ORLANDO — Keller Williams founder and primary owner of Keller Williams Realty Gary Keller announced a major management change today that puts Chris Heller in the CEO role and John Davis as the president of Keller Williams Realty.
Previously, Heller held the title of president of KW Worldwide and Davis was vice president of growth at KW Realty. Heller is credited with kick-starting KW’s global expansion, and Davis was awarded for his success growing the franchise. Last year, KW says its net agent gains exceeded 17,000 agents, and the franchise now has 112,000 agents.
Long-time executives Mark Willis, former CEO of KW Realty, and Mary Tennant, former president of KW Realty, are joining the board of directors of the Austin-base real estate company, which proclaims it is the largest real estate company in the world.
Willis and Tenant will join Keller and KW board vice-chairman Mo Anderson of the closely held private company.
Heller joined the company four years ago but spent ten years as a San Diego-based KW franchise owner. He began as an agent in San Diego and joined Keller after reading one of Keller’s books.
“I read the book and realized Gary laid out the vision for the industry that I believed in,” said Heller.
On the stage today at the Keller Williams Family Reunion, Heller said that, “we’re education-based and technology-driven. And we’re investing in tools to help you disrupt your local market. You’re probably watching what’s happening with the major property portals, MLSs and media companies. No matter what happens with other parties, we have your back and will always make sure you can market your properties where you want, when you want.”
Davis joined Keller twenty years ago to run the KW mortgage company and shifted to real estate sales in the Texas area.
All of the KW executive management team are former real estate agents.
Keller Williams claims it is the fastest growing real estate franchise that focuses on the success of the agent and the company’s role educating them.