Mercer '81

Budge Huskey

CEO, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Budge Huskey was promoted to president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC on January 1, 2013, after serving as president and chief operating officer since June 2010. Huskey succeeds Jim Gillespie who is now chairman emeritus.

As chief executive officer, Huskey oversees marketing, operations, learning and field services supporting more than 84,000 Coldwell Banker® sales associates in 3,000 offices in 51 countries and territories around the world. Huskey is a nationally recognized housing industry leader who regularly represents the Coldwell Banker brand in interviews with major media outlets.

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.

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. Huskey currently serves as a National Association of Realtors Director and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. He won the 2006 Coldwell Banker Chandler Barton Award representing dedication and service to the Coldwell Banker brand. He is routinely recognized by Inman News as one of the Most Influential People in Real Estate.

Huskey is a 1981 graduate of Mercer University who earned an MBA in 1984 from Wake Forest University.