John C. Trotter of Knoxville was recognized with Maryville College’s Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni during the College’s Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony held Oct. 23 on campus.
Established in 1998, the Kin Takahashi Award is given to an alumnus or alumna who has, within 15 years of his or her graduation of Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society.
Trotter, son of the late Charles E. Trotter (a 1951 Maryville College graduate), enrolled at the College in 1991 having already started and operated a couple of small, successful businesses. He majored in management and earned his undergraduate degree in 1995.
He went to work, full-time, for Wood Properties, Inc., and quickly advanced in the company, becoming a commercial sales agent and then commercial real estate broker. In 2001, he left Wood Properties to launch Trotter Incorporated, a commercial real estate service group that specializes in brokerage, management, development and investment. Today, the business’ headquarters are located in downtown Knoxville. Another office is located in Nashville.
He is a certified commercial investment manager and a certified real estate broker manager. Active in realty associations, he has served as chairperson of two committees of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and has chaired the commercial investment division of the Tennessee Association of Realtors. In 2004, he served as president of the East Tennessee Certified Commercial Investment Manager Chapter.
He has also served on the board of directors of the Greater East Tennessee Better Business Bureau, serving as chairman in 2004.
A supporter of historic preservation, Trotter purchased Crescent Bluff (also called the H.L. Dulin House) in 2003, and in 2008, was recognized by Knox Heritage for his efforts to restore the stately 1917 Beaux-Arts home to its original grandeur.
Through the donation of office and meeting space, Trotter has supported numerous non-profits, including the East Tennessee Foundation, Cornerstone Foundation and the Rotary Club of Knoxville.
He has provided leadership and support to Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, the Sequoyah Hills Elementary Foundation, Knoxville Museum of Art, Saving Little Hearts, Young Professionals Knoxville, Knox County One Question and the Joy of Music School, to name a few.
A commitment to his alma mater remains strong. Trotter served on the Alumni Board from 2004 until 2007 and is a member of the College’s Calvin Duncan Society and President’s Circle.
He has two young sons, John Charles Jr. and Ernest, and is engaged to Lisa Bushon.