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Georgia REALTORS® Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame recognizes members of GAR who have demonstrated consistent support of the REALTOR® organization for at least 30 years, and who have had a strong influence in the real estate industry. GAR named 14 individuals to its first Hall of Fame class. These individuals set the bar for the Hall of Fame, having proven themselves as champions of the REALTOR® association and captains of industry.  

Click here to download a Hall of Fame nomination form - DEADLINE: Nov. 15, 2016

    Jan Baker
City

Inducted: 2015

Jan Baker has been active in real estate for more than 35 years. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she currently serves as Regional Vice President for Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services and holds the GRI, ABR, and ABRM designations. Jan is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club. She served as President of the Cherokee Association in 1987, the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of REALTORS® (NAMAR) in 1997, and for Georgia REALTORS® in 2005. She is a past Georgia Chapter WCR President, and a past Chair of the National WCR Awards Committee, as well as a past National WCR Governor. Jan’s involvement also includes serving on ethics panels and chairing many arbitration hearings. At the national level, Jan has served as an RPAC Trustee, an NAR Director, and on both the Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction Committee and the Public Policy Coordinating Committee. Jan also served on a state task force that was charged with drafting of the Georgia Brokerage Relationships in Real Estate Act (BRRETA).
Jan is a member of the NAR President’s Circle and was inducted into the GARPAC Top Investors Hall of Fame at the Gold Level in 2012. She is also a member of NAR’s RPAC Hall of Fame.
    Jan’s tireless service has yielded many rewards. Her accolades include REALTOR® of the Year five times at the local level and 2003 GAR REALTOR® of the Year. She received the Dick McCrudden Award in 1999, and the GAR President’s Award in 2000. Jan is married to Bob Baker and they reside in Braselton. She has two children, Jana Waycaster and Mitchell Christopher. Jana and her husband Craig are parents to Jan’s granddaughter, Amelia Waycaster.
       
    Dana Bauguss
Lawrenceville

Inducted:
2015


Dana Bauguss is a real estate veteran of more than 35 years experience. Dana is a Senior Vice President/Managing Broker for Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services. During her career, she has earned the title of Power Broker Office, REAL Trends Top 500 Offices, Atlanta’s Top 25 Offices, and she is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club Award. Dana holds the GRI and CRS designations, the At Home with Diversity Certification, and is a candidate for the CRB designation.
    Dana is a member of the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of REALTORS® (NAMAR), where she served as President in 1989. She has also served as President of the Gwinnett Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® in 1995, and she has received the REALTOR® of the Year Award four times at the local level. At the state level, Dana has served the Georgia REALTORS® (GAR) in a variety of capacities, most notably as President in 2010. Dana was President of the Georgia Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS), served as a GAR Region Director, and as a GAR Vice President. Dana received the prestigious REALTOR® of the Year Award from GAR in 2009, and was the recipient of the
GAR President’s Award in 1994. Dana has been a Sterling R donor for several years, and in 2013, was inducted into the GARPAC Top Investors Hall of Fame at the Bronze Level.
    In her spare time, Dana is involved in several charities, including the American Cancer Society, Children’s Miracle Network, and Operation Soldier Support. She and her husband Bob live in Lawrenceville. She has a daughter, Melissa Dean, and a grandson, Jacob Dean.
       

 

Charles Daniel "Dan" Blackshear,
Albany

Inducted: 2013

Dan Blackshear held many leadership roles on the local, state and national levels of the REALTOR® organization, and in real estate leadership positions. Originally appointed by then-Governor Jimmy Carter, Dan served as a member of the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC) from 1971-1987, and was Chairman for 14 of those years. Dan was a member of the GRI Board of Governors, and was a member of the first GRI graduating class in 1971. In 1972, Dan received the REALTOR® of the Year award for the Albany Board and for GAR. Dan served as the President of the Albany Board of REALTORS® in 1967 and as President of the Georgia Association of REALTORS® in 1974. He also served as President of the National Association of Real Estate License law Officials (NARELLO – now known as ARELLO) from 1978-79.  Dan founded Albany Realty Company in 1959. Since his passing in 1989, the company has been operated by his children, Bonny Blackshear Dorough and Charles Daniel Blackshear, Jr.

       
    Rufus Burkhalter, Savannah

Inducted: 2014
Rufus Burkhalter was known to many in Savannah and beyond as “Mr. REALTOR®, ” a true southern gentleman in real estate. He was the face of professionalism and his actions spoke volumes when his word and handshake were offered to seal the deal. One notable fact was that when the Savannah Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) was ready to move from downtown Savannah to its current location in midtown, Rufus personally signed the note for the new building, which now bears his name. Rufus served as President of both SABOR and Savannah Multilist in 1981. He also served on every SABOR committee at least twice. His accolades include being named an honorary Director, the Charles Fulton Award, and he is a Hall of Fame inductee. At the state level, Rufus served as a GAR Director, and served on virtually every committee, most notably the Strategic Planning Committee, as well as a Non-Dues Revenue Task Force. In the community, Rufus carried the REALTOR® flag proudly, living and working by the Code of Ethics. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, the Savannah Yacht Club, and the Savannah Golf Club. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason, an Alee Temple Shriner.
Rufus was married to the late Mary Burkhalter. He passed away in 2006.

       
   

John W. Cox,
Dunwoody

Inducted: 2012

 

After a 24-year career as a noted REALTOR® in DeKalb County, John Cox was hired as the first Executive Vice President of GAR in 1975, serving until his retirement in 1990. For several years, John Cox was the face of the REALTORS® at the Georgia Capitol Building. John worked tirelessly to protect the real estate industry and to promote private property rights to the legislature. John was also a leader in education for REALTORS® and presided over an era of rapid growth for professional development for REALTORS®. The Boardroom at the GAR Headquarters building in Atlanta was dedicated to John in 2005. 

       
   

Bob Disharoon,
Fayetteville

Inducted: 2012

 

Bob Disharoon served with distinction in the U.S. Army for four years before entering into a long and successful career with Tri-City Realty & Mortgage in Peachtree City. The company was founded in 1962, and he served as President, earning a reputation for honesty, integrity and commitment to the real estate industry through the years. Bob was a dedicated member of the REALTOR® organization, having served as President of GAR in 1984, President of the Fayette Board in 1987, and was a director at Georgia MLS. He was honored as the recipient of the GAR REALTOR® of the Year Award in 1987. Bob also served his community with distinction as the Chairman of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in 1980, and he was named Fayette County Business Person of the Year in 1981. Bob was the first Chairman of the Fayette County Development Authority and was a charter member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club, serving as its President in 1981-1982. He was an active member of the Kenwood Christian Church, where he served as elder and trustee and was the building program supervisor. Bob was also on the Board of Trustees of Atlanta Christian College and contributed to the organization and success of the Christian City Home for Children.

       
   

Greg Dunn,
Columbus

Inducted:
2016

Greg Dunn is the broker of Dunn Realty Company in Columbus and has been a REALTOR® since 1972. After serving as a helicopter pilot in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, Greg returned to Columbus and earned degrees in accounting and real estate from Columbus State University. After working in mortgage, appraisal, and real estate sales, Greg turned his focus to his passion – education. For three decades, Greg taught real estate pre-license classes at his alma mater, and has authored books and online courses focused on real estate. In 1986, he founded U.S. Books, Inc., which was approved by the Georgia Real Estate Commission as a school. Greg earned the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designations and is a past chair of the Georgia Real Estate Commission’s (GREC) Education Advisory Committee.
    Greg has served the REALTOR® organization extensively at the local, state, and national levels. He taught for REBAC and has been a Federal Political Coordinator. He is a GAR Scholarship Foundation Trustee, has chaired the GAR Forms, Education, Legal Action, Professional Standards and Mediation Committees, and is a contributor writer and editor for Georgia REALTOR® magazine. Greg is a charter member and a former president of Georgia Chapter of the Real Estate Educators Association (GREEA).
    Greg has been recognized numerous times for his dedication to the real estate industry. GREEA has honored Greg as Educator of the Year and the Distinguished Career Award. He received the REALTOR® of the Year award from the Columbus Board in 1989, and was named GAR Instructor of the Year in 2001.
       
    Norm Grayson, Athens

Inducted: 2014
Norm Grayson has been a shining example of professionalism in the real estate industry for more than five decades, both in his hometown of Athens and throughout Georgia. Norm served the Athens Board as President in 1971 and again in 1999. He has chaired the Ethics Committee, Awards Committee and the Commercial/Land Committee several times. Norm has served in many leadership roles at the state level including the Membership Committee, Political Affairs, Education and Convention Committees. He also served as a GAR Director for more than ten years and served on the GAR Executive Committee, GAR Regional Vice President (now referred to as Regional Director) and on the Board of Governors for Georgia REALTOR® Institute. At the national level, Norm served on the NAR Board of Directors for a total of six years. He served on the Farm and Land Institute from 1970 through 1984, was an active member of the RPAC Committee from 1978 through 1995, and is a Life Member of CCIM. Norm also served on NAR’s Financial Institutions and Federal Taxation Sub-committee. Additionally, he was the Federal Senate Coordinator for Senator Sam Nunn, Senator Wyche Fowler and Congressman Doug Barnard. Norm is married to Faye and they have two daughters, Debi and Denise and one son, Richard.

       
   

George Holtzman,
Hinesville

 

Inducted: 2012

 

George Holtzman has been a positive influence on the real estate profession in Georgia for more than 40 years. George was appointed to the Georgia Real Estate Commission by Governors Zell Miller, Roy Barnes, and Sonny Perdue, serving almost two decades on GREC, with several appointments as Chairman and Vice Chairman. George also served as President of GAR in 1993. In these positions, George was able to represent the interests of coastal Georgia to legislators as well as leaders throughout the real estate community across the state. As an Army veteran, George has an unwavering commitment to military families. He has served as the President of the Coastal Empire Association of the United States Army, an organization of more than 10,000 members that supports the military community. George is also a staunch supporter of his local community, devoting countless hours through the years to organizations such as Toys for Tots, Bradwell Institute Band Boosters, Rotary Club, Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Manna House, Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart & Hunter, and Kirk Healing Center in Hinesville.

       
   

Ed Isakson,
Atlanta

 

Inducted: 2012

 

 Ed Isakson’s number one commitment to the real estate industry in Atlanta was education. He began this important project first by participating in the real estate programs offered by the Atlanta Real Estate Board (now, the Atlanta Board of REALTORS). Next he began establishing scholarships throughout the industry at colleges such as the University of Georgia and Georgia State University so that REALTORS and others could obtain college degrees to move their lives forward. These scholarships still exist today. Ed also served on the Board of Commissioners of the Georgia Real Estate Commission, and chaired the board as well. Ed was also instrumental in establishing the Atlanta REALTORS Center as well as the GAR Headquarters Building. The Atlanta Board gives an award each year in Ed’s honor. The E.A. Isakson award is given to “the outstanding individual who through his leadership and initiative has brought about a significant change, the result of which brought a lasting benefit to individuals, the Atlanta community and the real estate industry.

 

       
   

Johnny Isakson,
Atlanta

 

Inducted: 2012

 Every real estate professional and homeowner in Georgia has benefited from the work that Johnny Isakson has done for the last 40 years. Following in the real estate footsteps of his father, Ed Isakson, Johnny quickly rose to prominence in his company by serving as a Managing Broker and eventually serving 22 years as President of Northside Realty. Johnny was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1976 and served five terms, including two as minority leader. Johnny was elected to the Georgia Senate in 1992 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999, where he served until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2005. He is currently serving his second term after re-election to the Senate in 2010. Through his participation in the REALTOR® organization, Johnny has been a staunch supporter of the Code of Ethics and the role of the real estate professional in the real estate transaction. Johnny has carried this strong belief into the Georgia General Assembly, the U.S. House of Representatives and now into the U.S. Senate as the only REALTOR® serving in the Senate. He has been a leader for real estate issues and has been the champion for private property rights and homeownership.

       
   

R. Neal Jackson,
Monroe

 

Inducted: 2012

Neal Jackson has a dedicated career of service to the REALTOR® organization, his community and to the state of Georgia. Neal is the broker for Coldwell Banker Jackson Realty in Monroe, a business he started more than 40 years ago. Neal has served on virtually every committee for the Walton-Barrow Board as well as GAR, and served as the GAR President in 1999. He has also served as the Region 5 RVP for the National Association of REALTORS®. Neal was appointed by former Governor Zell Miller to the Georgia Real Estate Commission from 2001-2005, and was the Chairman in 2004.
       
   

Al H. Jennings, Jr.,
Atlanta

 

Inducted: 2012

 Al Jennings set the standard for remarkable leadership for his honest approach and ethical manner in his daily business. Among his litany of accomplishments, Al was heavily involved with the building of the Atlanta REALTORS® Center, even serving as Superintendent of the building’s construction. Al served the Atlanta Board of REALTORS as a chairman for nearly every committee and on the ABR Board of Directors for nearly half of his career. He never missed a Board Meeting and was always concerned with the success of the organization and most importantly, that the operation and the administration of the association was conducted fairly and honestly at all times. Al served as the Atlanta Board President in 1981 and as GAR President in 1982. Al is one of only two Georgia REALTORS® to have ever been awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS®.
       
    Denny Jones,
Marietta

Inducted:
2016

 

 Denny Jones has been a Georgia REALTOR® for 40 years, and has given his time to the REALTOR® Association from the start. From extensive involvement in the GRI program to being a founding member of the Young Council of REALTORS® (YCR) in the early 1980’s to his commitment to governmental affairs, Denny has demonstrated a well-rounded commitment to the betterment of REALTORS® throughout Georgia and beyond. Denny is currently Co-Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Greater Atlanta. He holds both the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designations.
As a member of the Cobb Association (CAR), Denny serve on numerous committees through the years, and was President in 1985. Denny has served GAR in several roles, including RPAC Chair, GRI Dean, Regional Vice President , and as a Federal Senate Coordinator for Senator Sam Nunn. At the national level, Denny has chaired the Political Affairs Committee as well as the Congressional Liaison Subcommittee for the National Association of REALTORS®. Denny’s other accolades include YCR Lifetime Achievement Award, CAR Lifetime Achievement Award, CAR Excalibur Award, CAR REALTOR® of the Year (in 1982 and 1985), and GAR’s Dick McCrudden Award.
    Denny currently (2016) serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF). SLF is a public interest law firm which advocates limited government, individual economic freedom, the free enterprise system, and strives to protect private property rights.
       
 
 

 John A. Kaufman, Brunswick

Inducted: 2013

 John A. Kaufman attended his first state convention in Atlanta in September of 1957. He was an active member of the REALTOR® association until his passing in 2012. John began working as a full-time REALTOR® on December 16, 1959, and became secretary of the local board in 1960. In 1963, he was President of the local board. He became chairman of the GAR Education Committee in 1966 and in 1967 he was elected Secretary of the GAR. John was appointed as founding Dean of GRI. After being invited by Rich Port, NAR president, John traveled to the ILLINOIS’ GRI meeting to learn how to establish GRI in Georgia. John remained Dean of GRI for six years, and by 1972, Georgia had the #3 GRi school in the nation, behind Illinois (#1) and Texas (#2). John held the following leadership positions and received recognition in the local, state and national REALTOR® associations: Golden Isles Association of REALTORS® - 1963 President; Georgia Association of REALTORS® - 1969 REALTOR® of the Year; Georgia Association of REALTORS® – 1970 President; National Association of REALTORS® – 1970-1977 Past Director; Golden Isles Multiple Listing Service Board Director - 2003-2005.

       
    Barbara Kennon, Columbus


Inducted: 2014
Barbara Kennon served as GAR President in 2001, and was tasked with presiding over the GAR Annual Convention that year, which began on September 11. On that infamous day and in the days that followed, Barbara brought her strength of commitment for the REALTOR® family and wrapped each of the attendees up in the warmth of family protection. She was truly the right person at the right moment to lead this organization and its members out of the darkness of the day and into the future. Barbara has served the Columbus Board of REALTORS® as a Director and has chaired multiple committees, including RPAC, Programs, Membership, Public Relations, and Strategic Planning. She served as the Columbus Board’s President in 1983. In addition to serving as 2001 GAR President, Barbara has served as an RPAC Trustee, GRI Dean and Governor, and two terms as Regional Director. She was an alternate Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson from 2008 through 2012, and is the current FPC for Senator Isakson. Barbara was named GAR REALTOR® of the Year in 1984, and was inducted in the GARPAC Top Investor Hall of Fame in 2011. At the national level, Barbara has served as NAR Region 5 Vice President, chaired the Meeting and Planning Committee, and has also served on the Executive and Issues Mobilization Committees. Barbara has been a member of NAR’s President’s Circle since 2005, and was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame in 2010.


       
   

Harriet Konter,
Savannah

 

Inducted: 2012

 

 Harriet Konter blazed the trail for women serving in GAR leadership roles as the first female president of GAR in 1987. Her REALTOR® association involvement stretches over many decades and includes leadership roles with the Savannah Board of REALTORS® (SABOR), GAR, NAR, and the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Harriet’s accolades include REALTOR® of the Year for both SABOR and GAR, the Omega Tau Rho Medal from NAR, and NAR’s RPAC Hall of Fame.  Along with her late husband, Larry, Harriet founded Konter Realty in Savannah, which she still operates today. Harriet and Larry Konter were the second couple in the U.S. to serve as Presidents of a state association of REALTORS®. SABOR created the Konter Award in honor of the couple, which inducts REALTORS® into the SABOR Hall of Fame.

       
   

Lawrence J. Konter,
Savannah

 

Inducted: 2012

 Larry Konter was President of Konter Realty Company, Residential Equities, Inc., Vice President of Konter Management Company in Savannah, alongside his wife, Harriet. Larry was extremely active in all levels of the REALTOR® organization throughout his real estate career, serving as GAR President in 1977 and as Regional Vice President for NAR in 1979. Larry encouraged his colleagues to get involved with the REALTOR® association and to give back to their profession. He was as a staunch supporter of RPAC and an avid proponent of REALTOR® continuing education.  Larry was also heavily involved in other organizations, including the Home Builders Association of Savannah and the South Georgia Chapter of IREM. In his community, Larry was an instructor of real estate at Savannah State College, a director of the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, a member of the Chatham County Housing Code Board of Appeals, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce Military-Civilian Task Force.

       
   

Harry Norman, Jr.,
Atlanta

 

Inducted: 2012

Harry Norman learned the real estate business from his mother, having assisted her with preparing the yards and washing the windows of properties for open houses as a young boy. From those early beginnings, one of the most influential and steadfast real estate companies in Georgia was born and continues to thrive in 2012. Harry was an active member of the greater Atlanta civic and real estate communities. He was a founding member of the Buckhead Coalition and a founding member of the Masterminds, an organization which became the Realty Alliance, an association of the largest independent real estate firms in the country. Harry was also a founding member of the First Multiple Listing Service in 1957 and served as its president twice. He was a lifelong member of its Board of Directors. His other involvements include the Buckhead Business Association, the Buckhead Rotary Club and Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church.
       
    Ronnie Perry, Brunswick


Inducted: 2014
Ronnie Perry has been a proud REALTOR® for more than thirty-five years. He believes that actions are what sets a REALTOR® apart from others who practice real estate. His service includes serving as President of the Brunswick- Glynn Association (now called Golden Isles) in 1988 and the MLS Board of Directors President in 1987, 1991 and 2012. He was named REALTOR® of the Year for his Board in 1987 and again in 2004, and was honored as GAR’s REALTOR® of the Year in 2005. Ronnie is currently serving on the Georgia Real Estate Commission’s Education Advisory Committee, and is a proud recipient of the GRI designation. Ronnie is a member of NAR’s President’s Circle, and has been inducted into both GARPAC’s Top Investors Hall of Fame and NAR’s RPAC Hall of Fame. Ronnie has only missed one GAR Convention since 1977, and has attended seven NAR conventions. Ronnie’s service extends into his local community. He has served as Chairman of the Glynn County Airport Commission, Chairman of the Brunswick Development Authority and designed and coordinated the marketing campaign for Glynn County Animal Services which has brought awareness to the cause and has united the public and the REALTOR® community together for a common cause. Ronnie is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Optimist Club of Brunswick and Coastal Baptist Church. He is married to Cindy, and they have two children, Jonathan and Lauren.


       
   

J. Carl Schultz,
Atlanta

 

Inducted: 2012

 After the fall of communism in east central Europe and the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, a capitalist economy had to be built from the ground up – a stock exchange, a securities commission, unemployment offices, investment and pension funds and building societies. Carl Schultz worked tirelessly alongside international appraisal associations and government agencies to help establish appraisal standards, education and real estate regulations at that time. Carl worked in several countries including Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia. Carl served as a dedicated REALTOR® volunteer on the local, state and national levels. In addition to serving as President of the Atlanta Commercial Board, GAR, and having been named as REALTOR® of the Year for ACBR and GAR, Carl is one of only two Georgia REALTORS® to have ever been awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS®.

       
   

Tony Serkedakis,
Marietta

 

Inducted: 2012

 

When Tony Serkedakis retired from the United States Air Force in 1962 after a distinguished 25-year career as a pilot, he and wife, Faye, opened Southeastern Realty in Marietta. The company became a Century 21 franchisee in 1977 and grew to a multi-office company. By the mid-1980's, Southeastern Realty ranked in the top 5% of all Century 21 companies. His son, Pat, and daughter, Kristy, oversaw the day to day operation of the company beginning in 1980 and continued to operate the company, renamed Century 21 Across Atlanta, until its merger with another company in 2008.  Tony was president of the Cobb Board of REALTORS (now CAR) in 1969. Over the years, he served in many capacities on the local, state and national levels. RPAC was Tony’s passion, and he served as a national RPAC Trustee for NAR throughout the 80’s. Tony served as GAR President in 1986 and was GAR REALTOR of the Year in 1987. Tony continued to be active in and passionate about all things "REALTOR" up until his death in 1997.

       
   

John S. Thibadeau, Sr.,
Cumming

 

Inducted: 2012

 

John Thidabeau is a founding member of the Dekalb Association of REALTORS® (DAR) and was instrumental in guiding GAR into a modern era by hiring an Executive Vice President and securing land for a new headquarters building as well as serving as Building Committee Chair. John was also a found member of Georgia MLS and has served as the Chairman of the Georgia Real Estate Commission. He was named REALTOR® of the Year for DAR in 1963 and 1981 – the only person to receive the award twice – and for GAR in 1963. John is an avid civic volunteer and his list of accomplishments include Paul Harris Fellow, Decatur Rotary Club; Metro Atlanta YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 1985; Board of Directors for Atlanta Area Boy Scouts; and Distinguished Lecturer, College of Business Administration, Executive Advisory Council, University of Georgia.

       
 
 

Sally O. Washburn, Atlanta

Inducted: 2013

Sally Washburn began her real estate career in 1960. In 1964, she opened Washburn Realty with her husband, Thomas L. Washburn, Jr. She later joined Northside Realty, and in 1981, was appointed vice president and managing broker of the North Springs office. Senator Johnny Isakson - who was Northside Realty’s President at that time – appointed Sally as developer of a coaching and mentoring program for new sales associates. Sally joined the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® in 1960, and throughout her career served the Board in many capacities. Sally was the first woman elected to the Board of Directors, the first female president in 1976, and was the first woman awarded the REALTOR® of the Year award for the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® in 1976. Sally also served the Georgia Association of REALTORS® in many capacities, including 15 years on the Board of Directors. She served as president of the Georgia Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and two terms as a Governor for the National Women’s Council of REALTORS®.  Sally received several accolades throughout her career, including the 1988 Woman of the Year for the Georgia Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, the Jade Award for the National Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, and E.A. Isakson Lifetime Commitment Award for Northside Realty in 1997 and REALTOR Emeritus membership status from the National Association of REALTORS in 2006.

       

 

Gilmer "Buddy" Weston, Atlanta

Inducted: 2013

Buddy Weston has dedicated his life to the real estate industry and he has been recognized by all levels of the REALTOR® organization for his tremendous accomplishments and contributions. Buddy has served in leadership positions as President of both the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® (ABR) and the Georgia Association of REALTORS®. Buddy has also been recognized for his endless contributions to our profession and has received numerous accolades for his contribution throughout the course of his career, including twice being named REALTOR® of the Year for ABR, Captain of Industry Award, and the Sally Washburn Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. Buddy has a passion for Professional Standards and has a comprehension and knowledge of the Code of Ethics that elevated him to one of the highest volunteer authorities of the Code in our state. Buddy has taught the Code of Ethics to new members for over 20 years, encouraging new members to take the Code of Ethics seriously and to understand the importance of the Professional Standards process. Buddy was critical to the structuring of the multi-Board agreement structure that was established in 2001. Buddy then led the task force that established the structure for the statewide Professional Standards Cooperative that was put in place in 2011.  Buddy has recently served as the Dean of the Board of Governors of the Georgia Institute of Real Estate and has been so dedicated to the high quality of education and higher learning for the future of our real estate industry. Buddy is dedicated to the continual process of learning and education for our industry, on every level.

       
   

Ward Wight, Sr.,
Atlanta

 

Inducted: 2012

 

 Ward Wight Sr. served as the President of the Atlanta Real Estate Board twice, first in 1922 and again in 1940. He was also the President of the Georgia Real Estate Board in 1929. In 1940, Ward was instrumental in the formation of the Central Atlanta Improvement Association. This Association’s work was very successful in large part by bringing together the heads of the Retail Merchants Association and members, the Bankers Association and a dynamic group of the property owners of large properties in downtown Atlanta. Soon after this Association was turned over to its own management team, the name was changed to Central Atlanta Progress and this organization continues to be a factor in downtown Atlanta. Ward was also a very active member of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, having received his MAI designation as one of the first three in Atlanta.
       
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