2017 KAAR Committees

Commercial Committee

Purpose: Responsible for providing guidance, information, and recommendations for commercial members of the Association.  Committee members will also assist the Education Director in identificating and evaluating new commercial education instructors and trainers.  The committee is authorized and empowered, subject to ratification of the Board of Directors, to do what is necessary to effectuate the purposes of the Commercial Multiple Listing Service.

Goal Considerations:
1. Be responsible for maintaining the Commercial Multiple Listing Service and for providing assistance to the Association Staff in implementing procedures which are in the best interest of all members.
2. Analyze the Commercial Multiple Listing Service and make recommendations for its improvement when necessary.
3. Identify and evaluate new commercial education instructors and trainers
4. Plan and promote bi-annual commercial networking forum, along with other annual commercial events
 
Committee Membership Requirements:
1. All Members of the committee shall be KAAR CIE Participants or REALTORS® affiliated with Participants in the Multiple Listing Service.
2. Members so named shall serve one (2) year term.

2017 Chair: David Stanley

2017 Members:

  • Bill Beecher
  • Oleg Cheban
  • Josh Flory
  • Louise Frazier
  • Amanda Gray
  • Jeff Phillips
  • Tanya Price
  • Larry Sheumaker
  • Mitchell Taylor

Staff Contact: Caitland Orlicz - (865) 584-8647

Community Involvement Committee

Purpose: The Community Involvement Committee is responsible for fundraising and planning a finale event for KAAR's annual signature charity event, the Youth Villages Backpack Heroes Fundraiser. This fundraiser provides backpacks stuffed with school supplies to over 250 deserving children across East Tennessee. The committee is also responsible for providing recommendations to KAAR's Board of Directors for other community service projects and programs for Association involvement that will benefit the community and promote goodwill among REALTORS® and the public.

Goal Considerations:
1. Adopt public service projects that will promote goodwill between REALTORS® and the public
2. Have a least one major program for promotion during a year and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
3. Maintain liaisons with other community organizations with goals of improving the community or providing services to the poor and needy.
 
Mission Statement:
"The Knoxville Area Association of Realtors Community Involvement Committee partners with local charitable organizations to support and enhance their efforts in our communities."

2017 Chair: Dawn Queener

2017 Members:

  • Kimber Dickert
  • Kendra Greene Ellis
  • Scott Felske
  • Stephanie Grubbs
  • Missy Holladay
  • Amanda Johnston
  • Ryan Levenson
  • Brenda Mills
  • Stephanie Mitchum
  • Jodi Moody
  • Lori Foster Myers
  • Maryann Page-Azambuja
  • Heather Taylor
  • Rhonda Thompson
  • Major Ward

Staff Contact: Caitland Orlicz - (865) 584-8647

Education Committee

Purpose: Assist the Education Director in developing and providing quality education to the membership, including the identification and evaluation of new education instructors and trainers

2017 Chair: Claudia Stallings

2017 Members:

  • Tina Collins-Hefner
  • Adrienne Cuxart
  • Kendra Ellis
  • Amanda Gray
  • Lori Foster Myers
  • Laura Hall
  • Trish Johnson
  • Linda Kelly
  • Phil LiMandri
  • Brenda Mills
  • Larry Smith
  • Bonnie Swain
  • Rachel Talley
  • Heather Taylor
  • Rhonda Thompson
  • Jason Young

Staff Contact: Carleen Palmer - (865) 584-8647 ext. 6

Governmental Affairs Committee

Purpose: The Governmental Affairs Committee is responsible for addressing city and county level regulations that affect REALTORS®, the real estate industry, and property owners throughout KAAR's 12-county region, and keeping KAAR's Board of Directors and members informed of such issues. The committee conducts interviews of candidates for local political office and makes recommendations to KAAR's Board of Directors to support selected local candidates. Committee members are encouraged to invest in RPAC and to attend meetings and events with local and state elected officials throughout the member's two-year committee term.
 

Goal Considerations:
1. Continually develop and revise its legislative and regulatory plan that identifies member needs and is in support of reasonable growth and productivity throughout KAAR's 12-county region.
2. Take a pro-active position in all levels of governmental affairs.
3. Promote the reduction of excessive controls that adversely impact the affordability of owning real estate.
4. Develop and maintain a contact network with all governing and regulatory entities in order to maintain a program of keeping the public and government officials informed of the Association's position on issues affecting real estate, market conditions and the community.
5. Respond to KAAR, TAR, and NAR "Calls to Action".
6. Work for the election of candidates with a business and political philosophy supportive of the Association and its members.
7. Promote RPAC among the membership and utilize RPAC funds to support nominated candidates.
8. Establish coalitions to achieve industry goals.

2017 Chair: Jim Ford

2017 Members:

  • Richard Bell
  • J. Kelly Clancy
  • Brandon Clark
  • Jerry Daves
  • Chris Hauck
  • Marques Jordan
  • Earl Lauderdale
  • Richard Levenson
  • Phil LiMandri
  • Andrew Poe
  • Tanya Price
  • Amy Riha
  • Lasy Smith Wallace
  • Rachel Talley
  • Darrell Tipton
  • Doyle Webb
  • Erik Wiatr
  • James P. Wooten

Staff Contact: Jennifer Roche - (865) 584-8647 ext. 8

Grievance Committee

Purpose: Responsible for considering complaints alleging violation of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics and requests for arbitration of contractual disputes to determine if, taken as true on their face value, a Professional Standards Hearing is warranted.

Committee Membership Requirements:
1. All Members appointed to serve on the Grievance Committee shall be required to attend a full day training session on Thursday, January 5.  Any Grievance Committee appointee unable to attend and complete the full session will be removed from the Committee.

2017 Chair: Cheryl Laxton

2017 Members:

  • Tina Collins-Hefner
  • Ray Gaudet
  • Cheryl Hatfield
  • Kelly Henderson
  • Cindy Kraus
  • Jeff Phillips
  • Owen Poveda
  • Richard Smith
  • Melissa Stuart
  • Mitchell Taylor

Staff Contact: Lyle Irish - (865) 584-8647 ext. 9

Local Political Coordinators

Local Political Coordinators (LPC's) are not a committee and do not meet regularly, but may serve for more than one year in the position. Rather, LPC's are individuals who maintain periodic contact with KAAR's Governmental Affairs Director regarding timely local political and regulatory issues in their city/county of residence that positively or negatively effect local real estate.
 
LPC's are an important part of KAAR’s legislative grassroots network and help strengthen KAAR’s legislative advocacy.  LPC's are active REALTOR® members of KAAR who are interested in politics, are (or want to become) politically active in their community, and want to put their political activism to work for KAAR and The REALTOR® Party. The REALTOR® Party is not democrat or republican, but is the nonpartisan approach to advancing REALTOR® initiatives – such as preserving strong private property rights, protecting homeownership benefits and tax incentives, and promoting commonsense principles for vibrant commercial development – at all levels of government.
 
KAAR's LPC Program was started in 2016 and will grow to include two (2) LPC's to serve each county within KAAR’s jurisdiction - Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, and Union Counties. 
 
For more information, and to inquire about becoming a KAAR LPC, contact KAAR's Governmental Affairs Director.
 
Staff Contact: Jennifer Roche - (865) 584-8647 ext. 8
 
KAAR's Current LPC Team
Anderson County - Betsy Coleman
Blount County - Eric Rice, Rachel Talley
Campbell County -
Cumberland County - Chip Cagle
Fentress County - 
Knox County - Gary Long
Loudon County- Earl Lauderdale, Jodi Moody
Monroe County - Bonnie Swain
Morgan County -
Roane County -
Scott County -
Union County - 

Professional Standards Committee

Purpose: Responsible for the enforcement of the Code of Ethics by conducting Ethics and Arbitration Hearings in accordance with the Association's Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual.

Goal Considerations:
1. The committee shall investigate Ethics Complaints and Arbitration Requests in accordance with the Association's Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual.
 
Committee Membership Requirements:
1. All Members appointed to serve on the Professional Standards Committee shall have served at least two (2) years on Grievance Committee.
2. All Members appointed shall be required to attend a full day training session on Thursday, January 5.  Any Professional Standards Committee appointee unable to attend and complete the full session will be removed from the Committee.

2017 Chair: Patti Whalen

2017 Members:

  • Beth Bradley
  • Donna Bryan
  • Melonie Carideo
  • Betsy Coleman
  • Hope Cudd
  • Chris Hauck
  • Barry Hensley
  • Wanda Lovelace
  • Landis McMillan
  • Linda Meese
  • Jim Oakley
  • Carl Peiers
  • Whitney Ray Dawson
  • Pamela Sheehan
  • Ira Smith
  • Amanda Stone
  • BJ Swinehart
  • Diana Traylor
  • Joseph Whited

Staff Contact: Lyle Irish - (865) 584-8647 ext. 9

Residential Multiple Listing Service Committee

Purpose: Responsible for maintaining the Residential Multiple Listing Service for the use of the Residential Subscribers, subject to the Association's By-Laws and Rules and Regulations.  The committee is authorized and empowered, subject to ratification of the Board of Directors, to do what is necessary to effectuate the purposes of the Residential Multiple Listing Service.

Goal Considerations:
1. Be responsible for maintaining the Residential Multiple Listing Service and for providing assistance to the Association Staff in implementing procedures that are in the best interest of all members.
2. Analyze the Residential Multiple Listing Service and make recommendations for its improvement when necessary.
3. Enforce the Residential Multiple Listing Service Rules and Regulations.
 
Committee Membership Requirements:
1. Not less than (5) five nor more than (9) nine Designated REALTORS®; and
2. Not more than (7) seven nor less than (3) three REALTORS®; and
3. An elected member representative from each of the Association's Chapters;
4. All Members of the committee shall be Participants or REALTORS® affiliated with Participants in the Multiple Listing Service.
5. Members so named shall serve a two (2) year term.

2017 Chair: Diana Traylor

2017 Members:

  • Cindy Bradley
  • Linda Brown
  • Doug Davis
  • Jason Everbach
  • Kelly Henderson
  • Gary Koontz
  • Teresa Luttrell
  • Dianne Royer
  • Bobby Sanford
  • Regina Santore
  • David Scarbrough
  • Ira Smith
  • Julie Vaughn Thompson

Staff Contact: Donna Roach - (865) 584-8647 ext. 5

RealtorPAC Committee

Purpose: The RealtorPAC Committee (REALTOR® Political Action Committee or RPAC) is the fundraising and event/party planning committee setup to meet KAAR's annual RPAC fundraising goal. The committee helps educate KAAR members about RPAC initiatives and publicize RPAC accomplishments at all levels of government through distribution and presentation of RPAC materials. RPAC committee members are encouraged to invest in RPAC.

RPAC is the #1 Trade Association PAC in the nation, it is a bipartisan PAC that supports elected officials at all levels of government who support policies and issues important to REALTORS®. RPAC protects home ownership and private property rights. RPAC is the REALTOR®  Party. 

Goal Considerations:
1. The committee shall endeavor to exceed its annual RPAC fundraising goal and participation goal as set by TAR and NAR.
2. The committee shall host RPAC fundraising events throughout the year in order to meet the fundraising goal: RPAC Champion Investor events, RPAC Major Investor Dinners, RPAC-a-thon, and RPAC Investor Appreciation parties.
3. Committee members, in coordination with their broker and office management, are also encouraged to host an RPAC presentation or event at their office during their term.

2017 Chair: Sally Sparks

2017 Members:

  • Robin Aggers
  • Jeannie Alley
  • Lynette Bell
  • Beth Bradley
  • Donna Bryan
  • J. Kelly Clancy
  • Louise Frazier
  • Stephanie Grubbs
  • Linda Meese
  • Brenda Mills
  • Michael Pappas
  • Katie Ridgway
  • Amy Riha
  • Cheri Spinazzola
  • Dee Vasquez
  • Patti Whalen
  • Katie Wolf

Staff Contact: Jennifer Roche - (865) 584-8647 ext. 8

Young Professionals Network

KAAR's Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a group exclusively for current REALTOR® members of KAAR. YPN helps REALTORS® excel in their careers by giving them the tools and engagement to become involved in four core areas: 
1. REALTOR® associations. Attend REALTOR® conferences and pursue leadership roles with their local, state, and national associations. 
2. Real estate industry. Take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues; be informed about the latest industry news and trends. 
3. Peers. Network with and learn from other REALTORS® by attending events, participating in online communication, and seeking out mentoring opportunities. 
4. Community. Become exceptional members of their community by demonstrating a high level of REALTOR® professionalism and volunteering for causes they feel passionate about.

While most REALTORS® in YPN are under 40, there is no age restriction. Any current REALTOR® member of KAAR who thinks he or she would benefit from membership is welcome to join and will be added to this group. To join KAAR's YPN Group, go to www.facebook.com/groups/KAARYPN and request to join. The Facebook Group is the main communication tool for YPN events and other news.

2017 Leadership Team:

  • Andrew Poe, Chair
  • Lynette Bell, Chair-Elect
  • Shannon Foster-Boline, Immediate Past-Chair
  • Kendra Greene Ellis, Residential Membership Co-Chair
  • Rachel Talley, Residential Membership Co-Chair
  • Josh Flory, Commercial Membership Chair
  • Katie Ridgway, RPAC Chair
  • Adrienne Landes, Social Media Chair
  • Heather Taylor, Board Member At-Large
  • Katie Wolf, Board Member At-Large

Staff Contact: James Holden - (865) 584-8647