Executive Management Team

Thomas T. Thompson
Thomas T. Thompson
Chairman of the Board

Mr. Thompson was born in Hampton and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics with Honors and as Cadet Colonel and Regimental Commander, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After schooling in Field Artillery at Fort Sill, OK and US Army Ranger School he served in Korea. Mr. Thompson returned to Hampton and joined the real estate firm of Harrison and Lear as a residential salesman in 1957. He became President of Harrison & Lear in 1980. In this capacity, he has directed property management, accounting, syndication, appraisal, remodeling, development, commercial sales and leasing, and residential sales.

He was selected Salesman of the Year twice by the Newport News-Hampton Board of Realtors and later served as their President. He was selected Realtor of the Year in 1972. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Mr. Thompson served as a member of the Hampton School Board for ten years, five as Chairman. He remained in the United States Army as a National Guard Officer and retired as a Major General and Division Commander of the 29th Infantry Division. Prior to his retirement, he was awarded the Virginia, Maryland, and United States Army Distinguished Service medals.

He twice served as President of the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association and remains active in its activities. He was honored as Builder of the Year in 1995 and is a National Director of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Mr. Thompson specialized in new home sales as a salesman, which led to an interest in development. He was a part owner and the developer of Elizabeth Lake Estates, Willow Oaks Subdivision, Windsor Great Park Subdivision, Lucas Creek Park Subdivision, Malvern Subdivision, Willow Oaks Shopping Center, Church Creek Apartments, Willow Oaks Apartments, Cordoba Apartments, John's Creek Apartments, Town Creek Townhouses, Foxcroft Apartments, Executive Towers Office Building, 2310 Tower Place Office Building, the C & P Office Building, Sentara's Medical Center on Eaton Street and Running Man Subdivision.

Robert M. Sherman III
Robert M. Sherman III
President and Director of Property Management

Mr. Sherman, who holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University, has been in Real Estate for forty-two (42) years, specializing in Property Management and Syndications. He is on the Board of Directors of Harrison & Lear, Inc. and is President of the company.

Mr. Sherman has been designated a Certified Property Manager (CPM) by the Institute of Real Estate Management, is a member of Community Associations Institute, the Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute of the National Association of Realtors, and is a Virginia Real Estate Broker. Mr. Sherman was a Captain in the United States Air Force Reserve. He served for twelve (12) years on the Board of Trustees of Mary Immaculate Hospital. He was a member of the Virginia Living Museum Board of Trustees and formerly a member of the Warwick Rotary Club.

He and his wife, Molly, reside in Newport News. They have two children, Robert in San Diego, CA and Lindsey in Gloucester, VA.

  • Realtor member of the Newport News-Hampton Board of Realtors
  • Past chairman, Membership Committee, Tidewater Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management
  • Past Chairman of the Peninsula Apartment Council
  • Past Member of the VAR Property Management Committee