For over 17 years Jeff Ward’s signature professionalism, experience and market understanding, coupled with dedication to his clients’ success, has made him one of the top-producing real estate agents in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Prior to joining Keller Williams Jackson Hole, Jeff spent more than 10 years with Sotheby’s and 3 years with Compass Jackson Hole. Ward and his wife Kelli, cofounded Teton Village Realty, which expanded to become one of the Mountain West’s fastest-growing independent real estate firms. The company grew to the third largest market share in Jackson Hole, before it was purchased by Sotheby’s International Realty.
Ward was named the Teton Board of Realtors’ Realtor of the Year in 2018. Over the last two years, Jeff and Kelli have a combined $135 million sales volume in 2020 and 2021, ranking amongst the top brokers in Jackson Hole and the State of Wyoming.
A native of California, Ward relocated to Jackson Hole after graduating from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. The move came after many stays to the area, where his family’s roots run deep. In the 1940s, his grandparents managed the Rockefeller family’s Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park.
Ward’s career began in the hospitality industry, where he ascended to senior management positions with one of Jackson Hole’s premier resorts. That experience naturally segued into real estate, where Ward continued to broaden his expertise and skills set.
“Real estate, to me, is entirely about relationships,” Ward explains. “Whether a client is looking for their first home or a heritage investment property, buying or selling—it begins with understanding their wants, needs and interests, and coupling that with the most comprehensive market data available to create the optimal outcome.”
Ward is well-versed in nearly every facet of real estate, including construction, property enhancement and commercial development. Ward, whose team pre-sold and sold through two of the largest condo-hotels developments at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and has helped numerous high net-worth and ultra-high net-worth clients, is intimately familiar with financial strategies and tax benefits.
An avid chef, outdoorsman and certified sommelier, Ward is actively involved in his community. As chairman of the Jackson Hole Rotary Club’s Scholarship Committee, Ward oversees the fundraising and allocation of more than $1 million of local academic scholarships between 2009 and 2021. He currently serves as Vice President on the Rotary Foundation’s Board of Directors.