Columbus real-estate veteran Barbara Kennon has been inducted into the Georgia Association of Realtors Hall of Fame, the first honoree from the city since the hall was started three years ago.
“It’s something you kind of aspire to and I was real excited,” Kennon said Wednesday of her induction. “A lot of people get it after they pass away, and I’m just excited that I got to enjoy being alive for it.”
Association President Linda Carol Porterfield announced the hall of fame lineup Wednesday, with Kennon joining the late Rufus Burkhalter of Savannah, Norm Grayson of Athens and Ronnie Perry of Brunswick in the 2013 class.
“The bar is set very high for the Georgia Realtors Hall of Fame, and we are proud to honor the dedication and accomplishments of these four individuals by bestowing upon them the highest honor that they can receive as a Georgia Realtor,” Porterfield said in a statement.
The inaugural class three years ago included U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and his father, Ed Isakson, both of Atlanta.
Kennon is a Realtor with Columbus real-estate company, Coldwell Banker/Kennon, Parker, Duncan & Davis, with her husband, Kelsey Kennon, a partner in the firm.
She served as president of the Georgia Association of Realtors in 2001, which included presiding over the organization’s annual meeting that began on Sept. 11, the bloody day that terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.
“She was truly the right person at the right moment to lead this organization and its members out of the darkness of the day and into the future,” the association said in its synopsis of Kennon’s accomplishments.
Kennon has served on numerous local, state and national boards, including a stint as Columbus Board of Realtors president in 1983. It also has included various duties with the Realtors Political Action Committee, with her being inducted to that hall of fame in 2010.
Other achievements include being named to the Georgia Association of Realtors Political Action Committee Top Investor Hall of Fame in 2011. She was chosen the association’s Realtor of the Year in 1984.
Kennon, 65, is a so-called “military brat” whose father retired locally when she was 16, just in time for her to graduate from Baker High School. She got into the real-estate business in 1976 and is still active.
“I’m very happy. I’m selling all the time,” she said.
Atlanta-based Georgia Association of Realtors has about 27,000 real-estate professionals in its ranks.