Aaron Taylor installed as 2018 NETAR President, top awards presented

Let's make 2018 a great year

Aaron Taylor, 2018 Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors® (NETAR) President, challenged association members to continue the gains in major RPAC investors last year and to see all new members "start out making their fair share" investment. At the same time, he said NETAR will continue to offer top-ranked instructors and classes for valuable education. He also said the association's leadership will continue writing grants for both the community and association to spread the word about real estate." The comments came during his installation remarks at the MeadowView Resort and Conference Center.

Taylor began those remarks by recapping some 2017 highlights that included:

  • We started the year with eight major RPAC investors – someone who invests a minimum of $1,000 a year. We ended the year with 23, that's a 300% increase. Way to go guys. That's huge.
  • We had 189 new members in 2017, and over 90% of those new members are RPAC investors.
  • Under President Eric Kistner we had over $30,000 in local grants for NETAR. Those grants are basically free money from the National Association of Realtors® that we give back to the local community in services.
  • In 2017, here in Northeast Tennessee, you sold $1.1 billion worth of real estate, up $75 million from 2016.

Taylor concluded his remarks by said, "The best team work comes from men and women working toward one goal in unison. Each one of you is working independently as an independent contractor, but we all have the same goal: to present a true and clear picture of real estate in Northeast Tennessee and to assist those who many need a Realtor®. As your president I want each of you to know that NETAR and MLS stand with you to help you be the best Realtor® you can be. Let's make 2018 a great year."


Sonja Fox and  Joe Johnson



Joe Johnson, Keller Williams Realty, and Sonja Fox, Sonja Fox Real Estate and Auctions, were named Realtors® Emeritus during the 2018 installation and members meeting.

To achieve Realtor® Emeritus status an individual must have maintained membership in the National Association of Realtors® for a cumulative period of 40 years. They must also have completed at least one year of service at the service at the state or local association level.








Karen Randolph
Karen Randolph 


Karen Randolph, Century 21, was named the 2017 Realtor® of the Year. She was also installed as president-elect. The award was presented by 2017 President Eric Kistner.

"When I needed advice, I called her," he said. "When I was frustrated, I called her."

Kistner said Randolph spend the entire year helping NETAR succeed. At the same time, she had 54 hours of continuing education, taught 106 hours of continuing education, planned her wedding and got married and earned a Ph.D."

Randolph also maintained a high level of sales production, received a Crystal R for RPAC investment and was an active participant in both association and community events.

"She's the most amazing person I've ever met," he said.








Maci Ferguson
Maci Ferguson


Maci Ferguson, Re/Max Checkmate, received the Rookie of the Year Award.

During 2017 Ferguson attended six classed for her continuing education, received a Sterling R for her investment level in RPAC, maintained a prescribed sales production level, was a member of the NETAR Leadership Programs, served on the NETAR Board of Directors, served on the Association's Events & Hospitality Task Force and was an active member of community organization and events during the year.









Laura Schnelle and Ertic Kistner

Laura Schnelle, began Tatums Totes in 2012 after her daughter was diagnosed with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Respiratory Distress and Pneumonia when she was rushed to the hospital.  She was literally fighting for her life. She stopped breathing, had to be intubated and remained on life support for seven days. During that time, the family was sustained by their complete faith in God and his ability to heal.

 She was taken off of life support and began breathing on her own seven days later. The daughter had many hospitalizations since the initial episode. She was referred to a pulmonologist, Dr. Barbara Stewart and continues to see her every other month and is doing well on her medication regimen.

The kindness of strangers that the family received and the care they got from the staff of the Niswongers Children's Hospital inspired Schnelle to create Tatum’s Totes as a way of paying it forward. Tatum’s Totes are lovingly filled with stuffed animals and goodies for children.

Schnelle, her family and many other compassionate people in the community deliver Tatum’s Totes to the Niswonger Children’s Hospital to bring joy to the children who are hospitalized during the Holiday season.

For her commitment to children who are ill during the holidays and what she does for them, NETAR recognizes Laura Schnelle, Coldwell Banker, is the 2017 Mark Keesecker Humanitarian Award Recipient.

Mark Keesecker was killed in an automobile accident in 2007. The Humanitarian Award that bears his name is a living reminder of his determination, purpose, and kindness. His too-short life was an example of the total Realtor® package. 

After graduating from East Tennessee State University, Mark made remarkable achievements in real estate sales, and was an example of professionalism for all of his colleagues. He attained some of the highest awards in the nation for his work in real estate including the Century 21 Corporate Centurion Award, which is earned by only about five percent of agents in the Century 21 system.

Throughout all of his successes, Mark was a humble and gracious gentleman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Erwin but attended Christ Fellowship in Kingsport. He was renowned for giving supplies to local schools and generous donations of his time and resources to various charities.

Mark left a positive impression on those he encountered in his professional and private live. His friendship and dedication were greatly appreciated, and he is deeply missed by all who knew him