Our Leadership Team

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.

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. 

Matt Langan, Director of Growth 

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Matt comes with an extensive background in sales leadership, marketing, and technology, and helps steer the company's growth strategy. This includes agent recruiting, retention, company level marketing and technology, vendor partnerships, and M&A. 

Mary Feckler, Relocation Director  

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Having the right real estate agent means having an agent who is committed to helping you buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise in your local market. This means also to help you in understanding each step of the buying or selling process. This commitment level has helped me build a remarkable track record of delivering results.

Justin Curtis, Team Mentor/Coach

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Justin serves as the company wide mentor and coach to help on board and train new agents or even experienced agents looking to grow their business. This training includes scripting, new business prospecting, and productivity. Justin also manages the company inbound lead system and facilitation between agents to improve ROI and lead conversion. 

Sandy Lotz, Managing Broker (Kempsville)

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After a thirty year career in the shipping business I decided to pursue a long time interest in real estate. Since 2002 I have enjoyed helping buyers and sellers with successful home sales in the Hampton Roads area. Whether you are a first time buyer or have sold many homes, let me put my knowledge and expertise to work for you.

Brenda Williams & Joe Turner, Managing Brokers (Great Bridge)   

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I have enjoyed the great pleasure of growing up in Hampton Roads one of my favorite places in the world. Where else can you find fabulous restaurants, great entertainment, warm and friendly people, top quality schools, beautiful parks, cool architecture? I know......you might be thinking of several exciting world cities but I truly love this one and I'm proud to work daily for my clients, helping them buy and sell Real Estate.

I was born and raised in the Kempsville area and then moved to Chesapeake. I raised my three children in the Mill Creek area of the city. We thoroughly enjoyed living on the Elizabeth river where we spent most of the summer boating and water skiing.

Most of my days are spent working with delightful clients, staging homes, chatting with lawyers, reading over home inspection reports, viewing homes, negotiating contracts, putting a SOLD sign on a lawn or passing keys over to ecstatic new home owners.

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.