Coldwell Banker Holtzman, Realtors owners George Holtzman and his wife, Babs Holtzman, are releasing the day-to-day operational decisions and management. Leigh Smiley will transition from associate broker to managing broker/owner of the realty firm. George Holtzman still will serve as the qualifying broker and will continue to list and sell commercial and special residential properties.
With 40 years of real-estate experience — including his years as an owner/broker, many Hinesville Board of Realtors positions, serving as president of the Georgia Association of Realtors and earning the distinction of being the longest-serving Georgia Real Estate Commission member — Holtzman said he’s looking forward to the next chapter in his long career.
Coldwell Banker Holtzman, Realtors has 21 agents. Sales manager Brian Maike also will stay with the agency and take on expanded duties.
“Leigh and Brian will make an outstanding team,” Babs Holtzman said.
Smiley is a South Georgia native and Bradwell Institute graduate. She completed her real-estate course work at the Holtzman Real Estate School and has worked her entire career with Coldwell Banker Holtzman, Realtors. She plans to retain the firm’s name.
“It is a real honor that she wants to keep the Holtzman name,” George Holtzman said.
He will move his office from the agency’s Gen. Stewart Way location to 1146 E.G. Miles Parkway, where he and his wife co-own three other businesses. The couple will continue to work with Holtzman Real Estate Services, a property-management company; two branches of the Holtzman Insurance Agency in Hinesville and Richmond Hill; and All American Storage and U-Haul, which handles moving supplies, propane sales and offers storage units.
George Holtzman, who stressed his gratitude to the Liberty County and Fort Stewart community members for their business and support, also plans to focus on making the Veterans Memorial at Bryant Commons a reality. The project is designed to honor veterans of all service branches. Holtzman, a U.S. Army veteran, earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam.
The Holtzmans intend to remain active in the community. George Holtzman is a member of the Hinesville Rotary Club, the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee, First United Methodist Church, the Coastal Bank board of directors, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the M E Bryant Foundation. He serves as the Bradwell Band Booster Club president and actively supports the Liberty Humane Shelter, the Manna House and the annual Toys for Tots campaign.
The Holtzmans have a son, Greg; daughter-in-law, Isabel; and two grandchildren, Elisa and Ethan.