Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS® Awards 2013 REALTOR® of the Year
2013 Indiana Commercial Real Estate Conference attracts nearly 350 state professionals

J Steven Martin_2013 REALTOR of the YearINDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commercial Real Estate Conference hosted by the Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS® (ICBR) announced the top industry award, REALTOR® of the Year, at the association’s annual conference on June 14, 2013 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. Nearly 350 commercial real estate professionals attended the conference, providing ongoing state education for brokers.

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.

“Steven is a natural fit for the 2013 REALTOR® of the Year Award, based on his impressive resume alone,” said Janice Paine, 2013 ICBR president. “His dedication and vision has helped transform the commercial real estate industry in Indiana, and his influence has certainly been felt on our board, and the boards of many other professional and community organizations. I am comforted knowing that the future of our industry will be in his hands as the 2014 ICBR President.”

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

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 been a speaker and course instructor for various Rural Development, HUD and Tax Credit seminars and conferences, and a featured speaker at the Affordable Housing Conference in Ind., Ill. and Fla.

“I am humbled to receive the 2013 REALTOR® of the Year Award, not only from ICBR but from my peers in the commercial real estate industry from across the state,” said Martin. “This is an incredible honor that I am thankful to have been able to share with my father, brother, sons and daughters, and numerous other family and team members who have all contributed to the profession over the years in some way.”

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. 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 sub-committee & Committee Member
  • Lloyd for Mayor Committee – two-time Chairman
  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church – past Stewardship Chairman, past Chairman of Pastor/Parish, past member of Finance Committee, past 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 out of over 950 Advisors)
  • 2012 Sperry Van Ness – Achiever Award (ranked 24th in production out of over 950 Advisors)
  • SVN Achiever Award (6 of past 7 years)
  • Top Commercial Team in Indiana for RE/Max of Indiana (2002)
  • Single Largest Commission Check Award by RE/Max of Indiana (2002)
  • Member RE/Max International 100% Club (2000 & 2001)
  • 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.)
  • Historic Rehabilitation Project of the Year in Indiana
  • Human Relations Commission Award for Vanderburgh County (1996)
  • Community Improvement Award, Citizens Insurance Company of Indiana (1995)

Education / Licenses & Designations:

  •  Kentucky Real Estate Broker’s License (Principal Broker)
  • Real Estate Cyber Specialist (RECS) past Designation (1999)
  • Licensed General Contractor – Vanderburgh County (1996)
  • Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute – CCIM Designation (1995)
  • Institute of Real Estate Management – CPM Designation (1980)
  • Indiana Real Estate Broker’s License (Principal Broker, 1979)
  • University of Evansville, Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (1976)
  • National Center for Housing Management – past Certified Occupancy Specialist – COS Designation

Association Memberships – Professional:

  • National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC)
  • International Council of Shopping Center Developer (ICSC)
  • National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
  •  Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS® (ICBR)
  • National Apartment Association (NAA)
  •  Indiana Apartment Association (IAA)
  • Apartment Association of Southern Indiana (AASI)
  • Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM)
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Evansville Executive Forum
  • Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana

Personal Interests:

  • Married for 34 years to wife, Anne; four children: Jody, Jenny, Alex and Andy; two granddaughters: Kate and Addison
  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church – Member 30 years
  • Singing, Golf, Bass Fishing, Technology, Reading and Clabber


The Indiana Commercial Real Estate Conference is recognized as the premier event for real estate professionals to earn commercial continuing education credits and to gather with like-minded peers. This year’s event was sponsored by Cassidy Turley, Hays & Sons Complete Restoration, Summit Realty Group/Cushman & Wakefield, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors, Colliers International, Duke Realty, Fifth Third Bank, Ginovus, Steffen Group, Zeller Realty Group, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Citimark, Holladay Properties, Krieg Devault. For complete details, visit

ICBR is a commercial overlay board for commercial real estate professionals. Its members are dedicated to serving the needs of commercial clients in aspects of brokerage, leasing, appraising, property management, and development. ICBR has a statewide membership base of more than 600 professionals. For more information, visit the ICBR website at