The heroes within

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This year Mortgage Investors Group is celebrating 30 years in the mortgage industry. A company that started with only a few has now grown to over 400 strong. This accomplishment would never have been possible without the sacrifices of our brave men and woman in uniform that fought for our freedom and continue to protect our freedoms to this day.

MIG is very proud to honor those within our company that has either served or has family members that have served. A few years back we took the time to interview a few of those individuals and share their stories. It was a defining moment for The Housing Hour and one that we will never forget. We have interviewed United States Senators, Congressman, professional athletes, authors and more, but nothing compared to this!

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax and enjoy a stroll down memory lane!

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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Special Guest

Ed Carter

Executive Director

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his life passion for preserving, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife in the great state of Tennessee. Ed’s role is to protect the wildlife habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors.

Topics:

Ed’s roots in East Tennessee

Ed’s influence around the world

TWRA and its role

Education programs

Boating Safety

plus much more!

Any Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 must show the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has come a long way since it was established in 1949 and was called the Game and Fish Commission. Completely reorganized in 1974, it now consists of more than 600 professionals dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife for the enjoyment of all Tennesseans and our visitors.

Directed by a 13-member commission of private citizens appointed by the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the speaker of the senate, the TWRA is unique among state agencies. Unlike most departments, which are supported by tax revenues, the TWRA is funded largely through the monies generated by licenses and permits purchased by hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Yet the Agency plays a major, though often unseen, role in the life of every Tennessean.

With four regional offices strategically located to serve the western, middle, plateau, and eastern portion of the state, the TWRA’s responsibilities are many and varied: wildlife officers educate boaters and young hunters as well as enforce the hunting, fishing, and boating laws; biologists and foresters manage the state’s rich diversity of woods and waters and our game and nongame wildlife.

Our specialists conduct wildlife and aquatic education workshops, protect the state’s vital wetlands; monitor water quality; and preserve the state’s disappearing wildlife species. Our engineers construct boat ramps and docks for the boating and fishing public, while other professionals create accurate, updated maps of Agency-managed properties through a state-of-the-art computer imaging system. Still others sell hunting, fishing, and additional special wildlife recreational licenses; maintain records of the state’s increasing number of registered boats; produce the Tennessee Wildlife magazine, and much, much more.

If you love outdoor sports – boating, hunting, fishing – and the natural world or if you just like to observe wildlife, build birdhouses, maintain a bird feeder or are just curious about the critters in your backyard – the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is here to help enrich your outdoor experience.

Ed Carter

  • Executive Director Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)
  • President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)
  • Past President National State Boating Law Administrators
  • Past Chair National Safe Boating Council
  • Past Member Executive Board of the Canadian Safe Boating Council
  • TWRA Emergency Services Coordinator for 16 Years
  • Former Member Tennessee Homeland Security Committee
  • Recipient of the USCG/USPS (United States Coast Guard/United States Power Squadrons) Eagle Award for contributions to Boating Safety
  • NASBLA Bonner Award
  • NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • US Coast Guard Public Service Commendation
  • 2006 Tennessee Legislature passed House/Senate Resolution 735 recognizing you for meritorious service to the State of Tennessee
  • GRADUATE OF University of Tennessee


The Arsonist in the Office

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Special Guest

Pete Havel

Author

of The Arsonist in the Office joins The Housing Hour this week to tell his incredible story of how a rogue employee sets out to hound and try to ruin his career. Pete writes about his journey and gives career changing tips on how to identify and deal with The Arsonist in the Office.

Topics Include:

How can leaders prevent fires from breaking out before their organization is at risk?

How can employees—whether facing a destructive coworker or a from breaking—protect themselves in an atmosphere that eats away at common sense, kindness, and careers?

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Tools and Tactics

Pete Havel

The author of The Arsonist in the Office, is an experienced lobbyist, political consultant and crisis communications pro who has served numerous leading business advocacy organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business and Associated Builders and Contractors.

With skills sharpened in the toughest, bare-knuckled environments, Havel is committed to helping leaders and organizations boldly face their challenges and provide tools that sharpen ‘smart skills’ that improve performance and protect careers and organizational cultures. He brings his skill in politics to helping organizations and individuals survive office politics.

Pete serves as a Sr. Counsel of Public Affairs for a leading communications firm. Pete grew up in Massachusetts, but now calls Texas home.  He’s a graduate of Baylor University and is a legendary BBQ smoker in his own mind.

Weichert Realtors Advantage Plus

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Special Guests

Jeff Grebe and Daren Poppen

Daren Poppen Mortgage Investors Group (Parkside) and Jeff Grebe Weichert Realtors-Advantage Plus

Weichert Realtors and Mortgage Investors Group

joins The Housing Hour this week to give an update on the Knoxville and surrounding real estate market plus their unique approach to customer service.

Topics:

Jeff’s market Experience

Daren’s customer service approach

3D Tours and Media-Knoxville3d Homes

Career opportunities with the Advantage Plus Family

and much more!

Daren, Kevin and Jeff

Jeff Grebe is the Broker/Owner of WEICHERT, REALTORS – Advantage Plus. Jeff has been a Realtor in the Knoxville area since 1993. He started with Century 21 AAIM and then Remax Preferred Properties before becoming Broker of his own company, The Buyer’s Agent of Knoxville in 1997. In 2003, Jeff opened the first Weichert Realtors franchise in Tennessee and is currently the #9 office in the franchise system. WEICHERT, REALTORS® Advantage Plus is your local expert for Farragut and Knoxville area real estate. While we are local, we have the full backing and resources of Weichert, Realtors®, the largest privately-owned family of real estate companies in the country. Jeff manages more than 50 agents who live and work in many different areas of Knox County and the surrounding counties. Regardless of your needs we are sure to have a local agent to assist you in the purchase or sale of real estate.

WEICHERT, REALTORS® Advantage Plus stresses the importance of service to our clients. Both first-time buyers and experienced homeowners will see that we’re serious about helping people buy real estate in our area. We are also committed to providing professional, effective service for our clients who are selling their homes. Giving our clients the service they want is what makes our business successful.

If you have ever considered a career in real estate, we would like to invite you to a career session on any Tuesday at either 1 pm or 6 pm. Call Jeff at 865-474-7100 to make a reservation. We offer the most salesperson-oriented systems, programs and tools in all of real estate. That means Weichert Sales Associates, both new and experienced, have every chance to maximize their return with a minimum of hassle. With a brokerage like ours, your success truly matters. That’s why we support our team by generating active prospects for our agents and providing them with a powerful contact management solution that helps convert these prospects into closed business.

Whether you have a house to sell, looking for a home to buy or you want a mentor and coach for a career in real estate; Jeff Grebe is there to help. Call him today at (865) 719-3624 or go to www.JeffGrebe.com.

Daren Poppen- Mortgage Investors Group

daren.poppen@migonline.com
Office 865-671-8910
Cell 865-936-3965
Fax 865-671-0774

As a lifelong Knoxvillian and graduate of the University of Tennessee, I feel a real connection to East Tennessee. I have a vested interest in this community, as it has always been and will continue to be my home. So I enjoy being one of the first professionals newcomers meet when they move to town and need help financing a home loan. Whether I’m advising first-time homebuyers or a local veteran, my on-going goal is to be their “Friend in the Business.” I brought four years of mortgage lending experience to MIG when I joined its West Knoxville/Parkside branch as a loan officer in 2007. .

As a licensed mortgage loan originator, I have the knowledge to advise customers about their mortgage loan options and help them choose the best program for their needs. At MIG, I also have the support and confidence to look customers in the eye and assure them that we will close their home loan on time, every time. I am a member of the Knoxville Mortgage Bankers Association, which has recognized me with its Bronze Award in 2013.

When I’m not helping families finance or refinance their homes, I enjoy casual hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains and other surrounding national parks, biking greenways and exercising at Fort Sander’s Health and Fitness Center. I also enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with family, friends and my fiancée, Mary. I look forward to assisting you with your current or future mortgage loan needs. You may reach me at the contact information below. I hope to hear from you soon.

Awards / Recognition

  • Hundreds of satisfied customers that often refer their friends and family to me.
  • What is an unknown fact about you?
    On my 5th grade safety patrol trip to Washington D.C. I was selected to represent Knox County Schools to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • If you were not a loan officer, what would you be?
    News Reporter or Architect.
  • What is playing right now in your ipod / iphone / Pandora / tape player / CD Player / 8 Track Player?
    Foreigner’s greatest hits and some early Racontuers.