Who is Kelly Hager?
A lifelong resident of the St. Louis area, Kelly Hager, 42, was raised in Clayton, Missouri, where her parents co-owned the well-known family business, Library Ltd. Bookstore.
After graduating with a degree in political science and pre-law from Maryville University in Missouri, she moved to Los Angeles, CA and even spent time living in Australia. In 2000, St. Louis drew her back to re-establish her roots and start a family.
Kelly held management positions at a handful of local companies, but real estate was always in the background. Her great grandfather, grandfather, and her uncle worked in the real estate industry, and her own parents held investment properties. She accepted her calling in 2005 when she founded The Kelly Hager Group with Coldwell Banker Gundaker. After a short stint there, she moved to RE/MAX for a few years. In 2008, she joined Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate franchise company in North America with an ownership stake in the company.
As her company gained recognition and Hager established herself as the area’s real estate expert, an unexpected near death experience almost took it all away.
In July 2010, a mysterious illness suddenly caused her to go into a coma. When she awoke, she was unable to see, walk, make cognitive decisions, and struggled with memory. After being out of the ICU for just a day, her husband said that he wanted a divorce, and left Kelly to care for their 3-year-old son on her own. Despite the dire circumstances, Kelly battled through extensive physical/occupational therapy and recovered, determined to see past what she had experienced and to focus on what she could make of the future; namely taking care of her son and creating a thriving and unique real estate company.
“Not everyone gets a near death experience. I was one of the lucky ones.”
Motivated by her life’s circumstances and team’s achievements, Hager launched her second corporation, LiveTeamLife. Her company encompasses international keynote speaking, business performance training, consulting, online courses and resources for entrepreneurs and business owners of all levels. Hager’s speaking topics include Leadership and Empowerment, Team Development, Overcoming Adversity and Maximizing Profitability. Kelly credits her near-death experience with giving her the clarity to enjoy life, family, her profession and giving back. Her ultimate goal is to impact the lives of others. Kelly also contributes to The Huffington Post and Fox Business news on topics of building business teams, developing business culture, empowering entrepreneurs, and overcoming adversity.
The Kelly Hager Group Real Estate Services boasts an executive leadership team of all women. Kelly views her team members not only as a collaborative, innovative team, but also as individual entrepreneurs. She empowers them to invest in their careers instead of viewing their positions as just another job. With that inspired management style, Kelly and her team have sold more than $275 million in real estate.
Kelly has received numerous awards and recognition. A few of Kelly’s awards include the Wall Street Journal Real Trends Top 200 of 1,000,000 award in 2015 and top 250 of 2014, 2014 and 2015 Finalist in the St. Louis Business Journal Best Places to Work, St. Louis Business Journal 5th Highest-Selling Real Estate Team, Cultural Icon Award for three years from Keller Williams, the Athena Award from The Hellenic Spirit Foundation, the Number One Mega Team award from the St. Charles Association of REALTORS®, the BOLD Award, the Quadruple Gold and Triple Gold awards from Keller Williams, and RE/MAX’s top listing agent award. Perhaps the crowning achievement, Kelly and her team has received the Award for Excellence for Real Estate Services from real estate mogul and business entrepreneurial expert Barbara Corcoran for three consecutive years.
Never forgetting the importance of giving back, a trait passed down to her from her philanthropist grandmother, Kelly has been extensively involved in the local community and charities, and holds a special passion for helping children.
While sponsoring various children’s sports teams and inspiring their success, Kelly discovered the best way to assist children was through their family. Kelly began participating in area-wide programs that provide assistance and support for struggling families. Through the years, Kelly has inspired her friends, neighbors, and clients to help children and their families through organizations like Friends of Kids with Cancer, The St. Louis Crisis Nursery, and The Leukemia Society.
Much like Richard Branson, Kelly loves the music world. Her passion project is the United States management of Australian band, The Go Set. The second United States tour will be Fall 2016.