I am very happy to be able to announce that GMan Home Watch of Venice, Florida, has earned Accredited Member status in the NHWA.
Venice is home to owners Jorge “George” and Barbara Martinez, who started GMan Home Watch following distinguished careers in the FBI. The name “GMan Home Watch” is a play on the slang term for FBI Special Agents dating back to the 1930s. Together, George and Barbara bring over 60 years of dedicated experience in law enforcement and property protection to their new business. Florida has always been their retirement dream location, and over the years they visited various parts of the state before discovering the Venice area. They fell in love with the sunny weather, friendly residents, and the numerous educational and recreational activities Venice has to offer.
George and Barbara know the wonders of vacation home ownership. They also know what it is like to wonder from afar how well your home has weathered a recent storm. Even worse, they know what it is like to return to paradise only to find damage due to a broken air-conditioner or pipe. Combining their personal experiences with their dedication to serving and protecting the public is where the idea of GMan Home Watch got its start. George and Barbara want their clients to see them as their most trusted neighbor and feel comfortable knowing their home is being well cared for by a responsible and reliable team while they are away.
George is a veteran law enforcement officer with eight years as a local police officer for the Skokie, IL, Police Department, where he served in various positions. He joined the FBI in 1988 and served for 23 years as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent, investigating criminal and terrorism investigations. His credentials highlight excellence in areas of theft and property crime prevention and investigation, as well as physical and personnel security. During his FBI career, George received numerous awards and commendations from three FBI Directors for criminal investigations. He was also recognized by the United States Attorney’s Offices in the Districts of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia for outstanding investigative efforts which resulted in multiple indictments and convictions of subjects. George retired in 2010 and worked as a Program Director for ICF International, leading a cadre of staff members in support of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration, Fraud Detection, and National Security Directorate.
Barbara is also a retired Special Agent/Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI, with over 33 years of service specializing in criminal and terrorism investigations. Barbara’s distinguished career included notable undercover assignments in organized crime and narcotics investigations. She was a member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team and participated in high-profile cases, including the investigation of the Unabomber and the 1996 Olympic bombing in Centennial Park. Barbara worked to bring life-saving equipment to first responders across the country as the Unit Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Unit. After 9/11, she led a Joint Terrorism Task Force in Richmond, VA, which successfully neutralized terrorist plots afoot only 90 miles outside Washington, DC. Together, this husband-and-wife team bring over 60 years of trusted experience, accountability, and a keen eye for detail. We here at the NHWA wish them a long and distinguished career in Home Watch.
Welcome, George and Barbara!
As always, I wish you