Retired CEO, RE/MAX; Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch
Margaret Kelly was responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of RE/MAX across North America and in more than 95 countries around the world. During her 28 years at RE/MAX, the company grew from 14,000 to nearly 100,000 sales professionals. She has been recognized by countless organizations for her exceptional leadership skills and commitment to community involvement, and likewise she has been recognized for being an advocate for businesswomen around the globe. Most people know Margaret as the CEO who talked candidly about the real estate market on television with guest appearances on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg and Fox programs and as the spokesperson on the RE/MAX television commercials during the real estate recession.
Joining RE/MAX in 1987 as a financial analyst, Margaret rose through the ranks of company. She was named SVP in 1997, president/COO in 2002 and CEO in 2004. In 2013, Margaret was the lead on the RE/MAX IPO, which began publicly trading on the New York Stock Exchange as RMAX in October 2013.
In January 2010, Margaret was appointed director of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, Denver Branch and became chairman in January 2015. Margaret is mindful of her humble roots, learning business basics working in her family's machine shop in Detroit, Michigan.