Margaret Kelly is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic direction at RE/MAX across North America and in more than 90 countries around the world. She is recognized by countless organizations for her exceptional leadership skills and commitment to community involvement, and for being an advocate for businesswomen around the globe. Most Americans know Margaret as the RE/MAX CEO who talks candidly about the real estate market on television – both through RE/MAX ads and guest appearances on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg programs. She is passionate about helping consumers – as well as real estate agents and brokers – navigate today’s marketplace.
Joining the RE/MAX network in 1987 as a Financial Analyst, Margaret rose rapidly through the ranks of the Membership Services and Regional Services departments. She was named Vice President in 1992, Senior Vice President in 1997, President in 2002 and Chief Executive Officer in 2005. In January 2010, Margaret was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Denver Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. She received the Top Women in Mortgage Banking and Real Estate Services Award in 2011 and was recognized by Inman News as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders of 2009. REALTOR magazine named her one of Real Estate's 25 Most Influential Thought Leaders in 2006.
As a breast cancer survivor, Margaret is an advocate of the RE/MAX national sponsorship of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series. She received the Komen Ambassador Award in 2010. Also, she has been named to the list of 25 Yoplait Champions, which recognizes ordinary women and men doing extraordinary things in their community to fight breast cancer.
Margaret is always mindful of her humble roots, learning business basics in her family’s machine shop in Detroit. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. In 2006, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from her alma mater. The American Association of Community Colleges presented her with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005. She holds a Certified Residential Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation, conferred by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers.
Away from the office and her hectic business schedule, Margaret finds time to enjoy a very active life with her husband and their two sons.