Gary Keller is chairman of the board for Keller Williams Realty International, which he co-founded with Joe Williams in 1983. The company began franchising in 1991 and expanded to Canada in 1998, and has become the third largest residential real estate company in the U.S. with sales and commissions growth topping 700 percent since 1995. In addition to helping to provide strategic direction for Keller Williams Realty, Keller maintains a busy schedule writing, teaching, speaking and consulting.
Based on his leadership qualities and contributions to the real estate industry, Keller was voted as one of the five "Most Admired People” in a survey conducted by REAL Trends magazine in 2000. He also was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Texas and dubbed the second most influential person in the real estate industry by REALTOR magazine in 2003. In 2004, he was a finalist for Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.
In 2006, Inman News named Keller in their list of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders. The Wall Street Journal named Keller Williams Realty to its elite “Franchise High Performers” list in 2006, and the franchise is ranked by Entrepreneur magazine in several categories, including ranking No. 66 in the Franchise 500® and as the No. 52 fastest-growing franchise.
Keller has co-authored two nationally best-selling books – The Millionaire Real Estate Agent and The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, which enjoyed numerous weeks on BusinessWeek’s best seller list and an appearance on the best seller list of The New York Times. In early 2008, he released his third book, Your First Home: The Proven Path to Home Ownership, and in late summer the fourth book in the Millionaire Real Estate series, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times. All told, Keller’s books have sold more than a million copies world-wide.
Keller’s passions are golf, reading, movies, rock concerts, fly fishing, snow skiing, football, basketball, 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, Max and Grace.