Keller Williams, and brokerage’s diversity shortcomings

Marc King’s latest Instagram post is a quote from Dr. Suess – “You have to be odd to be number one.”

But King’s elevation to Keller Williams president this week isn’t odd in one way – he’s a white man. King also replaces a white man, the abruptly departed Josh Team, and reports to another white man, Carl Liebert, the CEO of the brokerage’s holding company, KWx.

These moves were orchestrated by another Caucasian male, Gary Keller, the brokerage’s co-founder and executive chairman. Keller, in turn named another white man, Matt Green, new head of agent and partner experience, and recruited Chris Cox, a white man, to helm technology and digital.

Some of Keller Williams’ own agents slammed the white male musical chairs.

“All white guys,” Christopher Paul, a Keller Williams agent in Southern California, said in an Inman News Facebook thread Tuesday. “There is incredible talent that also includes diversity out there. But no. The good old boy strategy still at play. This was an opportunity missed.”

So, did Keller Williams make an unforced error?

The answer partly lies in the brokerage’s mysterious and still unfolding executive turnover.

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