Kathy Tucker was 10 years old when she participated in her first property closing with her father, who could not read or write and wanted his daughter there to make sure he signed the right papers to buy the family's first home in East Lake.
"I remember my Dad, who had worked minimum wage jobs most of his life, saying with tears in his eyes that he never thought he would be able to buy a home in a safe neighborhood to raise his daughters," Tucker recalls. "I saw what the Realtor had done to help my father and I decided that day that is the job I wanted to do when I grew up."
Tucker stayed true to that dream and has been a Realtor in Chattanooga for 42 years. Tucker, who is the managing broker of the 42-agent Hixson office of Crye-Leike Realtors, was recently elected president for 2019 of the Tennessee Realtors, the statewide association that represents more than 29,000 Realtors. Tucker was previously president of the Greater Chattanooga Realtors association in both 2004 and 2006 and was recognized as Realtor of the Year in Chattanooga in 2015.
She began her career with Gloria Sutton and later worked for Huffaker Realtors, which Crye-Leike bought in 1997.
"I have always tried to be active because I think if you believe in your association and profession you need to give back," Tucker says.
In her year as the volunteer head of the statewide association, Tucker said she will work to add an association health insurance plan for members who might want such coverage and will continue to emphasize training and development programs to boost the professionalism of Realtors, including continued development of the Tennessee Realtors Leadership Academy created last year to help train future leaders for the association. Through its governmental affairs committee, the state association also will continue to protect and promote property ownership and the real estate profession in the political arena of the Tennessee General Assembly, Tucker said.
In addition to her real estate jobs, Tucker has been a volunteer and leader for Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA, and United Way, which helped her earn Crye-Leike's Good Neighbor Award.
"Her dedication to this industry and her community is beyond exemplary and I'm thrilled to see her hard work and determination pay off to become the Tennessee Realtors 2019 president," says Harold Crye, CEO of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services.
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