Andy Krotik has been a licensed Realtor since 1989. Over the course of his career he has received many awards as a consistent Million-Dollar producer. To date he has closed over a quarter Billion Dollars in Real Estate.
Andy specializes in Land Acquisitions, New Home Sales, Resales, and Property Development. He has managed several New Home Tracts over the years. More recently he has specialized in selling Bank Owned Properties. He also has a Short Sale Division which seems to be the wave of the future.
In addition to his Sales activity, he is also the Manager of Coldwell Banker Gonella Realty in Atwater. His duties include overseeing a support staff of 8, and over 30 licensed Realtors.
- Chairman Circle (top 1% of all Coldwell Banker Agents Nationwide)
- “Merced County Realtor of The Year 1995”
- “Jesse Fees Memorial Award 1999”
- “Bill Del Nero Lifetime Achievement Award 2006”
- Author, “Merced County Market Watch,” Merced Sun Star
- Former Author, “Buying and Selling Tips,” Atwater Times
- Former Host, “Merced County Real Estate Minute,” KYOS AM 1480
Giving back to the community is very important to both Andy and Gonella Realty. Andy has been involved in several community projects. In early 2005 Andy personally raised over $25,000 to pay for an embedded crosswalk to be installed at the corner of Grove & First Street in Atwater where a young girl was killed in 2005. Gonella Realty also sponsors several community sports teams, Miss Atwater, Merced County Food Bank, Salvation Army and some charity groups.
While Andy served on the Atwater City Council, Andy earned a reputation for being a Public Safety Advocate. He led the fight to start up Atwater’s first Gang Task Force, Atwater’s first Sub Station at Ralston Park, and perhaps his biggest accomplishment, getting the Avenue Two Fire Station built. City Manager Greg Wellman calls him “The Champion of Public Safety.”
More recently Andy became involved in Correctional Officer Safety. On June 20th, 2008, Jose Rivera, while working at USP-Atwater (a Federal Penitentiary), was brutally stabbed to death by two inmates. The inmates were wielding a handmade shank. Within weeks, an organization called Friends and Family of Correctional Officers was formed. The grassroots advocacy group called on The Federal Bureau of Prisons for better safety conditions for Federal Correctional Officers. Stab-resistant vests, increased staffing levels, and the use of essential non-lethal defensive equipment such as pepper spray, batons, or mace is what the group advocates. The grassroots organization obtained national attention when it held a rally in Atwater on August 12, 2008. The rally was well covered by not only CNN, but 7 other different media outlets. The Campaign eventually resulted in the current warden being transferred out of Atwater, and The Bureau of Prisons issuing Stab Resistant Vests in October of 2008. That same month, with the help of Congressman Dennis Cardoza, Andy had a face to face meeting with Bureau of Prisons Director, Harley Lapin. Andy, along with founders Dennis Anderson & Flip Hassett urged the Director to perform a top-to-bottom review of safety procedures throughout The Bureau.
Today Andy continues as Spokesperson for the now 1000 member organization which continues to advocate on behalf of the brave souls who protect us from the worst of the worst.
- Spokesperson for “Friends and Family of Correctional Officers”
- Member Atwater City Council 1994 – 2006
- Member Castle Joint Powers Authority 1994 – 1998 (Chairman 1998)
- Atwater Chamber of Commerce 1991 – 1999 (President 1997 – 1998)
- UC Steering Committee
- Former Board Member Merced County Economic Development Corporation
- Named “Public Safety Crusader” November 27th, 2006 Atwater Fire Department
- Former Board Member Merced County Association of Realtors
When not working Andy enjoys spending time on the California Delta where he owns a small Marina. Water is clearly therapy for Andy and his family. He and his two children are certified Advanced Open Water scuba divers. Caribbean Trips to warm waters are frequent. They also enjoy spending time riding quads in Pismo Beach, and camping at Sea Cliff State Beach. Andy has also been known to try sky diving, bungee jumping and occasionally driving his Corvette a little too fast. According to Andy, life shouldn’t be boring. It appears, it isn’t.