2022 HW Vanguard: Chris Heller


As Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs, Chris Heller oversees all of the company’s industry partnerships and relationships, including an agent referral network of more than 30,000 of the industry’s top agents. With more than three decades of experience in real estate, Heller brings extensive expertise to the role, having held influential industry positions, including CEO at Mellohome and former CEO at Keller Williams Realty International. 

Heller earned his real estate license when he was 20 years old and built one of the most successful real estate teams in the U.S. From being named Rookie of the Year in 1989 to becoming the top-producing agent in San Diego County and the No. 1 Keller Williams associate in all of North America, Heller has dedicated his career to supporting agents and helping consumers achieve successful homeownership. Since joining OJO Labs, Heller’s vision and leadership have helped grow the company from an up-and-coming start-up to an industry leader.

What is one habit that has made a  crucial-difference in your success?

A willingness to do whatever it takes and not be stopped, or even slowed, by my fears. I can deal with fear faster than most people. Early in my career, I was terrified of making cold calls, but I just went out and did it. When I became a company leader, I quickly conquered a fear of public speaking to the point where I became a keynote at major industry events.


Chris Heller


Chief Real Estate Officer

Company Name:

OJO Labs

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