CRS Bids Farewell To CEO Cottrell

Laughter, tears and celebration filled The Washington Hilton Friday night as hundreds of REALTORS celebrated Nina Cottrell, CEO of the Council of Residential Specialists, who retires after 40 years of service.

More than two decades of CRS Presidents came out to celebrate Nina Cottrell’s retirement.

Over two decades of Council presidents turned out for the evening of celebration.

  • 1985 President  –   Chip Morrison, CRS and his wife. Kathy
  • 1987 President  –  Gail Lyons, CRS
  • 1988 President  –   Rick Deluka, CRS
  • 1990 President  –    Pat Zaby, CRS, CCIM, CRB
  • 1991 President  –   John Clements, CRS
  • 1992 President   –   Mike Brodie, CRS
  • 1993 President  –  Susan Showers Anderson, CRS and herhusband, Russ Anderson
  • 1994 President  –  Dick Dillingham, CRS
  • 1995 President  –  Judy Sykes, CRS, CIPS, CRB andher mother, Janet Sugimoto
  • 1996 President  –   Frank Kowalski, CRS, CIPS and hiswife, Norma Kowalski
  • 1997 President  –  Myra Zollinger, CRS
  • 1998 President  –  Ed Hatch
  • 1999 President  –  Toni Sherman, CRS
  • 2000 President  –  Doug Richards, CRS
  • 2001 President  –  Gee Dunsten, CRS
  • 2003 President   –  Bill Sloan, CRS and his wife, Peggy
  • 2004 President  –  Gail Flagel, CRS and her husband,Dwayne
  • 2005 President   –   Ingrid Glancy, CRS
  • 2006 President  —  Randy Eager, CRS
  • 2007 President   –  Kay West, CRS and her significant other, John Molyneaux
  • 2008 President  –  Michael Selvaggio, CRS, CCIM and his wife, Christine
  • 2009 President  –  Greg Hodges, CRS and his wife, Margot
  • 2011 President   –  Frank Serio, CRS and his wife, Audrey
  • 2012 President   –  Mark Minchew, CRS
  • 2013 President  – Mary McCall, CRS

Also, in attendance were NAR Past Presidents

  • Russ Booth
  • Dorcas Helfant Browning
  • Norm Flynn
  • Charles McMillan
  • Layne Morrill
  • Richard Mendenhall
  • Nestor Weigand

Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland runs the Nashville And Beyond Team alongside his brother, Brad, sister-in-law, Molly, two dear friends from his music industry days, Sarah and Belinda, and three administrative support team members. Brian was the 2011 Nashville REALTOR® of the Year. In 2014, he was named one of Inman News‘ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in America. Most recently, he was the 2017 President of Tennessee REALTORS®. In 2016, Brian, a Golden R President’s Circle Hall of Fame RPAC investor, served on numerous committees, and currently serves on Commitment to Excellence. He founded one of the largest technology camps in the country, attracting more than 1,500 real estate professionals from more than 30 states. 2017 marks the eighth annual event. Brian has appeared on numerous real estate television shows for HGTV and The Learning Channel. He says his favorite show so far was a one-time show he co-hosted called “The Top 25 House Hunting Tips,” which aired in 2009. However, some of his other episodes of “Good Buy, Bad Buy,” “House Hunters,” and “Flip That House” still air today. Brian’s roots are in East Tennessee where he grew up in Clinton. His mom, dad, and brother all recently moved to Nashville to be closer as a family, but they were a Southern Gospel singing group from as far back as he can remember. The family toured the hills of East Tennessee with a guitar, piano, and four-part harmony. He later went to Carson-Newman University, where he started more formal training in music and communications. He completed his master’s degree at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the late 1990’s, Brian accepted a job in Nashville’s music industry to later transition into the real estate field in 2005. Brian says he loves being a REALTOR® because it’s one of the truest portals into community service and gratitude. As a board member for Greenways for Nashville and Metro Nashville’s Farmers Market Commission, he is a true advocate for neighborhood issues and his city’s infrastructure. He and his spouse, Greg, founded one of the only food pantries in North Nashville, feeding more than 175 families each month. In 2014, the pantry won the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the Year Award. They live on a farm in Madison with their two children, Micah (6) and Esther (3).

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  1. Jennie Chapin

    Great job tonight Brian it was an excellent celebration!!

  2. Rose La Pira

    Great event…Wonderful to see everyone come together to celebrate with Nina!