October 27, 2019

Darrell Duncan earns NETAR Good Neighbor award, 6 members inducted into NETAR RPAC Hall of Fame


October’s Northeast Tennessee Associations of Realtors® (NETAR) Membership Meeting at Meadowview saw new leadership for 2020 elected, recognized six members into the NETAR RPAC Hall of Fame, and presented its first Good Neighbor Award to Darrell Duncan. All that recognition was just the top of the agenda after Beverly Harris was recognized for her Realtor Emeritus status for 40 years of membership.

Darrell Duncan

The local Good Neighbor Award is an extension of a nationwide effort to recognize Realtors’ superior citizenship. It’s a milestone that speaks to the community dedication and involvement. Speaking about the national Good Neighbor Awards, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) President John Smaby said, “We celebrate these selfless individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of others.” Darrell Duncan’s award was local, but Smaby’s description fits him like a glove.

Here are just a few of his demonstrations of community caring. He’s an elected official on the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman. He serves on Move to Kingsport, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, The Kingsport Chamber Foundation Board, Kingsport Theater Guild, COSBY, First Broad Street Nominating Committee, the Netherland Inn Low Country Boil. He’s also a volunteer at Girls’ Inc., the Kingsport Boys and Girls Club, Second Harvest, a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, the Inter City Ballet, DB Band, First Board Street United Methodist Church, and the United Way Day of Caring. Darrell has also been a Santa’s Helper for 30 years and a performer at the annual presentation of the Nutcracker.

Tennessee Realtors Governmental Affairs
Director Jennifer Farrar presented RPAC Hall of
 Fame awards to Jewell McKinney, top left,
Randy Thomas Sharon Duncan and Karen Randolph

Darrell also received $500 for a charity of his choice. Kingsport’s Miracle Field will receive the check.  If you are moved with the same compassion as Mr. Duncan, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.  NETAR will soon be participating in a region wide event to invite our members to do the same.

The Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is one of my professional passions. Since 1969, it has promoted the election of pro-Realtor® candidates across the nation. Its purpose is clear: voluntary contributions made by Realtors® are used to help elect candidates who understand and support Realtors’® interests and property rights.  Protecting homeownership rights is at the top of our agenda!

It would be easy to elaborate on the benefits of RPAC and what the Realtor® Party does to protect and promote your homeownership and property investment. In short RPAC continuously demonstrates that it takes a non-partisan approach to politics that focuses on upholding small business, capitalism, and private property rights.

Although NETAR is not the largest association in Tennessee, it has been recognized as an RPAC leader. During October’s meeting six members were recognized into the NETAR RPAC Hall of Fame. They were Jewell McKinney, Randy Thomas, Sharon Duncan, Diane Hills, Aaron Taylor, and yours truly. I am both humbled and honored to be in this group of real estate professionals and leaders.  A substantial portion of our income has been invested in RPAC to demonstrate our advocacy work is alive and strong.  More than 50% of our members have invested in RPAC, and 35 members are major investors stroking a check for $1,000 to $6,000 during 2019.

Aaron Taylor and Diane Hills aslo received
NETAR RPAC Hall of Fame Awards

The end of my term as NETAR President is rapidly approaching, and part of that process is welcoming the 2020 leadership. October’s election affirmed that Kristi Bailey will be next year’s president; Richard Chantry will be president-elect; Kim Keith will serve as treasurer, and Maci Ferguson will be secretary.

Michelle Davis, Rachel Moody, Ginger Nixon were also newly elected to three-year terms as directors. Sharon Duncan, Shad Freck, Donna Lampkins, Leann Mahaffey, Adrea Spires-Puckett, BJ Walsh and I will complete the 14-member board of directors as we fulfill our duty to serve.  It matters who governs.  Our association would like to thank Jewell McKinney for her tireless efforts to lead the merger creating NETAR.  Without her courage, we would not be who we are today.

NETAR is the voice for real estate in Northeast Tennessee. It’s the largest trade association in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia region representing over 1,300 members and 100 affiliates involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Pending sales, monthly Trends Reports, and the regional market analytics can be found on the NETAR websites at .