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September 27, 2018

2019 BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

2019 PRESIDENT-ELECT

Russ Elliott, CCIM, SIOR (Pointe Commercial Real Estate)

I wish to serve in this capacity to ensure Greater Chattanooga REALTORS® embraces all real estate disciplines, including the commercial voice, as well as firms of all sizes, from the locally-owned to the national franchises.

LOCAL: Board of Directors (2003, 2008-12, 2015-16); Budget & Finance Committee (2008-09); Governmental Affairs Committee (2017, 2013); Grievance Committee (2006); Leadership Academy Graduate (2006); MLS Board/Committee (2012 President, 2010-2013 & 2017-18 Member)

CHAPTERS & COUNCILS: Southeast Tennessee CCIM Chapter (1997 President); Commercial REALTORS® Council (2003 & 2015-16 President, CRC Member Since 2001); SIOR East Tennessee Chapter (2010-11 President, 2008-09 Vice President, 2006-07 Secretary/Treasurer)

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: One of only three people in the State of Tennessee that holds both the Office and Industrial Designations from SIOR.

Brandi Pearl Thompson, ABR, CRS, GRI (Keller Williams)

I wish to keep moving Chattanooga forward. I wish to keep Greater Chattanooga REALTORS® as the voice of real estate in Chattanooga. Staying plugged into trends and new opportunities are all things I want to bring to the President-elect position. I want to continue making the world a better place.

LOCAL: 2018 Secretary-Treasurer; Board of Directors (2013, 2016-17); Affiliate Task Force, Budget & Finance Committee (2018 Chair, 2017); Community Involvement Committee (2010); Governmental Affairs Committee (2009-12); Professional Development Committee (2016); RPAC Committee (2014-15); RPAC Trustee (2017-18)

STATE & NATIONAL: State Director (2014, 2017); Tennessee REALTORS® Diversity Inclusion Committee (2018-19 Chair); Tennessee REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Committee; Tennessee REALTORS® Academy Graduate (2011), National Association of REALTORS® YPN; Past Participant in the Tennessee REALTORS® Spring & Fall Conferences and National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Fall Convention

CHAPTERS & COUNCILS: Member and Former Officer of CRS-Chattanooga

COMMUNITY SERVICE: 2017-18 YMCA Basketball Coach for 5-6 year-olds; The MOMentum Network; 2011 Board member for Young Professional of Chattanooga

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2010 Top-50 finalist in National Association of REALTORS®’ 30 Under 30; Top Team for Keller Williams Downtown 2 years in a row; 2016-17 Top Five Teams in Tennessee for Keller Williams

2019 SECRETARY-TREASURER

Robert Backer, ABR, NHS, e-Pro (Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty)

I wish to continue to serve our local Board of Chattanooga. I understand and appreciate the importance of helping members and representing them well. I would like to be part of the continued good path created in recent years and take the past four years of my serving as a Director to the next level of service.

LOCAL: 2015-2018 Board of Directors; Community Involvement Committee (2017-2018); Grievance Committee (2000-09); Leadership Development Committee (2015-16 Director Liaison); Professional Standards Committee (2015-16)

STATE & NATIONAL: 2015-2016 State Director

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2005-Present PE Coldwell Banker; 2015-2016 Real Trend Top Agent; Top Office producer for listings

Joyce Smith, ABR, PMN (Keller Williams)

Our Association would not be what it is today without passionate leaders dedicated to making our industry better to serve our clients. I am one of those dedicated REALTORS® committed to the industry and willing to work for the betterment of others. Serving as Secretary-Treasurer will give me the opportunity to influence change as needed for our colleagues and residents of our community.

LOCAL: Board of Directors (2008-09, 2018); Budget & Finance Committee (2017); Diversity Inclusion Committee (2017); Governmental Affairs Committee (2015-16); Leadership Development Committee (2018 Director Liaison); Professional Development Committee (2006-07); RPAC Committee (2015);

STATE & NATIONAL: Tennessee REALTORS® Convention Committee (2016 Chair, 2015 Vice Chair, 2009-12); Tennessee REALTORS® Diversity Inclusion Committee (2013 Chair); Tennessee REALTORS® Forms Committee (2017-18); Tennessee REALTORS® Leadership Academy Graduate (2009)

CHAPTERS & COUNCILS: WCR-Chattanooga (2007 President); WCR-Tennessee (2012 Governor, 2011 President, 2009 Secretary, 2008 Treasurer); WCR-National (2016-18 Budget & Finance Committee, 2012 Forum)

COMMUNITY: Chattanooga Housing Resource Board (1998-1999); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chattanooga Alumnae (1976-current); New United Baptist Church (2009-17 various leadership positions); THDA Advisory Board (2010-2013); YMCA Board of Directors (1993-2005)

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: WCR-Tennessee Member of the Year (2013); WCR-Chattanooga REALTOR® of the Year (2010)

2019-2020 Directors

Beverly Boss (RE/MAX Renaissance)

I wish to run for the Board to excel my leadership skills and become more involved in the REALTOR® community. As a Board member, I will be dedicated to the Association and tasks at hand. Participation in Greater Chattanooga REALTORS® is important to me, as I am incredibly invested in Chattanooga, the REALTOR® network, and my career as a REALTOR® in Chattanooga. As a “newer” REALTOR®, I’ve spent the past four years learning about the business and actively participating in a variety of committees. I feel that my outlook comes with a new perspective and can be used well within the Board.

LOCAL: Community Involvement Committee (2016-18, 2018 Co-Chair); Diversity Inclusion Committee (2017); Leadership Academy Graduate (2017); Leadership Development Committee (2018); Professional Development Committee (2018)

COMMUNITY: Habitat for Humanity; Volunteer at elementary schools to help with small groups; Volunteer at Shelters

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2008-09 Teacher of the Year; 2017 Leadership Academy Graduate

Derek English, ABR, MRP (RE/MAX Renaissance)

I wish to continue my participation and involvement in Greater Chattanooga REALTORS® by becoming a Director on the Board. I have served on many committees since becoming a REALTOR® and have participated in many local, state, and national events. I believe my experience in our industry and my knowledge of issues that currently are facing our members and our clients will be a benefit to the Board, and I feel an obligation to serve at this next level. I appreciate the membership’s consideration of this request, and I am ready if so elected.

LOCAL: Community Involvement Committee (2015-2018); Governmental Affairs (2017-18 Chairman, 2017-18); Grievance Committee (2018); Leadership Academy Graduate (2016); Leadership Development Committee (2017-18); RPAC Committee (2018)

STATE & NATIONAL: State Director (2017); Tennessee REALTORS® Spring & Fall Conferences (2016-18); National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings (2017-18)

COMMUNITY SERVICE: I support many local and national non-profit organizations. I am active in many campaign/political functions as a host and a donor. I have been involved in fundraising and donated my construction experience to local schools and churches.

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Multi-Million Dollar Producer for the past four years.

Brian Erwin, ABR (RE/MAX Renaissance)

I want to continue to contribute to our Association with my time, presence, and influence. Greater Chattanooga REALTORS® has made great strides to expand member involvement and community outreach during my brief tenure of membership. The Chattanooga Area as a community and real estate market is rapidly evolving, and we as an Association must expand our influence as professionals and leaders. I hope to increase significantly our member participation at the local level and, in turn, statewide and nationally.

LOCAL: Community Involvement Committee (2018 Chair, 2015-2018); Governmental Affairs Committee (2017); Leadership Academy Graduate (2017); RPAC Committee (2018)

CHAPTERS & COUNCILS: WCR Member

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, 2016-present; Emerging Leaders United Way of Greater Chattanooga, 2015-present; Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce

STATE: Tennessee REALTORS® Fall Conference (2018)

Rachael Henderson, ABR, AHS, CRS (Crye-Leike)

I wish to run for the Board of Directors so that I may give back to and be part of the Association that has supported me and my business over the last 10+ years.

LOCAL: Grievance Committee (2018); Leadership Academy Graduate (2018)

CHAPTERS & COUNCILS: CRS Member, WCR Member

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Chattanooga Bach Choir & Orchestra (Former President, 2015 Member/Volunteer)

Robyn Ring (Choo Choo Realty)

I believe that I am a valuable member of the Board of Directors given my property management background. Not being a “traditional” broker, I can bring a different perspective to the table.

LOCAL: Board of Directors (2017-18); Community Involvement Committee (2018 Director Liaison); Governmental Affairs Committee (2015-18, 2017 Director Liaison); Grievance Committee (2009 Chair; 2006-2008 Member); Leadership Academy Graduate (2017); Professional Standards Committee (2010-2016); RPAC Committee (2018)

STATE: Governmental Affairs Committee (2015-18); State Director (2018)

CHAPTERS & COUNCILS: WCR Member (2015)

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Habitat for Humanity (individually, as well as with the Community Involvement Committee); Mountain Education Foundation Board (2007-08)

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Property Management Company of the Years (2007); Leadership Academy Graduate (2017)

Steven Sharpe, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Keller Williams)

Working on various committees and seeing the work performed by the Board of Directors has shown me the importance of the Board and the impact it has on our membership and the industry as a whole. I would like to participate in that advocacy and advisory role to build the entire industry and the perception of our members in the community.

LOCAL: Bylaws Committee (2018 Chair; 2017 Member); Budget & Finance Committee (2018); Grievance Committee (2010-12); Professional Standards Committee (2017 Panel Chair, 2014-2018 Member)

STATE: Bylaws Committee (2018-2019); Professional Standards Committee (2014-2015)

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Founder of Camp Horizon, Inc., a camp for children with physical disabilities (2005-current)

Kevin Wamack (Real Estate Partners)

I was on the Board the past two years and feel I have learned a lot and can parlay that into more input and experience to help serve our Association and members to the highest level possible.

LOCAL: Board of Directors (2017-18); Community Involvement Committee; RPAC Investor; Leadership Academy Graduate (2017); Leadership Development Committee (2017-18); Professional Development (2018 Director Liaison)

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Eagle Scout; Habitat for Humanity; Snack Packs

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Top 50 producing agent in Chattanooga for the past three years; Leadership Academy Graduate (2017)

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