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Front Page - Friday, December 13, 2019

A look back at enjoyable presidency

As the end of the year approaches, I want to take a few lines to reflect on my year as the 2019 president of Greater Chattanooga Realtors. Time flies, and I think it’s important to look back at all the work we’ve done.

In February, I was honored to address the Hamilton County Commission to recognize two of our members – Robert Backer and Becky Cope English – for their outstanding leadership. These two Realtors are very engaged in the association, as well as our community and advocacy efforts. I’ve seen firsthand that this type of engagement makes a positive impact on homebuyers in our community.

Educating our members has been a particular area of focus for me this year. Our association embraced a new program from the National Association of Realtors called the Commitment to Excellence (C2Ex) certification. This program allows our members to show that we’re dedicated to the highest levels of expertise, service and professionalism. C2Ex is just one of the many ways Greater Chattanooga Realtors are constantly improving their skills for their clients.

As Realtors, we think the Realtor Code of Ethics is a pretty big deal. It consists of 17 articles that specify how we serve consumers and conduct our business. Put simply, the code sets us apart. We’re bound to it. In June, our association was pleased to participate in National Code of Ethics Day along with other associations across the country.

As we kept up to date with ethics training, we also held the first ever Education Blitz. This was an all-day event that featured nationally-renowned speakers and instructors. Our members developed new skills to help bring their service to a higher level.

Helping others is important to me, as well as to Greater Chattanooga Realtors. Working with an organization like Habitat for Humanity was really special. Our Realtor members worked on four houses over two weekends to help Habitat provide homes for those in need. It was great to see my fellow Realtors working together to make our community stronger.

Helping our local schoolchildren has been one of the most fulfilling parts of my tenure. Through the partnership Greater Chattanooga Realtors has with snack packs, we’ve touched a lot of lives. Snack packs provides food for area school children who are food insecure. We continued our commitment to snack packs by donating $10,000. To further help snack packs, we held a trivia fundraiser that raised an additional $53,000. Talk about making a difference!

As president, I’ve had many, many full days, nights and weekends. I’m so thankful to my loving family for understanding how much of a commitment it is to be an association president.

As I pass the gavel to Brandi Pearl Thompson in 2020, I can think of no other person better suited to guide our association. She’ll be a great leader of a great association, and I look forward to all her fresh ideas.

Serving as president of the Greater Chattanooga Realtors this past year has been an honor and a privilege. I’m grateful to serve this association and this community. Realtors serve and lead every day. That’s Who We R.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors is The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga. A regional organization with more than 2,000 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is one of some 1,300 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors services Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.gcar.net or call 423 698-8001.