Really nice profile of Chris Kelly in DCEO Magazine this month, which you can of course read online any time you want. The article, by former People Newspapers Deputy Editor Bianca R. Montes, REALLY captures the personality and polish of Kelly, who was named CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies in October 2018, taking the helm of the largest independent real estate brokerage in Texas from Mary Frances Burleson. As we wrote at the time:
Longtime Ebby Halliday Companies president and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, an icon in the organization hired by founder Ebby Halliday in 1958, has stepped down from her position to focus on the firm’s eponymous nonprofit — the Ebby Halliday Foundation. In her place, Chris Kelly has been named CEO. Kelly, recently the senior counsel of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, is expected to mold the company’s strategy and direct operations with the aim of shaping the venerable North Texas brokerage’s brand while preserving the legacy of the company’s highly regarded founder, Ebby Halliday Acers.
I’m glad they did the profile which, albeit a year and two months later, was incredibly well-written and fleshed out Kelly’s background nicely: how he, a Kansas City native, became an attorney, but got into real estate after a trip to Cabo with his sister and her colleagues at ReeceNichols Real Estate led to an in-house position there. (I am always fascinated to learn how people got into real estate.) He was corporate legal counsel and chief administrative officer at ReeceNichols, a home grown firm started by two agent powerhouses much like Ebby. ReeceNichols also happened to be a HomeServices affiliate. His road to Dallas came about, of course, when Ebby Halliday Companies was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices — a company owned by Warren Buffet — in July of 2018.
Bianca didn’t ask about the competition of having two BHHS companies in one city, nor did she ask for a reaction to the company agents have dubbed “the beast” — Compass — because of the accelerated way the disruptive and highly tech-oriented North Texas brokerage has been gobbling up high producing agents.
But that’s okay, we covered it here.