CEO, RE/MAX International Inc.,
A nearly 20-year RE/MAX veteran, Kelly began her career with the company as a financial analyst before being named CEO in 2005. Under her leadership, RE/MAX continues to demonstrate that what sets it apart is much more than its 100 percent commission structure. The launch of a nationwide broker IDX website and a satellite network to provide streaming video training to managers and associates keeps the company above the crowd and garners honors such as the 2005 Most Innovative Brokerage from Inman News. A breast cancer survivor, Kelly also heads RE/MAX’s nationwide co-sponsorship of the Komen Race for the Cure Survivor Recognition program; she was named a Yoplait Champion in 2003 for her extraordinary efforts to fight cancer.
Margaret M. Kelly joined RE/MAX as a Financial Analyst in 1987. She became Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 2005.
A native of Detroit, where she served as Financial Analyst for Metropolitan Hospital and Health Centers, Kelly moved to Denver, Colorado. In 1982, until joining RE/MAX, she was affiliated with American Medical International and held the positions of Financial Analyst, Manager of Budgeting and Financial Analysis and Manager of Alternative Services Financial Planning and Analysis.
She was promoted to Member Services Representative for RE/MAX of Colorado in 1989 and to Regional Director for Colorado in 1992. Mid-year 1992, the five-state region known as RE/MAX Mountain States was formed and Kelly was promoted to Vice President/Regional Director to oversee operations in the region. In June 1993, she became Vice President/Zone Director for company operated regions and in 1997, she was named Senior Vice President, supervising development activities in 18 states representing seven RE/MAX regions in the United States as well as regional operations covering five provinces in Western Canada. In October 1999, Kelly became Senior Vice President for External Operations. In this capacity she administered planning and programs with RE/MAX vice presidents of commercial franchise development, international expansion, member and customer relations and all zone operations.
She was named President of RE/MAX International in April 2002, was promoted to Co-Chief Executive Officer in October 2004 and became Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of her predecessor, Daryl Jesperson, on October 1, 2005.
Kelly is a frequent speaker and moderator at RE/MAX Conventions and on RE/MAX Satellite Network (RSN) and is a spokesperson on national media regarding real estate industry facts and trends. She was one of six to receive the 2005 Outstanding Alumni award from the American Association of Community Colleges, representing Oakland Community College.
A breast cancer survivor herself, she heads the RE/MAX nationwide co-sponsorship of the Komen Race for the Cure Survivor Recognition program. She was named among the 25 Yoplait Champions in 2003, ordinary women and men doing extraordinary things in their local communities to help in the fight against breast cancer.
In 2006, Kelly received an honorary doctorate of law degree from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan, where she also earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) in Finance and Accounting in 1981. Kelly also holds an Associate Degree of Accounting from Oakland College, Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Her outside activities include scuba diving, golf, gardening, church activities and raising her two teenage sons.