On 17 February 2013, Keller Williams Realty Inc. CEO Mark Willis addressed 10,000 of the company’s associates in Dallas, Texas. It was a significant speech for it confirmed the news that the organization is America’s biggest real estate franchise company according to agent count. The company has more than 700 offices nationwide with over 80,000 associates worldwide.
Recent history has been kind to Keller Williams as it has grown to the point where it has surpassed Coldwell Banker, Century 21 and RE/MAX to become #1 in its industry. The announcement came at a joyful annual convention as Willis told the gathering of associates that Keller Williams was one family, one destiny and now, America’s number 1 real estate company by agent count.
The good news did not stop there however: Willis also announced immense gains in productivity and noted that an incredible 91% of the company’s offices recorded a profit in 2012. Its final profit share total was $55 million, more than 40% higher than the 2011 figure. Mary Tennant, the Realty President of the organization, spoke about the company’s charitable arm, KW Cares, which gave out $2.7 million worth of grants to associates and their families in need.
The group’s Worldwide President, Chris Heller, also spoke at the convention and he announced plans to expand into Turkey and the combined region of Austria, Switzerland and Germany. This expansion is in addition to existing arrangements in Southern Africa, Indonesia and Vietnam. Heller gave a special mention to the 70 international guests who came from 18 different companies, emphasizing Keller Williams’ global reach. Heller stated that one of the keys to the company’s success was its ability to spread organically from agent to agent, office to office and nation to nation. A 30th anniversary party rounded off an unforgettable night’s celebrations.
The company is based in Austin, Texas and has enjoyed a banner year:
Willis concluded his speech by thanking all associates and urging them not to back down from their position as top dog in American real estate. He implored those gathered to celebrate heartily on the night but work harder than ever before as the next step was to become #1 in agent count worldwide.
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