Timeline | 50 Years – WORKING

1949 our story begins
Adrian Howell & Company is Established

Adrian Howell & Company is established in Rome, Georgia.

1954 Amazon History
Jim Covington enters
Jim Covington - headshot

Jim Covington joins Adrian Howell & Company.

1957 a firm is born
Adrian Howell & Covington Forms

Adrian Howell & Company becomes Adrian Howell & Covington.

1966 a firm is born
C. Max Toles joins the company as sales manager
Max Toles - headshot

Local entrepreneur and convivial Roman C. Max Toles starts his career with the company that would one day bear his name, serving as sales manager.

1970 a firm is born
Covington & Toles enters the market
Covington & Toles logo - Palette

Adrian & Covington becomes Covington & Toles, continuing in seamless transition with a steadfast commitment: 

"…we shall continue in these dynamic 70s our contributions toward making Rome a great place to live."

1971 Toles purchases "Select Homes for Better Living"
Temple enters the real estate industry
Brooke Temple - Headshot

After completing his service in the U.S. Army Reserves, Alabama native and Shorter College graduate Brooke Temple is approached by Max Toles, who convinces him to enter the real estate business as part of the team at Covington & Toles.

1972 "Select Homes for Better Living"
Covington & Toles becomes Toles & Temple

Jim Covington sells his interest in the company to Max Toles, who then sells 50% of company to Temple.

1972 Three titans of Coosa Valley real estate
Toles & Temple Merges with Sara Wright Real Estate
Sara Wright - Headshot

Sara Wright - Headshot

1973 a home of their own
TTW moves into its first HQ

The newly-formed Toles, Temple & Wright relocates into its first building at 4 Professional Court, located across from the original Holiday Inn on Turner McCall Blvd.

mid-1970s Hiring the best
TTW grows its team of real estate professionals

TTW commits to a growth strategy that includes seeking out and recruiting quality agents along the way.

1976 westward expansion
TTW opens its first branch

A second office is established in West Rome at 1204 Shorter Avenue, nearly doubling the company overnight. Richard “Rick” O. Brinkman, III is tapped to serve as branch manager.

Late 1970s rising up from the soil of the Coosa Valley
TTW sees opportunity to meet the growing demand for housing

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.

1979 an expanding portfolio
TTW grows its commercial business

TTW expands commercial offerings across various developments, including leasing agent for the Westside Village Shopping Center.

1980 here's to you, Mr. Robinson
Wayne Robinson comes aboard

Wayne Robinson joins TTW as an agent, later moving into construction and real estate development after successful ventures in Woodfin Estates and River Place.

1980s choice locations with choice lots
A New Home of Their Own

Growing industry, including Rome’s medical community, translates into more clients and an even greater need for further housing development at a time when other companies aren’t doing it and aren’t keeping up. Seeing the opportunities, Temple and Robinson strategically target the type of persona relocating into Floyd County, while also working alongside recruiters to promote Rome and its quality of life. 

TTW doubles down on commitment to quality with choice locations and choice lots, suppling the market with homes and developments that are considered to be among the area's very best to this day. The result is a healthy, competitive quality real estate market that Rome needed all along, as well as a vast economic impact that would create ripples for years to come. Some of these developments include: Brookwood, Brookwood Estates, Collinwood, Colony Park Condominiums, Huntcliff and Hunters Glen.

1983 the hometown real estate archive
Mixon joins the TTW family

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.

Mid-1980s new chapters
Toles moves into retirement

Max Toles leaves TTW after nearly two decades with the company. As Toles is transitioning out, Brooke Temple begins building residential developments with Wayne Robinson.

1990 Vibrant + alive
New era in real estate

Toles, Temple & Wright moves into its present-day office, a beautiful brick building just three blocks from the original. The relocation to 611 Turner McCall Blvd. coincides with a new era in the local real estate industry, which had since become especially vibrant and alive.

1990s building on a tradition
More developments arise

TTW continues to drive supply in the housing market across different segments and price points with developments all across Floyd County, including: Oaks at Collinwood, Overhill Maplewood East, Battle Farm, Berry Forest and Fairways.

early 1990s the end of an era
Wright steps down

Sara Wright retires and bids farewell to TTW after an illustrious career in real estate, which inevitably saw her name on countless listings and the letterhead of successful brokerages all across Rome.

2002 filling more voids in the local market
Rome's first upscale gated apartment community emerges

Brooke Temple and Wayne Robinson partner to develop and open Hamilton Ridge, the area's first luxury apartment community of its kind.

2002 like father, like son
TTW becomes a multi-generational family business

Bringing a strong background in business development, sales and promotions, Bill Temple joins TTW as a second-generation real estate agent.

2006 not ready to call it quits
TTW fosters a work environment that promotes longevity

Real estate powerhouses like Jack Busbin and Ben Lucas continue to serve the local real estate market as part of TTW well into their 70s and 80s.

2008 Sub Label
The housing market collapses

With a continued commitment to professionalism and honesty, TTW survives the real estate market collapse at a time when not every agency is so fortunate.

2011 Sub Label
Lambert Realty joins TTW

Von Lambert and Sharon Lambert Mathis, formerly of Lambert, Dixon & Tate, bring their expertise and book of business to the TTW family.

2011 Sub Label
Renovation and reuse for the River Center
River Center - Facade - Blue Fin & Firehouse Subs

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 Grill and Firehouse Subs.

2012 Sub Label
Bill Temple becomes company VP

Bill Temple is promoted as the company’s vice president, later receiving his broker’s license.

2016 meeting the changing digital landscape
TTW launches new website

To better serve the needs of a consumer base increasingly savvy in the digital space, TTW launches a revolutionary content-driven website.

2016 Sub Label
TTW launches the Roman Resource guide
Roman Resource - navigation

The Roman Resource, powered by TTW, makes its debut at RomeRelocation.com as a companion to the new website. The centerpiece of the groundbreaking new 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.” Other highlights include a video tour and overview, calendar of events, and helpful information dedicated to households looking to relocate to the area.  

2018 girl power
Susan Jones promoted to sales manager

Continuing a tradition of men and women in leadership roles, real estate agent Susan Jones is promoted to sales manager upon receiving her broker’s license.

2018 business: for sale
Harrington Realty moves to TTW

Jackie Harrington becomes part of the TTW family, bringing with her colleague Wanda Kerce.

2020 business: for sale
TTW brings business brokerage to Rome

TTW expands commercial offerings into business brokerage, becoming the only locally-owned real estate agency with the expertise to find qualified buyers for other companies that want to sell their business.

2020 seller's market
TTW experiences a record year

TTW experiences a record year.

2021 Success through Learning
TTW partners with Barney Fletcher Schools
BFS - Instructors - Fall 2021

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.

2022 the golden years
Company celebrates 5 decades in business as Toles, Temple & Wright

Tracing its roots back 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 as a Rome-Floyd County business.

2022 continuity of ownership
Company celebrates 5 decades of Brooke Temple
Brooke Temple - REV headshot

Principal broker Brooke Temple continues to be involved in the day-to-day operations of Toles, Temple & Wright, Inc. 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.

January 2022 the golden rule
TTW announces Year of Giving in celebration of 50th anniversary

The brokerage officially launches its community engagement program in celebration of its 50th year.

Equal Housing Opportunity Georgia Multiple Listing Service

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