Our association helps protect a marketplace for consumers to buy, own, and transfer real estate - a system that is emulated globally and one that REALTORS® dedicate themselves to protect.

KYR is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in Kentucky. Founded in 1922, we represent more than 13,000 members who are involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial real estate brokers, sales agents, developers, builders, property managers, office managers, appraisers, and auctioneers.

We serve as a conduit to growth, knowledge, and professionalism for our members and the real estate industry as a whole. The Association is committed to delivering its members the very finest tools and information to help them succeed - and to meet the needs of today's property buying and selling consumers.

As "The Voice for Real Estate™ in Kentucky," our primary missions are to serve and represent its members in regulatory and legislative matters; to keep the REALTOR® central to the real estate transaction; to promote member integrity, competency, and responsible citizenship; and to advocate and protect private property rights and equal housing opportunity.

All Kentucky REALTORS® members belong to one or more of the 19 local REALTOR® associations statewide and the National Association of REALTORS®. As members of organized real estate, REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics, which ensures the highest level of professionalism.


History of the Kentucky Association of REALTORS®

A group of individuals from throughout Kentucky joined together for the purpose of exchanging property information. They discussed properties for sale and shared ideas about real estate. It is from this informal idea exchange that began the statewide organization created to unite those engaged in the real estate business in the community and to promote good fellowship and fair dealings among its members and clients. In 1923, the organization received its original charter from NAR, known as the Kentucky Association of REALTORS® for the purpose of observing and enforcing the Code of Ethics of NAR. Kentucky REALTORS® first President was Barney J. Treacy of Lexington. Today, the more than 13,000 members of Kentucky REALTORS®, the "Voice for Real Estate™" in Kentucky, work to preserve and enhance the rights and privileges of the owners of private property. The Association also exists to support and enhance the ability of local Board members to succeed in their business in an ethical and competent manner. Kentucky REALTORS® is located at 2708 Old Rosebud Road, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40509, (800) 264-2185, or e-mail,

Since its inception in 1922, Kentucky REALTORS® has worked successfully to advance homeownership, real estate investment, private property rights, and the free enterprise system in the halls of Frankfort - the state Capital - and with public officials from local and county agencies throughout Kentucky.

Today, Kentucky REALTORS® is widely recognized as one of the state's strongest, most effective lobbying organizations, supported by the National Association of REALTORS®, the largest trade association in the country with more than 1.6 million members with 54 State Associations (including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and more than 1,500 local Associations nationwide.

An important aspect of the many successes earned by Kentucky REALTORS® over the years is its many volunteers who have contributed time and energy to the state organization. To list all the names over the years would create volumes. However, Kentucky REALTORS® is proud to recognize a distinguished group of volunteers, our Past Presidents, who have dedicated at least a year from their real estate practice to serve as the chief officer of our organization, and our REALTOR®-of-the-Year honorees, who have made significant contributions to their careers, their industry, and the community-at-large. Many times these individuals serve on a number of committees as members and chairmen.

Staff Directory


Josh Summers

Chief Executive Officer


Kyle Tetzlaff

Chief Operating Officer


Suzanne Reeves

Director of Member Engagement & Administrative Services


Julie Johnson

Director of Professional Standards & Governance


Alicia Soldat

Director of Education & Training Services


Maddison Ethington

Executive Assistant


Hailey Peters

Regional Government Affairs Director 


Robert Campbell

Marketing Coordinator


Matt Hall

Regional Government Affairs Director