ELKO — Gregory Martin is the Nevada Association of Realtors’ 2017 Realtor of the Year. The statewide association announced that the Elko native earned the title Sept. 21.
“It’s just a huge honor to be able to serve our industry and association and our almost 15,000 members statewide,” Martin said. “It’s a huge honor, and I’m humbled.”
Active in real estate for 20 years, Martin now works with Coldwell Banker Algerio/Q-Team Realty. Before getting licensed, he served in the U.S. Navy, and dabbled in railroad, mining and construction work. Doing construction is what led him to real estate, as he realized he could sell what he was fixing and remodeling.
Once he found his calling, he began serving in leadership and advocate positions in Elko County, throughout Nevada and nationwide. Most recently, he led as president of the NVRA for 2017.
“He is really fantastic and was really involved this year and was very deserving of the award,” said NVAR CEO Teresa McKee.
The first NVAR Realtor of the Year award was bestowed in 1958, and the organization continues the tradition of recognizing a member Realtor for effort expended in the interest of the profession and the community. The nomination process requires an outline of service from the past year be submitted to the organization, and a committee selects the winner from among the applicants.
The attributes that made Martin stand out, said McKee, were his support of charity and the community, business accomplishments, and political involvement.
“He is very involved and very supportive,” McKee said.
Martin played a key role in developing Leadership NVAR, a program begun in 2000 that ushers 16 Realtors each year through a days-long workshop to foster personal and professional growth. He was a student in the second class then served twice as dean, in 2006 and 2014.
“There is no greater reward than to No. 1 go through the program and realize the impact that it has on your life,” Martin said. “Having the opportunity to see the growth in the participants each year [and having] the opportunity to develop into future leaders of this industry and our associations — that is a blessing.”
In politics, Martin has been active in the Realtor Party, a nonpartisan group that supports Realtor and property owner interests, as well as the political action committee, which financially support candidates who “represent Realtor issues, private property issues [and] protecting homeowners’ rights,” McKee said.
Those values are what this country was founded upon, Martin said, describing what he loves about his profession.
“Putting the keys of a new home into the hands of a first-time home buyer, there is no greater thrill. To see and know the life they are going to create in the home you just helped them acquire and raise their family,” he said. “There is no greater joy than helping a client that is an investor purchase income property and know that you held their best interests in high esteem to help them achieve their investment goals.”