Steve Harding, Andrea Bushnell and Cindy Butts

North Carolina’s Bushnell Wins William R. Magel Award

North Carolina Association of REALTORS® CEO Andrea Bushnell was named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious William R. Magel Award. Andrea is respected as one of the most influential state association executives in America, running the largest association in NAR Region 4. She was instrumental in facilitating NAR’s core standards in recent years.

Andrea with 2016 North Carolina President Kim Dawson.

Andrea with 2016 North Carolina President Kim Dawson.

Steve Harding, Andrea Bushnell and Cindy Butts

Steve Harding, Andrea Bushnell and Cindy Butts

The William R. Magel Award of Excellence is presented annually to an individual who has truly excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a local or state association of REALTORS® and who is active in the REALTOR® organization at the time of nomination.

William R. Magel began his career as an executive officer in 1956 at the Kalamazoo Board of REALTORS®, Michigan. He also served as executive vice president of the Bronx Board of REALTORS®, New York; executive vice president of the New York State Association of REALTORS®; executive vice president of the REALTORS® National Marketing Institute; administrative vice president of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®; and senior staff vice president of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He was appointed to begin service January 1, 1979, as executive vice president of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® before he suffered from a heart attack and passed away on July 19, 1978.

Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland is the 2017 President of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS®, and is the chief of Broker Services for Village Real Estate Services. 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. In 2015, Brian, a Golden R President’s Circle Hall of Fame RPAC investor. He founded one of the largest technology camps in the country, attracting more than 1100 real estate professionals from more than 30 states. 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’90s, 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 of Hands On Nashville, 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 (5) and Esther (3).

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