By Caleb Talley and Tyler Hale
The real estate market is in constant flux. And Arkansas’ real estate professionals are out front, working hard on behalf of their clients. The following 25 realtors are leading their industry in more ways than one. Each has been nominated by their local board or association because of his or her outstanding achievements in the workplace and exemplary service to their communities. Each of these hardworking men and women will vie for the chance to represent their state as Arkansas REALTOR of the Year.
Texarkana Board of REALTORS
Becky Easley is an experienced realtor in Texarkana who in known for working hard on behalf of her clients and her community. In addition to selling properties, she manages approximately 60 properties in the Texarkana area. When Easley is not volunteering with the Habitat for Humanity, the Coalition for the Homeless or the Special Olympics – on all of which she serves as a board member – she is helping provide the greatest level of service to her clients.
Paragould Board of REALTORS
Diana Jackson believes in doing things “by the book” in all aspects of life – personally and professionally. It’s that level of dedication to ethical practices that have made her one of the most respected realtors in her region. Jackson works hard, managing more than 90 properties and interacting with over 150 tenants, monthly. In addition to her hard work, she teaches Bible classes and serves as a Special Olympics committee member.
Northwest Arkansas Board of REALTORS
In addition to being an experienced, fulltime realtor, Melanie Silvey spends an incredible amount of time and energy giving back to those in her Northwest Arkansas community. Last year, Silvey helped organize a local cornhole tournament that raised funds for the Siloam Springs Senior Activity and Wellness Center’s Meals on Wheels program, as well as Shop with a Cop. She also participated in the Warm Through the Winter Coat drive, and hosted a South African exchange student.
Angie Bertel Crider
North Central Board of REALTORS
Angie Crider is a champion of ethics in the workplace, and it can be seen in practice every day. According to her colleagues, Crider runs a tight ship, helping make Peglar Real Estate Group one of the region’s leading companies, with a growing list of satisfied clients. In addition to her hard work in the office, Crider works with the youth of her church and has worked on behalf of a number of nonprofits.
North Pulaski Board of REALTORS
As a third generation REALTOR, Daniel Gray has a wealth of knowledge that he shares with his colleagues in the industry. He is a strong believer in the Code of Ethics, and believes that adhering to it is crucial for success. Outside of work, Gray is very active in his community, having served as president of the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School system and the North Pulaski Board of REALTORS. He serves as the treasurer for the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council.
Van Buren County Board of REALTORS
Phillip Jones, president of the Van Buren Board of REALTORS, works hard on behalf of his clients, always going above and beyond the call of duty. He spends much of his time educating others on the importance of home ownership and endorsing and showcasing his region to newcomers. An active Rotarian, president of the Clinton High School Booster Club and president of the Clinton 4-H Foundation, Jones is incredibly active in his community.
South Central Arkansas REALTORS Association
Amy Eden is a strong advocate for ethics and education in her professional life. She strives to mentor new agents that pay her a visit. She was raised to be honest and hardworking, crediting her father with having taught her the principles he learned during his military career. Eden has never had a complaint against her in her professional career. In addition to her professional duties, Eden volunteers with the Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.
Tri-County Board of REALTORS
A REALTOR since 1998, Cathy Johnson has long upheld the code of ethics in all that she does. In the past, she has served as president, vice president and secretary. She currently serves as her local board director. Johnson also works on behalf of her community, serving as a board member to the Spring River Adult and Child Services domestic violence organization for Sharp County and Sharp County Equalization Board for Tax Assessment.
Crawford County Board of REALTORS
Cheryl Gentry works hard to make the real estate process go as smooth as possible for her clients. Ensuring the best possible experience for clients – both buyers and sellers – is Gentry’s goal and has made her a go-to guide for real estate in Crawford County. In her spare time, Gentry serves as a Sunday school teacher at Lone Elm Free Will Baptist Church.
Searcy Board of REALTORS
As a people person, Tish Pace wants to connect to her clients and make them comfortable. With a kind attitude and a healthy sense of humor, Pace is able to meet her clients’ needs and build lasting relationships that have made her a positive force in her community. She is active in Searcy, not only in the real estate community, where she serves on the Searcy Board of REALTORS.
Russellville Board of REALTORS Association
Tony Moore strives to live by the Golden Rule in both his personal and professional life. His commitment to high ethical standards led Gov. Asa Hutchinson to appoint Moore the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, where he has served as chairman. Not one to rest on his laurels, Moore has been awarded “Best of the Best” in the River Valley for the past two years. An active member of Russellville Kiwanis, he helps fundraise for community organizations.
Bryan Kent Turner
Carroll County Board of REALTORS
Bryan Kent Turner believes in being “honest to a fault” with everyone he works with – especially his clients. This forthrightness has earned him recognition as a respected Realtor in his region. While he is a member of two boards, Carroll County Board of REALTORS and Northwest Arkansas Board of REALTORS, Turner serves as president of Carroll County Board of REALTORS.
Batesville Board of REALTORS
Joey Markowski is a go-getter in the Batesville real estate market. Markowski and with his wife Jeanne, have been the top producing real estate team in the Batesville area for six consecutive years. Markowski’s company was the Batesville Board of REALTORS’s only Diamond Award winning company, a feat they’ve managed six times. By putting clients’ needs first, he has earned a reputation for honest service and many happy referrals.
Cleburne County Board of REALTORS
When Amber Wilson works with customers, she treats them like family, not like customers. Whether she’s winterizing pipes after a client has purchased a home or sweeping up before a move-in, Wilson makes sure her clients are happy throughout the home buying process. She represented Donham Realty at the annual Cardboard Boat Races in Heber Springs.
Mena Area Board of REALTORS
Le-Ann Holmes’ greatest strength as a realtor is her problem-solving abilities. Able to see all sides of a problem, Holmes can negotiate on behalf of her clients to achieve a positive outcome for all parties. Never one to rest on her laurels, she goes the extra mile for her clients even if something is not in the job description. She is also a Bible study leader and an active fundraiser for the Back Pack program and Special Olympics.
Faulkner County Board of REALTORS
Jan Barrow believes in treating everyone she encounters with “total respect,” which has made her one of the most trusted names in Central Arkansas’ real estate market. Barrow ensures that everyone interacting with her leaves the table with a “pleasant attitude.” In addition to serving as president of her local Board of REALTORS, she is active in Special Olympics.
Jack L. Poff Jr
Eastern Arkansas REALTORS Association
Jack Poff Jr. has found himself with much responsibility since joining the Eastern Arkansas REALTORS Association, having been named interim president just months after having served as treasurer. But he’s handles the pressure like a champ, having raised more than $15,000 to put towards improvements for the group.
James “Randy” Durdin
Conway & Perry Counties Board of REALTORS
James “Randy” Durdin is a man who lives by the golden rule, both in his professional and private life, having earned the respect of realtors he works with because of his honest and ethical service. When he’s not selling homes, serving on the Morrilton Planning and Zoning Commission or teaching at the University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton, he’s using his love of photography to promote his corner of the state.
Little Rock REALTORS Association
For Stacy Hamilton, like many in her profession, reputation is key. That’s why she strives, on a daily basis, to provide her clients with exemplary service. As a result, upwards of 95 percent of her business comes by way of referrals. She makes it her goal to help her clients protect their investments by advising them on which homes they will benefit from owning. She sees herself as a consultant, and has thrived in the industry for 12 years.
Northeast Arkansas Board of REALTORS
A top agent and former Northeast Arkansas Board of REALTORS Rookie of the Year, Kimberly Stern is no novice when it comes to selling homes. But it’s in demonstrating ethical leadership and giving back to her community that makes her the proudest. Her charitable contributions are much too long to list, but include sending military packages overseas, raising money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital and promoting her local food bank.
Harrison Board of REALTORS
Jeff Pratt is incredibly active in his industry. He serves as the president of his local board of REALTORS and uses his platform to advocate for his company and fellow realtors. Platt also works hard on behalf of his community, serving as the Harrison City Clerk and hosting a number of local drives to collect school supplies, clothing and food for those in need. Pratt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas REALTORS Association.
El Dorado Board of REALTORS
Jason Reed goes above and beyond to ensure clients get the best possible real estate experience. Responsible for over 100 agents spread over seven offices, Reed holds each agent to the same high standard and code of ethics. As a result, his company, Century 21 United, has been the top-ranked Century 21 in the state. When he’s not supervising over 750 transactions, Reed is coaching Union County Shooting Sports.
Pine Bluff Board of REALTORS
Marty Reed prizes doing the right thing above making a sale. He encourages his agents to adhere to the REALTORS Code of Ethics at all times. In both his professional and his personal life, he prioritizes God, family, others and then himself. Due to his high levels of professionalism, Reed has been recognized for excellence in real estate. In his spare time, he supports youth sports activities in the Pine Bluff area while also being an active in his church.
Fort Smith Board of REALTORS
Robin Mulac believes in building long-lasting relationships with her clients. As a specialist in new home construction, she spends six months to a year with each client as they build their dream homes. She extends this relationship-building ethos to all of her clients, whether in real estate or property management. Her motto is “Personal Service, Professional Results.” Mulac volunteers at the River View Hope Campus, a homeless shelter, and serves as a Sunday school teacher.
Hot Springs Board of REALTORS
Rachel Mundy realized at the early age of 11 that her gift in life is helping others. From her professional life to her community activities, Mundy strives to support the people who truly need help. For Mundy, being a realtor is an opportunity to be a “friend and confidant” during life-changing times. In addition to being a realtor, Mundy started the Adam Brown Shamrock Run in 2011, which benefits the local individuals and organizations in the Hot Springs area.
The REALTORS of the Year featured in this section are not listed in any specific order.
By Caleb Talley and Tyler Hale