Our History

GREEA was Founded in 1990
The Georgia Real Estate Educators Association (GREEA) was created as a state chapter of the national Real Estate Educators Association (REEA). GREEA received the Georgia chapter charter in December 1990 with the following express purposes and goals:
  • To enable real estate educators to share ideas and experiences
  • To encourage and, where appropriate, implement research
  • To recognize members who make notable contributions to the real estate education in Georgia
  • To provide members with the opportunities for educational and professional growth
  • To provide current information on legislation pertaining to real estate education
  • To collect and disburse information on new programs, materials and research relating to the real estate education
  • To provide liaison with other real estate associations
Being a member of GREEA meant that it was mandatory that you also had to be a member of REEA, paying both the national and state dues.

GREEA was notified in late 2005 by REEA that they would no longer have state chapters in their organization. The Board of Directors of GREEA expressed their opinion that our association provided a valuable service to our members and the real estate education in Georgia and voted to establish GREEA as an individual organization in Georgia. The new GREEA Bylaws were voted on and accepted at the April 2006 meeting. Now you, as a GREEA member, have the option of also being a member of REEA.
     
During the years that GREEA was a chapter of REEA, GREEA was very proud to set a record of 4 years of receiving the coveted REEA Chapter of the Year Award in 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
      
GREEA also is very proud of our outstanding members who have received national awards and/or recognition from REEA:
    
        Charles Clark            2009 REEA Icon - Vision
        Barney Fletcher       1999 REEA Distinguished Career Award
        Sylvia Shelnutt         Elected 2008-2009 REEA President
        Mary Shern              REEA Distinguished Career Award
                                          REEA Journal Best ‘Article’ of the Year
                                          2009 REEA Icon – Experience
    
GREEA is also very proud of our members who as members of REEA achieved the REEA designation of Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI):
     
        Robert R. (Bob) Jones, DREI Emeritus
        Kay C. Evans, DREI
        Mary Shern, DREI
        Sylvia Shelnutt, DREI
        Tripp Anderson, DREI
        Pat Johnson, DREI
        Joe Kennedy, DREI

   

    

    

    

Bob Jones was the first President and one of the founding members of the Georgia Real Estate Educators Association (GREEA) which was originally the Georgia Chapter of the national Real Estate Educators Association (REEA).

    

Bob began his real estate career as a Salesperson in 1972. In 1976 he obtained his Broker’s license and formed his own company, Bob Jones Realty, which specialized in properties in northeast Atlanta. In 1978 Bob became a licensed Real Estate Instructor and Director of his own real estate school.

  

No matter what segment of the industry Bob was serving, he always was a leader and strived to be among the best of the profession. As a Broker he received the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Management (CRB) Designation; he was a very active member of the Gwinnett Board of REALTORS® and served as the 1988 President; he was also involved with the Georgia Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®; and, he served long-term as an Advisory Member of the Georgia Institute of Real Estate Board of Governors. As an Educator he earned the Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI) Designation bestowed by REEA. He served on the Continuing Education and Adult Faculties of the DeKalb Area Technical School, DeKalb Community College and the Gwinnett Area Technical College.

      

In October 2009 the Board of Directors of GREEA voted to honor Bob for his commitment, leadership and service to the real estate industry by renaming the GREEA Distinguished Career Award to the Robert R. (Bob) Jones Distinguished Career Award.

    

ROBERT R. (BOB) JONES
1931 – 2009

                      POSTED JANUARY 22, 2010

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