On the move

Levenson family starts anew with Realty Execs

The Levensons, a family of real estate professionals at RE/MAX, moved to a new company, Realty Executives, 124 N. Winston Road, Tuesday, Sept. 12.

“Rich, Patti and I have all moved over,” said their son, Ryan Levenson. “Rich and I are technically ‘principal brokers,’ but we will just be acting as broker/consultants, as is Patti.”

Rich and Patti have been in Real Estate for more than 40 years while Ryan has been in the business for 16 years.

“Rich and Patti started RE/MAX in Knoxville in 1987,” Ryan said. “They were with Powers Real Estate first, then Century 21, then Volunteer Realty before they started the first RE/MAX franchise(s) in Knoxville in 1987.

“I have been with RE/MAX since 2007, when I started, but grew up with RE/MAX in my blood,” he added,

However, the family moved on.

“The change of companies stemmed from our sale of RE/MAX, which occurred in October 2020,” Ryan said. “At that time, I owned the company, which I purchased from my dad about seven or eight years prior.

“Once I sold the company, we remained with RE/MAX for two years to assist in the transition,” he added.

After that transition period, “we decided to change it up and join REA,” Ryan said. “We needed a change and wanted to associate with one of the best brands in town, Realty Executives.

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RHI of Farragut earns national design award

A Farragut luxury interior design firm, Rowan Hall Interiors, LLC., serving Farragut, Knox County and surrounding areas, achieved a national honor.

RHI received first runner-up for the Designer of the Year Award from Interior Design Society during the IDS’ annual conference at Times Square Marriot, New York, in August.

“I was so excited and surprised,” said Alfie Rowan, lead designer and founder of RHI. “I’m so honored to even be considered among such talented, nationally-recognized interior designers.

“It’s kind of nice when a little Knoxville firm gets announced in the Big Apple,” she added. Also, “It’s nice to be recognized by colleagues across the United States.”

“(Rowan) is based in Farragut and has been turning ordinary houses into extraordinary homes for over 20 years,” said Landry Stidham, marketing manager with RHI. “We are thrilled to be among some of the most talented designers from across the country.

“The Interior Design Society’s Knoxville chapter (of which Rowan is a member) also won an award for Small Chapter of the Year,” Stidham added. “We are so proud of them and the work they do for interior designers in the Knoxville area.”

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business briefs

• BarberMcMurry Architects has named Kristin B. Colwell, RID, NCIDQ, WELL AP, as its new studio manager, and Drew Newman, AIA, LEED AP, as its new digital practice manager.

Colwell, who has been with BarberMcMurry for nine years, is an associate, senior interior designer and project manager. She has been integrally involved in studio initiatives related to building information modeling, as well as sustainable design, and she is a tnAchieves mentor.

Newman, an associate, worked for BarberMcMurry from 2015 to 2017 and rejoined the firm in 2022. He has been a core member of BMA initiatives related to BIM project delivery methods and design process. Newman serves on the State BIM Committee and the board of directors of AIA East Tennessee.

Additionally, he is a member of Young Professionals of Knoxville, Society for College and University Planning and volunteers as a head coach for Farragut Baseball Inc.

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