A Look at the Last 50 Years + Beyond

Vintage TTW logo - 1970s - black

In 1972, two real estate greats and a young rookie came together to form what would become a legendary partnership — one that continues to lead the Rome-Floyd County market some five decades later!

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Our story is the result of more than seven fruitful decades of dedicated visionaries, innovative ideas, seized opportunities, strategic mergers, and an ever-optimistic outlook of the future.

Join us on a trip down memory lane through this dynamic timeline that showcases these visionaries and their contributions to the Rome-Floyd County community and beyond! We hope that you enjoy this digital archive as we relive some of the many highlights of our company’s long history — past, present and future. 

How it all began…

Adrian Howell & Company opens its doors to Rome and Floyd County
Adrian Howell & Co. - Mount Alto home for sale

The original predecessor of Toles, Temple & Wright is established by Adrian Howell, a local businessman. Adrian Howell & Company sets a new standard and lays the foundation for the prominent real estate developments, careers and other brokerages that would follow in the years to come.

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North Hills becomes one of Rome's first subdivisions
North Hills - entrance - Robert Redden

Adrian Howell & Company breaks ground and develops North Hills off Calhoun Avenue in North Rome. The development of the ranch home community, evocative of the 1950s, helps pave the way for the many neighborhoods that would follow.

North Carolina native James “Jim” Covington joins Adrian Howell & Company as its newest agent, coming over from Burlington Mills in the Shannon community. Upon joining AH&Co., he quickly moves into building and real estate development.
Covington enters real estate, joins AH&Co.

Jim Covington - headshot

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about Jim.

Brokerage rebrands as Adrian Howell & Covington
Adrian Howell & Covington - Maplewood home for sale

As the company evolves while serving the Rome-Floyd market, so does the name, reflecting its ownership. Adrian Howell & Covington is born.​

Fieldwood becomes one of first premier developments
Fieldwood - entrance - Robert Redden
Jim Covington and Adrian Howell break ground on a new subdivision located on a Kingston Highway property purchased by Dr. Warren Gilbert of Harbin Clinic. The FIELDWOOD development creates buzz in the local real estate market and begins an exciting new chapter for the firm. ​
Rome's earliest subdivisions begin to take off

Adrian Howell and Covington expand on the successful reception of Fieldwood with additional wooded neighborhoods, including SADDLE MOUNTAIN, RIVERMONT, MAPLEWOOD SQUARE and portions of HORSELEG ESTATES (pictured).​

Toles is hired by AH&C as company's sales manager
Max Toles - Homes for Living headshot

Local entrepreneur C. Max Toles begins his career with the company that would one day bear his name. He initially serves the Adrian Howell & Covington team as its sales manager.​

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about Max's life.

Firm reenters market as Covington & Toles

Covington & Toles logo - Palette

With changing ownership and new players, Adrian Howell & Covington officially becomes Covington & Toles, continuing in seamless transition with a steadfast commitment. The company takes over and continues the development and marketing of its neighborhoods.​

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C&T welcomes Brinkman
Rick Brinkman - 1971

After graduating from Georgia Tech, Richard “Rick” O. Brinkman, III is approached and offered a position as the newest agent on Covington & Toles’ growing sales team.

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the Covington & Toles team.

Temple enters the world of real estate and development
Brooke Temple - Homes for Living headshot

After completing his service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Alabama native and Shorter College graduate Brooke Temple is approached by Max Toles, who convinces him to enter the real estate business as a licensed agent and member of the sales team at Covington & Toles.​

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about Brooke.

RIVER RIDGE is developed by Max Toles and Charles Sheron as a residential community of "high esteem and quality" — with classic elegance and formality. Building on the successful reception of similar neighborhoods like Horseleg Estates and Rivermont, River Ridge helps spur additional subdivisions down Rome’s wooded corridor.
River Ridge continues a domino effect down Horseleg Creek Road
Tudor home - 6 Kensington Rd - River Ridge
Upon the sale of Jim Covington's interest in Covington & Toles, Max Toles then sells 50% to Brooke Temple — which ultimately leads to a new name and the next chapter. Adrian Howell and Jim Covington’s lasting legacy will always be underscored by spearheading the development of many of Rome’s early planned neighborhoods; as well as commercial developments including Professional Court.
Covington sells his share to Toles
The legendary Sara Wright of Sara Wright Real Estate is hired by Toles & Temple to be the company’s newest associate broker. Although not a part owner herself, Wright's surname brought such prestige that Toles and Temple agreed it must be incorporated into their branding and company name.
Sara Wright is recruited to serve as associate broker
Sara Wright - Homes for Living headshot

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Sara's life.

The firm goes to market for the very first time as Toles, Temple & Wright, Inc. The company as we know it today is born — built on a legacy and continuity of ownership that remains.
A New chapter in Rome-Floyd County real estate

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this ad from the Yellow Pages.

The newly-formed Toles, Temple & Wright (TTW) reopens at 4 Professional Court, located across from the original Holiday Inn on Turner McCall Boulevard.
Toles, Temple & Wright moves into its first HQ
Original TTW offices

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The real estate brokerage commits to a growth strategy that includes seeking out and recruiting quality agents along the way.
TTW methodically grows its team of real estate professionals
TTW Team - 1970s

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"Homes for Living" brochure.

Brooke Temple and Wayne Robinson partner to develop phases II, III and IV of Woodfin Estates off Chulio Road. The opportunity in Rome’s East side helps create an exciting momentum that leads to other successful developments, including the River Place subdivision on Horseleg Creek Road.
Woodfin Estates proves to be successful business venture
Woodfin - lots

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A second TTW office is established in West Rome at 1204 Shorter Avenue, nearly doubling the company overnight. Rick Brinkman is tapped to serve as branch manager.
The Firm opens its first branch

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Brooke Temple becomes a developing partner with Max Toles, forever changing the community and impacting the growth of Rome as new developments dot the Floyd County map. Nine new subdivisions include as many as 300 quality residential lots, becoming an important part of TTW's offerings.
TTW sees opportunity to meet housing demand
Riverridge - Section II plat
TTW expands commercial offerings across various developments, including serving as leasing agent for the Westside Village Shopping Center in West Rome.
The Company grows its commercial business
Westside Village Shopping Center

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in Westside Village.

Growing industry, including Rome’s medical community, translates into an even more pressing need for housing developments at a time when the local market isn’t keeping up with demand. Seeing the opportunities, Temple and Robinson strategically target the type of persona relocating into Floyd County, while also working alongside recruiters to promote its unique quality of life. Some of the developments to take root at this time include Brookwood West and Collinwood Place (pictured).
Floyd County sees explosion of population growth
Wayne Robinson joins TTW as an agent, later moving into construction and real estate development after successful ventures in Woodfin Estates and River Place.
Robinson enters local real estate, development
The development of the Huntcliff subdivision proves to be a strategic opportunity to continue creating neighborhoods that build on the strengths of earlier subdivisions, while adding much needed high-end residential products to the market mix.
Huntcliff sets new standard
Huntcliff sign - Wayne and Brooke with Chamber of Commerce award

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Considered by many to be the quintessential “hometown real estate archive,” Ronnie Mixon of Ronnie Mixon Real Estate is recruited to become TTW's sales manager.
Mixon becomes part of the TTW family
Ronnie Mixon

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Ronnie's life.

Max Toles moves on to pursue new adventures
Max Toles - 1976 Christmas party-REV   Max Toles leaves TTW after nearly two decades with the company, retiring to Florida. As Toles is transitioning out, Brooke Temple begins building more residential developments with Wayne Robinson.
Colony Park greatly increases the local inventory of condos
Colony Park layout   Colony Park is developed by Temple and Robinson as a unique condo concept in a residential district, featuring a mix of 1-, 1 ½- and 2-story homes in East Rome.
Hunters Glen comes to fruition
Hunters Glen - brochure photo

Temple and Robinson team up again to carve out the Hunters Glen subdivision from Horseleg Creek farm land once owned by the Petropole family.

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Relocated & Reinvigorated

TTW moves into its present-day office — a beautiful Georgian-style brick building just three blocks from the original headquarters. The relocation to 611 Turner McCall Boulevard coincides with a new era in the local real estate industry, which had since become especially vibrant and alive. ​

More TTW developments help meet the demand
Oaks at Collinwood - Collage

TTW continues to drive supply in the housing market across different segments and price points all over Floyd County, including the Oaks at Collinwood, the area’s first cluster home development of its kind.

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the Oaks at Collinwood.

Sara Wright bids farewell
Sara Wright in retirement

Associate broker Sara Wright retires from TTW after an illustrious career in real estate, which inevitably saw her name on countless listings; as well as within the letterhead of successful brokerages all across Rome.

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farewell letter.

Maplewood East becomes Rome's first swim/tennis community
Maplewood East house - logo overlay

Temple and Robinson collaborate to develop the neighborhood’s third phase and continue to fulfill the area’s specific need for residential properties at higher price points.

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Berry Forest enters the inventory mix as one of area's first golf course communities

On land once part of the original Berry family estate, Stonebridge Golf Club gives rise to Berry Forest, a development created in partnership between TTW and Berry College. The adjacent Fairways subdivision soon follows.

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Berry Forest.

Brooke Temple and Wayne Robinson partner to develop and open Hamilton Ridge, one of the area's first luxury apartment communities of its kind.
A New upscale gated apartment community emerges in Rome
Hamilton Ridge - sign
Following his success working in business development in Atlanta, Bill Temple comes home to Rome to join his father as a second-generation real estate agent.
TTW becomes a multi-generational family business
Bill Temple receiving award from Brooke

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about Bill.

Real estate powerhouses like Jack Busbin and Ben Lucas continue to serve the local market as part of TTW well into their 70s and 80s.
The Firm fosters an environment that promotes longevity
Jack Busbin and Ben Lucas - RN-T feature

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With a continued commitment to professionalism and honesty, TTW survives the real estate market collapse. Not every developer and brokerage are as fortunate.
The Housing market collapses
Housing market crash - bw
Von Lambert and Sharon Lambert Mathis, formerly of Lambert Realty and Lambert, Dixon & Tate, bring their combined years of expertise and book of business to the TTW community.
Lambert Realty joins TTW
Von Lambert and Sharon Lambert Mathis
Brooke Temple leads the redevelopment of the former site of the Holiday Inn on Turner McCall Boulevard into the River Center – now home to BlueFin, Buffalo Wild Wings and Firehouse Subs.
The River Center is renovated
River Center - Facade - Blue Fin & Firehouse Subs
REALTOR Bill Temple is promoted as TTW’s new vice president, later receiving his broker’s license.
Bill Temple named company's VP
Bill Temple - headshot
To better serve the needs of buyers and sellers who have become increasingly savvy in the digital space, TTW undergoes a year-long process to develop and launch a brand new content-focused website.
TTW debuts new website

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the homepage.

The Roman Resource, powered by TTW, debuts as a companion to the company's new website. The centerpiece of the groundbreaking platform is an interactive map of Rome-Floyd County that includes various dynamic filters designed to help users sift through different features and facets found within “the South's Best Kept Secret.”
Company launches dynamic relocation guide
Roman Resource - map with pins

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Roman Resource.

TTW’s Susan Jones is promoted to sales leadership upon receiving her broker’s license. The Rome native joined the company in 2005 when she began her career as a licensed real estate agent.
Susan Jones promoted

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about Susan.

Long-time REALTOR Jackie Harrington becomes part of the TTW team, bringing along with her fellow colleagues from Harrington Realty.
Harrington Realty moves over to TTW
Jackie Harrington - HR headshot
The brokerage and its agents are honored by Rome News-Tribune readers as winner of the "Real Estate Company" category in the Best of Rome competition for the second time after its first honor in 2016.
TTW wins Best of Rome yet again
Best of Rome
TTW expands its commercial offerings into business brokerage, becoming the first and only local real estate agency with the expertise to market businesses and connect qualified buyers with owners looking to start a new chapter. ​
The Company brings business brokerage to Rome

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the service.

Among some of the silver linings to emerge from 2020 is a record year of sales revenue for TTW and its agents, capping off a “Decade of Success” and industry leadership in Floyd County real estate.
TTW experiences record year

Decade of Success graphic - 2010-20 (cropped)

The company, in partnership with Barney Fletcher Schools, begins offering the Success Through Learning program to area professionals actively seeking their real estate license. Each exam prep course is taught by a TTW agent.
TTW collaborates with Barney Fletcher Schools
Barney Fletcher - agent instructors (2021)

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about the partnership.

Principal broker Brooke Temple continues to be involved in the day-to-day operations of Toles, Temple & Wright some 50 years later. He remains a stalwart, consistent force in the community, offering a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to his fellow colleagues in the real estate industry. ​
Brooke Temple celebrates 50 years in real estate

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Company celebrates 5 decades as TTW
TTW's 50th Anniversary seal

TTW's 50th Anniversary seal


Tracing back its roots to the original Adrian Howell & Company of the late 1940s, the brokerage commemorates both its 50th year of service to the Rome-Floyd community as Toles, Temple & Wright, Inc., and, a 72nd anniversary operating as a small business based right here in Rome.

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