West Des Moines, IA—Iowa Realty and HomeServices of Iowa announced major leadership changes as part of an ongoing succession plan. Kim Bakey, formerly senior vice president, chief financial officer of HomeServices of Iowa, has been named chief executive officer of HomeServices of Iowa. Brennan Buckley, formerly senior vice president and general manager for Iowa Realty, has been promoted to president of Iowa Realty. Mike Knapp, formerly president and CEO of HomeServices of Iowa is assuming the role of Chairman Emeritus. These changes are effective immediately.
“Kim and Brennan are proven leaders,” said Mike Knapp, Chairman Emeritus of HomeServices of Iowa. “They’ve both played a critical role in helping evolve our organization into what it is today, and they’re the perfect team to lead us through the next phase of our growth.”
As chief executive officer, Bakey will help oversee all aspects of HomeServices of Iowa’s extensive operating companies, including Iowa Realty, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty, Midland Title and Escrow, Iowa Title and Iowa Realty Insurance Agency. “I’m excited at the opportunity to help lead the state’s most complete one-stop solution for all aspects of home ownership,” said Kim Bakey, CEO of HomeServices of Iowa. “The agents and employees of our companies are the best at what they do, and we look forward to building upon our presence as the market leader.”
Bakey has been with HomeServices of Iowa for 22 years, beginning as vice president of finance and working her way through the financial and operational areas of the company. She also serves on the board of directors of Blank Children’s Hospital and the West Des Moines Student Scholarship Fund. She and her husband Tom have three adult daughters.
As president of Iowa Realty, Buckley will help oversee the state’s largest real estate company, including its 15 offices and nearly 1,000 agents in Central Iowa, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, as well as Iowa Realty’s statewide franchise network in more than 40 other communities. “I’m both humbled and excited to lead Iowa’s largest real estate company,” said Brennan Buckley, president of Iowa Realty. “Our foundation is strong, our vision is clear, and we look forward to many more years of serving the needs of buyers and sellers across this great state.”
Buckley has been with Iowa Realty for 10 years, beginning as vice president of marketing and most recently served as the company’s general manager. He’s also president-elect of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Council in West Des Moines, and serves on the boards of the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors and The Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University. Brennan and his wife Sarah have two children in middle school.
In his role as Chairman Emeritus of HomeServices of Iowa, Knapp will provide leadership support to Bakey, Buckley and the entire organization. Knapp began his career at Iowa Realty in 1972 as a sales associate, and has served in virtually every leadership role in the organization. “I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my career, and I’m very excited with the leadership team we have in place to carry the organization into the future,” said Knapp. “We’ve had great years behind us, and we’ll have even greater years ahead.”
About Iowa Realty
With offices in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, plus a statewide affiliate network of 42 independently owned and operated real estate firms, Iowa Realty is the state’s largest real estate broker. Iowa Realty is a division of HomeServices of Iowa, and is part of the second largest real estate brokerage operation in the country.
About HomeServices of Iowa
HomeServices of Iowa is the leader in all aspects of home ownership, including brokerage, mortgage, title and closing. It’s made up of several operating companies, including Iowa Realty, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty, Midland Title and Escrow, Iowa Title and Iowa Realty Insurance Agency. HomeServices of Iowa is a division of HomeServices of America Inc. – an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway.