Although born in Oklahoma, Justin Flanagan has had his origins planted securely in Texas from the time he was six months old. Justin was brought up in the typical middle class family in Alief along with his mother and father, Patrick & Terri Flanagan, who instilled a strong work principles and a devotion to family in both Justin and his younger brother Michael. That devotion to family was even more reinforced by his paternal grandmother, Elaine Flanagan, with whom both he and his brother spent their summers with in Somerville, TX. Their summer days were spent helping at the marina, where Elaine worked, participating in various community celebrations and being normal boys of summer discovering trails, fishing and having a multitude of adventures together.
The summer just before his senior year in high school Justin Flanagan met his wife, Cyndie Balfour-Flanagan, and with each other they have formed a family with their two daughters, Kesley and Kyndall, and still maintain their commitment to hard work, assisting charitable causes, and building up a company that echoes their beliefs. When asked about how the high school sweethearts have been able to beat the odds, Justin reflects that although marriage is not always an easy commitment, it is easy to be devoted to someone and your relationship when you realize you have located your soul mate. “I figured out I loved her within two weeks of our going together. It was a frightening thing to a 17 year old but once you know you’ve found it, you know it’s well worth holding on to.”.
Outside of Topmark Realty, the real estate company Justin Flanagan initially formed with the help and mentorship of his mother-in-law Gayla Gayden, Justin is a passionate supporter of the Katy Independent School District, Snowdrop Foundation (a pediatric cancer foundation), numerous Veteran causes, and foundations that help children or strengthen communities. “I believe that contributing and giving back is a responsibility. My better half, family, and our team members are tremendously grateful for what we have been provided with and we are happy to be able to give back. It’s part of our faith and core to our belief.”
What does the future hold for Justin? His wife left her leadership role in the natural gas marketplace in January 2015 to incorporate their talents and efforts to further grow Topmark Realty and to build a legacy that their children can inherit as well as delivering a solution that empowers the Topmark team members to build their own businesses inside of the agency. “If I look forward 3, 5, 15 years or more, I see my family, those individuals who are helping to build Topmark, and those who join us along the way, all making a difference by continuing to provide an unmatched level of service to our clients, contributing to charitable causes, and lending a hand to change lives of others. We really want to be able to donate homes to veterans, to further support schoolteachers and educational support staff, help families, and to motivate others to have faith in the future and recognize that they can help make a huge difference in the world.” Based on that proclamation and the convection he delivers it with, that future looks rather bright.
If you didn’t already know, Justin Flanagan’s favorite car color is dark indigo. So if you see a car moving really fast and it’s the color dark indigo… it’s probably Justin!