Meet Tom Martin, President and COO of Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee
Thomas N. Martin, GRI, CRS, CRB Greensboro, Georgia Tom Martin graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio with degrees in English and Education. He entered real estate in 1969, and for many years was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ski Country Enterprises, a large real estate and development company in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Over the next decade, he built, developed, managed, and led the number #1 real estate brokerage in all of Northwest Colorado.
In 1980, Tom organized a seven office commercial, residential and development real estate company on the western slopes of Colorado, concentrating on the rapid growth of the energy impacted areas of the state. Three and one-half years later, he added Tom Martin and Associates, a real estate commercial-investment firm in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Tom has always been an active practicing Realtor and continued to own and operate his specialized real estate company throughout the eighties. During that time, he was also constantly referred to and sought out, nationally and internationally, by high-end planned unit ski, golf, and lake developments, specialized niche companies, large single and multi-office brokerages, and growth-oriented salesmen, brokers, owners, and managers throughout the world for creative leadership, management, and sales solutions to localized real estate concerns. After moving to Georgia in the mid 1990’s for a change of pace, Tom was again recruited to be Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a 7000 acre golf and lake development successfully turning an average sales organization into a highly productive team consistently exceeding all goals and expectations while markedly increasing property values.
In 2007, Tom was recruited by and joined Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, as Senior Vice President of the 22 office Carolinas Region where he re-structured the region over the next four years. Currently he is President and COO of Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty, the top full service real estate brokerage in the lake country of central Georgia with over a 65% market share. Tom has received numerous credits for his continued involvement in the local, state, and national Realtor associations, having been elected and appointed to several offices and chairs on each level.
In 1978, he was honored by the Northwest Colorado Board of Realtors as “Realtor of the Year.” He is a Past President of the Colorado Association of Realtors and a recipient of their Distinguished Service Award. In 1987, Tom was named CRB of the Year by the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter and was voted “Coach of the Year” (the only time it was ever awarded) by his peers on the National Real Estate Brokerage Managers’ Council faculty, where he held Master Instructor status. He was the 1989 President of the Managers’ Council and is one of only five CRB’s nationally to ever receive the coveted “Eagle” Award. In addition, Tom has been recognized by the National Association of Realtors for his long-term sales, leadership, management, and training contributions.
Tom is married to Linda. They have four grown children (living in Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Louisiana) and seven grandchildren. They enjoy travel, sporting events, spending time with family, and a large assortment of animals.