Mark Willis – CEO

Recognized industry-wide as a person of influence, Mark Willis is renowned for his passion, leadership and steadfast commitment to consistently producing a high level of achievement.

Mark knew he wanted to be in real estate at age 11, but it wasn’t until high school in 1980 when his mother sold $14 million in one year that he was set – this is a good industry. He began his career with Keller Williams Realty in 1991 as the team leader of the Austin Southwest market center, where he quadrupled the office’s production over a five-year period. He quickly rose to the regional director role, expanding the South Texas Region to San Antonio and Houston. Eventually he built a 1,900-agent business and in the process earned a place in the REAL Trends Billionaires’ Club. After serving as president of Keller Williams, Mark stepped into the role of CEO in 2005.

During this time, Mark has led the company through one of the most tumultuous markets in the history of real estate. Luckily, Mark doesn’t think in terms of failure, but rather challenge and opportunity. He has been instrumental in setting ambitious growth goals, urging associates to seize the downturn as an occasion for expansion and modeling a caliber of

leadership that ensures success for Keller Williams Realty.

As a result, the company and its associates have continuously outpaced the industry. Mark largely credits Keller Williams’ unique belief in people, education and technology. For him, real estate is about the people Keller Williams serves – its associates being No. 1. He promotes Keller Williams and his role as servant leader – helping people get what they want by teaching them to think.

Under Mark’s guidance, Keller Williams Realty continues to grow in associate count and market share. Already leading the industry as the largest real estate company in North America, Keller Williams has its sights set on being No. 1 worldwide.

When Mark’s not planning world domination, he’ll most likely be somewhere outdoors with his wife Cindy and daughter Mary Elizabeth. As an avid business reader, there’s a good chance you’ll also find him in the hot tub or getting some cardio in with a good book on leadership. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Gary Keller – Co-founder and Chairman of the Board

As chairman of the board for Keller Williams Realty, Gary Keller helps provide strategic direction for the company at large.

Gary graduated from Baylor University in 1979 with a degree in marketing and real estate. He helped five families buy a home his first month in the business, and by age 26 was the vice president of expansion for Austin’s then-largest real estate company. He resigned from the position, and three and a half years later – before his 30th birthday – his new firm was the largest in town. He soon took his company and his philosophy of “people helping people” nationally, then internationally.

In addition to his leadership role with the company, Gary and his writing team have penned several national bestsellers: The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Timesand The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. Based on his leadership qualities and contributions to the real

estate industry, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders by Inman News, was voted one of the five “Most Admired People” byREAL Trends magazine, was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Texas and the second-most influential person in the real estate industry by REALTOR® Magazine. He was also a finalist for Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and acknowledged as a distinguished alumnus by both the high school and college he attended.

Gary’s greatest passion is teaching, and he can regularly be found in the classroom educating high school and college students, as well as real estate and business entrepreneurs from all over the world. His other passions include fly fishing, hunting, snow skiing, golf, music, reading, movies, sports 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: Grace and Cash.