Lois Ann Disponett
On December 2, 2016, Governor Matt Bevin appointed Lois Ann Disponett as Commissioner of the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Lois Ann was born and raised in Anderson County, Kentucky. She first obtained her sales associate license in August 1, 1976, becoming the first female Realtor® in Anderson County. On January 3, 1978, she obtained her broker’s license. A few months later, she opened her own office and became the principal broker of Lois Ann Disponett Real Estate Company. This also made her the first female to own her own real estate company in Anderson County. Her office is located in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and she has five sales associates. Lois Ann graduated in 1975 from Anderson County High School and obtained her Associate Degree in Real Estate from the Lexington Technical Institute in 1977. Lois Ann obtained the designations of CRS, Certified Residential Specialist and GRI, Graduate Realtor® Institute. She is currently in the process of obtaining her CRB, Certified Residential Broker, designation. In June of 2002, Lois Ann, along with four other individuals, formed and opened Century Bank in Lawrenceburg (which is the only financial institution in Anderson County).
Lois Ann is a member of First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, where she has been an active Sunday School teacher for over 27 years. She also serves as 6th District Chair of the Republican Party, is a member of WROCK, Women Republicans of Central Kentucky, is a KEMI board member, and is a 15 year member of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors®. She is currently serving on the site based council at Turner Elementary School in Lawrenceburg.
Along with her real estate business, Lois Ann has been involved in the development of both residential and commercial property in the Anderson County area for the last 24 years. She has been married to her husband, Todd Hyatt, who is also a Realtor®, for 18 years and they have one daughter, Anna Marie Hyatt, who is ten years old. Lois Ann is very supportive of her family and is an active "Soccer and Softball" Mom. Lois Ann brings a lot of knowledge and experience with her to her new role as Commissioner. She is excited about her new responsibility and the Commission welcomes her on board.
On November 1, 2012, Governor Steve Beshear appointed Kimberly G. Sickles to a four-year term as Commissioner. Ms. Sickles was originally licensed on March 13, 1995 as a sales associate with Sickles Inc. Realty. Ms. Sickles and her husband are the owners of Sickles Inc. Realty where she also serves as its office manager and specializes in first time homebuyers.
In addition to Ms. Sickles receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Sullivan University, she earned the following designations: Accredited Buyers Representative ("ABR"), Graduate Realtor Institute ("GRI"), and Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource ("SFR"). In 2004, she was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel and, in 2006, was named Realist Associate of the Year. Ms. Sickles serves annually on the Property Valuation Administration Tax Appeals Board, holds an active Notary Public position for Kentucky State-at-Large, is a HUD-Approved Certified Housing Counselor, and in 2013, she will be Grand Marshal for the MLK Annual Motorcade. Ms. Sickles is a member of the Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS®, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Community Relations Committee; the Kentucky Association of REALTORS®; the National Association of REALTORS®; the Louisville Real Estate Brokers Association, where she serves as its financial secretary; and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB.) NAREB was formed in 1947 by African American real estate professionals that support legislative entities that ensure the availability of fair and affordable housing for all Americans.
Ms. Sickles resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, Ronald Sickles, Sr. They have been married for 27 years and have three adult children: Kimberlee, Ronald, Jr., and Ki'Ron. They are also the proud grandparents of one grandson, Kyrell. Ms. Sickles enjoys traveling, walking, camping, community relations (especially in the local church), music, family time, and Friday night dates with her husband. Commissioner Sickles says, "I would like to thank God, Governor Beshear, and my family and friends for the opportunity to serve the consumers and licensees of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is an honor and privilege to be your Commissioner; I pledge to do my best."
On May 22, 2015, Governor Steve Beshear announced the four-year appointment of Tom Biederman Real Estate Commissioner for the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Mr. Biederman replaced former Commissioner Linda Cecil, whose term had expired.
Commissioner Beiderman began his career in real estate over 35 years ago receiving his sales associate license in February of 1980. In that same year, he also obtained his auctioneer’s license. In 1990, Mr. Beiderman became a broker. In 1994 he opened up his own real estate company in Lexington, Kentucky, called Biederman Real Estate & Auctioneers, which he still owns and operates today. He also has two other real estate companies, Taylor Made Real Estate and Biederman Real Estate Referrals. His firms provide services from residential and commercial properties to large horse and agricultural farms.
Mr. Biederman studied at the University of Kentucky and earned his associate degree in real estate in 1981. He is a member of several organizations, including the National Association of REALTORS®, the National Auctioneers Association, the Kentucky Auctioneer Association, and the Lexington Board of REALTORS®. He also serves as a Senior Auctioneer with Fasig-Tipton Company (the nation’s oldest thoroughbred auction company) based in Lexington, Kentucky.
Although originally from Springfield, Kentucky, Commissioner Biederman resides in Versailles, Kentucky, with his wife Lisa and 17-year old son, Mason. Mr. Biederman enjoys golf, tennis and riding with the Woodford Hounds. About his appointment, Mr. Biederman says, “I am extremely honored to be appointed to this position by Governor Beshear. I am eager to learn more about the mission of the KREC and intend on applying a common sense/golden rule approach going forward.”
The commissioners and staff are very excited about Mr. Biederman’s appointment. With his 35 years of experience in real estate, he will certainly bring a wealth of knowledge to his role serving the licensees and consumers of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Bob Roberts, Ex-Officio Member
On June 26, 2009, Governor Steve Beshear appointed Mr. Robert (Bob) J. Roberts to a four-year term as Commissioner of the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Mr. Roberts also served on the Commission for sixteen years prior to his last appointment. Mr. Roberts serves as the Consumer Member of the Commission.
Mr. Roberts is the owner of Bob Roberts Insurance and Investment Company, which is located in Richmond, Kentucky. His company has been in business since 1971. Obviously, with all of his insurance experience, Mr. Roberts is an asset to the ongoing success of Kentucky's mandated errors and omissions insurance program.
Mr. Roberts graduated from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in 1971 with a degree in political science. In 1994, Mr. Roberts was inducted into the EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Other accomplishments include being a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. Mr. Roberts also received the Chartered Life Underwriter designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
The Commission is excited to have Mr. Roberts back on board. He brings with him not only his knowledge of insurance, but many years of experience as a former Commissioner. Mr. Roberts says, "I am looking forward to working with the great people and public involved in the real estate industry."
Mr. Roberts lives in Richmond, Kentucky with his wife, Cathy. They have two sons, Joe and John. In addition, they are the proud grandparents of granddaughter, Claire.
Dana W. Anderson, Ex-Officio Member
Dana W. Anderson was appointed on January 17, 2014 to serve a four-year term as Commissioner. This is her first appointment.
Mrs. Anderson was originally licensed in New Jersey and received her Kentucky broker’s license in 1992. In 1994, she joined Semonin Realtors® and is still with that firm today. She currently serves as their director of the New Homes Division. In addition, Mrs. Anderson does in-house training for Semonin Realtors® and specializes in Generational Marketing, Personality Selling, and New Construction Sales.
Mrs. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She is a member of the Kentucky Association of Realtors® and the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors®. She is an approved continuing education instructor for Home Services of Kentucky. Mrs. Anderson is also a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, where she has served locally on the Executive Council for Sales and Marketing.
Mrs. Anderson says, “In my role as commissioner, I pledge to devote my experience and energy to uphold license laws and promote the real estate industry, while also serving the public.”
Mrs. Anderson is a native Kentuckian and she is married to Sid Anderson, Principal Broker of Sidney J. Anderson Real Estate. Her husband is also a member of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville. They reside in Louisville and together they have six children and nine grandchildren. Mrs. Anderson enjoys traveling and golf. She is a member of the Louisville District Golf Association and the Woman’s Falls City Golf Association.
Tom Waldrop, Ex-Officio Member
On October 28, 2015, Governor Steve Beshear appointed Mr. R. Thomas Waldrop, Jr., to a four-year term as Commissioner of the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Mr. Waldrop is serving his
first term at the Commission, which expires on October 1, 2019.
Mr. Waldrop began his real estate career in 1976 as a sales associate. In 1977, he joined his father’s (Ralph T. Waldrop, Sr.) firm and in 1978 he received his broker’s license. In 1980 he became a licensed Principal Auctioneer. He earned the coveted MAI appraisal designation from the Appraisal Institute in 1988 and is a Certified General Real Property appraiser in KY and TN. After serving terms as President of the Mayfield Graves County Board of Realtors, Mr. Waldrop serves as Board Treasurer of the West KY Regional MLS serving 100 firms and 600 agents. Currently, Mr. Waldrop is a partner at Trifecta Real Estate Services and focuses on commercial appraisals, sales, development, management, and leasing.
Mr. Waldrop graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He is a long time member of both KAR and NAR, the Chair of the Graves County Democratic Executive Committee, Chair of the City of Mayfield’s Telecommunications Authority, member of the Graves County Industrial Development Board, and the Graves County representative on the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance board.
The Kentucky Real Estate Commission has not had a commissioner from the Western Kentucky region for over two decades. The commissioners and staff are excited about the experience and knowledge Mr. Waldrop will be bringing to his new role. About his new position, Mr. Waldrop says, “It is very humbling for Gov. Beshear to entrust me with this vital position guiding our profession. I look forward to working with Commission members, staff, licensees, and the general public to promote transparency and professionalism across the many disciplines within our industry.”
In his free time, Mr. Waldrop enjoys his 34 year career as a KHSAA football official, Board Treasurer of Purchase Players Community Theatre, and is an active member of Mayfield First United Methodist where he serves as Chair of the SPRC committee and as a Sr. High Sunday School teacher. Mr. Waldrop resides in Mayfield with his wife, LaVerne, who is the Musical and Theatre teacher at Graves County High School. Their daughter, Clarke, graduated from Transylvania University and is currently working and living her dream in New York City, New York.