About Howard Hanna Real Estate Services


Established in 1957 by Howard and Anne Freyvogel Hanna, with a single office in Pittsburgh, the family-owned Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is now the 4th largest real estate company in the country.* Founded as the Howard Hanna Company, the family business was an integral part of growing up in the Hanna household. Today, Howard and Anne’s three children, Hoddy, Helen and Annie, and the third generation, Annie Hanna Engel, Hoby Hanna, Kelly Hanna Riley, Duffy Hanna and Dennis Cestra, Jr. carry on the family tradition throughout the company. Through the years, we have grown to be the top real estate company in the markets we serve. And with that success we also continue to be mindful of our purpose. It is to this simple philosophy, and to the exceptional people with whom we work, that we owe our past, present and future success.

Our Mission

We are a family-owned, full-service real estate company, providing the finest in real estate, mortgage, title and insurance services. We strive every day, in every transaction, to reflect our pride in our company, ourselves and each other, and in the people and communities that we serve. Through our knowledge, integrity and innovation, we are able to participate in our customers’ realization of the American Dream.

Our Vision

  • To be recognized as the highest quality, most professional real estate services company in every market we serve
  • To provide unparalleled, innovative, and comprehensive real estate services to each client, creating a lifelong relationship
  • To foster learning, teamwork, mutual respect, and personal excellence within our company
  • To give time and resources to help bring a better quality of life to those less fortunate
  • To welcome change and embrace diversity
  • To cultivate the optimal financial growth and stability of the company and our associates
  • To lead and serve with integrity, pride, and enthusiasm in all we do
Howard W. Hanna, Jr.
Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III
Helen Hanna Casey
Annie Hanna Cestra
Howard W. "Hoby" Hanna, IV
Robert M. Biggar, Jr.
Nick Bozovich
Kristine M. Burdick
Jacqueline Cassara
Thomas M. Ceponis
Dennis A. Cestra, Sr.
Gail H. Coleman
Armand D’Alfonso
Jon F. Deegan
Tracy Rossetti Delvaux
Ronald L. Dishler
Dennis D. Drennan
J. Keefe Ellis
Annie Hanna Engel, Esq.
Robina R. English
Iva M. Fiorina
Lisa Fleming
Yvonne L. Guthrie
Gregory F. Hammill
F. Duffy Hanna, Esq.
M. Jean Hayes
Darlene A. Hunter
Sherri L. Johnson
Kelly Hanna Riley
William Russo
Susan M. Sadowski
Thomas S. Schoeller
Kelly A. Silver
Mark D. Steele
Meredith C. Stephenson
Melissa Crockett Willis

Children’s Free Care Fund

Our company-wide “Choo Choo Chow Chow” campaign raised $1,035,206 in 2015 for children’s free care funds at local children’s hospitals, thanks to the hard work and heartfelt continued dedication of our agents, managers and staff, along with the wonderful support of the community.

The Howard Hanna Children's Free Care Fund, established in 1988, partners with 11 children’s hospitals and organizations, and has donated more than $12 million to provide medical care to all children, regardless of insurance or the family’s ability to pay.



Coats for Kids

Since 1981, Howard Hanna and Coats for Kids have partnered to ensure that the children and families of Northeastern Ohio have warm coats each winter. In 2015, we collected 6,600 coats. Since its inception, Coats for Kids has provided coats to hundreds of thousands of local children.

Howard Hanna Endowed Scholarships

University of Pittsburgh
Two endowed scholarships were established in 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh in the name of founder Howard W. Hanna, Jr.:
- The Howard W. Hanna, Jr. Undergraduate Scholarship, College of Business Administration
- The Howard W. Hanna, Jr. Graduate Scholarship, Katz Graduate School of Business

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Pitt in 1942, Mr. Hanna served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an American liaison officer with the British Army in India, and then returned to Pitt to earn his master’s degree in 1949. Mr. Hanna is a distinguished and decorated alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh. He received a 225th Anniversary Medallion from Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and was honored as a distinguished alumnus of the Business School in 2011 and Legacy Laureate of the University in 2013.

John Carroll University
The Howard and Mary Anne Hanna endowed scholarship for undergraduate studies was established at John Carroll University in 2015 for undergraduate studies. Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III graduated from John Carroll University in 1969 and served on its board of directors for nine years. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

The scholarships at the University of Pittsburgh and John Carroll University are to be given, if the qualifications are met, to an employee or sales associate, or child or grandchild of an employee or sales associate working for a Howard Hanna company or a subsidiary. The scholarships will be awarded to the most outstanding and qualified students, with financial need as determined by the universities and the annual completion and results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. In the event that there are funds available after the children of Howard Hanna employees have been reviewed, the universities will give consideration to other students.