Gary Blume, a veteran agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Experts, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to a five-year term on the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. Blume is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and has served twice as president of the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation.
In his new role on the state commission, Blume will help review and draft rules and regulations governing all activities of Tennessee real estate agents, and will oversee conduct of agents’ activities that might affect the public interest.
Education: Bachelor of Science, David Lipscomb University/University of Tennessee
Family: Wife, Marie – we will have been married 51 years in November; son, Kevin Blume, and his wife, Benay – six children; and daughter, Melissa Thompson, and husband Gary – five children.
Favorite quote: “Only do what only you can do.” – Andy Stanley
Favorite movie: “Hoosiers”
The sports team(s) you root for: University of Tennessee Vols, Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis Tigers
What’s playing on your stereo right now? “I Won’t Let Go” by Rascal Flatts and “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Racquetball, golf, walking. I am an elder at the Highland Church of Christ.
What talent do you wish you had? Playing the piano.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother – she taught me unconditional love, and my father, who showed me that “coin of love” was time, not money.
How long have you worked with RE/MAX and what attracted you to the company? Twenty-eight years. I was impressed by the worldwide name recognition of RE/MAX and the company’s independent business arrangement.
What is the purpose and goals of the Tennessee Real Estate Commission board? The TREC board provides direction for real estate activities of licensees in the state and protects the public from improper real estate practices.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Being president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy the opportunity to assist people with one of the biggest financial decisions most of them will make.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Find work that you truly enjoy.
John A. Varriano, chair of the physics and natural science department at Christian Brothers University, has been named the school’s 2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year. Jeffrey Sable, assistant professor of behavior science, has been named CBU’s 2013 Outstanding New Academic Advisor of the Year, which honors an individual with fewer than five years’ experience as an adviser.
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has elected its 2014-2015 board of directors: Lynn Pfund of Keller Williams, 2014 director/2015 vice president; Frank Dyer III of Loeb Realty Group LLC, Tommie Criswell of Crye-Leike Realtors and Thomas Byrd of ERA Legacy Realty, 2014-2015 directors; and Myra McCaskill of Keller Williams Realty, associate director.
Dr. Emily Jones has joined UT Medical Group’s department of dermatology and been named an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Jones received her medical degree and completed her dermatology residency at UT Health Science Center.
Pascal Bedrossian, professor and chair of the mathematics and computer science department at Christian Brothers University, has been awarded the 2013 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award, which honors an individual who exemplifies Lasallian values in education.
Marvin Brown Jr. has joined Pickering Firm Inc.’s Memphis office as a civil engineer intern. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson University. Jennifer Stanek has joined Pickering as administrative assistant. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Tom and Frances James have been awarded the Arc of the Mid-South’s Advocacy Award, which recognizes advocates who have defended the rights of individuals with disabilities and have worked toward shifting the public’s perception. The Jameses have a daughter in a SRVS home and Frances James is a longtime SRVS board member.
Drew Yonchak has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. Yonchak is an associate in the firm’s securities and corporate governance group, in which he represents companies across a wide range of industries.
David Pickler has been awarded the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences’ 2013 Bammy Award for public education advocacy and governance. Pickler is a Shelby County Schools board member and president of the National School Boards Association.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has been ranked sixth in the nation in Corporate Counsel’s annual “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies” survey. The results were compiled by surveying legal departments in Fortune 500 companies to identify the law firms most widely used by those companies.