University of Pittsburgh

Howard Hanna

Howard W. Hanna, Jr. (BBA '42, MLIT '49)

Founder (retired), Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Pittsburgh, Pa.
2011 Distinguished Alumnus Honoree

In 1957, Howard W. Hanna, Jr. (BBA '42, MLIT '49) and his wife Anne Freyvogel Hanna founded Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. And what began as a single office at the intersection of Bayard and Craig Streets in Oakland is now the 4th largest real estate company in America with 133 offices across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York and more than 4,700 sales associates and staff. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services and corporate relocation. In 2010, the company sold 33,953 homes.

A former director of the REALTORS® Association, Hanna was a founding member and past president of the East End Multi List and the West Penn Multi List, Inc., as well as past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Independent Fee Appraisers. In 1991, he was appointed by then Governor Robert Casey to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Real Estate Commission.

Hanna is a licensed real estate broker in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida and a state-certified general appraiser and a Florida-licensed mortgage broker. He has been recognized by the Florida Association of REALTORS® as a Living Legend of Real Estate, and he has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the REALTORS® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh.

In recognition of the 50 year anniversary of the Howard Hanna company, a street near the intersection of Bayard and North Craig Streets was dedicated in Hanna's honor by the Pittsburgh City Council. And August 7, 2007, was proclaimed Howard Hanna Day in the city of Pittsburgh to celebrate Hanna's first day in business and his success in growing a thriving family business in the Pittsburgh region.