Tom is passionate about Galveston and all the features that make it such a great place to live, work and play. After many years of working for other real estate brokerage firms he has launched Tom’s Galveston Real Estate to help people buy, sell and lease Galveston.
Tom says Tom’s Galveston Real Estate is a boutique real estate company that provides unparalleled customer service to both residential and commercial clients wanting to buy, sell and lease single family homes, condos, apartments, multi-family properties, commercial buildings and lots in Galveston.
“As the most prolific in-town REALTOR® in 2017 as per the Galveston Association of REALTORS®, it shows that people come to me because they know no one works harder than I do for my clients and I provide exceptional customer service.”
Tom is also well known for his knowledge of the real estate industry and the strength of his relationships with lenders, title companies, property managers and contractors. In addition, for people wanting historic homes, Tom brings many years of expertise buying and selling historic homes in Galveston’s East End and Midtown neighborhoods. Alex Monteith, Brian Kuhn, Carmen and Sergio Montanez are four very professional agents who share Tom’s commitment to customer service and knowledge and expertise of the local market.
Tom is well known for his passionate support of Galveston and his efforts to protect and develop what makes island life so special – the fascinating history, beautiful natural features, and the people who live here.
Historic preservation and support of all the non-profits on the island have long been cornerstones of his community support. In 2018 he was awarded the Vic Pierson Award by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce and in 2017 the Chamber named him its “Community Hero” for his outstanding contribution to the community. In 2017, he was honored at a gala at the Sea Star Base which raised $50,000 for youth, adaptive and community sailing programs.
His community involvement includes:
· Co-Chair of the inaugural board member of the Better Parks of Galveston
· Board member of the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council
· Board member of the Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance
· Broadway Beautification committee member
· Texas Association of REALTORS® Region 10 Political Involvement Committee Representative
· Member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce
· Member of the UTMB’s President Cabinet
A former president of the Galveston Association of REALTORS®, Tom was named GAR REALTOR® OF THE YEAR 2015 and served on the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action committee as its regional representative in 2016. Locally, he Chair of the Landmarks Commission for the City of Galveston and is a past President of the Galveston Historical Foundation. He is proud to have been a Paul Harris Fellow of the Galveston Island Rotary Club.
In addition to selling throughout the Island representing buyers and sellers, Tom is also a successful residential and commercial leasing agent. A native of New Jersey, Tom believes anyone lucky enough to live by the sea is lucky enough! He earned his real estate license in 2003 after retiring as a Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing for an international home furnishings company.
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Alex Monteith is a native Texan who moved to Galveston in 2003 from Dallas. He graduated from Ball High School in Galveston as well as St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Returning to Galveston in 2010, he also works at SMI Insurance as an insurance agent. Alex has a clear understanding of coastal insurance for buyers and sellers as well as new construction, historic homes, and vacation rentals.
In 2014 Alex earned his Texas real estate license. Alex is a member of Galveston Association of REALTORS®, Houston Association of REALTORS®, Texas Association of REALTORS®, and National Association of REALTORS®.
When not working Alex and his wife, Katie, an RN at UTMB, enjoy spending time with their son, Max, friends, and family, as well as traveling.
Brian grew up in Houston, but moved to Galveston as fast as he could. He has been working with buyers and sellers in the area since 2011. He is a keen negotiator and loves bringing a deal together. Brian enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for architectural detail and providing insight to the latest market trends. His clients appreciate his responsiveness and knowledge of the transaction process.
Carmen and Sergio enjoy working as a team and it shows. They both worked as educators in the Houston area before moving to Galveston. They share the same interests, goals and careers. Sergio and Carmen both hold Degrees in Education and bring their experiences of working with families and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Their unique perspective as a team of educators and Real Estate Agents give them a distinct insight to the family needs of their clients. Both are members of the Galveston Historical Foundation, LULAC, The Chamber of Commerce and other local associations, where they serve in various positions. They also belong to the local, state and national REALTOR® associations. Carmen and Sergio are bilingual and fluent in Spanish.
Shane McDermott has held a Texas real estate license for more than 14 years. A Galveston resident since 2003, Shane’s been active in the Galveston community having served on the Galveston Park Board of Trustees, the Landmark Commission and been an active member of the Chambers of Commerce C-crew. Shane is currently Vice Chair of the Galveston Parks Committee, a board member of the Galveston Island Swim Team and is devoted to enhancing the Island’s quality of life for Galveston’s residents and tourists. Passionate about the Island, Shane specializes in selling Galveston’s West End waterfront and East End Historic District neighborhoods. Having renovated two historic homes on the Island’s East End he has in-depth knowledge of historic homes and their construction. As a small business owner, artist and Island runner he is committed the Island way of life and he loves – Living Galveston… it’s a lifestyle!