Coleman retires after 28 years in real estate

Published 12:13 pm Thursday, March 16, 2023

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by Tracy Salter, Greenville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

With more than 28 years between them in the real estate business, Mark and Connie Coleman have announced their retirement.  Connie Coleman began her real estate career in 1994, working as an agent at First Realty in Greenville for two years before partnering with Century 21 and opening her own office space in the heart of Downtown Greenville.  

After a brief stint with Century 21, Connie  went independent with Coleman Realty,  where she has served the residential, commercial, and property management needs of Greenville and the surrounding areas ever since.  

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Connie’s path to the Camellia City started while she attended college at Troy University, where she met her husband, Mark.  The couple married in 1969 and Connie’s career began in education.  She started teaching first grade students at Carrollton High School in Pickens County in 1970 and transferred to Enterprise Elementary School before making the move to Mark’s hometown of Fort Deposit.  

The couple relocated  to Greenville in 1983 and Connie continued her career in education teaching, first and third grade at W.O. Parmer Elementary School.  She served as the elementary guidance counselor during her last six years there and officially retired from the school system in 1996.  

Connie says her love for real estate is simple – it is an opportunity to help people.  

“Greenville is such a wonderful place to be,” Connie said. “Living here and raising my family here has allowed me to be personally involved and invested in promoting our community and helping families find the perfect home.” 

Mark, who also has a longtime career in education, taught at McKenzie School for eight years and served as the guidance counselor at Greenville Middle School for 14 years before retiring from the school system in 2000.   After retirement, he worked as an appraiser for several years before officially joining his wife, Connie, in the real estate business in 2010.  

Mark says that his favorite part of the business over the years has been working alongside his wife.  

“It’s been a joy to work with Connie every day and to have the opportunity to officially retire together,” Mark said. 

 “It has been a real blessing to do real estate in Greenville,” Connie said.  “Mark and I have had a chance to do some good in our community and that has been wonderful.” 

Connie and Mark have two sons, Jeremy (Julie) in Greenville; Andy (Jenn), in Trussville, and four grandchildren: Julian, Rebecca, LilyAnne, and Cooper.  

Connie said there will be plenty for her to do in retirement. 

“We hope to catch up on projects around our house and spend time with kids and grandkids,” she said.

Mark is looking forward to some additional family time and continuing to work on his woodworking business, Coleman & Son.  

The Colemans remained at the office, located at 108 E. Commerce Street, through February and will continue to assist current clients as needed during the retirement transition.