Executive Biographies | Keller Williams Realty

Gary Keller

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 Times and 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" by REAL 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.

Mo Anderson

Mo Anderson

Vice Chairman

Known at times as the "Velvet Hammer" for her uncompromising approach, Mo Anderson's business skills and leadership are uniquely matched by her faith and compassion. She is the heart of Keller Williams Realty, and her personal integrity and unending drive are touchstones that have made KW one of the most successful franchises in real estate history.

Mo got into real estate when her husband Richard suggested a career change after 14 years as a music teacher. It didn't take long for her talents as a businesswoman to take hold. She established her first real estate office – a Century 21 franchise – in Edmond, Okla., in 1975. Soon after, it was the No. 3 producing office out of 7,500 Century 21 locations in North America. In 1986, Mo sold the company to Merrill Lynch Realty, where she served as a district vice president until December 1989. She came on as Keller Williams' president and CEO in 1995.

Since that time, Mo's mission has been to help people experience the higher purpose of business – caring, sharing and giving. Led by this mantra, Mo has single-handedly cultivated KW's value system and culture. Funny enough, in her current role, Mo's come full circle and is back in the classroom teaching KW training events nationwide.

While she's been named one of real estate's 25 Most Influential Thought Leaders by REALTOR® Magazine and is an inducted member of the prestigious Hall of Leaders by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers, Mo's pride remains in creating a company that is a light in a dark business world.

When she's not in the running for the Mother Teresa of business, you can find Mo supporting her grandkids at the ballpark or catching up with high school and college pals with her husband. She may also be giving back to the community through one of her many charities. Mo splits her time between Austin and Oklahoma City.

Mary Tennant

Mary Tennant

Member, Board of Directors

As a Keller Williams leader, Mary helps define the mission and vision for the Keller Williams international support center and raise the bar for the entire company in terms of profits, production, technological leadership, culture and education. Not to mention a joyful approach to work and life.

Tall orders for an average girl who grew up riding horses in the small community of Greeley, CO. But there is nothing typical about Mary. In fact, when she joined Keller Williams in 1992, she was named Rookie of the Year. Since then she has consistently redefined what's possible, while opening doors of wealth building and leadership for countless real estate professionals.

Holding tight to her go-getter reins, Mary blew the hats off her colleagues when she took the Austin Southwest market center from $90 million in closed volume sales to $1.3 billion in eight years. She outpaced most by moving from COO to COO and President within one year. And, she gained industry acclaim when she was celebrated as a Leading Woman in Real Estate by the Women's Council of REALTORS, received the Austin Business Journal's Profiles in Power Award and was named among the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate by Inman News.

Always wanting to be remembered most as someone who made things better, Mary strives to keep learning each day. Patience, for instance, is not a virtue she was gifted. However, she prides herself and Keller Williams in the care provided to their family members.

When Mary's not making things better at KW, you may find her and her husband Jack visiting her stepson Duane in the Windy City, hanging with her son David and his three boys or helping her daughter Jessica renovate her next property. Mary lives in Austin, TX.

John Davis

John Davis


Known for his enthusiastic approach to leadership and endless energy, John Davis is a dynamic and resourceful leader with a track record of successfully developing Keller Williams market centers into thriving businesses.

His ability to successfully manage a large real estate organization was apparent early on when he turned the Southlake-DFW market center into one of the most profitable offices in the Keller Williams system. During that time, John also perfected his skills in attracting and developing talented real estate agents, and by 2008 had successfully transitioned to owner (operating principal), investor, regional operating principal and regional director, covering a total of seven market centers and three regions.

In each of his roles, John has been instrumental in assisting and consulting with Keller Williams leadership teams, using his experience in the real estate brokerage business to drive growth among across the Keller Williams system.

Since 2012, Davis has led the Keller Williams Growth Initiative, a companywide recruiting and accountability program that has fueled historic agent count, productivity and profitability gains. He has also led the Keller Williams regions. Together, they've helped Keller Williams become the largest real estate franchise by agent count in the world. Davis was named CEO of Keller Williams in 2017.


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