Martens’ Johnson named to regional real estate hall of fame

01/04/2013 7:17 AM

01/04/2013 7:18 AM

Tom Johnson, president of NAI Martens, has been named by Midwest Real Estate News to the 2012 Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame.

Johnson is the only Wichitan named to this year’s class, which includes 72 other developers, brokers, attorneys and agents from across the Midwest, including in Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago.

“It’s a nice honor,” Johnson said Thursday. “If you hang around as long as I have, sometimes things like this will happen.”

Johnson, 65, said he was told last month of the recognition. He said he started in the real estate business in the late 1960s and has worked in nearly all aspects of commercial real estate, including consulting, brokerage, marketing and managing.

“It’s been a fun ride, so far,” he said. He has been president of Martens for about two years.

Midwest Real Estate News said the 73 people named were among a field of nearly 300 nominees.

The magazine said the people it selects to the list are hard workers, “great” negotiators and marketers, financially savvy and “volunteer countless hours to charitable organizations and industry trade groups.”

In addition to serving as president of one of the city’s largest commercial real estate firms, Johnson, who grew up near Winfield, is past president of the Wichita Area Association of Realtors and is a board member of the Kansas chapter, Certified Commercial Investment Member.

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