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Celebrate, Award Times, Come On!

“It’s a major award.” Anyone familiar with the classic film A Christmas Story immediately gets that line and is probably laughing out loud right now.

Unlike Ralphie’s father’s infamous leg lamp that arrived in a shipping crate with a large, one-word warning stamped in block letters, the honors presented and received at the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS® 2022 Awards of Excellence on March 30, 2023, were not at all fra-gee-lay (a.k.a. fragile). But they were just as meaningful—even more so—to the outstanding EMTAR members who received them.

If you were not able to attend (or even if you were), the images captured through the lens of Photographs by Valerie shed beautiful light on a very special time together at Farm Bureau Exposition Center in Lebanon. Give them a look if you haven’t already.

We greatly appreciate all of the REALTORS®, principal/managing brokers, guests, sponsors, local officials, and other friends who joined us for this memorable evening, celebrating the many accomplishments our members achieved during the previous year.

Here is a summary of our honorees from the evening. Congratulations to all of these REALTORS® for the heights of excellence they reached in 2022!

2022 REALTOR® of the Year:
Betty Southworth






2022 Rookie of the Year:
Anthony Ardovino






2022 Awards of Excellence recipients by level (Note: For 2022, we introduced a new SAPPHIRE level, as included below):

SAPPHIRE (gross volume of $20 million more):

DIAMOND (gross volume of $12 million to $19,999,999):

PLATINUM (gross volume of $7 million to $11,999,999):

GOLD (gross volume of $3 million to $6,999,999):

SILVER (gross volume of $1.5 million to $2,999,999):

Again, congratulations to all of our 2022 award recipients, thanks to our Board of Directors for their leadership, to all who attended the celebration, to our friends at the expo center, and to all who worked hard behind the scenes to ensure a richly enjoyable evening.

Now, it’s off to check the mail to see if that replacement leg lamp has arrived yet…

Once again, members, please visit Photographs by Valerie to view the gallery of images from the celebration.