About Us


My Back Story

I'm JohnTomblin, and I serve as General Manager of Airwest Drones, a division of Sofvue, LLC.

I've been immersed in the real estate industry my entire life. My father was a real estate developer for thirty years. I grew up moving every six to twelve months for the start of my father's next big development. During summer breaks in junior and high school, he put me to work on job sites pouring concrete in the blistering Las Vegas heat, working as a carpenter’s apprentice, and learning the construction trade. It was hard work, and I gained tremendous respect for the men and women who get their hands dirty and build. It was also very rewarding to watch an office building spring up out of the ground, as if from nothing.

My high school had an architectural design program, which I attended for four years, convinced I was going to be an architect and earn my AIA certification, but at the early age of twenty-two, I decided to go into sales and take advantage of a then booming real estate market. I went on to become a licensed broker and state certified real property appraiser for twenty years. I managed hundreds of small income producing properties and closed hundreds of residential resales. I appraised over 3,000 residential homes, small mini-warehouses and small retail strip centers, and I was fortunate to be recruited by and trained by Gary Keller of Keller Williams Realty, back when Gary's company was a single office in Austin, Texas. I marketed and sold residential resale and custom homes for six years, representing custom and regional home builders including Precision Home Builders and Waterloo Custom Homes.

I taught TAR/NAR courses for the GRI designation for five years and I have two real estate publications to my credit. "Perceptions of Value - Real Estate Appraisal Theory and Application", a 400 page textbook, was published in 1992. A few years later in 1994, I accepted a request to serve as Senior Editor of "Texas Real Estate Agency Law", a 250 page law textbook published by Dearborn Publishing in Chicago, Illinois. Both publications were widely distributed with multiple printings.

In addition to operating Airwest Drones, I own and operate Sofvue.com, a real estate software development company, as well as OfficeAltas.com, BuildingAltas.com, and soon, HighRiseAtlas.com.  All of our "Atlas" sites have been developed to serve the commercial and residential marketplace, and all are provided free and without fees of any kind.

Favorite: ___________________
Movie(s): "Braveheart", "No Country for Old Men"
Quote: "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" - Aldous Huxley
Food: Lobster Bisque
Book(s): Autobiographies of leaders past and present
Destination: Traveling with my family anywhere that starts with the word "Disney"

Let's talk...

To schedule a time to visit your  commercial listing, lease property, high-rise condominium or commercial construction site, call 623-845-2747 to discuss project deliverables. At Airwest Drones, our goal is simple -- to meet and exceed your goals, deliver professional videography and video editing services, quickly and time efficiently, and to earn your trust for many years to come.   We look forward to your call.