The Blount County Association of Realtors held its annual Installation and Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Royal Oaks Event Facility. This year’s banquet had a 1950s theme, and guests, dressed in fashions of the decade, were treated to catering from Royal Oaks.
During the ceremony, B.J. Swinehart, the president-elect of the Tennessee Association of Realtors, installed the incoming officers and directors of BCAR. The 2009 Board of Directors includes President Kay Lamuno, President-Elect Mark Ivens, Secretary Sharon Detrick, Treasurer Patricia Harmon and Directors Angie Kirby, Mack Coulter, Tim Ivens, Clara Peals and Debbie Sloan.
Swinehart also gave a speech about housing markets in the ’50s and today. Incoming BCAR President Kay Lamuno told the group, “Real estate is serious business,” then related today’s real estate industry to the 1950s and the changes throughout the years. According to Lamuno, the yearly banquets are an opportunity for guests to listen to speakers who can help realtors to know the community and know the real estate industry’s needs and really know what going on locally and nationally.
Realtor Martha McCampbell presented the Realtor of the Year award to Patricia Harmon, the immediate past president of BCAR. Harmon is with Williams Realty and has been a member of BCAR for 6 years. In the past year, she has been involved in community efforts benefiting Blount County Habitat for Humanity, the Oncology Department at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and the Coats for Our Community program.
Four realtors received the Award of Merit, given to realtors who list or sell real estate totaling $2 million or more in one year. Recipients were Kay Lamuno of Ivens Realtors and B.L. Ervin, J.L. Goins and Cecil Carmen of Williams Realty.
The Blount County Association of Realtors, chartered in 1954, is located at 321 Home Ave and can be reached at 865-982-2066.