Meet Tom Kennelly: President, Congdon and Coleman Real Estate
"When people arrive on Nantucket Island off the boat or plane, they feel as if they have taken a step back in time,” explains Tom Kennelly, President of Congdon and Coleman Real Estate. "The island has the feel of a summer camp for families. Take a walk on the moors, the miles of public beaches, communicate with nature, and embrace it. "
Tom and his team of agents at Congdon and Coleman Real Estate are Nantucket residents and appreciate all that life there has to offer. The preservation of homes dating back to the 1800s and a lifestyle of water, beaches, golf, sailing and fishing is of utmost importance. Tom expresses great pride when noting that over half of Nantucket Island is strictly protected and preserved for conservation.
With a background in renovating Nantucket homes, Tom appreciates "the story of the home," that may even lie hidden under the floorboards. Described by his colleagues as "amusing," "generous to a fault" and a "supportive team player," Tom's knowledge and expertise in the field of real estate is rivaled only by his passion and respect for the "value of the island's historic heritage."
What was your vision when stepping into your leadership role at Congdon and Coleman and what accomplishments are you most proud of?
Tom: Congdon and Coleman has existed since 1931, so when I took it over in 1985, I was most interested in carrying on the founders’ legacy. They had a real affection for this island. After almost 30 years of introducing families to the wonders of Nantucket, I am most pleased that many have become life-long friends over many generations.
What do you love most about living and working in Nantucket?
Tom: Aside from the fact that the island is a world-class resort destination during the spring, summer and fall, the real soul of the community is best appreciated in the off-season when we relax into the joys of small town living. My children were born here; my son, Mason, works beside me, as does my nephew, Matt Payne.
How has technology, social media and online marketing changed your approach to business?
Tom: I can still remember when we bought our first computer. We have fully embraced all that technology has to offer, working to stay in constant contact via smart phones and iPads. We have a professional SEO team to maximize our web presence. Our association with Leverage Global Partners is the latest example.
When not at the helm of the office, Tom can be found sailing a Swan 46 around New England and the Caribbean or golfing at the Sankaty Golf Club where his game "continues to humble me!"
Leverage Global Partners is honored to have Tom Kennelly and Congdon and Coleman Real Estate as members of the network.