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John Davis Takes the Reins as  Sole CEO of Keller Williams

April 21, 2017

John Davis is now the sole CEO of Keller Williams, while former Co-CEO Chris Heller is moving out of the executive suite, the franchise announced today.

Heller will remain in connection with KW as an operating partner, a regional owner and an advocate for Keller Williams agents.

Just two months ago, Keller Williams announced Davis and Heller as the company’s co-CEOs at its mega conference, Family Reunion.

The franchise announced the most recent news to associates in an email:

Chris Heller did an incredible job leading us through this transition and has helped to launch several new ventures. Chris is once again changing roles at Keller Williams, which means he will no longer be co-CEO. He will continue to serve as an Operating Partner, a Regional Owner, and an advocate for Keller Williams agents.

We are grateful for Chris’s many contributions to KWRI, including launching our expansion outside of North America. KW Worldwide has now grown to include over 4,000 associates in 100 market centers in 23 countries. Chris was also instrumental in establishing Keller Williams as a market force in Manhattan.

Thank you, Chris, for your many accomplishments on behalf of our people. We are excited to see all you achieve in the next chapter of your Keller Williams career!

This isn’t the first executive shift to take place at the top of KW with these two leaders. Before the co-CEO announcement, in February 2015, Gary Keller announced onstage at Family Reunion that Heller would assume the role of CEO with Davis as president.


John Davis drives overall growth and production for Keller Williams. Through his leadership of the Growth Initiative and Career Growth Initiative, he is focused on expanding market share and helping agents boost their production to fund their lives and create opportunities.

Known for his energetic approach to leadership and boundless enthusiasm, John is a dynamic and resourceful leader with a track record of successfully developing Keller Williams market centers and regions into thriving businesses. John has more than 20 years' experience as a Keller Williams agent, team leader, operating partner and regional leader.

In each of his roles, John has been instrumental in assisting and consulting with Keller Williams leadership teams, using his experience as a business leader to drive growth throughout the Keller Williams system.

Raised in the Vail Valley of Colorado, where he excelled as an athlete, John watched a small town with no paved roads transform into a world-class resort. He's pursued a big life in real estate ever since. John was fortunate to be hired and trained by Gary Keller. As a team leader, John turned the Southlake-DFW market center into one of the most profitable offices in the Keller Williams system - a pattern he has repeated in market centers and regions throughout the company.