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Howard “Hoddy” Hanna & Helen Hanna Casey

Chairman & CEO

Hanna Holdings, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

This dynamic sibling team runs Hanna Holdings, the holding company for Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the nation’s third largest real estate brokerage by annual transaction sides, according to the 2019 Swanepoel Mega 1000, a sister publication of the SP200 and also owned by T3 Sixty.

For its continued growth, solid fundamentals, and innovative offerings, Howard Hanna and its leaders maintain their position as one of the nation’s 10 most powerful industry leaders, and Casey remains the most powerful woman in residential real estate.

Founded in 1957 by Hanna and Casey’s parents, the company has remained on the cutting edge as it keeps pace with the times. In 2019, it launched its own exclusive inventory program, Howard Hanna Find It First, to help compete with other brokerages starting to offer similar programs. The company also introduced two new executive positions in 2019 – data strategy and innovation — to help it keep pace with the industry’s rapid technological development.

Howard Hanna, including its 2019 acquisition of Allen Tate Companies (which closed in early 2019), ended 2018 with over 105,000 transactions representing almost $23 billion in sales. Howard Hanna resembles a smaller version of HomeServices of America or Realogy, as the company continues a years-long growth into 2020.

Howard “Hoddy” Hanna

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.

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