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John Griess, Chairman Tennessee Real Estate Commission

Chairman Griess is a commercial real estate broker (CCIM), whose wife, Judy Collins Griess, is also a successful residential agent. Like many successful agents, real estate is a family affair as their son Jerry Collins is a spectacularly successful residential agent. So Chairman Griess points out that although he practices commercial real estate, he hears a lot about residential sales.

Chairman Griess brings a tremendous amount of experience leading commissions and boards, which has taught him to run a meeting efficiently and respect people’s time. I’ve learned by watching others do it well. I try to be respectful to every member of the commission and give them as much time as they would like.”

Chairman Griess believes in the TREC and regards the body as a very good commission. The chairman acknowledges that the TREC commissioners don’t always agree, and they have some close 5-4 votes, but it’s never personal between the members.

In an interview by the Tennessee Association of Realtors, Chairman Griess emphasizes two messages for TAR members to keep in mind: TREC’s core purpose, and the importance of licensure requirements.

First he said: “We are there primarily to protect the public, not primarily to serve licensees. Most of the time what’s good for one is good for the other, but the positions contradict occasionally.”

Second he added: “I hear from a lot of licensees who forgot to renew their license.” TREC sends reminder notices “as a courtesy, but it’s not required. I would encourage licensees to take control of their own business and know when their license expires.”

Licensees can take heart in the leadership of new TREC Executive Director Malcolm Young, who is committed to streamlining the process, Griess says. “As far as getting a license processed—new, retired, transferred—licensees will be extremely pleased at how much more quickly this will be handled, most of it online. I’m looking forward to that. I’ve gotten a lot of calls from folks who wonder where their license is.”

When he’s not working or serving with TREC, Griess enjoys spending time with family and hiking in the Smoky Mountains.

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