David B. Atkins has enjoyed accolades as a residential real estate professional and private business owner. His mission drives this success: To raise the bar of expectation with his fellow Houstonians and within the real estate community by providing an unparalleled level of service via an unwavering dedication to his client’s best interests.
These efforts have earned David awards and recognition from Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty (Top 10 out of 250+ Realtors company-wide, 2017- present), Houston Business Journal (Top 25 Realtor, 2015, 2018-2020), and Houston Association of Realtors (20 Under 40 Award Recipient). He also has served the industry as a Director for Texas Association of Realtors (2015-2017) and as a Board Member for Houston Association of Realtors (2015-2017). All this with only 10 years in the real estate industry.
David’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to develop a new business to further serve his real estate clients. Curated by Design provides residential staging services for homeowners, Realtors, and developers. It has an inventory of furnishings, artwork, and accessories to show a home in the best possible light and assist in the sale of a property.
Prior to working as a realtor, David owned and operated a shipping storefront. He transformed the business to become a retail outlet providing more than shipping services. The transition accommodated his clients’ needs by expanding offerings and services to include gift items, greeting cards, and wrapping services. The increased business helped ensure a continuous ranking as a UPS Top 50 in the US volume performer out of 17,000+ shipping centers.
But David “raises the bar for his fellow Houstonians” in more ways than just his commitment to his profession. He learned about giving back to his community through his father’s efforts to serve those around him. And he takes this inspiration to heart as he works to ensure his own children learn the same from him. David and his family have supported numerous charities across Houston through thoughtful and targeted programs, gifts, and volunteer service.
As David teaches his children, Benjamin and Ava, the spirit of giving, he makes sure they learn what humility and humanity are like. In May 2020 as the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus wreaked havoc on many small businesses, David was concerned about a local restaurant he knew was struggling. He began with buying a $1,000 gift card to Bernie’s Burger Bus, which he did not intend to use immediately, to make sure the owner could meet payroll expenses that week. But things kept growing… he bought another $1,000 in $25 gift cards to distribute to friends, family, and neighbors to further support the business and encourage their support too. And then David and his children purchased hundreds of burgers to distribute to the community. Word spread quickly and others joined the effort to pay it forward. His generosity became infectious and others shared stories of their support for other local businesses and to donate to the Houston Food Bank.
David’s work has not stopped there. He coordinated a Christmas Giveaway for First Ward Freedman’s baseball team. He delivered more than 250 meals to staff members at four Houston ISD schools. And these acts of kindness only built further on his years of charitable work with the Houston Food Bank and Ronald McDonald House. David’s charitable support reaches many aspects of Houston’s non-profit community: healthcare, education, animal welfare, as well as cultural and social services organizations, including Houston Children’s Charity.