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Keller-Williams Realty Founder, Gary Keller, is 2011 Entrepreneur in Residence

Jan. 1, 2012

Gary Keller starts most of his talks with students by telling them that he planned to be a professional musician. He spent a year pursuing that dream but soon realized that being a rock star wasn't in his future. Keller left his professional music ambitions to enroll at Baylor University, where he studied real estate, and went on to become co-founder of the second largest real estate company in the world, Keller-Williams Realty. Gary Keller may not have become a rock star musician but he certainly rocked the Hankamer School of Business October 5-7 when he spent three days on campus as Baylor's 2011 Entrepreneur in Residence.

Keller delivered his exciting and potentially life-changing message to over 200 students in six different classes, challenged the Management and Entrepreneurship faculty at lunch and inspired students, faculty and staff during a morning breakfast session. He spent time with students in the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Center and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization, and re-connected with the fourteen students in the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Center who are part of the Quantum Leap training program taught personally by Keller in his corporate offices in Austin. Quantum Leap is an in-depth look at the foundational concepts that can help lead students to their best life possible. In four sessions over two semesters, students set a personal mission, vision and set of values to guide them and serve as a filter for the decisions they face throughout life. Student, Carnell Emanuel, says of Gary Keller, "his emphasis on finding purpose and establishing defined morals, and allowing that purpose and those morals to be the basis of your business was truly inspiring, and continues to resonate with me daily." Often punctuated with high-fives and fist bumps, Keller's high energy talks include the basic messages that money helps us fulfill our purpose and that our purpose comes from our mission, vision, values, beliefs and perspectives.

The nationally best-selling author of The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, and most recently, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times, Keller also is a visionary leader within the North American real estate industry.

Real estate magazine, Inman News, named Keller to the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders of 2010 and he was one of the five "Most Admired People" in a survey conducted by REAL Trends magazine. A finalist for Inc. magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year award, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Texas and the second most influential person in the real estate industry by REALTOR' magazine.

The Entrepreneur in Residence program at Baylor seeks to introduce outstanding entrepreneurial leaders to the students, faculty and staff of the Hankamer School of Business. Last year's Entrepreneur in Residence was Kasper Boon, a resident of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, an entrepreneur in the field of online learning, and innovation coordinator for one of the world's largest companies in the building industry.

For more information about Baylor's Entrepreneur in Residence program, please contact Mary Abrahams.

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