REALTOR® of the Year


2013 REALTOR® of the Year winner, Steven Martin, accepts the award from ICBR President Janice Paine, 2012 REALTOR® of the Year winner David Nugent, and his family.

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J. Steven Martin, CCIM, CPM, was presented the 2013 REALTOR® of the Year award by ICBR in recognition of his professional success, commitment to furthering the commercial real estate profession and dedication to community service. Martin is a Managing Director and owner of Sperry Van Ness / Martin Commercial Group with offices in Evansville and Indianapolis, Ind.  Steve is also the President of The Martin Group, Inc and Managing Member of The Promenade, a 215 acre mixed use development in Evansville.

As 36-year veteran of the commercial real estate market, Martin has come to be recognized as one of the top brokers in the state for his extensive experience in the sale of multifamily, retail and commercial properties in Indiana and Kentucky with transactions valued at more than $500 million. Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, Martin served as Principal Broker and Corporate Secretary/Treasurer for RE/Max Commercial Services / Martin Commercial Group. He also served in various capacities in property management, asset management, syndication, development, general contracting and brokerage for the Martin Group of Companies.

Martin has continuously been a leader in the business community, serving as an officer and/or board member of many local business and not-for-profit organizations both inside and outside of the industry. A highlight of Martin’s professional and personal activities include:

Board Positions (Professional & Civic):

  • Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS® – Vice President
  • Apartment Association of Southern Indiana – past President  (3 terms)
  • Apartment Association of Indiana – past AASI State Board of Director’s Representative
  • Rural Rental Housing Association of Indiana – Founding Member, past Board Member, past State President
  • Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) – past National Property Management Chairman, past Board Member
  • Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association (MAHMA) – past Vice President, past Board Member
  • Real Estate Investment Association Chicago (REIA) – Founding Member
  • Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana – Board Member representing Vanderburgh County Council
  • Vanderburgh County Building Authority – past Board member
  • Keep Evansville Beautiful – past Chairman & Lifetime Board Member
  • Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Advisory Board – Chairman of Site Selection subcommittee & Advisory Committee Member for the new Central, Oaklyn & North Libraries
  • Lloyd for Mayor Committee – two-time Chairman
  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church – past Stewardship Chairman, past Chairman of Pastor/Parish, past member of Finance Committee, Missions Committee
  • Beacon Group – past Board Member
  • Evansville Council of Churches – past Board Member
  • Evansville Interfaith Council – Founding Member, past Board Member

Honors & Awards:

  • 2011 Sperry Van Ness Partner’s Circle (ranked 15th nationally in production)
  • 2012 Sperry Van Ness – Achiever Award (ranked 24th in production out of over 950 Advisors)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year “Finalist”, Ernst and Young (1999)
  • For-Profit Developer of the Year in Indiana Key Award, Indiana Coalition for Housing and the Homeless (1998)
  • Outstanding Community Improvement Award, Federal Home Loan Bank (1996, Washington D.C.)
  • Human Relations Commission Award for Vanderburgh County (1996)
  • Community Improvement Award, Citizens Insurance Company of Indiana (1995)

The REALTOR® of the Year award has been presented annually by ICBR since 1994.  In addition to membership in ICBR, award criteria include:

  • REALTOR® Spirit – high principles of integrity and adherence to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics
  • Civic Activity – local, state, and national level participation
  • Business Accomplishments – public recognition of business conduct  and service to clients
  • Local Association/Board Activity – service as a volunteer in committee work or other areas at the local level
  • State Association Activity – offices held and committee work at state level
  • National Association Activity – volunteer participation at the national level

Click here to see a list of past REALTOR® of the Year winners.