This Veteran’s Day, RE/MAX Regional Services was proud to honor Broker/Owner Lieutenant Colonel Tommy Black for serving a tour in Iraq while continuing to run his RE/MAX Signature Realty, Inc. office via Skype.
For almost 30 years, LTC Black has served in the Kentucky Army National Guard and has been in real estate since 2005. In 2007, he became a Broker with RE/MAX Regional Services, opening his Signature Realty, Inc. office in Corbin, Kentucky.
“I feel very strongly about serving my country and what the military represents,” said Black. “It is my honor to have the opportunity to give back and apply my almost 30 years of training in a combat environment for the country that has given me more than I could ever repay.”
In 2011, LTC Black’s unit, 149th MEB in Louisville Kentucky, was deployed to Iraq at Camp Victory to complete the job of shutting the camp down and turning it over to the Iraqi government. At the time, Black’s wife, Sandra despite an ongoing battle with cancer, took over most of the administrative duties at the office while Tommy was gone. Sandra and the agents of RE/MAX Signature Realty, Inc. worked together to communicate with Black through email and Skype.
“Operating the office from Iraq was truly a team effort,” says Black. “My wife and staff supported me in serving my country and successfully ran the office with my insight from across the world.”
The team faced many challenges. With a nine hour time difference, LTC Black would work at night after a long day of military duties. Technological issues like limited internet access and no phone access meant the team had to be flexible to stay in touch. Sandra was at one point on Skype with Tommy when an IDF (Indirect Fire) bombed near the camp. She heard it all and lost contact with her husband for quite some time.
Sandra’s health began to deteriorate, so LTC Black returned home to be with his family. Unfortunately, Sandra Black lost her 5 year battle with cancer this past May. Today, Black runs RE/MAX Signature Realty, Inc. with four other agents and continues to raise his 10-year-old daughter, Callie, and stepson Devan. Black also enjoys spending time with his two adult sons, Jared and Austin, and rooting for University of Kentucky’s basketball and football teams.
“The accomplishments that LTC Black has achieved through so many challenges are inspirational and heart-warming,” said Dane Ellison, RE/MAX Regional Services CEO. “This Veterans Day, RE/MAX Regional Services honors LTC Black, along with all our other affiliates who are Veterans. We are so proud that RE/MAX Regional Services is home to so many Veterans who fought to provide us freedom.”
RE/MAX Signature Realty, Inc. is located at 1466 W Cumberland Gap Pkwy, Corbin, KY 40701. To learn more about RE/MAX Signature Realty, Inc. Please visit http://www.signaturerealty.remax-kentucky.com/.
This article originally appeared in the The Times-Tribune.