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From Comatose to CEO: Who is Kelly Hager?
In July 2010, Kelly’s real estate company gained recognition and Kelly established herself as the St. Louis area’s real estate expert, an unexpected illness threatened what had become her life’s passion.
This mysterious illness began shutting down her organs, causing doctors to put Kelly in a medically-induced coma. She remained in a comatose state for weeks. But then, miraculously, Kelly woke up. When she awoke, she was unable to see or walk. She had terrible double vision and her memory was in bad shape. After being out of the ICU for 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 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.
The Kelly Hager Group boasts an executive leadership team of all women. Kelly views her team mates 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 $250 million in real estate throughout the St. Louis metro area in less than a decade.
Motivated by her team’s achievements, she looks forward to the coming years as her company grows and the housing market continues to improve. Hager has launched her second corporation, Live Team Life, which encompasses international keynote speaking, business performance training and consulting. Hager’s speaking topics include Leadership and Empowerment, Building Business Teams,Team Development, Overcoming Adversity, Entrepreneurial Models, Female Diversity in Leadership, and Maximizing Profitability Through Multiple Streams of Revenue.
Her new website, LiveTeamLife.com will offer many free resources and also paid courses for entrepreneurs and business owners of all levels. Hager also has a TV show in development that will highlight the growth of her businesses and her mission to empower others to create the life and business they have always wanted. 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 improve the lives of others.
Brief Overview and Achievements
Kelly Hager is a licensed REALTOR® serving both St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri. She is designated as one of “St. Louis’ Top One Percent” of real estate agents as well as one of the top five St. Louis highest selling real estate agents. Last year she was ranked #6 in the entire region and #1 in St. Charles in volume sales. She is the CEO and Owner of The Kelly Hager Group LLC which is celebrating its tenth year in 2015.
As a speaker, Kelly brings her experience and contagious energy to the audience. She discusses her near death experience, how it changed her life, and how it led her to build a successful, innovative corporation through collaboration, drive, and loyalty Gene Pulliam, Bank of America.
Through her leadership, The Kelly Hager Group will cross over the 85 million dollar mark in 2015. A far cry from when she woke up from a coma in 2010 and her company was much smaller and only at 12.5 million dollars.
A life-long 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 stent there, she moved to RE/MAX for a few years. In 2007, she joined Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate franchise company in North America with an ownership stake in the company.
Kelly has received numerous awards and recognitions. A few of Kelly’s awards include the Wall Street Journal Real Trends Top 250 of 1,000,000 award in 2014 and Top 200 of 2015, 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 have 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. For the last several years, she teamed with local non-profit group, Friends of Kids with Cancer, and with assistance from her staff and clients, was able to raise more than $100,000 in donations to provide 60 families (more than 200 people) with a holiday celebration they otherwise wouldn’t have experienced.
Through the years, Kelly has inspired her friends, neighbors, and clients to help more than 850 children and their families through organizations like Friends of Kids with Cancer, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and The Leukemia Society. This year the program has expanded and will be helping 350 people across 70 families. The program keeps growing and growing, just like everything else in Kelly’s life.
“Kelly Hager’s story is truly inspirational. Not only did her speech motivate our team, it got us genuinely excited to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. Kelly’s fast-paced, dynamic speaking style held our attention and commanded our respect.”
Flat Branch Home Loans
“It was such a pleasure meeting you and hearing about your career, life obstacles, and your amazing positive outlook. You were especially an inspiration for me, both on the female front and in the entrepreneurial aspect, and I especially liked your advice to continue to persevere since it is only my own fear holding me back. Strangely, prior to entering business school I had rarely noticed my fears, but as a very ambitious female, my fears now keep cropping up (mostly career-related, but sometimes personal – and the often contradiction between them).”
Student, MBA Candidate 2015, Co-President Olin Women in Business Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
“Kelly Hager has a relentless commitment to growth and continuous improvement. Kelly’s dedication to her team and the loyalty that engenders is something rare and difficult to replicate. Her story is an inspiring example of collaboration, teamwork and drive.”
Michele Holton Consulting