About Me

Beginning his career in the real estate business in 1972 and with the Allen Tate Companies since 1992, Pat Riley guides all aspects of the 65-year old company as the region’s industry leader.

Allen Tate is the #1 real estate firm in the Carolinas, based on closed transaction sides. In 2018, the company formed a partnership with Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Howard Hanna Real Estate and now ranks #1 among the country’s largest independently owned, non-franchised brokers, and #5 among the Top 500 brokers. In 2021, Allen Tate closed 19,150 transactions totaling $6.8 billion in NC and SC.

The companies have more than 14,000 Realtors® and employees working from 500 offices in 13 states, including 1,600 Allen Tate Realtors in 47 local offices throughout the greater Charlotte, Triad, Triangle, High Country and Highlands/Cashiers regions of North Carolina and the Upstate region of South Carolina.

The Allen Tate Companies specializes in residential real estate brokerage. The Allen Tate Family of Companies includes the award-winning Allen Tate Relocation Services and other specialty companies including Allen Tate Mortgage, Allen Tate Insurance and Builder Services.

Riley is widely recognized as visionary leader in the real estate industry. He recently served as chairman of the board of directors for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global network of more than 550 independent real estate firms in 70 countries.

He is an active and engaged community supporter, currently serving in the following leadership roles:

Charlotte Executive Leadership Council
NC Business for Educational Success and Transformation (BEST NC - State School Reform)
Charlotte Center City Partners, Immediate Past Chairman, Board of Directors
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Board of Directors and Immediate Past Chairman, 2015-2017

Past board affiliations include:

Charlotte Chamber, Past Chairman
Arts & Science Council, Past Chairman
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation, Past Chairman
Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust, Past Chairman
School Bond Campaigns, Co-Chair, 1997 & 2002
Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg County Council, Immediate Past President
Boy Scouts of America 2013 Leadership Dinner, Past Chairman
CPCC President's Council
2012 ASC Cultural Vision Plan, Past Chairman
The Campaign for Cultural Facilities Cabinet
Workplace Giving Task Force, Co-Chair
Cultural Life Task Force, Co-Chair 
Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation Board of Trustees
Charlotte Merchants Foundation
Centralina Council of Governments
WTVI Advisory Board
UNC Charlotte Center for Real Estate Advisory Board

Riley is the distinguished recipient of a number of national, state and local awards, including:

The Old North State Award, Office of the Governor, 2008 and 2020
Swanepoel Top 200 Power Brokers in Residential Real Estate, 2018, 2020. 2021 and 2022 
Business NC Power 100, 2019 and 2022
Most Admired CEO Award, Charlotte Business Journal, 2018, 2020 and 2021
RIS Media Real Estate Newsmakers, 2020
Distinguished Community Servant, Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg County Council, 2020
Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, National Eagle Scout Association, 2019
Distinguished Service Award, Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg County Council, 2017
Hall of Fame Award, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, 2016
MeckEd Education Champion of the Year, 2012
Realtor of the Year, 2011, 1980 and 1976
Mint Museum Spirit Award, 2010
Chairman's Service Award, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, 2008
Volunteer Fundraising Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2003
Mary B. Howell Award, 2002, Arts and Science Council

Career Highlights:

Graduate, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1973
Graduate REALTOR® Institute , 1973
Certified Residential Specialist, 1979
Certified Real Estate Broker, 1980
Principal, C. Pat Riley Realtors, 1973-1983
President, Riley Horst Realtors, 1983-1988
Instructor, Pennsylvania State University, 1980-1988
Senior Vice President, B. Gary Scott Realtors, 1988-1991
President/CEO, Allen Tate Companies, 1992-present


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