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Kayla Pierson

Candidate for the position of Director

Affiliated with Century 21 Platinum Properties

  • How long have you been a member of CAR?

    • I have been a member of CAR since 2015 (3.5 years).

  • In the past 3 years, what have you done to improve your skills as a real estate professional?

    • As a newer member to the association, I immediately sought positions and training opportunities to support my journey in Real Estate. As a Veteran Spouse, my first goal was to receive my Military Relocation Professional certification. I wanted to serve those who serve our country. As a former leasing representative for military property management, earning my MRP designation elevated what I had previously been trained in. In my first year, I completed every RealTracs course, Transaction Desk training, and other education courses offered at the association to quickly learn how to better serve those seeking housing assistance. In my second year, I wanted to become a better leader and learn how else I can give back to the association that supported my training and networking opportunities. Only being in the industry for 18 months, I became a 2016 Leadership CAR Graduate. I was eager to network with other REALTOR® members, and attended the TN REALTOR® Conference in Cool Springs in 2017. It was here that I learned how to be a better agent with tech tools to help my business. In 2018, I attended REBarNashville to learn about additional tech tools and marketing tricks to promote my daily business tasks. I attended several seminars to learn other ways to approach a listing appointment, or ways to promote referral business. Most recently I invited members of the association to join me at the September Real Estate Blaze in Nashville to hear from Top Producers in Middle TN. I wanted to hear what market trends they were seeing, and how they have overcome objectives we are facing in our market. Furthermore, I am continuing to improve my skills every day, and just attended the CENTURY 21 Top Agent Retreat in Miami where I joined other top agents in small groups to test new prototypes being launched by Realogy, and how to generate leads in a low inventory market. Tom Ferry, Real Estate Coach, was also in attendance. He shared 5 pieces of information that I will incorporate in my business. I look forward to 2019, because I will be working on obtaining my Brokers License, as well as my CRS Designation.

  • What is your history of service to the association and its members (committees, events, etc.)?

    • 2016 Rising Star

    • 2016 Young Professionals Committee Member

    • 2016: Entertainment Committee Member

    • 2017: Young Professionals Vice-Chair

    • 2017: Ambassadors Committee Member

    • 2018: Young Professionals Network Chair

    • 2018: Ambassadors Vice-Chair

    • 2018: Leadership CAR Vice-Chair

    • Events: Casino Night, Handbags for Hope, Coffee Connect, YPNU, Leadership CAR Retreats, Ambassador Round Ups

    • Other: I am the “face” of the Millennial Agents for RealTracs. My photo and information is hung in the conference room where the RealTracs team meets when designing changes for our MLS. I represent the next generation of REALTORS® who are tech savvy, want quick and easy access to information from all devices, and represent 22% of the Real Estate Agents in Middle TN.

    • Other: I attend the monthly New Member Orientations to introduce myself and welcome new members. I discuss why joining a committee and plugging in at the association is essential. I share my experience and provide by information for any new agents to reach out to if they ever have any questions.

    • Other: I am currently working on a plan to utilize Placemaking in our community. Su Whetsel (Reliant Realty) and Lindsey Elliot (Farm Credit), and I scratched the surface of Placemaking in 2016 during our Leadership CAR project. I have been researching different areas that we as an association can create a spot that is otherwise not usable, and refurbish it into a place the community can use on a daily basis. I have been working with Norman Quirion with Two Rivers Company to find a place/way our association can provide a Placemaking Grant to beautify an area of our Historic Downtown.

    • 2017: RPAC Major Investor - Sterling R

    • 2018: RPAC Major Investor - Sterling R

  • Why do you serve at the association?

    • Serving the association came naturally to me from the very first New Member meeting. I remember sitting in the room listening to Deb explain who the committee chairs were, what awards were granted that year to REALTORS®, and the various charitable organizations our association supported. I wanted to be just like those honored that day, because I knew in my heart that I could help make a change and be someone other agents could turn to when they had ideas or suggestions to keep our association moving forward to the future.

  • Why do you want to be Director?

    • Some have said that I am too young or inexperienced to be a member of the Board. I however see being a Director as an opportunity to be the face of the next generation of REALTORS® that are going to take our association to the next level. Being the Young Professionals Network Chair, I did a lot of listening to our members this year, new and seasoned. I learned that although we have great leadership and great activities, our association has hit somewhat of a plateau. With over 1000 members, 300+ more since I joined 3 years ago, I know that I can be an approachable Director that the newer or younger members can feel comfortable coming to when they have suggestions, concerns, or ideas. I may be the youngest running for a seat as a Director, but I know that I can be a great leader that will take us to the future. I am motivated to keep our association moving in the right direction.

  • What do you feel are your strongest attributes that you will bring to the table if elected?

    • Asa leader you have to know when to take step back and support those that look up to you. Knowing when to listen, absorb, and promote ideas from those who look up to you is my strongest attribute. I do not wish to come to the table with all the ideas, suggestions, and dictate what changes should be made. Rather, I want to be an ambassador and voice for our members who have great ideas for our association. I have an approachable personality and I am make myself available for those who are around me. I firmly believe that leadership and members of the Board exemplify these characteristics and I will continue do the same if elected.

  • What are your leadership goals you bring to CAR if you win your position?

    • I would love to see our association utilize more programs, grants, and education opportunities available through NAR. From Safety Program grants, Placemaking grants, REALTOR Benefits, Education Courses, Awards, and REALTOR® Magazine 30 under 30. Promoting committees to concentrate less on events, and more towards programs that can better our members current and future business. We live in the ”now” and I’d focus on the long term vision for our members.

  • Any additional statement or information.

    • I would like to thank everyone for taking a moment to consider me for a Directors position. As a member of the Board of Directors, I will work hard for the future of our great association. I will be an advocate for change, and a leader with a mindful mission.