Houston Treasure for 2008
Photo by: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
The spectacular success of Martha Turner Properties is a testament to its leader. Martha Turner is a conscientious realtor, creative entrepreneur, humanitarian, teacher and family woman with a unique blend of energy, optimism and humor. She developed a start-up local realty concern into one of the country’s finest independent residential real estate companies, which is affiliated with Christie’s, the premier international sales network.
A small-town, East Texas girl who developed her ethic for working hard in her family’s dry goods and hardware store, Martha parlayed her music and education degree into a noble 15-year career as an elementary school teacher of music and geography. Pursuing a passion for remodeling, building and selling her own homes, she entered real estate as an enterprise in 1981, despite the difficult economic climate, benevolently demanding only excellence from herself and her agents: excellence in knowledge of the market and the law, professional and personal attention to clients, as well as accurate, principled and efficient transactions. Today, Martha Turner Properties is a regular on Houston Business Journal’s “Top 50 Women Owned Businesses” list, and Martha has long service as a Director of Houston Association of Realtors.
Believing in the essential value of leading by example, Martha has assumed that role in myriad areas. She has been a University of North Texas Regent and on the advisory boards of Texas Commerce Bank, 100 Club of Houston and Susan G. Komen Foundation. She has been President and Board Chair of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Houston (4 years) and served on the boards of United Cerebral Palsy, Texas Business Hall of Fame and The Forum Club of Houston. Too energetic for only Board service, Martha has rolled up her sleeves to co-sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home and chair events for CCFA (Winter Ball twice), Girls’ Club of Houston, Houston Ballet, Star of Hope, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Darla’s School for Mentally Retarded Adults.
Proving that success in business, philanthropy and family are not mutually exclusive, Martha is devoted to her husband of many years, Glenn Bauguss, Jr., with whom she loves hosting and entertaining their extended family of children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.