Budge Huskey became president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC on January 1, 2013 after spending the previous 2 ½ years as president and chief operating officer. Huskey succeeds Jim Gillespie who is now chairman emeritus.
Prior to joining Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Huskey had spent the previous 12 years in several executive positions with NRT, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage.
As chief executive officer, Huskey oversees marketing, operations, learning, mortgage and field services supporting 83,000 sales associates in 3,100 offices in 50 countries and territories around the world.
He was recently recognized by Inman News as one of the Most Influential People in Real Estate.
Huskey began his real estate career as an agent in 1984 with family-owned Huskey Realty where he stayed until joining NRT in 1998 as a branch manager for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Longwood, Fla. He eventually became a district and regional manager in the organization's Central Florida region before being named in 2004 as president and chief operating officer of NRT's Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Florida.
He remained in this position until 2007 when he was promoted to executive vice president of NRT's Coldwell Banker Southeastern region. In this role he oversaw the strategic initiatives of more than 120 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Florida, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Atlanta, which generated annual sales volume in excess of $10 billion dollars. He also was responsible for oversight of NRT's REO Experts, one of the nation's largest REO asset management firms.
Well regarded in the real estate industry, Huskey served as president of the Orlando Association of Realtors, where he was honored as Realtor of the Year, and director and committee chairperson for the Florida Association of Realtors. He won the 2006 Coldwell Banker Chandler Barton Award representing dedication and service to the Coldwell Banker brand.