Mo Anderson is the heart and truly beloved leader of Keller Williams Realty. Her personal integrity and unending drive are touchstones that have made Keller Williams Realty one of the most successful franchises in real estate history. Because of her constant commitment to that culture, RED Day is dedicated in honor of Keller Williams Realty’s Vice Chairman of the Board, Mo Anderson.
Mo was named Keller Williams Realty's president and chief executive officer in 1995. Known at times as the “Velvet Hammer" for her uncompromising approach, Mo’s astute business acumen and leadership abilities are uniquely matched by her faith and compassion. She has continuously cultivated the firm’s value system, inspiring tens of thousands of associates throughout North America to maintain high standards of character within both their personal and professional lives.
Originally an elementary school music teacher, Mo’s first love was the piano. She taught music for 14 years before entering the real estate field, where her talents as a businesswoman quickly took hold. She established her first real estate office, a Century 21 franchise, in Edmond, Oklahoma, in 1975; soon after, it was the third top-producing office out of 7,500 Century 21 locations in North America. In 1986 Mo sold the company to Merrill Lynch Realty, where she served as a district Vice President until December 1989.
In her current role as vice chairman of Keller Williams Realty, Mo spends a significant amount of her time traveling and teaching at Keller Williams’ training events.
My Dear Family, Like so many of you, I proudly put on my RED Day t-shirt last Thursday, and headed out into my community for the blessed opportunity to serve alongside Keller Williams associates. I got to participate in RED Day with three Oklahoma market centers – Edmond, North Pointe and Oklahoma City Northwest – and was touched by the power of our beautiful culture like never before. My day began with associates from the Edmond market center, who met at the Daily Living Center in Edmond to paint, garden and visit with the elderly participants in the programs there. Daily Living Centers provide adult day health care six days a week in therapeutic programs for senior adults who have a wide range of needs. The Gregg Foundation that I established in honor of my own parents is a supporter of The Daily Living Centers and it was a true joy to be able to visit with the elderly and spruce up the facility where they spend so much of their time.
My next stop of the day was the Pauline E. Mayer Children's Shelter, where I joined associates from the North Pointe market center in distributing blankets and other items on the shelter's "wish list." This state-run shelter serves children who have suffered unspeakable abuse and neglect, and I am so heartened by everything that the North Pointe market center is doing to bring love and care into these children's lives.
RED Day came to a close for me with a visit to Positive Tomorrows – a Sanctuary of Hope. I joined members of the Oklahoma City Northwest market center in putting on a carnival for Kindergarten through fifth grade children who live and attend school there, because they are either homeless or have been removed from their homes. Witnessing the happiness on the faces of these children who have been through so much, was a reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit and what a gift it is to serve joyfully. You can click here for a video from the carnival.
There could not have been a better way to celebrate my birthday, which was the day before on May 12. I am forever grateful to you for your generous spirits that have demonstrated in hundreds and hundreds of communities throughout North America that it is in giving that we receive.
Yours in living and sharing the Keller Williams culture,