9-18-17 • Vol. 2017 Issue 33 • Brian Copeland, 2017 President • Phil Newman, Editor

Installed as 2018 President: Leon Dickson, Sr.
2017 REALTOR® of the Year: Randall C. Thomas
2017 TREEF REALTOR® Educator of the Year: Kristy Hairston
2017 Presidential Award: Brad Copeland
New 2018 Officers: StoneWorcester, Frantom, Sparks
2017 WCR honoree: Brenda Brewster
 2017 Tennessee CRS of the Year: Deb Dawson

2018 President: Leon Dickson, Sr.

Leon Dickson Sr., ABR, ABRM, CRB, e-PRO, GRI, owner and principal broker of BenchMark at Southwind Realtors LLC in Memphis, was installed as 2018 President for Tennessee REALTORS® at our Fall Convention on Friday. A 28-year REALTOR®, Leon’s extensive experience spans the national, state and local levels. His numerous honors include being named REALTOR® of the Year by the Memphis association in 2012 and BenchMark Realtors’ 2005 Top Producer for real estate/mortgages. A native of Memphis, Leon and his wife, Mary Joyce, are the parents of Leon Jr. and Morgan. As another mark of distinction, Leon is the first African-American president in the history of our state association.

2017 REALTOR®of the Year: Randall C. Thomas
Randall C. Thomas was honored as Tennessee REALTOR® of the Year in Memphis on Friday. A longtime leader, Randy’s distinguished record of service to real estate in Tennessee and beyond includes multiple local-association offices and awards, numerous statewide leadership roles, NAR Region Vice President in 2008-09 (and 2018), Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for U.S. Representative Phil Roe, liaison to Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey, devoted RPAC investor—Sterling “R” since 2004, Golden “R” President’s Circle since 2009, set to be inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame—former construction business owner, successful affiliate broker, and decorated appraiser with Southern Dwellings in Kingsport. Randy thanks many mentors and fellow leaders, and especially his wife, Beverly.

TREEF Educator of the Year: Kristy Hairston
The highest honor bestowed by the Tennessee Real Estate Education Foundation (TREEF), 2017 REALTOR® Educator of the Year, was presented to Kristy Hairston. Hailed as “a thought-provoking and memorable instructor who provides polished, engaging and relevant material,” Kristy “teaches because she has a passion for the industry and passing along her knowledge to improve her peers. She is always willing to volunteer her time on a panel or to lead a class…” Kristy is a life-long learner, speaker, wife to Roland, and mom to Jordan and Jonathan.

Presidential Award: Brad Copeland
Brad Copeland received the 2017 Presidential Award at our fall convention in Memphis. In presenting the honor, 2017 President Brian Copeland said of his brother, “When choosing a Presidential Award recipient this year, I wanted someone who not only was instrumental in being a big part of the 2017 year, but also someone who upheld the four pillars of what we do: Code of Ethics, Professional Development, Advocacy, and Leadership. Brad was the perfect choice as he not only has been my right hand for the past several years, he’s also impressive in all four of those areas.”

New Officers: Stone, Frantom, Worcester, Sparks
Hats off to our 2018 officers installed at Friday’s Main Event in Memphis. From left: Linda Frantom of Paris, new Div. 1 VP (West TN); Randy Worcester[“Wooster”] of Clarksville, new Div. 2 VP (Middle TN);Sally Sparks of Knoxville, new Div. 3 VP (East TN); Leon Dickson Sr.of Memphis, President; Kathy Tucker of Chattanooga, President-Elect; Hagan Stone of Nashville, Secretary-Treasurer; Regina Hubbard of Memphis, Div. 1 VP; Cindy Stantonof Brentwood, Div. 2 VP; and Robert Bradneyof Cleveland, Div. 3 VP. [Also pictured, from left on the dais: Administrative VP Linda Woods, Executive VP Steve Harding, and 2017 President Brian Copeland.]

WCR Honoree: Brenda Brewster
Kudos to Brenda Brewster (right), who received the 2017 Excellence in Service Award from the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) Tennessee chapter at our fall convention in Memphis.

In addition, Susan Barnette was sworn in as 2018 President of WCR Tennessee.

CRS Award: Deb Dawson
The Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) announced that its 2017 Tennessee CRS of the Year honoree is Deb Dawson (left). Congratulations! 

In addition, Laura Flaniken was installed as 2018 President of the CRS Tennessee chapter.

Hurricane Relief Continues
Our hearts remain with all affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As relief/clean-up efforts continue, we encourage members to contribute to NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation, which provides mortgage / rental assistance to REALTORS®, their families, and others in communities affected. Go HERE for details.

Thank You, RPAC Major Investors!
We said a thank you to our 250+ Tennessee members who are major investors in the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC) with a special reception at Flight Memphis during last week’s 2017 Fall Convention. A BIG thank you to all!

To learn more about investing in RPAC, visit HERE.

Reminder: Register to Vote!
As REALTORS®, we have the privilege and responsibility to make our voices heard—and voting is one of the most effective ways to do so. At the local, state and national levels, elections determine the leaders who govern us and the policies that shape real estate, property rights, homeownership, and more. 2018 will be a big year in Tennessee, with the governorship, U.S. senate and U.S. congressional seats in play (among others). If you aren’t registered to vote, be sure to do so! 

— Start the process of registering HERE.
— Learn about Tennessee’s declared candidates for the 2018 governor’s race
— Find our state and local election calendar, past results, and other resources

Nextdoor: Turn Neighbors to Clients — Webinar 9/20

Nextdoor is a private social network for your neighborhood, a way to connected and stay in-the-know about what’s going on in your community.

Social media expert Amy Smythe-Harris will teach you how to leverage Nextdoor to turn your neighbors into prospective clients in a free webinar from the Real Estate Technology Institute (RETI), a Tennessee REALTORS® partner, at 3 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. CDT this Wed. 9/13. Register HERE.

“Both REAL and entertaining…exciting from beginning to end…you taught through the eyes of a REALTOR®so glad I took the full day!”
Ginger Coggins, Collierville

On Wed. Oct. 11, Tennessee REALTORS® will host BASIC and ADVANCED TransactionDesk courses, 3 hrs CE each, taught by Brent Maybank. Sign up early! *Click the course title below to go to the portal and register. (member login required)

TransactionDesk BASIC
Wed., Oct. 11 — 9:00 a.m.–Noon

With TransactionDesk “in the cloud” you can access and manage your real estate forms, contracts, documents and more from any computer with web access—and always have your “virtual” office with you. Bring your laptop and/or smart device!

TransactionDesk ADVANCED
Wed., Oct. 11 — 1:00–4:00 p.m.

You’ve worked with TransactionDesk…now take it to a higher level with the integrated cloud service (DocBox), E-signatures (AuthentiSign), and E-faxing (InstaFax), to walk away with a complete transaction-management solution. Designed for moderate to advanced users. Bring your laptop and/or tablet!

For more upcoming classes, log in to the portal HERE and look around.

Source: Tennessee REALTORS® Legal & Ethics Hotline Counsel

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