On Watch While You’re Away…
Gulf Coast Keyholders founder and owner Martha Kilborn Howard is a 25 year permanent resident of Gulf Shores and lifelong South Alabama native who grew up in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Martha retired after nearly 30 years of service as a nationally recognized educator in Alabama’s public school system. She is committed to public service, is involved in the life of the community and is continually concerned with the safety and success of the area she calls home.
As the only permanent resident of her neighborhood along the north side of Little Lagoon, she and her family have held keys to neighboring houses for many years, watching the homes, answering security alarms, meeting service technicians, arranging for services and reporting property conditions to the owners for more than 20 years. During this time Martha and her husband Wayne acquired and renovated several older Gulf Shores homes. After her retirement in 2006 Martha began managing her vacation properties and recognized that other second home owners needed a local advocate watching their properties while they were away. As the owner of multiple properties in Gulf Shores and other areas of the state, Martha understands the needs of homeowners to keep a close eye on their assets. She has a keen eye and believes in attention to detail. Martha wants all of her clients to spend more time enjoying their second homes and less time worrying about them.
As Gulf Coast Keyholders she and co-owner, son Walter C. Brewer believe in personal involvement, higher standards, individual attention, expanded, flexible work hours and the ability to respond quickly, personally and efficiently to clients’ needs.
Walter brings to the business a background in both the boating industry and maintenance. Growing up on the water in Gulf Shores, he spent much of his life on boats and has worked in the industry since his teenage years. As a 100-ton captain, he was employed in South Florida as the captain of a privately owned 132’ Motor Yacht, and was responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of both the yacht and the owners’ private second home in Ft. Lauderdale. He also offers experience in yacht provisioning, maintenance and repair as well as home and grounds maintenance.
Walter became interested in the Home Watch business after his wife’s parents’ summer home had a roof leak that went un-noticed while they were away. Had they used the services Walt now offers to his customers they might not have lost an entire season to the headache of remediation and renovation. Now working together, Martha and Walt serve the coastal areas by providing Home Watch, emergency responder support, pre and post storm assessment, service access and supervision, provisioning, and concierge services to absentee owners and others who don’t want to leave their homes alone.
Now working together, Martha and Walt serve the coastal areas by providing home watch, emergency responder support, pre and post storm assessment, service access and supervision, provisioning, and concierge services to absentee owners and others who don’t want to leave their homes alone.