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January 20th, 2007 7:39 pm by Staff report










Realtors recognize Helton


Green awarded SIOR designation


Odum earns designation


Cheek joins Baker Donelson


Hamilton appointed to state consortium


Barrett promoted to supervisor


Pelphrey joins SunTrust


Realtors recognize Helton

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Earleen Helton, a sales associate with Blue Ridge Properties, has been named the recipient of the Tennessee Association of Realtors 2006 Good Neighbor Award.


With this award, a $500 donation has been made to the charity to which she has devoted herself, Bridge Gap Refugee.


Helton believes in the mission of Bridge Gap Refugee and shows her commitment by assisting displaced families after disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Through her efforts, many of these families have found jobs and become homeowners once again.


Helton was selected for this honor from among a large number of nominees from across the state. The award recognizes real estate professionals who make exceptional contributions to improving the quality of life in their communities.


Award recipients are recognized as models for others by showing what one person can do to make a difference.


Green awarded SIOR designation

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JOHNSON CITY - Michael Green has been awarded the SIOR designation by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors as an industrial specialist.


The SIOR designation requires extensive education requirements, a high dollar-volume of transactions, and election by peers. Green is the first commercial real estate practitioner to earn the credential in the Tri-Cities region in more than 20 years.


He is principal broker for Green Commercial Realty in Johnson City, a regional company exclusively engaged in the sale, leasing and appraisal of commercial and industrial property. Green has held the CCIM commercial investment designation since 1994 and the MAI appraisal designation since 1992.


Odum earns designation

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BOONES CREEK - David Odum of Blue Ridge Properties, Boones Creek office, recently graduated from the Realtor Institute Program of the Tennessee Association of Realtors, and earned the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI).


The designation signifies mastery of a specific and intensive program of classroom instruction.


Through the Realtor Institute Program, sales professionals study marketing, ethics, contracts, finance, agency, technology, and other real estate topics. The program provides real estate professionals with the skills needed to render greater and broader services to the public and to their clients. Graduation from the program in Tennessee requires successful completion of 90 hours or more of coursework and five written examinations on various aspects of the courses taken.


The GRI is a nationally recognized professional designation. The GRI program curriculum and standards are governed by the National Association of Realtors. Currently, approximately one in seven real estate professionals in Tennessee holds the GRI designation, with several thousand having taken one or more courses in the program series.


Cheek joins Baker Donelson

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JOHNSON CITY - Vance W. Cheek Jr. has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, as of counsel in its Tri-Cities office.


Cheek concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, corporate law and public policy. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, he has experience in corporate law, estate planning, alternative dispute resolution and civil and commercial litigation.


In addition to his private practice experience, Cheek served as chair of the Tennessee Claims Commission from 2001 to 2006 and has been active in local, state and national politics, including terms as Johnson City's mayor and vice mayor.


He has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Corporate and Business Law Section as well as a director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Cheek is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 approved mediator.


Hamilton appointed to state consortium

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JOHNSON CITY - Lori Hamilton, a registered nurse and director of the Mountain States Health Alliance Health Resources Center and the MSHA Diabetes Program, the City of Johnson City Diabetes Awareness Program and the Community Diabetes Education Program at the HRC, will now also serve in a volunteer position with the newly formed Diabetes Consortium.


The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program is a federally funded initiative coordinated within the Tennessee Department of Health in cooperation with Dr. Tom Elasy of the Diabetes Center at Vanderbilt and other key healthcare providers in Tennessee.


The consortium will focus on standards of care and recommendations to improve diabetes care in Tennessee.


Hamilton's first meeting of the Tennessee Diabetes Improvement Initiative is on Jan. 29 in Nashville.


Barrett promoted to supervisor

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KINGSPORT - Shannon J. Barrett has been promoted to supervisor at the Weyerhaeuser Ridgefields Fine Paper Converting Plant.


Barrett has served Weyerhaeuser for more than four years, holding various positions throughout the Ridgefields facility. He lives in Church Hill with his wife, April.


Pelphrey joins SunTrust

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Jerry Pelphrey has been named assistant vice president and commercial relationship manager for SunTrust Bank in the Northeast Tennessee market.


Prior to joining SunTrust, Pelphrey was with People's Community Bank. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in business. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as the Pirate Club, and has served as co-chairman of the United Way campaign's Automotive Division.


He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters and are members of Mountain View Baptist Church.


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