Brief Overview Career and Achievements: Kelly Hager is a licensed REALTOR® serving both St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri. She is designated as one of “St. Louis' Top One Percent” of real estate agents as well as one of the top five St. Charles highest selling real estate agents. Last year she was ranked #6 in the entire region and #1 in St. Charles in volume sales. She is the CEO and Owner of The Kelly Hager Group LLC which is celebrating its tenth year in 2015.
As a speaker, Kelly brings her experience and contagious energy to the audience. She discusses her near death experience, how it changed her life, and how it led her to build a successful, innovative corporation through collaboration, drive, and the two-way street of loyalty. Live Team Life is the genuine leadership approach Kelly uses to describe her organization. “We work together, and more importantly, we do life together. We take care of each other.” Through her leadership, The Kelly Hager Group has sold a total of more than $205 million dollars in real estate in the St. Louis metro area. In 2014 the real estate guru finished the year with over $53 million dollars sold, and anticipates a significant increase in 2015.
Who is Kelly Hager?
A life-long resident of the St. Louis area, Hager, 42, was raised in Clayton, Missouri, where her parents co-owned the well-known family business, Library Ltd. Bookstore.
After graduating with a degree in political science and pre-law from Maryville University in Missouri, she moved to Los Angeles, CA and even spent time living in Australia. In 2000, St. Louis drew her back to re-establish her roots and start a family.
Hager held management positions at a handful of local companies but real estate was always in the background; her great grandfather and grandfather worked in the market, as did an uncle, and her own parents held investment properties. She accepted her calling in 2005 when she founded The Kelly Hager Group with Coldwell Banker Gundaker. After a short stent there, she moved to RE/MAX for a couple of years. In 2008, she joined Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate franchise company in North America with an ownership stake in the company. As her company gained recognition and Hager established herself as the area’s real estate expert, an unexpected illness threatened what had become her life’s passion.
In July 2010, a mysterious illness suddenly caused her to go into a coma. When she awoke miraculously 90 days later, she was unable to see or walk. After being out of the ICU for just a couple days, her husband left her, leaving Hager to care for their 3-year-old son. Despite the dire circumstances, Hager battled through extensive therapy and recovered, determined to see past what she had experienced and focus on what she could make of the future; namely taking care of her son and creating a thriving and unique, team-based real estate firm.
The Kelly Hager Group boasts an executive leadership team of all women. Hager views her team members not only as a collaborative, innovative team but as individual entrepreneurs and empowers them to invest in their careers instead of viewing their positions as just a job. With that inspired management style, Hager and her team have sold more than $205 million in real estate throughout the St. Louis metro area in less than a decade. Hager has received numerous awards and recognitions. These include the Wall Street Journal Real Trends Top 250 of 1,000 award, 2014 and 2015 Finalist in the St. Louis Business Journal Best Places to Work, St. Louis Business Journal 5th Highest-Selling Real Estate Team, Cultural Icon Award for 3 years from Keller Williams, the Athena Award from The Hellenic Spirit Foundation, the Number One Mega Team award from the St. Charles Association of REALTORS®, the BOLD Award, the Quadruple Gold and Triple Gold awards from Keller Williams, and RE/MAX’s top listing agent award. Perhaps the crowning achievement, Hager and her team has received the Award for Excellence for Real Estate Services from real estate mogul and business expert Barbara Corcoran for three consecutive years.
Never forgetting the importance of giving back, a trait passed down to her from her philanthropist mother, Hager has been extensively involved in the local community and charities, and holds a special passion for helping children.
While sponsoring various children's sports teams and inspiring their success, Hager discovered the best way to assist children was through their family. As such, Hager began participating in area-wide programs that provide assistance and support for struggling families. For the last several years, she teamed with local non-profit group, Friends of Kids with Cancer, and with assistance from her staff and clients, was able to raise more than $100,000 in donations to provide 60 families (more than 200 people) with a holiday celebration they otherwise wouldn’t have experienced.
Through the years, Hager has inspired her friends, neighbors and clients to help more than 850 children and their families through organizations like Friends of Kids with Cancer, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and The Leukemia Society. Additionally, she has hosted a series of play afternoons for the children in Rainbows for Kids.
Hager has always strived for success in whatever she has pursued and has found her fit within the real estate industry. Motivated by her team’s achievements in less than a decade, she looks forward to the coming years as her company grows and the housing market continues to improve. Hager credits her near-death experience with giving her the clarity to enjoy life, family, her profession and giving back. Her ultimate goal is to improve the lives of others.
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