2012 Trailblazer Award Recipient: Martha F. Turner

2012: AAF-Houston shined the spotlight on Martha Fuller Turner, CEO and President of Martha Turner Properties, founded in 1981. Martha Turner Properties is regarded as one of the finest independent residential real estate companies in the nation, with closed sales transactions exceeding $1.6 billion in 2012. Martha is a recognized industry leader locally and throughout the nation.

Martha is a dynamic businesswoman, creative entrepreneur, life-long educator, and family woman with a unique blend of energy, optimism and humor. Martha adopted “excellence” as her watchword and made it central in the company’s mission statement. She adheres passionately to her principle of investing in people. Her personal commitment to agent development, client service, innovative business practices and service to the real estate community has earned her professional recognition and respect. She was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to keep Texas at the forefront of the nation's economy.

Martha Turner Properties conducts local, state, national and international advertising campaigns, mailing out over 4.9 million e-flyers and more than one million in direct mail post cards to advertise its listings. The quarterly magazine, PROPERTIES, is produced in house and mailed to more than 60,000 addresses. They also produce ePROPERTIES, an internet magazine. In television campaigns, Martha's signature slogan, "We list and sell in all price ranges from $20 thousand to $20 million. We want to be your Realtor," is familiar to millions of Houstonians.

Philanthropy and service to the community are second nature to Martha and are as deeply ingrained in her work ethic as her drive to achieve. She believes in the essential value of service and has assumed numerous civic, philanthropic, and professional leadership roles throughout the world. Martha’s belief that no problem is without a solution has initiated her involvement in a large and diverse group of charitable organizations in support of healthcare, women’s organizations, the arts, and education have been widely recognized and have earned her a reputation for generosity and commitment to service.

She quietly supports many charitable and educational causes, including Legacy Community Health Services and Mission of Yahweh. She has served the United Way, Houston Hospice, and Alex Tocqueville Society Women’s Initiative. She has supported Houston’s Yellowstone Academy, the Aldine Youth Afterschool Program, Darla’s School for Retarded Adults, and the Women’s Home. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Houston Baptist University and Board of Regents for her alma mater, North Texas State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education.