Dave Jenks: A Real Estate Icon Gives An View of the Industry

He died Sep. 14, 2021. Jenks is the co-authors of Millionaire Real Estate Agent and Millionaire Real Estate Investor. His legacy extends beyond the 186,000+ associates who are currently in his care, but also many others who have been following his successful career in real estate since the 1980s. A gracious visionary, a giver, force of nature. These are just a few of many characteristics Keller Williams cultural icon Dave Jenks possessed.

Jenks’ impact on Keller Williams is unmeasurable. He was the first Keller Williams University dean and co-launcher for KW MAPS Coaching. His role in establishing the learning DNA throughout the company was crucial. All the while he had a ‘full-speed ahead’ attitude. Jay Papasan and Gary Keller co-wrote Millionaire Real Estate Agent within 100 days. These Keller Williams leaders tell you how Jenks has impacted their lives over the years.

A Life of abundance and Legacy

Gary Keller, kwx executive chairman, shares that “He was a true beloved member of our KW Family for more than 25 years and I know that I speak for everyone when I say that we’re deeply saddened by the news.” It has been an honor and privilege to work with him over the years. His impact on our company, and the whole real estate industry, is unmeasurable. He was an amazing coach and teacher.

Marc King, president of KWRI, shares that Dave was my first instructor twenty years ago when Keller Williams was founded. I wanted to be like him. His passion was infectious and has remained with me throughout the years. Dave is a strong ambassador for our culture and will continue to be a powerful draw for agents. Dave loved his wife Gina and his extended family of over 186,000 KW associates. “Dave Jenks has left a remarkable legacy of love, laughter, learning and love. Over the course of his remarkable career, he had a profound impact on many people’s lives. He will be missed. Jay Papasan, vice president of strategic content, says that his legacy will be carried on through his books and classes and the KW learning culture he helped to create.

Celebrate Dave’s Legacy

It’s been a wonderful life. It’s been quite a journey. There are so many opportunities and so many blessings. Jenks posted one final Facebook message before his death: “I even got to be a part of building the largest real estate company in world and co-authoring several bestsellers.” “For all of you, I am sorry to be leaving you but I am so grateful for all the memories that you have given me!”

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