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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 63-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 #3 among the Top 500 brokers. In 2019, Allen Tate closed 20,071 transactions totaling $5.75 billion in NC and SC.

The companies have more than 11,000 Realtors® and employees working from more than 300 offices in 10 states, including 1,500 Allen Tate Realtors in 45 local offices throughout the greater Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and High Country 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 and 2020 
  • Business NC Power 100, 2019
  • Most Admired CEO Award, Charlotte Business Journal, 2018 and 2020
  • 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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