Tom DeWine—president and CEO of ERA Colonial Real Estate in Texas, a brokerage founded in 1987 by his father, Dennis DeWine—joined ERA in 2005 after a decade in medical and surgical device sales. His brokerage ranked as a Top 15 ERA company nationally with four offices in Texas, and in 2017, the company closed 2,603 units and half a billion dollars in volume—GCI was $10.7 million. His goals are to grow his company to between 250-300 agents while also empowering the role of the agent and becoming more efficient and, therefore, more effective.
DeWine has long been a staunch community supporter and active participant in local charities. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, DeWine and ERA Colonial Real Estate launched a fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank, with the goal of raising $7,700—the company matched up to 50 percent of donations.
"The Houston Food Bank is such a local and longstanding group, and I wanted to make sure we focused on something that was very local," DeWine stated during the fundraising initiative. "We set a relatively modest goal—I picked a zip code that I had lived in when I was in Houston in the late '90s, and when I knew that a lot of flooding was occurring [there], I set the first four numbers of that zip code, 7700, as the goal."
DeWine's company also hosts an annual Fish Fry and 5K Fun Run Walk in honor of ERA Colonial agent Pat Patton. The 5K Fun Run supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the corporate charity of ERA Real Estate.