Monday, May 9, 2011

Founder's Day: Happy Birthday to I.L. 'Tommy' Tucker

We proudly wish I.L. 'Tommy' Tucker a Happy Birthday, this 9Th day of May, 2011. For many who know Tommy, it is just another day in the life of a 39 year-old, though Tommy Tucker shares the same age with Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Tommy likely will share the day with his daughter, since his wife has a busy day on the putting green and playing bridge with her girl friends. Talking to Tommy this morning, we were talking about today's news items and the changes going on in the Cedar Rapids community.

Tommy graduated from McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids and attended Coe College, where he met his wife, LaVerne, of 62 years. Tommy was at Great Lakes in the U.S. Navy, when the first bomb was dropped in Japan.

Tommy began in business in 1940s with his father, I.L. 'Irv" Tucker with Tucker Manufacturing Co., Inc. The business remains in service today in Cedar Rapids, sharing the location of Tommy Tucker Realty Co.

In 1955, Tommy left working with his father full-time to begin a career in the Real Estate industry. In 1958, Tommy founded Tommy Tucker Realty Co. In 1964, Tommy joined Irv as a member of Rotary International and continues in membership. He is a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1988, Robin Tucker joined his father Tommy in business. In 1989, Tommy asked Robin, his youngest son, to join Rotary International, as a member of Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids.

Tommy has served the Real Estate industry at a variety of levels, as former President of both the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors and Iowa Association of Realtors. He served the National Association of Realtors, as a regional vice president for five states and as a board member, serving on a variety of committees. He helped in the founding of Real Estate Department at the University of Northern Iowa, among his many accomplishments over the years. Locally, he was a founding commissioner of the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commissioner, serving 31 years. He was very active in a variety of community activities over the length of his business career paying his civic rent.

Today, Tommy Tucker Realty Co. serves a variety of residents in the Cedar Rapids area.

  • Real Estate Brokerage

  • Property Management

  • Buying

  • Selling

  • Leasing

  • Like-kind exchanges, such as 1031 exchanges

  • Consulting

  • Community Advocacy


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