Two second-generation and one third-generation family member, head up the real estate brokerage operations of Hanna Holdings. There are over a dozen other Hanna family members that also fill various key roles in the family business, but because the SP 200 focuses on residential brokerage and not ancillary services, the three most responsible and powerful on the residential brokerage side of the company are: “Hoddy” Hanna and his sister Helen Casey along with Hoddy’s son Hoby Hanna.
Hanna Holdings (Howard Hanna Real Estate) is the nation’s largest family-run and privately held brokerage firm. It is also the nation’s seventh-largest brokerage and 12th largest overall enterprise, which accounts for both brokerage and franchise operations. The company continued its aggressive and well-designed strategic acquisitions with the 2020 acquisition of Rand Realty and the 2021 acquisition of Indiana-based F.C. Tucker. For their continued growth, solid fundamentals, and innovative offerings, the three Howard Hanna leaders are recognized collectively as the 10th most powerful leaders in the industry. Brief bios of each follow.
Howard “Hoddy” Hanna III
Hoddy oversees Hanna Holdings as chairman. He obtained his real estate license at age 18 and, following his father’s footsteps, serves as the firm’s idea man. Philanthropic-minded, Hanna currently serves as chair of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees and as a member of the hospital’s foundation board. He also completed a term on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is a graduate of John Carroll University.
Helen Hanna Casey
Helen, who began working at Howard Hanna in 1975, serves as CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, where she plays a large role in developing the firm’s marketing efforts. She was the first woman elected as president of West Penn Multi-List and the first woman to serve as chair of the NAR Real Estate Services Advisory Group. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University. Casey remains the highest-ranked woman on the SP 200.
Howard W. “Hoby” Hanna, IV
Hoby serves as President of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Hoby is a third-generation member of the Hanna real estate family, and his leadership has been instrumental in their recent growth and expansion, with companies such as FC Tucker, Allen Tate Company, RealtyUSA, Nothnagle Realtors and Kelly & Visconsi. Hoby is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.