Co-founder and Chairman of the Board
Gary Keller is chairman of the board for Keller Williams Realty International, which he co-founded with Joe Williams in 1983. The company began franchising in 1991 and
expanded to Canada in 1998, and has become the third largest residential real estate company in the U.S. with sales and commissions growth topping 700 percent since 1995. In addition to helping to provide strategic direction for Keller Williams Realty, Keller maintains a busy schedule writing, teaching, speaking and consulting.
Based on his leadership qualities and contributions to the real estate industry, Keller was voted as one of the five “Most Admired People” in a survey conducted by REAL Trends magazine in 2000. He also was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Texas and dubbed the second most influential person in the real estate industry by REALTOR magazine in 2003. In 2004, he was a finalist for Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.
In 2006, Igaan News named Keller in their list of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders. The Wall Street Journal named Keller Williams Realty to its elite “Franchise High Performers” list in 2006, and the franchise is ranked by Entrepreneur magazine in several categories, including ranking No. 66 in the Franchise 500® and as the No. 52 fastest-growing franchise.
Keller has co-authored two nationally best-selling books – The Millionaire Real Estate Agent and The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, which enjoyed numerous weeks on BusinessWeek’s best seller list and an appearance on the best seller list of The New York Times. In early 2008, he released his third book, Your First Home: The Proven Path to Home Ownership, and in late summer the fourth book in the Millionaire Real Estate series, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times. All told, Keller’s books have sold more than a million copies world-wide.
Keller’s passions are golf, reading, movies, rock concerts, fly fishing, snow skiing, football, basketball, and spending as much time as possible with his family and friends. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Mary, their son, John, and their two dogs, Max and Grace.
Vice Chairman Mo Anderson is the driving force behind Keller Williams Realty’s culture of family. She established her first real estate office, a Century 21 franchise, in Edmond, Okla.,
in 1975; soon after, it was the third top-producing office out of 7,500 Century 21 locations in North America. In 1986 Mo sold her company to Merrill Lynch Realty, where she served as a district vice president until December 1989.
In 1991, Anderson became the first Keller Williams franchisee outside of the state of Texas when she persuaded Gary to expand his profit share concept for real estate offices. In 1992, she landed the regional director role for Oklahoma and became the co-owner of two Keller Williams market centers in that state.
In 1995, Keller put forth a call to all his regional directors to help him find a new top executive for the company. In January 1995, Keller’s extensive search came to an end when Anderson became president and CEO of Keller Williams Realty, with Keller stepping up to the position of chairman of the board. With the appointment of Mark Willis as president in 2002 and then CEO in 2005, Anderson now serves as the vice chairman for the company. Today, her focus is on cultivating the unique culture of Keller Williams Realty by traveling across the United States and Canada visiting market centers and teaching classes.
A tireless supporter of community causes, Anderson founded KW Cares in 2003 to assist company associates and their families in need and raised millions for Hurricane Katrina relief. Anderson has been named twice as Oklahoma’s Women in Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is also listed in Who’s Who in American Women and was one of 10 women profiled in Body and Soul (Hill Publishing). Most recently she was nominated for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2006 Good Neighbor Award, and named one of the magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate.
Anderson serves or has served on the boards of Edmond Memorial Hospital, the Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech Foundation and the Daily Living Center.
Mark Willis was named chief executive officer (CEO) of Keller Williams Realty International in 2005. With growth always his focus, Willis works to ensure that Keller Williams Realty
continues to attract and retain the best real estate professionals in the industry. When he became president of the company in 2002, the company had 14,000 associates. Today, the company boasts approximately 75,000 associates in over 650 market centers.
Prior to joining Keller Williams Realty in 1991, Willis was a branch manager for Coldwell Banker. He also owned his own real estate company, Carriage House Realty, in the mid-1980s. As team leader of Keller Williams Realty’s Southwest market center in Austin, Texas, Willis quadrupled the market center’s production over a five-year period, making it the number one real estate office in the Keller Williams system. In 1997, Willis became regional director for Central and South Texas and quickly expanded the region’s presence in San Antonio and Houston, eventually building a 1,900-agent business in the process — earning him a place in REAL Trends’ Billionaire’s Club.
President and COO
Mary Tennant was recruited by the executive team to come on board as chief operations officer (COO) in 2006 and within a year was named President and COO of Keller Williams
Realty Inc. Chosen by the executive team because of her “genius at building teams and developing efficiencies in staff and office operations,” Tennant oversees all the franchise headquarters’ operations and is responsible for ensuring that the fastest-growing real estate company in North America continues to provide its signature training and support to its 75,000 associates.
Tennant began her real estate career with Keller Williams Realty in 1992. Claiming National Rookie of the Year her very first year, Tennant quickly rose in the company ranks, taking on leadership and ownership roles at both local and regional levels. As the team leader of the Austin Southwest market center, she increased the real estate office’s annual closed volume sales from $90 million to $1.3 billion within eight years. The Southwest market center remains the number one real estate office in the world in the number of closed units.
Chief Products Officer
As chief products officer (CPO), Bryon Ellington is focused on ensuring the synergistic development across all business units of training and tools that provide our associates with a distinct edge.
Coming to Keller Williams Realty in 2002 with a background in education, Bryon has taken
pivotal roles in the development of a wide range of educational and technological initiatives. Serving first as a research analyst in the Information Technology department, he helped to define the technology tools that would most effectively drive associates’ businesses forward. He later assumed a leadership role within Keller Williams University, where he channeled his instructional design skills into the creation of many of the university’s training programs and authored several classes, including the Internet Lead Generation curriculum. In 2007, Bryon stepped up to the role of director of research, development and implementation, where he helped to create technology and training to serve the evolving needs of associates in an online envirogaent and put Keller Williams Realty at the forefront of technology in the real estate industry.
Chief Financial Officer
Ann Yett signed on as Keller Williams Realty International chief financial officer (CFO) in 2006. As CFO, Yett is responsible for overseeing all financial, accounting and tax functions
and has taken the lead in enhancing financial reporting systems and controls for annual budgets, forecasts and cash management.
Prior to joining Keller Williams Realty Yett was a certified public accountant (CPA) at the executive and consulting level and was responsible for crafting the strategic directions for companies of all sizes within a wide range of industries.