LINCOLN, Nebraska (January 9, 2018) –HomeServices of Nebraska, comprised of Lincoln’s leading residential real estate brands HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty and the full-service title and escrow company Nebraska Land Title & Abstract, announced that Shannon Harner, general manager and chief legal officer, has assumed the role of president and chief executive officer. Gene Brake, former president and CEO of HomeServices of Nebraska has been named chairman emeritus where he will continue to play an active role supporting Harner and her leadership team.
“Shannon is extraordinarily well-qualified to serve as president and CEO,” said Brake. “She is an innovative, capable leader who cultivates relationships throughout our community and industry. I am confident that she will carry the legacy of our HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty brands forward to its next level of growth and success.”
As president and CEO, Harner will shape the companies’ strategy and direct operations with a focus on driving future growth while preserving their legacy of exceeding expectations known to generations of buyers and sellers.
“Gene and I have worked together for many years and his deep market knowledge and strategic insight have been at the center of our success,” said Harner. “He attracted and inspired a team of immensely talented executives, agents, sales managers and employees. I look forward to building upon our presence as the market leader, supported by our outstanding management team and phenomenal agents.”
Harner began her career with predecessors of HomeServices of Nebraska in 1993 when she served as outside general counsel to Woods Bros Realty. In 2007, Harner became in-house counsel and then moved into the general manager position in 2014 where she has been actively engaged in brokerage operations and has provided guidance and direction to the company’s 370 licensed Realtors®.
With nearly 40 years of real estate experience, including almost ten years as president and CEO, Brake is a leader with impeccable business ethics and personal sincerity. Under his leadership, HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty have grown to become leading real estate companies in Nebraska. Brake, a long-time resident of the area, is widely recognized for his community involvement and leadership and is active in the real estate industry on both the state and national levels.
“Shannon brings extensive industry knowledge and exceptional leadership qualities to HomeServices of Nebraska and the HomeServices executive team. She is a strategic and charismatic leader and I am confident that under her leadership, HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty are well-positioned for future growth.” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America. “Gene’s leadership helped guide HOME and Woods to become prominent real estate companies. On behalf of HomeServices, we thank him for his many contributions and we wish him well as he enters this new chapter of his life.”