Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, has been named to the Power 200. The list is widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business. To view the just-released Power 200 list, visit bit.ly/Power200ChrisKelly
The rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, office held, decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth and potential.
Congratulations to Chris Kelly on another honor very well deserved!
Chris Kelly is president and CEO of North Texas-based Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes three real estate brands, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, as well as affiliated mortgage, insurance and title companies.A graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Kansas Law School, Kelly is also a licensed real estate broker. He joined ReeceNichols, HomeServices of America’s Kansas City affiliate, in 2007, and served as corporate legal counsel before being promoted to chief administrative officer. Before joining the Ebby Halliday Companies, he served as senior counsel for HomeServices, where he supported the company’s acquisitions and technology initiatives. Chris and his wife, Melinda, have three children. He enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle, and has completed two Ironmans and five Half-Ironmans, as well as numerous marathons and other races. His other great passion is spending time with family.
The Ebby Halliday Companies have appointed Jill Reagor Smith to a new position at the North Texas-based residential real estate services firm: Success Coach. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.
“A natural teacher and mentor with over 20 years of real estate experience in D-FW, Jill brings proven leadership skills and industry expertise to our three real estate brands, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew,” Kelly says. “We are very pleased that she has accepted the role of Success Coach with the Ebby Halliday Companies and feel strongly that new and experienced sales associates will benefit from Jill’s passion for excellence.”
Adds Betsy Cameron, Vice President of Business Initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Jill is a highly respected veteran of North Texas real estate. She brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate and truly appreciates the wide-ranging educational opportunities available to new and experienced agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”
A sixth-generation Texan, Reagor Smith is passionate about the residential real estate business and the professional relationships she is privileged to enjoy.
“I am very relationship-driven,” Reagor Smith says. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving new and seasoned agents. The most important thing for me is to understand how each operates so I can better serve them.”
Reagor Smith adds, “My leadership style is collaborative. There is so much to learn from other agents. I love that the Ebby Halliday Companies feel like a family. The culture, professionalism, educational opportunities, integrity and high standards really set our brands apart.”
As a licensed real estate agent, Reagor Smith became a trusted advisor for clients. As the Success Coach for the Ebby Halliday Companies, she will coach and hold accountable new sales associates and those looking to take their business to the next level. She will evaluate needs, develop training materials and present classes and seminars in unison with, and under the direction of, Professional Development Officer Denaige Pizzutello. In addition, Reagor Smith will conduct in-person and virtual sessions and training with individuals and groups.
After graduating from Texas A&M University and prior to entering the real estate profession, Reagor Smith worked as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. She is married to Brian, a real estate appraiser, and the couple has an 18-year-old son, Spencer. She particularly enjoys volunteering, designing jewelry and cooking. Her other great passion is spending time with family and friends at the family’s Texas Hill Country ranch.
“I am so excited about my move to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” Reagor Smith says. “I love to listen and understand how agents work and help them take their business to the next level. My door will always be open for our agents, and our valued clients will reap the benefits.”
For more information on Jill Reagor Smith and professional opportunities available at the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
Considered one of Texas’ most successful businesswomen, Ebby Halliday Acers left a mark not only as a pioneer in North Texas’ residential real estate industry, but as a philanthropist who believed in giving back to the communities her namesake company serves. This commitment to, in her words, “do something for someone every day,” is still very much a part of the fabric of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew.
To mark our 75th anniversary as a leading real estate provider, we chose to honor this legacy by hosting a fundraising drive across our approximately 2,000 agents and employees to support the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Ebby employees reached out to their networks to raise funds for hunger-relief in North Texas at a time when food bank services are needed more than ever due to the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our agents’ work and efforts this year have resulted in a thriving real estate market during a pandemic,” said President and CEO Chris Kelly. “But we know there are so many more in our community who are struggling, and this is a year, more so than ever, to really support them.”
The impact of the pandemic is a driving factor in the Ebby Halliday Companies’ focus on community outreach and charitable giving as we celebrate 75 years of service. And in this season of giving thanks, our storied brand saw a great opportunity to showcase how collaboration and partnership strengthens our communities.
As the employee giving campaign entered its final push leading up to Thanksgiving, the board of the Ebby Halliday Foundation made a matching gift offer. The Foundation provided a $2 match for every $1 donated (up to $30,000), tripling donations and encouraging agents to meet – and surpass – the $75,000 goal. We are thrilled as a company that not only did we meet the goal, we raised $110,000, providing 330,000 meals for our neighbors across North Texas.
With the ongoing pandemic and its devastating results, food insecurity remains a major issue in our region. If you are able to donate to the North Texas Food Bank or the Tarrant Area Food Bank, we encourage you to “do something for someone today.”
The Ebby Halliday Companies, the No. 1 residential real estate services company in Texas, is proud to announce the move of its corporate office to a state-of-the-art facility in the Legacy Business Park area of Plano.
“This beautiful new office is built for the future and now reflects the current culture and mission of our organization,” says Chris Kelly, President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Situated just off the Dallas North and Sam Rayburn Tollways, it is centrally located to our 31 offices across North Texas.”
Adds Vice President of Finance and Operations Anthony Jackson, who oversaw the project from inception to completion, “The Ebby Halliday Companies new headquarters was designed from the ground up to support our agents and clients. We now have all of our central operations under one roof, including brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services. In addition, we have a beautiful new onsite training center.”
Completed with attention to detail by Dallas-based Conceptual Interiors, Ebby’s new corporate office features approximately 17,000 square feet of space that better meets today’s work needs with a focus on employee collaboration. Given today’s modern work environment and needs, the new space is deliberately smaller than the previous space which was over 34,000 square feet. However, you would never know it when you walk the space with its increased use of glass-enclosed offices and conference rooms, a nostalgic 30-foot wall mural of Ebby overlooking downtown Dallas in the 1950s, a video and photo studio, and a shaded outdoor courtyard.
Conceptual Interiors Vice President of Business Development Aaron Wallace says it was an honor to work on the project with the Ebby Halliday Companies as the firm celebrates 75 years of serving North Texas in 2020. “As employees and sales associates celebrate a milestone anniversary of one of our region’s most-storied businesses, we are very proud to have played a part in ensuring they are poised for the next 75 years. I love the way this new space turned out and I believe Ebby would be very proud.”
The Ebby Halliday Companies’ new corporate office is located at 5560 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 100. For more information, call 972-980-6600 or visit ebby.com.
The Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has been named one of the Top 100 Places to Work in North Texas in the Large Companies category by The Dallas Morning News.The announcement came at the Morning News’ 12th-annual Top 100 Places to Work event, which took place online on November 12. The Ebby Halliday Companies placed No. 10 in the Large Companies category.
The annual contest is overseen by The Dallas Morning News’ research partner, Workplace Dynamics, a recognized leader in measuring the health of U.S. companies based on employee opinions. Companies are graded in performance of leadership, sense of mission, career opportunities, culture, and pay and benefits.
“It’s so meaningful for the Ebby Halliday Companies to be named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by The Dallas Morning News as we celebrate our 75th anniversary of serving the residential real estate needs of North Texans and those choosing to move here,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “This is a great honor for us as a company. I’m most proud that our people are so passionate about the workplace they’ve helped build together.”
Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm, Ebby Halliday today is the largest residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume. It was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018.
“Our people are humble, hungry and smart,” Kelly says. “We treat the Ebby Halliday family of companies as one team and share a common goal of service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community.
“As an Ebby Halliday Companies client, you’ll benefit from knowledgeable, respected real estate agents and a team of trusted professionals dedicated to making buying or selling your home one convenient experience,” Kelly says. “While our skilled agents help you navigate the market, our family of affiliated core-services companies will handle your mortgage, insurance and title needs with the utmost care.”
Shelly Nelson has been named Recruiting Specialist for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and CEO, recently made the announcement.
Ebby’s in-house recruiting is recognized among the best in the residential real estate industry. Former Director of Recruiting Merry Shuck will transition to a new role as Director of Market Expansion for the Ebby Halliday Companies.
“I want to thank Merry for her significant contributions and I’m very happy to welcome Shelly Nelson to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” Kelly said. “Widely admired and respected in the North Texas residential real estate industry, Shelly possesses an extensive résumé and an intimate understanding of recruiting.”
Said Betsy Cameron, vice president of business initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Shelly has held recruiting leadership positions at well-known brokerages and worked as a sales manager for a major corporation for 13 years prior to entering the recruiting industry. Her extensive background and industry knowledge are valued assets that will benefit our brands daily.”
A longtime resident of North Texas, Nelson grew up in Lake Highlands and has lived in Frisco since 2011. In addition to having served as a recruiter for two well-known real estate brands, she holds a residential real estate license and has worked as an agent.
“I am passionate about recruiting, particularly within real estate,” Nelson said. “I love the real estate industry and the people who are part of it; they make a difference in the lives of others in pursuit of the American dream of homeownership.
“Ebby Halliday Companies agents are a very loyal group who are known for professionalism and integrity,” Nelson said. “Ebby is such an iconic brand and our industry-leading training sets our company and agents apart. I am very much looking forward to doing all I can to help attract new and experienced agents to the incredible culture and resources available to them at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”
Adds Nelson, “As a recruiter, I want to help each person I interact with choose the best route to reach their professional goals. At the Ebby Halliday Companies we offer a time-proven path to a successful real estate career.”
When not working, Nelson enjoys spending time with friends, networking and playing golf. She is the proud mother of adopted twins, who are now in high school.
To contact Shelly Nelson, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
Harold Decena has been named Vice President of Corporate Real Estate Services for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Betsy Cameron, vice president of business initiatives, recently made the announcement.
“Harold is a widely admired veteran of the relocation services industry,” Kelly said. “Having led relocation departments at two firms, as well as having effectively served the Ebby Halliday Companies for the past several years in a relocation-services management capacity, Harold is the perfect person to succeed Karen Greene, one of the industry’s most-admired professionals.”
Greene, who recently announced her intention to retire at the end of June, has been a relocation director in North Texas for 35 years. Having long planned to retire in 2020, she has mentored Decena with the goal of a seamless transition in mind.
Greene says that among the things she has most enjoyed about working at the Ebby Halliday Companies are the respect the iconic brand commands nationwide and its long-established relocation department.
“I also enjoyed that every day was different,” Greene says. “In the relocation business, you deal with human beings and a very important part of their lives – their homes. I loved working our agents and the years flew by for me.”
Decena will lead one of the nation’s most-respected and largest in-house Relocation Departments.
“I’m excited to be associated with a company that has deeply established roots,” Decena says. “I consider it an honor to help further the visibility Karen and our team have built in the relocation referral landscape.
“My intention is to build on the success she has established and to further our local and national reputation as a department that helps make relocation a seamless experience for clients,” he says. “I want our clients to have an exceptional experience, but I also want our agents to have a great one. We are so fortunate to have an amazing team of agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”
Decena, a licensed real estate agent who also holds the Certified Relocation Professional designation from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, will lead a department of eight relocation professionals who are known nationwide for their ability to facilitate the real estate referral process – both incoming and outgoing.
“My leadership style is performance and data driven – it’s all about the results,” Decena says. “I want every member of our department to have the tools necessary to succeed. I genuinely want to help each team member achieve his or her goals. I see myself as their partner in achieving success. At the end of the day, it’s about providing an exceptional real estate experience while continuing to build a respected department and collaborative relationships with our agents and sales leaders.”
For more information on the Ebby Halliday Companies’ corporate real estate services, visit the award-winning ebby.com. To contact Harold Decena, call 972-980-6637 or email email@example.com.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary of serving the real estate needs of North Texas in 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are the No. 1 residential real estate firm in Texas by sales volume. In addition to its three real estate brands, Ebby’s Core Services companies include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. For more information, visit ebby.com, daveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com.
Mayur Chudasama has been named Director of Property Management for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Anthony Jackson, vice president of finance & operations, recently made the announcement. Ebby’s Property Management Division is responsible for the day-to-day management of hundreds of single-family homes, townhomes, duplexes and condominiums across North Texas.
“I am looking forward to working alongside Mayur as he brings the knowledge and structural expertise that is needed to run a large property management division,” says Jackson. “He is very familiar with the D-FW market and brings extensive experience working with property managers and property owners.”
Born and raised in Tulsa, Okla., Chudasama has lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for the past 10 years, where he has overseen the day-to-day management of homes located in 16 major markets across the U.S.
A natural leader, Chudasama says he leads by example. “I really enjoy the work of property management and I’m not hesitant to ‘get in the weeds’ as needed – no job is too large, or too small, when it comes to satisfying our valued clients. I want all of our property owners to know that while we are large enough to serve them, we are also small enough to know them.”
Chudasama says that during his years in the property-management profession he has seen just about everything and that he is well prepared – and excited – about leading the property-management division of North Texas’ most-respected residential real estate company.
Chudasama is married and is the father of two young children, 1 and 3 years old. In his spare time, he enjoys all things fitness-related. He particularly enjoys biking and is a frequent participant in local “5k” runs.
“I’m excited to join the Ebby team,” he says. “My new position offers a great opportunity to grow Ebby’s Property Management Division, as well as the opportunity to support some of the best agents in the business. With my professional background and knowledge of proven processes and industry technology, and with the assistance of our talented staff, I am confident that Ebby’s Property Management Division has a very bright future.”
With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Its real estate brands include Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew. Its affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.
For more information on the Property Management Division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
“Over the past few years we have seen more international buyers than ever coming to the Dallas and Fort Worth area via London,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Not just UK and European buyers, but buyers from across the world who use London as their international base. New North Texas residents are drawn by the exceptional opportunities offered by one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the United States. The vast range of cultural and educational facilities also excites many buyers – a number so significant it is affecting the way we market clients’ homes.
“Rather than waiting for buyers to come to us, we are reaching out to buyers,” Graham says. “It’s a positive move that has already brought significant success. Clients love the added coverage their homes receive and buyers love the easy access they have to the Dallas and Fort Worth market.”
Ebby’s Mayfair office is located in the heart of London’s West End. The Ebby team in London is highly experienced in international real estate and are experts in property marketing and real estate media. The Ebby Halliday London office also acts as a gateway to the world with real estate connections around the globe.
Of particular importance to the Ebby Halliday Companies and its clients is mayfairinternationalrealty.com, which offers properties exposure to the global market and uploads to other premier UK-based websites. The site provides a worldwide portal for luxury properties. Ebby Halliday enjoys the unique benefit of being the only North Texas brokerage whose properties are uploaded to the property search site of Country Life (countrylife.co.uk), regarded as the leading UK magazine for luxury real estate. Properties are also uploaded to the property search site of the Financial Times (ft.com), one of the most important financial publications worldwide.
The Ebby Halliday Companies is the largest residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500 report. Founded in 1945, the company has approximately 1,800 agents and staff in 33 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2018, Ebby Halliday was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices of America is the country’s-largest residential real estate company based on transaction sides, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500. Visit the award-winning ebby.com.
PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly and Mayfair International Realty’s International Director Annette Reeve and Managing Director Nick Churton.