SIOUX CITY — One local real estate agency made some major moves of its on in 2017.
Keller Williams Siouxland relocated its offices from the Ho Chunk Centre to a 5,000-square-foot first-floor office in the recently opened 103 Virginia Square, one of the refurbished buildings in the Virginia Square commercial development.
Masterminded by Ho Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Virginia Square is comprised of four historic buildings that offer commercial and residential space.
When it opened in July, Keller Williams became the first commercial tenant of the complex.
Aesthetic-wise, the office has a modern industrial look and features exposed ductwork, has open congregation areas, a designated training/meeting area and agent offices.
In addition to moving physically, Keller Williams made some moves internally.
In December, Dane Doty became the agency’s new CEO and team leader, replacing Amy Kakacek who transitioned into the role of leadership coach.
Additionally, Kakacek will jump start a local version of Quantum Leap, Keller Williams' youth development program.
“The program teaches our young people how to live big lives, think outside the box and how important it is to give back to others,” Kakacek said, in a release. “Being a mom of two kids, this is what is important to me. This program attracted me to Keller and I want to bring this opportunity to our young people in Siouxland.”
Bringing Doty on board also is a win for the agency. He has been a leader in Siouxland with such companies as Gateway, Wells Enterprises, Sabre Industries and Convergys over the last 23 years.
“When I talked to Keller Williams, I was immediately excited at the focus on the agents,” he said, in a release. “I have always believed that if you take care of and grow your people, the business will naturally flourish.”
Doty noted Keller Williams is known company-wide for its focus on creating a positive workplace for its employees — Careerbliss.com ranked it the happiest place to work in 2018 — and credits that aspect for the local agency’ dynamic growth.
“Keller Williams is a different model and really the future of real estate. This is a training and technology organization that does real estate,” he said. “Our agents get the best training and technology out there in order to grow their business. It is the reason that Keller Williams International is the largest by agent count in the world. Our agents like being No. 1.”
Also in a release, Kevin Archer, managing broker of Keller Williams, expressed his confidence in the agency’s growth potential and some of its recent moves.
“I see a bright future for Keller Williams Siouxland,” he said. “In just two years we’ve become number two in agent count, number three in market share, and moved in to our new office in Virginia Square.
"In time, I predict we will be number one in all categories as people learn that the KW model puts clients and agents first and ahead of company interests.”