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September 11, 2019

2020-21 Officer & Director Candidates & Online Voting Info

Online voting begins Thursday, September 19, when each REALTOR® member eligible to vote will receive an email from that contains secure voting credentials unique to the email recipient. Voting will remain open until 5 pm on Wednesday, September 25. Election results will be announced on September 26.

The Nominating Committee presents the following Candidates for the 2020 Board of Directors:


Robert Backer, ABR, CRRS, GRI, 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 my 4 years serving as a Director to the next level of service. I think it’s important to be involved and give back to our industry to still be knowledgeable.

LOCAL: 2018 REALTOR® of the Year, Board of Directors (2015-2018); Community Involvement Committee (2017-2018); Grievance Committee (2000-09); Leadership Development Committee (2015-16 Director Liaison); MLS Committee (2019-20), Professional Standards Committee (2015-16, 2019 Chair)

STATE & NATIONAL: 2015-2016 State Director

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Principal Broker for Coldwell Banker; 2015-2016 Real Trend Top Agent; 2000-19, Coldwell Banker Top Agent Ranking


Denise Murphy, ABR, CRB, CRS (Keller Williams Realty)

I believe that it is essential as Officers and Directors to hold ourselves to a high standard both professionally and ethically. Our decisions and input should benefit all members, with no hidden agendas for ourselves or our companies. We need to be level-headed, good problem-solvers, and good examples to our fellow Realtors and members of the Community. I strive to achieve these qualities and hope to be given the opportunity to serve our members for another term on the Board. I hope to encourage more members to become involved and to see the importance of our local board and what can be achieved with a collective effort.

LOCAL: Board of Directors (2015-16, 2018-19) Community Involvement Committee (2018 Director Liaison); Grievance Committee (4 years); Diversity Inclusion Committee (2016), Professional Development/Education Committee (4 years); Professional Development Committee (Chair, 2011); Professional Standards Committee (2016); RPAC Committee (2018 Director Liaison)

CHAPTERS & COUNCILS: BNI, 2004-13 (the following at least twice: President, Treasurer, Membership Committee, Education); CNC, 2013-present (President, Governance Committee; Membership Committee); CRS local events

COMMUNITY: Chambliss Children’s Home; Habitat for Humanity; Served food to homeless on many Thanksgiving & Christmas Days. Put on “Jump Rope for Heart” events 10+ years with American Heart Association; Snack Pack Volunteer

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Realty Center-Rising Star, 2004; Keller Williams-Agent Leadership Council, 3 years; Keller Williams Hixson Managing Broker; served on various committees at Keller Williams and occasionally teach classes.

2020-2021 DIRECTORS (Select 3)

Brian Erwin, ABR (Scout REALTOR® Group)

We have made great strides to expand member involvement and community outreach, yet there remains much to do. I want to work collaboratively with leadership to showcase our association’s value to its members and influence in our community. We have a platform and a duty to grow the REALTOR® brand and protect our industry.

LOCAL: Community Involvement Committee (2018 Chair, 2015-2018); Education Professional Development Committee (2019 Chair); Governmental Affairs Committee (2017); Leadership Academy Graduate (2017); MLS Committee (2019-2020); RPAC Committee (2018); Strategic Planning Task Force (2019)

CHAPTERS & COUNCILS: WCR Member (2017-18)

COMMUNITY: Chattanooga Preparatory School Mentor Program (2019-2026); Habitat for Humanity Volunteer (2016-present); Emerging Leaders United Way of Greater Chattanooga (2015-present 2019 Executive Committee)

STATE: Tennessee REALTORS® Fall Conference (2018)

Ryan May, ABR (Real Estate Partners)

I believe the best way to stay current regarding what is going on in our industry is to be involved with your local board. I hope to bring to the board my past experience from working in the corporate world. I also hope to bring representation of the non-franchise companies to the board.

LOCAL: Community Involvement Committee (2018); Education/Professional Development Committee (2019); Grievance Committee (2019)


COMMUNITY: Clifton Hill School (Adopted School of Real Estate Partners); Snack Pack Ministry Volunteer

Rolanda Pullen, CMS, CNHS (Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty)

As a Director, I would have the opportunity to serve the REALTOR® Community. I want our Association to thrive and benefit, not only the members but also the community. I will help other REALTORS® in our Association to achieve goals that have been set for the committees on which they serve. I will contribute my time, energy, and willingness to work.

LOCAL: Community Involvement Committee (2017-18); Grievance Committee (2019); Leadership Academy Graduate (2016); Government Affairs Committee (2017); Leadership Development Committee (2017, 2018 Chairman); Strategic Planning Task Force (2019)

COMMUNITY: Member of Olivet Baptist Church (1998-present); Member of the PTA & Volunteer at Wallace A. Smith (2017-present); Order of the Eastern Star (2013-present, Secretary for 2 years)

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society (2016-18); Coldwell Banker Circle of Excellence (2017-18); Coldwell Banker Office Top Listing Associate Runner-Up (2018); Coldwell Banker Honorable Mention (2018); Coldwell Banker Multi-Million Dollar Producer (2016); 2011 Featured in Hamilton County Herald

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, 2019 Chair)

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


COMMUNITY: 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)

Tyler Rogers, RENE (KW Commercial)

I am proud of the direction the Association is going, and I want to be part of the leadership responsibilities involved in shaping that path. To me, service is an important function of an Association.

LOCAL: Community Involvement Committee (2017-19); Diversity Inclusion Committee (2019); Education/Professional Development Committee (2019); Leadership Academy Graduate (2018); Leadership Development Committee (2019 Chair); RPAC Committee (2018)

COMMUNITY: North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy Board (2018-present); Snack Pack Ministry Volunteer (2017-present)