Meet Your Galveston Real Estate Team!
Alex Monteith, Brian Kuhn, Shane McDermott, Reid Nelson, Robert Zahn, Robert Frank, as well as Carmen and Sergio Montanez are our very professional agents who share Tom’s commitment to customer service and knowledge and expertise of the local market.
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.
“Galveston Association of REALTORS® statistics illustrate that I’m regularly the number one in-town agent, 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.
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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 2019 he received a Service Award from Galveston Island Nature Tourism for Outstanding Leadership. 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.
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 is Former 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.Email Tom
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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.Email Alex
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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.Email Brian
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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.Email Carmen/Sergio
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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!Email Shane
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Reid Nelson is a native Galvestonian who earned his undergraduate degree from Austin College in Sherman, TX and his law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. After successful careers in law and insurance, Reid returned to Galveston in 2017 to get back to his roots. Reid knows the island and its people inside and out. His clients will benefit not only from his legal and insurance expertise, but also from his true love of this town. Outside of the office, Reid loves to drive down the Seawall to check on the water, coach his son’s basketball teams, and catch a few Ball High football games. Reid currently resides with his son in Galveston, in a historic home that has been in his family for over 45 years.Email Reid
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More than fifteen years of working in the Historical Homes market of Galveston gives me a great background to help you find the right house easily and with minimal effort. With an annual average of 25 transactions buying, selling, and leasing properties dating from the turn of the 20th century, I have the experience needed to evaluate the property involved and determine the right pricing. I have been active in the restoration of my own Victorian era houses, and was actively involved in laying the groundwork for the formation of the San Jacinto Historical Conservation District. I am immediate past Chair of the Galveston Association of Realtors, have been Chair of the GAR Multiple Listing Service, Chair of the City of Galveston Arts and Historic Advisory Committee. I am a two time past Chairman of the Galveston Historical Foundation Events Committee, a past Chairman of the ad hoc Galveston Affordable Housing Committee, and a former Board member of the San Jacinto Neighborhood Association.Email Robert
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Robert has been a realtor for six years and has lived on Galveston Island for 11 years. He was born in Dallas and spent many years in Chicago where he had a successful career as a systems analyst with a sideline in acting and directing. Frank is a member of both the Galveston and Houston associations of realtors and has served on the MLS committee of the Galveston association. Robert is fascinated with Galveston’s rich history and architecture. He is known to many for his award-winning one man show as poet Edgar Allan Poe. The show has been performed nationwide and at festivals including Galveston’s own Dickens on the Strand. Frank loves enjoying the beach and outdoors and is a member of the Frisbee Coalition of Galveston. Robert Frank is excited to join the TGRE team, “I pride myself on my dedication to clients whether it is helping them find their perfect home or helping them sell their home at the right price. Galveston is an awesome place to live, work and vacation and I’ve always felt so lucky to live here. I love to share that excitement with clients. TGRE has a great team spirit and I love the collegiality.”Email Robert
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