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. 

Southwest Dallas | Ellis Counties Office Hosts Grand Opening Celebration


Ebby Halliday Realtors recently hosted a grand-opening celebration at its new Southwest Dallas | Ellis Counties office at 905 N. U.S. Highway 67, Suite 100, in Cedar Hill. Attended by local dignitaries, company leadership, the office’s agents and staff members, and other area agents and industry professionals, the event showcased the beautiful new office and its ideal location along the growing Highway 67 corridor.

“Our Southwest Dallas | Ellis Counties office is built for the future,” says Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “It offers an exceptional location and is a statement of our commitment to serving the Southern Sector for years to come. At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we are committed to growing our brands and offering our full range of real estate services to every member of our North Texas community who dreams of making homeownership a reality.”

The new office, which opened in late 2020, but whose grand-opening celebration was delayed due to COVID concerns, replaces Ebby’s longtime, Southwest Dallas | Ellis County Office and is part of the company’s commitment to better serve those who live in southern Dallas County and the surrounding area, as well as those who are considering relocating there.

“As a company, we recognized that the Southern Sector is underserved by residential real estate brokerages and their affiliated services, such as mortgage, insurance and title,” says Pamela Young, sales leader of Ebby’s Southwest Dallas | Ellis Counties Office. “We are working diligently to expand our presence, which will increase homeownership opportunities and provide expert representation for the area’s buyers and sellers. As part of this commitment, we are dedicated to expanding the diversity of our employees and sales force.”

“Our new office offers new and experienced agents a sophisticated atmosphere and the latest technology in a much-sought-after Cedar Hill location,” says Young. “We’re thrilled with the way it turned out and can’t wait to fill it to capacity with agents. If you’re interested in more information about this exciting new office, please contact me today.”

For more information on Ebby’s Southwest Dallas | Ellis Counties office, its sales associates and listings, call 972-296-0110 or visit ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Join CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion


In 2019, the Ebby Halliday Companies joined a growing coalition of CEOs pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. President & CEO Chris Kelly is among the more than 1,000 CEOs who have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, committing himself and the Ebby Halliday Companies to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“By signing on to this commitment, the Ebby Halliday Companies pledged to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion,” Kelly says. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies also appointed longtime leaders within the company Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young Diversity & Inclusion Officers. Since their appointments they have worked diligently to diversify recruitment and ensure that the Ebby Halliday Companies’ offerings reach the widest and most-inclusive group of homeowners and buyers.   

Organizations joining the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge have taken a step toward effecting positive change, exchanging tangible learning opportunities, creating collaborative conversations and fostering innovation.

“Diversity and inclusion are vital to the improvement of our work culture, the future of our business and industry, as well as the future of the region we are privileged to call home,” says Kelly. “As the market leader in North Texas, it is our responsibility to take action.”

Kelly says that the Ebby Halliday Companies have recognized that the Southern Sector of Dallas County is underserved by residential real estate brokerages and affiliated services, such as mortgage, insurance and title, and they are actively working to expand their presence in the Southern Sector, including the construction of a new office in Cedar Hill. 

“As we expand our Southern Sector presence, we will increase homeownership opportunities and provide expert representation for the area’s buyers and sellers,” says Kelly. “As part of this commitment, we are dedicated to expanding the diversity of our employees and sales force.”

In addition, the Ebby Halliday Companies – which includes three brokerage brands, as well as in-house mortgage, insurance and title brands – recognized the need to hire loan officers from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in order to best serve North Texas’ increasingly diverse population. Recruiting, hiring and retaining loan officers to better serve the entire North Texas community is one of the company’s stated goals. 

“It is a priority for us to provide our clients loan officers that they enjoy working with and who serve their home-buying and selling needs by providing a variety of loan products appropriate to their needs,” says Kelly. “This is an important initiative for us in 2020 and moving forward into the future.”

To learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies’ residential real estate brands, visit ebby.com, daveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com.

Pamela Young Named SWD/EC Sales Leader


Pamela Young Names SWD/EC Sales Leader

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Pamela Young sales leader of its Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

 

“I extend my sincere gratitude to longtime Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Sales Leader Terri Wheeler, who has been with Ebby for 37 years, 25 of those in management,” says Kelly. “Terri will continue to be an important presence in the office she guided and built, and will continue to support agents in a meaningful way going forward.”

 

Young brings extensive real estate experience, as well as a strong desire to assist Ebby’s Southwest Dallas/Ellis County agents in taking their careers to the next level, Kelly says.

 

“Pamela has been a very effective leader of our eResource Department,” he says. “She believes Ebby is a place she can grow professionally and she has certainly done that. I am confident her background will benefit our Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Office in many ways.”

 

Young has been with the Ebby Halliday Companies for 18 years and has considerable experience in leadership positions. She loves the excitement of assisting clients in finding just the right home — and says she has never met a stranger.

 

“I’m a people person, I love to laugh,” says Young. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving ourSouthwest Dallas/Ellis County agents.My leadership style is, ‘What can I do to help you?’ I want to help agents with networking and ensure that we all enjoy a collaborative culture.”

 

Young, who is passionate about recruiting new and experienced agents to the Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Office, says, “I am very much looking forward to growing the Ebby Halliday brand in the southern sector. As a longtime resident of the area, I am quite involved in the community and very appreciative of how it comes together in supportive and collaborative ways.

 

“Our clients are making one of the largest — if not the largest — purchases of their lifetime so it’s imperative that we get to know them and develop strong working relationships,” Young says. “I want our clients and agents to know that they can rely on me at all times.”

 

In her spare time, Young enjoys learning, cooking, travelling and spending time with her two adult daughters.

 

“I am excited about my move to Ebby’s Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Office,” Young adds. “My door will always be open for my agents, and our valued clients will reap the benefits.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Office, click here.