Howard W. "Hoddy" Hanna, III
Chairman and CEO of Hanna Holdings
Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna III, CEO of the 4th largest real estate company in the United States, is known as a man of steadfast determination and integrity.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is a family owned company with three generations of the Hanna family involved in day to day operations.
The company specializes in residential, commercial, mortgage, title and insurance brokerage services and delivers quality services through its 170 offices across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, New York, West Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland with more than 6,200 sales associates and staff. The company was founded in 1957 by Howard and Anne Hanna with one office in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh at Bayard and Craig Streets.
Getting his real estate license at 18 and following in his father’s footsteps, Hoddy began his real estate career as a weekend sales associate for Howard Hanna while attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. The business expanded and diversified under Hoddy’s leadership and he became an important influence in the real estate community and an industry leader.
His innovation in the industry is renowned, and he has always been known as the idea man, brimming with energy and charisma. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services was among the first in the country to launch a weekly television program showcasing homes listed for sale and is the only real estate company in the nation to offer a “100% Money Back Guarantee”.
The ever continuing goal of leading in sales, mortgages and closings of real estate with pride, enthusiasm and integrity, has led to numerous honors for Hoddy. Recognized by LaRoche College as the recipient of the school’s Ad Lucem Award in honor of the Hanna Family’s vision, leadership and determination; the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has recognized Hoddy with the National American Heritage Award, given to individuals who serve their community through work and deed; and the Western Pennsylvania Junior Achievement has named him ‘Man of the Year’.
For continuously demonstrating extraordinary contributions toward increasing home ownership, Hoddy has received the RISMedia/Bank of America National Home Ownership Award and named to the Inman News list of “100 Most Influential People’.
Very active in the community, he currently serves as chair of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees and as a member of the hospital’s Foundation board. Additionally, he is a member of the board of RBS Citizen’s Financial Group, John Carroll University, LaRoche College, the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business Board of Visitors, the Diocese of Pittsburgh Finance Council and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. He recently completed a term on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is a founder and former chairman of Family House, a home away from home for patients and families with life-threatening illnesses in Pittsburgh; a founder of the annual Viking Victory Auction for Central Catholic High School which has raised more than $4 million for academic programs and financial aid.
Hoddy personally chairs Howard Hanna’s annual fundraising drive for children’s free care. Since 1988, the campaign has raised and donated more than $9 million to local children’s hospitals.
He and his wife Mary Anne reside in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania and Naples, Florida, where they have raised five children and are the proud grandparents of thirteen grandchildren.