Burleson Among D-FW’s Most Influential Leaders

Mary Frances Burleson Among D-FW's Most Influential 


Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, is featured in the newest edition of D CEO Magazine’s The Dallas 500, the region’s definitive directory of the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.


Featuring leaders in more than 60 categories, The Dallas 500 is a special edition publication that celebrates the most influential leaders in North Texas. Unprecedented in scope, The Dallas 500 provides an engaging, personal look at the people that make Dallas such a powerful economic force.


Mary Frances’ story is engaging, to say the least. In 1958, she was a temporary worker with Jobs Unlimited and was sent to Ebby Halliday Realtors as a part-time secretary and receptionist.


Mary Frances was inspired by what she saw: sales associates who were enjoying and thriving in their careers. “My husband said that I had looked over the garden wall when I started working for Ebby Halliday and that I was never the same again,” says Mary Frances. “Ebby mentored and helped many, many people to find their career path … and I was one of the fortunate ones.”


Ebby quickly recognized Mary Frances’ talent, and with Ebby’s encouragement, she rose through the ranks of management positions to eventually become the chief executive of Ebby Halliday Realtors. Under Mary Frances’ guidance, the firm has grown to become the nation’s 10th-largest residential real estate company in sales volume.


As the chief executive of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Mary Frances has had the opportunity to speak and serve widely; but she has always held firm to the belief that her role is simple: to help others – in particular, the company’s agents and staff, to achieve their goals.


In 2013, Mary Frances received the National Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Award. Out of approximately 1 million Realtors, no more than two are recognized with the award each year.


In 2014, Mary Frances was the recipient of the Highland Park Independent School District’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves through their achievements in their field or contributions to society.


In 2015, Mary Frances was honored with the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. The award recognizes outstanding Dallas-Fort Worth-area women business leaders who not only are making a difference in their industries, but also in their communities.


And, earlier this year, Mary Frances was honored as D CEO’s Residential Real Estate Executive of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the residential real estate sector.


Mary Frances is a very civic-minded member of the Dallas community. Through her commitment to such groups as the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, of which she previously chairman, she has helped make Dallas a better place to live, work and enjoy life.


Congratulations to Mary Frances and to everyone associated with the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. As Mary Frances often says, she is blessed to be part of the best team in residential real estate.





Dallas Business Journal Honors Burleson

 Dallas Business Journal Honors Burleson


We’re proud to announce that Ebby Halliday Realtors President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson will be honored with the 2015 Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award on Tuesday, August 25.


The Women in Business Award recognizes outstanding Dallas-Fort Worth-area women business leaders who not only are making a difference in their industries, but also in their communities.


Showcasing the diversity of female business leaders in North Texas, this year’s honorees represent industries ranging from real estate to oil and energy to aviation and aerospace to healthcare to manufacturing to communications — and just about everything in between.


For more information and tickets to the 2015 Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Awards program, click here.




D CEO Features Ebby Execs



Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, who began working with founder Ebby Halliday when the business had just three offices and 35 agents, says she learned from the best. Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko feels the same way about Burleson.


At Ebby Halliday, we’re blessed with top talent throughout the executive ranks. Burleson and Misko are part of an executive dream team admired across Texas and far beyond.


In its May/June issue, D CEO magazine features Burleson and Misko in a compelling feature story on five high-profile Dallas CEOs and their “right hands.” Others included in the story are the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and Rich Dalrymple, The Richards Group’s Stan Richards and Jean Howe, BP Capital’s T. Boone Pickens, Jay Rosser and Sally Geymuller, and Southwest Airlines’ Gary Kelly and Nan Berry.


From D CEO’s The Gatekeepers by Karen Nielsen:


There aren’t enough hours in the day for Mary Frances Burleson to personally manage the flurry of activity at the residential real estate empire of the Ebby Halliday Cos. With 2014 sales volume exceeding $6.6 billion, the president and CEO relies on Betty Misko, her friend, confidant, and vice president and director of sales offices. “Between the both of us we have 100 years in this business,” says Misko. “There’s a lot of experience we can draw on.”


The two think alike, often dress alike, are high-touch managers, and as pre-baby boomers share not only a generation but by-the-book values. “I trust her implicitly,” says Burleson, who has been in her position since 1989. “That’s important.”


Click here for the full story from D CEO.


PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko and President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson


Burleson Among Industry’s Best

Burleson Among Industry's Best


Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, was just named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives by Real Estate Executive Magazine.


The award recognizes and celebrates the service, dedication and hard work Mary Frances has put in while she and our extraordinary team of Associates and staff have built Ebby Halliday into one of the premier real estate brokerages in America.


Ms. Burleson, who has also received the National Association of Realtors’ Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Highland Park Independent School District, says “Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three principles of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. I am extremely proud to be a part of an organization that places service to others at the forefront of everything we do.”


With more than $6.64 billion in sales in 2014, Ebby Halliday is the No. 1 independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and No. 10 in America, according to REAL Trends, Inc.


Learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings at the award-winning ebby.com.