Since the mid-1980s, TREEF has periodically honored one individual as State REALTOR® Educator of the Year. This award has not been given every year, but instead bestowed only when it is felt that some individual genuinely merits this recognition. The recipient is chosen by TREEF on the basis of his/her contribution to the education of REALTORS® across the state. The recipient has usually but not always been a REALTOR®. Their contribution may take many forms— instruction, committee work, course development or assistance, etc.
The emphasis has always been on: (1) work done on a statewide basis, for Tennessee REALTORS® or for Local Associations other than his/her own; and (2) work done on a volunteer (unpaid) basis because of the individual’s dedication to education. Nominations may be made by a Local Association, by a Local Association AE, or by any TREEF Trustee.