Creating Magic with Lee cockerell

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Lee Cockerell

Former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his legacy of creating the famous Disney Leader Strategies which are used to train and develop thousands of leaders at Walt Disney World.

There is no ‘pixie dust’ involved, these are sound proven leadership techniques that brings the wonderful world of magic to businesses around the globe.

Topics Include

How to Create Corporate Magic

Create an inclusive workplace

How to start each day

plus so much more!!

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. “As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.”

One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.

Lee has served as Chairman of the Board of Heart of Florida United Way, the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the board of the Production and Operations Management Society and the board of Reptilia a Canadian attractions and entertainment company. In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service for the state of Florida where he served as Chairman of the Board.

He is now dedicating his time to public speaking, authoring a book on leadership, management and service excellence titled, Creating Magic…10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney. which is now available in 13 languages and his latest book, The Customer Rules…The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service. Lee also performs leadership and service excellence workshops and consulting for organizations around the world as well as for the Disney Institute. Lee has received the following awards;

  • Golden Chain Award for Outstanding leadership and business performance from the Multi-Unit Foodservice Operations Association (MUFSO).
  • Silver Plate Award for Outstanding Operator in the foodservice industry from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA).
  • Excellence In Production Operations Management and Leadership (POMS) from the Productions and Operations.
  • Grandfather of the year from his three grandchildren, Jullian, Margot and Tristan.

Lee and his wife Priscilla live in Orlando Florida.

Emotional Intelligence and Real Estate Training

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Daniel Park

Keller Williams Realty

The Nic Nicaud Team

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his expert training methods for agents and customers: Emotional Intelligence and Real Estate Training.

Daniel taps his Psychology degree from Clemson University and his close work with Dr. John Townsend and Dr. Henry Cloud to formulate techniques that will help navigate the most complex human experiences during real estate transactions.

Topics Include:

  • Early Business Days in Prague
  • Commercial Real Estate in Texas
  • Emotional Intelligence and Real Estate Training
  • Self-Awareness -Self-Regulation-Motivation-Empathy-People Skills

Contact Daniel : djamespark@gmail.com

Daniel Park returned to his hometown of Knoxville, TN in 2014. He is an important part of The Nic Nicaud Team at Keller Williams Realty and brings a wide range of real estate experience with him. Daniel’s prior work included residential sales, commercial development, and property management.

Previously, Daniel contributed as a co-founder and manager of Mosaic House in Prague, Czech Republic. Mosaic House is a unique accommodation business specializing in hospitality and “green” technology. As a co-founder, his involvement ranged from design, assisting project management, development of operations, and profit and loss analysis. Following his time in Prague, Daniel served as the Ministry Development Coordinator for Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Daniel earned his B.A. in Psychology in 2006 from Clemson University and is currently working on a Master‘s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He and his wife Brook have three children.

Legacy of Woodstock

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Terry Adams

Adams Law Firm

joins The Housing Hour this week to reflect on one of our countries most iconic weekends ‘ Woodstock ’69’. Terry, Kevin, and Mark discuss the ‘Legacy of Woodstock’ and the impact of the countercultural movement.

Terry has a unique background, having grown up in the Nashville music scene. His mother, Shirley Wood, was a well known and respected country music songwriter. It was not unusual for Terry to find famous musicians in his home growing up.

The Housing Hour reached out to a festival goer and got their first-hand account:

Yes, I was at Woodstock that August in 1969. I was a college sophomore at the time. I remember our decision to go to Woodstock like it was yesterday. I was hanging out with a few of my friends at “The Coral”, a local watering hole on Philly’s Main Line on that Friday night of the concert weekend. I was freshly energized from my trip to the Atlantic City Pop Festival held less than 2 weeks prior. When Woodstock entered the conversation and the great groups that would be performing a snap decision was made. By early the next morning 4 of us were heading north on the PA Turnpike toward Bethel, NY. I recall that it was a warm, sunny day. The perfect day for a road trip – particularly in a GTO convertible with the top down. By the time we hit the NY Thruway it became apparent we were not alone. There was a steady stream of traffic and volume expanded with each mile. By the time we exited the Thruway and merged onto a 2 lane country road the traffic was slowed to a crawl, but honestly, no one seemed to mind. The parade in of itself was a sight to behold: Vans, Microbuses, campers, vehicles painted with all colors and patterns imaginable. American Flags that were in dayglow colors, repurposed school buses, motorcycles and pickup trucks – all loaded with concertgoers! It was when the traffic came to a complete halt, about 4 miles from the venue that we decided to bail on the car. We found a field where I could safely park my car away from the masses and joined in the march. The crowd was massive and like nothing I’d ever seen. No one seemed pushy or annoyed by the press of the people all around them. We all simply merged and moved  forward. By the time we arrived at the entrance the gates were non-existent. In fact there  were no fences or anyone to take tickets and all I could see was a sea of people. I could hear Carlos Santana in the distance. We continued walking toward the music for what may have been another mile before we actually reached our destination and heard that the concert was now “free”. The road was muddy and food vendors parked along the way had mostly closed, having sold out after the first day! I recall being thankful that we brought food & drink in our backpacks. I recall walking past a makeshift Red Cross field hospital that seemed well- organized & pretty low-key. I also recall somehow eventually ending up near the stage in amazement & seeing concertgoers that looked like they had been in a war zone – filthy, many covered in mud and still wet from Friday night’s rainstorm. I recall no one seemed to care & neither did I – we were all together there to enjoy this great music & have a great time!

I could not believe our luck at finding a spot at rear stage left – right under a catwalk where performers walked from the trailers across to the stage. We could both see the performers on stage & hear all of the music. Location, Location, Location & it was not long before we got to know everyone around us – Incredible experience. Canned Heat came on as the sun was setting. They were followed by Mountain, The Grateful Dead and CCR. Credence Clearwater Revival was one of my favorites so I was in my glory. Janis Joplin was followed by Sly & the Family Stone. By then I think it was after 4 am. I think I maybe got 2 hours sleep before The Jefferson Airplane came on & Gracie Slick woke us all up with, “Breakfast for 300,000!”.

During the music, everyone was engaged and euphoric (in more ways than one). It was only after Gracie & the group departed the stage across the catwalk that the massive reality of the event came into view. It would be several hours before the next group would come on – We decided to see if we could grab a spot at the top of the hill as a change of pace but realized pretty quickly this was a bad decision. By the time we did finally reach the top of the hill there was no place to sit. Even if a space could be found you couldn’t see the stage as it was literally standing room only.

So there we were. It was Sunday before noon. We were at the top of the hill and considered options. It was hot. It smelled. I don’t need to mention the thought of portable toilets that crews could not get near to service. No food – we had eaten all we had by Saturday night. And trash everywhere. We looked at each other and unanimously decided, “Time to go”. Well, not everyone. One of our group had run into friends who were staying – he opted to stay and ride home with them.

My car, alone in a field the day before, was now surrounded by a sea of vehicles. I was thankfully able to navigate it through the maze and back onto that country road that led to home. Exhausted with no regrets.

So much has been written about this event – my notes don’t include the kind of stories or insight that hasn’t been written before. Even though 50 years have passed I remain in awe and have to smile at the thought of it all. Nothing was like it ever before or ever since. Just think about it – over 400,000 people together for 3 days under conditions that most people today wouldn’t tolerate for an hour.

Woodstock’s theme was Love & Peace. There’s something to that.

David Crosby had it right: “Love is better than hatred, Peace is better than war”.

Thanks Mark, for asking me to share my Woodstock experience. It gave me an opportunity to put some thought into both my recollections and how much life has changed for us all.

All the best

Heritage farm animals

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Special Guest

Jeanette Beranger

Senior Program Manager –The Livestock Conservancy

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss one of the most important agricultural issues facing our world “The protection of endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction”!

Many of America’s once-common farm animals face extinction if we do not take action now. Rare farm animals represent an irreplaceable piece of earth’s biodiversity and offer an incredible variety that may be needed for future farms – robust health, mothering instincts, foraging, and the ability to thrive in a changing climate.  These farm animals are a vital part of ensuring food security for our planet – now and for the future.

Jeannette Beranger is the Senior Program Manager for the Conservancy. She came to the organization with 25 years’ experience working as an animal professional including veterinary and zoological institutions with a focus on Heritage breeds. She has been with The Conservancy since 2005 and uses her knowledge to plan and implement conservation programs, conduct field research, and advise farmers in their endeavors with rare breeds. She is a co-author of the best-selling book “An Introduction to Heritage Breeds.” At home, she maintains a Heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens & horses. In 2015 she was honored as one of the top “45 Amazing Country Women in America” by Country Woman magazine for her long-standing dedication to endangered breed conservation.

The Legacy of Apollo 11

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Dr. Michael L. Simpson

The University of Tennessee

joins The Housing Hour to discuss the lasting legacy of one America’s most historic feats-“…one giant leap for mankind.” Dr. Simpson brings his vast scientific background to help us unwrap possibly one of the greatest accomplishments the world has ever seen.

Topic Includes:

Where were you?

Mission Facts (Oak Ridge Lab Involvement)

Technology spinoffs

Mars next?

And so much more!

Dr. Simpson earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1983, 1987, and 1991, respectively. His dissertation research focused on charge trapping correction in high-purity germanium radiation detectors. At the time he received his Ph.D. Simpson worked in R&D at EG&G Ortec, and moved to the Scientific Staff of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1992 where he initially worked on the design of high-speed, custom, analog, integrated circuits for collider physics experiments. Later Simpson’s research interest focused more on nanoscale structures, and in particular, on the interface between nanoscale devices and biological systems. Simpson is now a Distinguished Research Staff Member and Theme Leader in the ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences.  Dr. Simpson began a joint faculty appointment with the University of Tennessee in 1993, first with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and now with the Materials Science and Engineering Department, where he teaches nanobiosciences courses and performs research at the physical-biological sciences boundary.  Dr Simpson has authored or co-authored 115 peer reviewed journal papers, holds 24 U.S. Patents, and has presented numerous invited talks at conferences, workshops, and symposia. Research Areas

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» Molecular-Scale Engineering and Nanoscale Technologies

» Nanophase Materials Sciences Selected Awards and Honors

2007    Named a Battelle Memorial Institute Distinguished Inventor
1998    Kermit Fischer Environmental Award for the Pioneering Development of an Integrated CMOS Photo-Spectrometer for Wide Applications including Environmental Monitoring.
1998    Finalist for a Discover Magazine Technology Innovation award for the development of the Bioluminescent Bioreporter Integrated Circuit.
1998    Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement, for the co-development of a deep submicron lithography method.
1998    Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement for the co-development of an integrated circuit for a collider detector application.
1997    Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement for the development of a single-chip photo-spectrometer. Professional Activities

» Co-Chair and IEEE-EMBS representative for the second Bio-, Micro-, and Nanosystems Biology Conference sponsored by the American Society of Microbiology and IEEE-EMBS, January 15-18, 2006.

» Co-Chair and IEEE-EMBS representative for the first Bio-, Micro-, and Nanosystems Biology Conference sponsored by the American Society of Microbiology and IEEE-EMBS, July 7-10, 2003.

» Member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgia Tech Conference on Nanosciene and Nanotechnology, 2001

» Member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgia Tech First Conference on Nanosciene and Nanotechnology, October 2000 Selected Publications

M. J. Doktycz and M. L. Simpson, “Nano-enabled synthetic biology,” Mol Syst Biol, vol. 3, 2007.

M. L. Simpson “Cell-free synthetic biology: a bottom-up approach to discovery by design,” Mol. Syst. Biol., vol. 2, 2006.

Austin, D. W., M. S. Allen, J. M. McCollum, R. D. Dar, J. R. Wilgus, G. S. Sayler, N. F. Samatova, C. D. Cox, & M. L. Simpson, “Gene Network Shaping of Inherent Noise Spectra”, Nature 439, Feb. 2, 2006,  608-611.

Melechko, A.V., V.I. Merkulov, T.E. McKnight, M.A. Guillorn, K.L. Klein, D.H. Lowndes, and M.L. Simpson. “Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers and related structures: Controlled synthesis and directed assembly.J. Appl. Phy., 97(4), Feb. 15, 2005, 041301-39.

Fletcher, B. L., E. D. Hullander, A. V. Melechko, T. E. McKnight, K. L. Klein, D. K. Hensley, J. L. Morrell, M. L. Simpson, M. J. Doktycz. “Microarrays of biomimetic cells formed by the controlled synthesis of carbon nanofiber membranes.” Nano Letters 2004,4(10), October 2004, 1809-1814.

M. L. Simpson, C.D. Cox, and G.S. Sayler, “Frequency domain chemical Langevin analysis of stochasticity in gene transcriptional regulation”. J. Theo. Bio. 229(3), August 2004, 383-394.
McKnight, T. E., A. V. Melechko, G. D. Griffin, M. A. Guillorn, V. I. Merkulov, F. Serna, D. K. Hensley, M. J. Doktycz, D. H. Lowndes, and M. L. Simpson. “Intracellular integration of synthetic nanostructures with viable cells for controlled biochemical manipulation.” Nano Letts. 4(7); July 7, 2004, 1213-1219.

M. L. Simpson, C. D. Cox, G. D. Peterson, and G. S. Sayler. “Engineering in the Biological Substrate: Information Processing in Genetic Circuits.” Proc. IEEE. Vol. 92(5), May 2004, 848-863.

Tom White- TFW Appraisal Services- Talks Values

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Special Guest

Tom White

TFW Appraisal Services

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his 30 plus years of appraisal experience. Tom shows off his vast knowledge on so many topics!

You don’t want to miss this experts opinion!

Topics:

How the economy affects values

Manufactured Housing

Modular Housing

and much more!

Tom White- TFW Appraisal Services- Talks Values

 
How To Contact Tom
By Phone:8652200200 (Office)
By Fax:8652200730 (Fax)
By e-mail:tntom55@hotmail.com
Address:TFW Appraisal Services
139 W Madison Ln
Oak Ridge, TN  37830-5310

 REASONS TO GET AN APPRAISAL

Every year, countless people in the United States buy, sell or refinance their own slice of the American Dream.  Most, if not all, of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal.  It has become an understood and accepted part of a real estate transaction.  “Let’s bring in the expert and make sure we’re not spending too much on this property.”

But is this the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other times when the services of a certified, licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy?  You bet.

PURCHASE OF A HOME
One of the most important issues involved in purchasing a property is developing an opinion of what it’s worth so that you can make an informed offer to purchase.  A professional appraisal report performed by a qualified, state-licensed appraiser can provide you with an objective, third party opinion of a property’s current Market Value.  And for the small price of this service, you can give yourself “peace of mind” prior to making an offer to purchase that you’re offering a fair price for the property.

REFINANCE OR GET A HOME EQUITY LOAN
If you need to consolidate bills, have a college tuition to pay, or just want to tap into the equity of your home, you’ll need a new loan, which oftentimes requires a new appraisal of the property.

PMI REMOVAL
Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI is the supplemental insurance that many lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned is more than 80% of the value of the home. Very often, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan – whether through market appreciation or principal paydown – dips below this 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Many appraisers offer a specific service for home owners that believe they have met the 80% loan-to-value metric. For a nominal fee, the appraiser can provide you with a statement regarding the home value. Some will even take the next step and help you file a challenge with your mortgage company. The costs of these services are very often recovered in just a few months of not paying the PMI.

DIVORCE SETTLEMENT
A divorce can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties and is often further complicated by the difficult decision of “Who gets the house?”.  In most divorce cases, the Court won’t usually force the parties involved to “buyout” the other party’s interest but it may however order the sale of the home so each party gets an equal share of the equity.  Regardless of the situation, it’s a good idea to order an appraisal so both parties are fully aware of what the true market value is.

If the parties want to sell the home, they’ll have a better idea of what price to set.  And on the flipside, if a “buyout” is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they’ve gotten a fair assessment.

ESTATE LIQUIDATION
The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved.  The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, the majority of Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues.  Also, in most cases, a home or other real property makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value.

Here too, an appraiser can help.  Often the first step in fairly disposing of an estate is to understand its true value.  Where property is involved, the appraiser can help determine the true value.  At this point, equitable arrangements can more easily be arrived at among disputing parties. Everyone walks away knowing they’ve received a fair deal.

RELOCATION
We understand the stress involved with an employee relocation.  We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property along with information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS TO ADD VALUE
Before you decide to sell your home, there are several decisions to be made. First and foremost: “How much should it sell for?”  But don’t forget there may be other equally important questions to ask yourself such as “Would it be better to paint the entire house before we sell it?”, “Should I put in that third bathroom?”, “Should I complete my kitchen remodel?”  Many things which we do to our houses have an effect on their value.  Unfortunately, not all of them have an equal effect. While a kitchen remodel may improve the appeal of a home, it may not add nearly enough to the value to justify the expense.

SELLING A HOME
Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price.

Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for.  It’s easy for them to step in and give you the information to help you make your decision.  Appraiser fees are based on efforts to complete the report and not a percentage of the sales price. So seeking a professional appraisal can often help homeowners make the best decisions on investing in their homes and setting a fair sales price.

 
 
 
How To Contact Us
By Phone:8652200200 (Office)
By Fax:8652200730 (Fax)
By e-mail:tntom55@hotmail.com
Address:TFW Appraisal Services
139 W Madison Ln
Oak Ridge, TN  37830-5310

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?

Glass Door Website

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.