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Tom Gongaware was once an FM Radio DJ of some note…winning Billboard’s top national honor as “Air Personality of the Year.” The popular Rock Jock went on to a successful career in radio, TV and broadcast management in a variety of cities before becoming a REALTOR® in 1989. He strived to be an "amplified personality" on a very different stage. 

Tom is now the General Manager for the Allen Tate Company, the Carolinas’ #1 residential real estate firm. Based in Raleigh, he has specific responsibilities for REALTOR® and Industry Relations and provides risk management support for agents and leadership across the entire Allen Tate footprint. Given his love of baseball, he prefers to think of his role as that of a “utility infielder.”

Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) representing Allen Tate Real Estate, LLC. He is also a Director of the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® and the Triangle Multiple Listing Service (MLS). He is a Past President of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® and the North Carolina Real Estate Business Institute. He is a former trustee of the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Tom was named the 2019 "REALTOR® of the Year" by the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®. In 2020, he received the "Commitment to Excellence" endorsement (C2EX) from the National Association of REALTORS® for his dedication to ethics, advocacy, technology, data privacy, and outstanding customer service. 

Tom has earned the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB®) designation presented by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. He is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute (GRI) and holds the e-PRO® certification from NAR. He has received the "At Home with Diversity®" certification from NAR and is a proud proponent of One America Principles and fair housing laws. Tom also trains new REALTORS® on the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

He is married to Pam Kohl, Director of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Collaborative Research Initiative for the North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. They have two adult kids, Sofie and Max. He continues to “channel” rock and roll, and lives by this quote from Frank Zappa: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”


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