Holly Priestner

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About Holly Priestner

For more than a decade, Holly has been building teams and developing talent in leading corporations, associations, and nonprofits. She believes that organizations are powered by empowered leaders and is passionate about providing people with the tools to unlock the potential and motivation of their employees. Her expertise includes talent acquisition, goal setting and accountability, organizational development, talent assessments and growth plans, onboarding and employer branding. Holly advises and coaches several of real estate’s most notable teams, coaching and advising them on how to build legacy businesses.

She currently serves as both a Growth Leader and the Director of Talent Acquisition and Development for Keller Williams Xperience Real Estate. In addition to leading the overall talent strategy and serving as a key leader in the organization, Holly is responsible for attracting more than $220 million in volume to the team in less than 18 months. Prior to joining Xperience, Holly was the Vice President of Keller Williams Realty International where she oversaw Marketing and Communications, Industry Relations, People Operations, KW Young Professionals and KW Kids Can. In addition to her leadership, during her time at KWRI, Holly can be credited with creating the LifeAtKWRI talent brand, recruiting the current company President Josh Team and establishing KW Young Professionals as a formal KW entity. 

Before executive leadership recruited Holly to Keller Williams, she served as the Communications Division Director of the State Bar of Texas and oversaw Marketing, Communications, The Texas Bar Journal, Public Information, Annual Meeting, Local Bar Services and Printing and Graphics. Holly “grew up” at the State Bar of Texas, serving in a variety of roles for 11 years.

Giving back is Holly’s personal “ONE thing.” She served as the 2019 Chair of CASAblanca, raising $1.4 million at CASA of Travis County’s annual gala; serves on the Partnerships for Children Advisory Board of Directors; and is a leader in numerous Austin philanthropic endeavors. Holly led a committee of 82 women to raise a record net $1 million for The Junior League of Austin and its community programs as the Chair of the 2015 A Christmas Affair. She has been recognized as a Rising Luminaria, a distinguished young philanthropist, and community leader in Central Texas.

Holly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Tech University and has an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed REALTOR, Career Visioning instructor and talent coach. Her writings on recruiting have appeared in business publications. In her spare time, she can be found on the tennis court, traveling, or hanging out with her husband, Kevin, and their puppy, Snickers.