Although born in Oklahoma, Justin Flanagan has had his beginnings planted firmly in Texas since he was six months old. Justin was brought up in the typical middle class family in Alief with his mother and father, Patrick & Terri Flanagan, who instilled a powerful work ethic and a commitment to family in both Justin and his younger brother Michael. That devotion to family was further emphasized by his paternal grandmother, Elaine Flanagan, with whom both he and his brother invested their summers with in Somerville, TX. Their summer days were spent serving at the marina, where Elaine worked, being involved in various community activities and being regular boys of summer discovering trails, fishing and having countless adventures together.
The summer prior to his senior year in high school Justin Flanagan met his wife, Cyndie Balfour-Flanagan, and side by side they have built a family with their two daughters, Kesley and Kyndall, and still maintain their commitment to hard work, assisting charitable causes, and building an organization that mirrors their beliefs. When asked how the high school heartthrobs have been able to beat the statistics, Justin reflects that although marriage is not always an easy commitment, it is effortless to be dedicated to someone and your relationship when you realize you have discovered your soul mate. “I figured out I loved her within two weeks of our going steady. It was a scary thing to a 17 year old but once you know you’ve uncovered it, you know it’s well worth holding on to.”.
Outside of Topmark Realty, the real estate firm Justin Flanagan initially built 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), several Veteran causes, and charities that serve children or strengthen communities. “I believe that contributing and giving back is a responsibility. My better half, family, and our business associates are very grateful for what we have been blessed with and we are pleased 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 better half left her leadership role in the natural gas sector in January 2015 to mix together their talents and efforts to further grow Topmark Realty and to build a legacy that their children can inherit as well as providing a system that empowers the Topmark team members to build their own businesses within the business. “If I look forward 3, 5, 15 years or more, I catch a glimpse of my family, those who are helping to build Topmark, and those individuals who join us along the way, all making a difference by continuing to supply an extraordinary level of service to our clients, contributing to charitable causes, and helping to change lives of others. We wish to be able to distribute homes to veterans, to additionally support school teachers and educational support staff, help youngsters, and to motivate others to have faith in the future and recognize that they can help make a big difference in the world.” Based on that declaration and the convection he delivers it with, that future looks pretty bright.
If you didn’t already know, Justin Flanagan’s favorite car color is dark orange. So if you see a car moving really fast and it’s the color dark orange… it’s probably Justin!