oklahoma agent seems to be a natural progression of that.”

The Ebby Halliday Companies first expanded into Oklahoma in October 2020 with a virtual presence. Since that time, more than a dozen Ebby Halliday agents have become dual licensed in both states. 

Sherry Smith, who currently manages Ebby offices in Sherman and Whitesboro near the Texas/Oklahoma border, has been appointed as the Oklahoma office’s first sales leader. 

About Gardner’s hiring, Smith says, “As we cross the Red River and begin building rapport with our neighbors to the north, it was crucial to bring someone onboard who could help us lay a firm foundation there. From Stan’s military service to his successful business ventures to his work with local Eagle Scouts, he invests himself wholeheartedly in whatever he does. We are excited to watch him do that in this case as well.”

Originally from Boston, Gardner attended Norwich University, a Military Academy in Vermont. He started a stainless-steel pipe business from the ground up at the age of 30 and was also the No. 1 recommended service distributor to the pulp and paper industry in the Northeast for 20 years. Outside of work, Stan has served as a local Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts, helping over 30 young men become Eagle Scouts. He once started a Boy Scout troop in an urban Tulsa neighborhood and promoted three Eagle Scouts from it, which was a first in the history of a HUD Housing Development.

His diverse background has provided Gardner the opportunity to work with professional men and women, city council members and people from all walks of life – the perfect segue to his career in real estate.

Once licensed, it didn’t take long for Gardner and his team to become No. 1 in sales production in Owasso. 

“My specialty is selling custom homes and working with developments,” Gardner says. “I have been one of the Top 25 Realtors in Tulsa for the past 10 years and am the No. 1 luxury Realtor in Stone Canyon in Owasso. My clients say that I’m the hardest-working Realtor they know. ‘Like a dog with a bone, finds it and moves it!’ I’m excited to work hard at growing the Ebby Halliday brand in Oklahoma.” 

Stan is a USMC Vietnam Veteran and lives with his wife, Maria, whom he enjoys traveling with all over the country. 

Stan Gardner can be reached at 918-430-8247 or stangardner@ebby.com.

For more information about Ebby’s Oklahoma office, contact Sherry Smith at 903-893-5921 or sherrysmith@ebby.com. For more information about Ebby Halliday Realtors, 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.