Kelly Sweeney

CEO of Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel in Troy. One of Michigan's largest residential and luxury home real estate sales and management companies, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel operates 15 offices in Southeast Michigan with more than 450 employees. Sweeney joined Weir Manuel as a real estate agent more than two decades ago. His sales career led to management, and he purchased the company in 2000, at which time he became president of the brokerage. In 2009 Weir Manuel acquired Coldwell Banker Schweitzer Real Estate Inc. Under his leadership, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel has been named to the Coldwell Banker Chairman's Circle, for attaining closed adjusted gross commission income of $8 million or more during the calendar year. Prior to real estate, Sweeney served as the city assessor and treasurer for the city of Birmingham. He is the president and past treasurer of the Michigan Consolidated Association of Realtors and previously served as a director of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a director of MiRealSource, and for a decade was Birmingham event chairman for the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. Weir Manuel has an annual charity golf outing, which raised $20,000 for the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland neo-natal intensive care unit in 2012. The firm also has an annual Toys for Tots drive and works with the Building Bridges Foundation for Children's Hospital of Michigan. Sweeney received the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year award, the Realtor of the Year award, and the Birmingham Community House Community Service award. He received his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Michigan.

WHERE BORN: “Pontiac.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My wife. She's the one who keeps me grounded, on track, and she's very engaged in what I do every day. She's able to be the outside independent third party.”

LAST BOOK READ:Becoming a Category of One: How Extraordinary Companies Transcend Commodity and Defy Comparison by Joe Calloway.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Diligent, persistent, honest, and disciplined.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “In residential real estate. Pleasantly, I can say it's in a very good direction at this time after five to six years of devastation. Prices are going up, sales volumes are going up; we do have an inventory problem but that will be solved as prices continue to rise. Some people are upside down financially and some are upside down emotionally – it looks like a loss on paper so they don't want to sell. As prices continue to go up, that frees up more people who are able to sell. Also, the Internet has had a huge impact on the way we do business. Agents used to be the gatekeepers of all information. Today, it's ubiquitous on the Internet. What's not available is knowledge, wisdom, and experience, so we're turning into trusted advisors instead of gatekeepers of information.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “I still use and carry around my laptop. I'm on the road quite a bit.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Oakland Hills Country Club. I play a lot of golf there.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Golf and woodworking.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Salmon – it's good for you and you can prepare it so many different ways.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm pretty good at home remodeling.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As the guy who held things together through the good times and the bad. My whole outlook on life and business changed over the last five to six years when unemployment was high and I realized this company is really important to everyone that works here. I want to create jobs.”