Rogers Healy is the Owner/CEO at Rogers Healy Companies, Official Real Estate Partner of the Dallas Mavericks. Rogers’ real estate career started in college. More than half of SMU’s students are from out of state, so the students constantly found themselves looking for someone to help them find a place to live. “It is always rewarding helping friends find new places to live. I love being an ambassador for Dallas, it is a personal thrill for me. It was a natural fit to enter the world of real estate. I haven’t looked back since.” For several years, Rogers had the good fortune of being associated with some of the nation’s most respected real estate professionals. When the time was right, he started pursuing his dream of owning his own real estate business. Rogers Healy and Associates Residential Real Estate were formed in 2007. The business has been built by taking a non-traditional approach to a traditional business.
“Being able to mentor and manage, based on what I truly love about real estate has been the biggest thrill of being a business owner. Our success as a company has been attributed to working among people I have the utmost respect and admiration for.” Rogers’ dedication to clients’ needs, coupled with a passion for his business, has formed a great relationship. Rogers’ vision is to make his company a one-stop shop for all things residential real estate. In 2009, Rogers was named one of the Top 30 Realtors in the country, under the age of 30, by Realtor magazine. In the same year, he was invited to be a part of the National Association of REALTOR’s YPN Advisory Board. “Whether you’re looking to rent your first apartment, sell your luxury estate, or you’re looking for a property manager, we can take care of you. The fact that we’re working for our friends, makes it that much sweeter. Specialties: real estate, residential real estate, luxury real estate, estates, multi-million dollar estate, celebrity real estate, pro athlete real estate, luxury relocation.
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Let’s start with a brief introduction first. Introduce yourself to our readers.
Rogers Healy: My name is Rogers Healy, yes, that is Roger with an ‘S’ at the end. I am passionate about a lot of things. Real Estate, my family, my friendships, and music! II like to say that real estate is my profession, but music is my passion. I was born and raised in Texas and through my friendships and persistence, I have built the largest independently own real estate brokerages in North Texas. Ready to learn my story?
Our audience is interested to know about how you got started in the first place. Did you always want to become a CEO or was it something you were led to? Our readers would love to know your story!
Rogers Healy: I never really thought I would be a CEO. I was awful at school, was never really ‘good’ at a particular thing. But I was GREAT at giving people confidence. I think this is what has led me to become a great leader, which is far more admirable to me than being a great CEO.
In college, I began helping my buddies find apartments to lease. This led me to begin my career in real estate. I took the real estate test 21 times, that is right, TWENTY-ONE TIMES. I was persistent. A few years later I left a brokerage to try it out for myself. Over the last 16 years of Rogers Healy and Associates (RHA), we have grown the brokerage to almost 500 agents and 30+ staff members. In addition to our real estate brokerage, Healy Property Management, Healy Global Relocation, and RHA Commercial have all grown and thrived in their respective departments.
“Selfmade” is a myth. We all received help, no doubt you love to show appreciation to those who supported you when the going got tough, who has been your most important professional inspiration?
Rogers Healy: My father has been a huge inspiration and motivator in my professional life. He always pushes me to be the best version of myself, as a husband, son, business leader, all of the above. My team of agents and staff have also helped me and inspired me to reach the success I have today. There is no better inspiration than seeing your team succeed. It keeps me motivated.
How did your journey lead you to become a CEO? What difficulties did you face along the way and what did you learn from them?
Rogers Healy: Growing up I was notorious for being a failure. I was cut from the team, didn’t have a lot of friends, really struggled to succeed in a lot of things. however, through finally finding my ‘thing’ and realizing I am great at giving people the confidence to grow and succeed, I became a great leader and learned how to be a great leader.
Tell us about your company. What does your business do and what are your responsibilities as a CEO?
Rogers Healy: The Rogers Healy Company is made up of 4 companies within the real estate industry: Rogers Healy and Associates (RHA), Healy Global Relocation, Healy Property Management, and RHA Commercial. We aim to hit parts of real estate that can make The Rogers Healy Companies your ‘one-stop-shop for all your real estate needs. My job is to find the right people, for the right job and EMPOWER them to become the best version of themselves.
What does CEO stand for? Beyond the dictionary definition, how would you define it?
Rogers Healy: It’s a leader. It’s is someone who can empower a group of people to do good for more than just profit a company. I believe I was given the role of ‘CEO’ or ‘Boss’ to be a leader and give people the confidence to go and thrive.
When you first became a CEO, how was it different from what you expected? What surprised you?
Rogers Healy: I didn’t realize how much of a sacrifice it was. I am always going and always getting ready for the next thing – which I love. I love a fast-paced environment with rewarding outcomes. But, it has made me really need to unlearn a lot of things, a lot of systems I had in place, and just unlearn a lot of what I believed was the right thing as a business leader. Doing the unlearning has allowed for more flexibility and time with loved ones.
There are many schools of thought as to what a CEO’s core roles and responsibilities are. Based on your experience, what are the main things a CEO should focus on? Explain and please share examples or stories to illustrate your vision.
Rogers Healy: I believe that a great CEO focuses on all the people working alongside them, for them, and those who will be there in the future. And if you do this then you’ll never lose your sense of awareness. The common denominator between people who have failed, that I have seen, is they have lost touch with what got them there. I am obsessed and focused on making sure that people are growing and staying growing.
Share with us one of the most difficult decisions you had to make for your company that benefited your employees or customers. What made this decision so difficult and what were the positive impacts?
Rogers Healy: A lot of decisions have led me to where I am today as a business owner. From financial decisions to hiring the right employee. But the hardest decision I had to make was deciding to learn how to prioritize. Success comes with a lot of sacrifices and loneliness. So having the ability to prioritize created a lot of balance in my life. It also allowed me to realize surrounding yourself with the right people is so important and leads to more internal success.
How would you define success? Does it mean generating a certain amount of wealth, gaining a certain level of popularity, or helping a certain number of people?
Rogers Healy: Success can be defined very clearly; peace of mind. People in places like LA, NYC, Miami, even Dallas can get sucked into defining it as money, beauty, popularity, and social media following. For me, it’s knowing I’m doing the right thing. You can’t make that up or boast that. Making sure I am in the right lane and doing the right thing to benefit everyone I care about gives me the feeling that I have succeeded in something.
Some leadership skills are innate while others can be learned. What leadership skills do you possess innately and what skills have you cultivated over the years as a CEO?
Rogers Healy: A skill set for a successful CEO is a combo of a lot of things. But maybe the hardest to acquire is empathy. I’m a perpetual failure, I am used to starting over, getting backup back up again. And I am still struggling with empathy. I am always short on time, always in a hurry which doesn’t give me the time to be patient and understand people and their situations. But I do have a strong sense of urgency. I truly wake up every day like it is Monday and I am always ready to tackle the day. The only thing harder to become super successful is maintaining the success through day-to-day day obstacles.
How did your role as a CEO help your business overcome challenges caused by the pandemic? Explain with practical examples.
Rogers Healy: On March 11, 2020, at 3:15 pm I shut our office down before anyone else did. People thought I was some pessimistic person. Next thing I know we became a business that put people over profit. And that gave us the ability to grow the business at an insane level. It went from 20-30 people a week wanting to work here to 100/week. Our priorities showed that we put people first.
Do you have any advice for aspiring CEOs and future leaders? What advice would you give a CEO that is just starting on their journey?
Rogers Healy: I never had the part of my brain that sits and thinks. This plays in my favor. I can’t put something I am passionate about off to the side. If you have that burning interest to change the world. Do it. Or else someone else will. Just make sure you have a little bit of strategy.
Thank you for sharing some of your knowledge with our readers! They would also like to know, what is one skill that you’ve always wanted to acquire but never really could?
Rogers Healy: I have yet to fully learn how to be present. And that comes with patience. I have a hard time sitting still – literally and figuratively. Learning how to go and smell the roses is something I aim to learn. It will lead me to become a better leader.
Before we finish things off, we have one final question for you. If you wrote a book about your life today, what would the title be?
Rogers Healy: “Fail Hard: the art of remaining humble”
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Rogers Healy for taking the time to do this interview and share his knowledge and experience with our readers.
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