Well-known co-founder of Williams Trew Real Estate is retiring after starting a successful business that has earned her recognition and accolades over the years.
Joan Trew started her career in real estate 44 years ago and now plans to spend time with her family and enjoy the arts.
“I am fortunate to have three children, eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren,” Trew said in a statement.
“The family alone will keep me very busy. I look forward to spending time with them and with friends, while still calling Fort Worth home. I also have a great passion for the arts and I love supporting museums and the symphony. I think I’ll do a little more of that too, ”she said.
Trew, born in Opp, Alabama, arrived in Fort Worth in 1950.
She began her real estate career in 1977 at William Rigg Realtors where she met her future business partner, Martha Williams.
In the mid-1990s, the two women were the principal producers and vice-presidents of the brokerage, according to the press release.
In 2000, Trew and Williams decided to start their own business with Marshall Boyd.
Williams Trew is one of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a subsidiary of HomeServices of America of Berkshire Hathaway.
Over the years, Trew has been recognized for her accomplishments.
In 1987, she was named one of Six Outstanding Real Estate Agents by Texas Monthly magazine.
In 2002, the Fort Worth Business Press awarded Trew the Great Women of Texas award, and in 2016, she was recognized as Executive of the Year by the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame.
Earlier this year, Trew also received the RL Purvis Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors.
Giving back to the community
In 1981, Trew found the location of the first Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth, and she also led the transaction. The Ronald McDonald House was in a historic mansion on 8th Avenue.
In 2015, Trew and Williams co-chaired the Tarrant County American Heart Association “GO Red” campaign.
“One of the things that made Joan so successful is that she never focused on how many homes she has closed over the years. She always said she loved selling Fort Worth, both the lifestyle and the value of being a part of the community, ”said Martha Williams.