Our Leadership Team

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Tom Groves, Founder & CEO

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ERA Real Estate Professionals was founded in 1996 by Tom Groves. His concept was simple, to be dedicated to "The Best in Client Service." This philosophy has evolved since he was licensed in 1972 and we are proud to treat your greatest investment, your home, as if it were our own.

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Jackie Van Pelt, General Manager

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Jackie has been helping friends and families find homes since 2002 right here in Hampton Roads. Going on 18 years with ERA Real Estate Professionals, Jackie now oversees operations over all three offices, including sales, property management, and relocation. 

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Jackie Smith, Relocation Director  

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 Debbie O'Connell

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Licensed in 2008 and a managing broker since 2013, Debbie has seen the market's highs and lows and learned there is a way through all of it with calm, grace-under-pressure real estate professionalism. She has a true desire to serve and help people achieve their real estate goals. 

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Velvet Trull, Managing Broker (Newport News) 

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As a full time licensed Realtor for over 19 years, I have learned that listening and putting the needs of my clients first and then applying that experience and knowledge, is a huge benefit to guiding them through the process of buying and selling real estate. Before real estate, I was in the banking and mortgage lending industry for 11 years. I now realize how valuable that expertise is to the families I now serve as a Realtor.