Excerpts Provided from Article from Blue Ribbon News.
(ROCKWALL, TX — January 30, 2018) Keller Williams Realty celebrated its 35-year anniversary with the announcement of a major milestone in its history yesterday. The company became the number one real estate franchise in agent count, closed units and closed sales volume in the entire United States.
The KW Rockwall office joined other KW market centers across the country in revealing the company’s big announcement yesterday afternoon, complete with a presentation, champagne toast and a proclamation read by Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt recognizing Jan. 29, 2018 as Keller Williams Realty Day in the City of Rockwall.
“This is a historic day with the company being number one in agent count, volume and units in the United States,” said Ken Hubek, who along with his wife Susan and colleagues Bill Webb and Rod Holland co-founded the KW Rockwall office in 2005. “I hope being a part of this market center has changed the lives of every agent in our office as well as agents in Keller Williams offices throughout the country, because it has certainly changed mine and Susan’s tremendously.”
Founded in 1983 in Austin, Texas, Keller Williams Realty began with a total of 32 agents who closed $28 million in volume that year. After struggling in a tough Texas economy and the loss of seven of its top 10 producers to a competitor, Gary Keller formed the first Associate Leadership Council to begin focusing on creating a culture that would allow the company to grow and for its agents to share in that growth.
In 2002, Keller and his colleagues brought a team of mega agents together for a mastermind brainstorming session, which resulted in models that would alter serve as the basis for Keller’s first and national bestselling book, “The Millionaire Real Estate Agent.” By 2006, Keller Williams was the fifth largest real estate franchise in the U.S. In 2009, it became the third largest real estate franchise, and then in 2011 surpassed Century 21 as the number two real estate franchise in the country.
Through the leadership of John Davis, and the models and systems he developed for growth, Keller Williams began implementing its “Growth Initiative” in 2011. The system proved to be highly effective for Keller Williams market centers across the country, including the KW Rockwall market center which saw a 173 percent increase in agent count, a 191 percent increase in closed units and a 295 percent increase in closed sales volume from 2011 through 2017.
At the center of that success comes Keller Williams’s commitment to share its prosperity, with market centers sharing roughly half of their profit each month with the team members who helped realize those gains. The KW Rockwall office shared more than $300,000 of the profits from 2017 back to its agents.
“It’s such a blessing to work for a company that values the people and wants to share the profit with you to help grow the business,” said co-founder of KW Rockwall Rod Holland. “Keller Williams’s mission statement is to have agents that want careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living. We don’t want agents to be dominated by their businesses. We want them to have control of their businesses so that they have margin in their lives and can enjoy the accomplishments, and we have systems and models in place to help them do that.” Read the rest of this entry »