Formerly the owner of his own full service real estate brokerage firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, Al has also served as Senior Vice President of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates. Most recently, as Senior Vice President of Fred Sands REALTOR® which was the fifth largest independent brokerage company in the United States.
Al is past President and Chairman of the Board of the REALTORS NATIONAL MARKETING INSTITUTE and past President of the Real Estate Brokerage Manager’s Council, as well as past member of the RNMI Board of Directors and Management Team. Al is past President of the Cincinnati Board of REALTORS® and has chaired or served on almost all the committees on the local and state level. He is a past chairman of numerous NAR committees and has served on the Executive Committee, as well as being a NAR Director.
Al has been honored as both Cincinnati and Ohio Associate and REALTOR® of the Year. He has been honored as the Instructor of the Year for large states by the National Association of REALTORS® and, subsequently, as the Educator of the Year by NAR. He was also presented with the first Golden Eagle Award for being outstanding instructor of the CRB faculty.
Al holds Master Instructor status on The Managers Council faculty. He was technical advisor for the book Real Estate Office Management; People Functions and Systems and editor of the book Readings In Management For The Real Estate Executive. He has spoken in all 50 states, as well as foreign countries, including being the key note speaker at three FIABCI (international real estate) conferences, and has served as a consultant and a coach to real estate firms throughout the world.
Mark Martin has been selling real estate since 1999, when he acquired his license in Florida. Preceding his real estate career, he spent 17 years in senior level management positions in several Fortune 500 companies.
In 2000, Mark and his family moved to Austin, TX and he began his quest to become a household name in Austin real estate. In his first year in the business, he closed over $10.0 Million in production, and was named Rookie of the Year for Coldwell Banker. After 2 years with Coldwell Banker, he transitioned to RE/MAX, and has been affiliated with RE/MAX ever since. He is a RE/MAX Hall of Fame member, and has held numerous awards throughout the years, including 100% club, Platinum Club, and Chairman’s Club.
It has not all been a bed of roses however, in 2007 the real estate market plummeted, and Mark had to resort to outside employment to continue to put food on the table. In January of 2011, with nothing, he started over in real estate. Going back to the basics of prospecting, door knocking, and open houses, he was able to close over $10 Million again in production. In 2012, he began building a team, and together they closed $18 Million in production, and in 2013 he hired Dirk Zeller with Real Estate Champions to help coach his team to even higher levels of production.
In 2013, the team closed $32 Million in production, and generated just shy of $1.0 Million in GCI. The team consisted of 2 buyer’s agents, and Mark’s business partner, Russell Martinez.
Mark moved to Phoenix in 2014, with his 17 year old son who is pursuing his dream of playing college baseball and potentially a career in the MLB. Mark ran his team in Austin virtually for 6 months, continuing to lead generate, close transactions, and oversee daily operations from afar. The team’s production dipped slightly to just over $800,000 in GCI without Mark physically being in Austin. As the saying goes, “while the cat’s away…”
Mark’s son was successful in being offered a college baseball opportunity and Mark moved back to Austin in late 2014. 2015 Production is on pace to exceed $35 Million and over $1.0 Million in GCI. Mark’s team now consists of his business partner Russell Martinez, 3 Buyer’s Agents, 1 US based virtual assistant who handles transaction and listing management and 1 offshore ISA who makes 1000 dials a day for seller leads. 2016 Production was $39 Million with $1.1 Million in GCI and a Net Profit of over 49% of Gross. 2017 Trajectory is on pace to exceed $100 Million in Team production.
Mark and Russell pride themselves on being able to work 20 hours a week, not work Friday, Saturday, or Sundays, take 2 months a year off from the business and still generate the high income levels that they enjoy. Through multiple proprietary systems and strategies, they insure a steady flow of leads and listings for the team.
Mark was named the President of Real Estate Champions in April of 2017 and oversees the Sales Team, Admin Team, and works closely with Dirk to continuously provide up to date and relevant content and resources for our clients.
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