Norman Jones, the owner and broker of two real estate companies, Big Sandy Realty in Pikeville and First Choice Realty in Paintsville and a member of the Eastern Kentucky Association of REALTORS® (EKAR), was named KYR’s 2017 REALTOR® of the Year. Jones began his real estate career in 1986 and specializes in residential sales and appraising. He has served in nearly every capacity at EKAR, including the organization’s Board of Directors and as President twice in 1994 and 1999. He was also named REALTOR® of the Year for EKAR in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2012. On the state level, Jones completed a term as Treasurer in 2012, President in 2015 and has served on the Board of Directors and as Region Six Director. He has served on numerous KYR committees including Finance, Appraisal and Legal Affairs. In addition, he has served as a Trustee for the Kentucky REALTOR® Institute (KRI). Jones has given his time volunteering for Hand in Hand Ministries, the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America.

Past REALTORS® of the Year

  • 2016 - Carl Tackett, Georgetown
  • 2015 - Steve Cline, Bowling Green
  • 2014 - Betty Schutte, Louisville
  • 2013 - Jim Broadwater, Lexington
  • 2012 - Jim Sewell, Frankfort
  • 2011 - Robert Damron, Pikeville
  • 2010 - Jeff Smith, Fort Mitchell
  • 2009 - Ann McDonald, Lexington
  • 2008 - John J. Weikel II, Louisville
  • 2007 - Carolyn Edwards, Lexington
  • 2006 - Dot Miller, Elizabethtown
  • 2005 - Ken Warden, Ft. Thomas
  • 2004 - Tony Clark, Owensboro
  • 2003 - Linda Moore, Paintsville
  • 2002 - Portia Leftin, Northern KY
  • 2001 - Jayne Cox, Lexington
  • 2000 - John S. Davis, Paducah
  • 1999 - Linzie Craig, Shelbyville
  • 1998 - John Chandler, Cumberland Valley
  • 1997 - Jess Kinman, Frankfort
  • 1996 - Dottie Franck, Louisville
  • 1995 - Mary Bellucci, Louisville
  • 1994 - Louise Edelen, Louisville
  • 1993 - Sallie Kirby-Howard, Louisville
  • 1992 - Becky Murphy, Lexington
  • 1991 - Rick Baumgardner, Hardin County
  • 1990 - Louise Gentry Hall, Bowling Green
  • 1989 - Sue Teegarden, Campbell County
  • 1988 - Evelyn Pusateri, Louisville
  • 1987 - Wayne Thomas, Kenton-Boone
  • 1986 - F.E. Whitney, Hopkinsville
  • 1985 - Charlie Murphy, Lexington
  • 1984 - Joe Guy Hagan, Louisville
  • 1983 - Bill Johnson, Kentucky Barkley
  • 1982 - Joe Schiff, Louisville
  • 1981 - Joe Pitt, Louisville
  • 1980 - Ward Elliott, Bowling Green
  • 1979 - Stuart Dalton, Louisville
  • 1978 - Pat Parks, Louisville
  • 1977 - Donald Tucker, Murray
  • 1976 - Robert Laswell, Owensboro
  • 1975 - Jack Rottgering, Paducah
  • 1974 - Thomas Laswell, Owensboro
  • 1973 - Doug Gibson, Lexington
  • 1972 - David P. Schoepf, Newport
  • 1971 - Charles Weisberg, Louisville
  • 1970 - Nat Sanders, Louisville
  • 1969 - Ralph Waldrop, Mayfield
  • 1968 - Robert Massey, Louisville
  • 1967 - William Snyder, Louisville
  • 1966 - Pauline Lewis, Frankfort
  • 1965 - Chet Mason, Newport
  • 1964 - William Cowger, Louisville
  • 1963 - Robert Crabtree, Lexington
  • 1962 - Morris McBirde, Paducah
  • 1961 - Holmes Coats, Lexington
  • 1960 - Paul Semonin, Louisville
  • 1959 - Henry E.Pogue, Jr., Ft. Thomas
  • 1958 - Paul M. Kendall, Louisville
  • 1957 - John Carpenter, Louisville
  • 1956 - Wheeler Nickell, Ashland