Florida Realtors® Announces New CEO
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 29, 2015 – Bill Martin, 61, former chief executive officer of Michigan Realtors® , has joined Florida Realtors® as its new CEO. He holds the Realtor association Certified Executive (RCE) designation, earning top recognition for specialized industry knowledge, association achievements and experience.
"This opportunity is very exciting and I look forward being part of a high-performance and high-powered organization like Florida Realtors. Florida Realtors is internationally recognized and anyone would want to work with such a stellar group."
2015 Florida Realtors President Andrew Barbar, a broker with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton, welcomed the new CEO to the state association. “His knowledge, skills and expertise will be invaluable to Florida Realtors and our members,” Barbar said. “We’re ready to put him to work!”
Martin was CEO of the Michigan association for the past 14 years. His extensive resume includes serving in the U.S. Army with the famed 101st Airborne Division, then as a trooper with the Michigan State Police. In 1987, Martin was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives serving Calhoun County; a position he held for four terms. In 1995, then-Michigan Governor John Engler appointed him Commissioner of the Michigan State Lottery; and in 1999 appointed him director and CEO of the state’s largest department, the Michigan Department of Corrections. In that position, Martin managed 19,000 employees and oversaw a $1.7-billion budget.
Martin is a past board member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity and a Trustee Emeritus at Western Michigan University, his alma mater. In 2014, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed him to the State Officers Compensation Commission. Also in 2014, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) honored Martin with the William R. Magel Award of Excellence, which is a highly coveted award presented annually to an individual who has truly excelled as an association executive.
He and his wife of 36 years, Denise, have two adult daughters, Haley and Brittany, and three grandchildren. Martin said he’s certain that their new Florida home will be a welcome destination for his family and friends, especially the grandkids.