Lois Ann Disponett
On Dec. 2, 2016, Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Lois Ann Disponett as Commissioner of the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Disponett was born and raised in Anderson County, Kentucky. She first obtained her sales associate license in August 1, 1976. 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. Her office is located in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. She graduated in 1975 from Anderson County High School and obtained her Associate Degree in Real Estate from the Lexington Technical Institute in 1977. She 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, Disponett, along with four other individuals, formed and opened Century Bank in Lawrenceburg.
Disponett is a member of First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, where she has been an active Sunday School teacher for over 40 years. She also served as 6th District Chair of the Republican Party, member of WROCK, Women Republicans of Central Kentucky, KEMI board member, and is a 27-year member of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors®.
Along with her real estate business, she has been involved in the development of both residential and commercial property in the Anderson County area for the last 41 years. She has been married to her husband, Todd Hyatt, who is also a Realtor®, for 31 years and they have one daughter, Anna Marie Hyatt, who is 23 years old and attends Campbellsville University. Disponett brings a lot of knowledge and experience to her role as Commissioner. She is excited about her new responsibility and the Commission welcomes her on board.
On Nov. 21, 2017, Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Commissioner Joe Hayden to the Kentucky Real Estate
Commission with a term ending on Oct. 31, 2020. Hayden was born and
raised in Louisville, also living in Oldham and Shelby counties in his
youth. After briefly attending the University of Kentucky, he graduated from the Conservatory for
Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix, AZ, studying the field of professional audio engineering. Relocating to Nashville, he worked in a variety of studios,
both on staff and contract, on the technical side of record production and
participated in the production of over 200 records, approximately 70 being
major label releases. In addition to working in Nashville, Hayden also
worked in New York, L.A., Memphis, Atlanta, and Austin on a number of different
Hayden pursued professional
aviation in the early 2000s, ultimately becoming the operations manager of a
large flight school in Fresno, CA. There, he earned his Commercial,
Multi-Engine, Instrument, CFI, CFII and MEI certificates and ratings, acquiring
nearly 3,000 hours of flight instruction given, administering over 300 flight
and ground examinations and developed a FAR Part 135 on-demand charter
operation. Relocating home to Louisville 2006, he worked as a contract charter
pilot for a local aviation firm, earning his ATP and working as the Director of
Training. This organization primarily flew air ambulance missions for the Kentucky and Indiana organ donor network.
After becoming a Licensed Sales
Associate in 2007, Hayden transitioned to a full-time career in real estate
in mid-2008. Being fortunate to learn directly from a successful independent
broker, he then affiliated with a few different national brands and earned his
Broker's License in 2013. He is a member of NAR, KYR, and GLAR, having served
as a Director at GLAR and serving at various times on numerous committees,
including Forms, MLS Improvement, Professional Standards, Website and others.
He has also served on the state Professional Standards Committee. He has been a
part of several hearing panels as a part of Professional Standards.
Hayden is very thankful and excited to serve
on the KREC. He is looking forward to helping licensees throughout the state
and working towards improving our profession as we look to the future of the
business of real estate in Kentucky. He is blessed and honored to be the
husband of Anne Hayden, and the father of Hilary and step-father of Scarlette.
He is still active in music, playing as much guitar as possible and recording/mixing
projects, and still maintains his flight instructor certificates finding time
to enjoy flying when the weather is nice.
On May 22, 2015, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the four-year appointment of Tom Biederman as Real Estate Commissioner for the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Biederman replaced 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 Feb. 1980. In that same year, he also obtained his auctioneer’s license. In 1990, Beiderman became a broker. In 1994 he opened up his own real estate company in Lexington, 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.
Although originally from Springfield, Kentucky, Commissioner Biederman resides in Versailles, with his wife Lisa and 17-year old son, Mason. He enjoys golf, tennis and riding with the Woodford Hounds. About his appointment, Biederman says, “I am extremely honored to be appointed to this position by Gov. 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 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.
On Oct. 28, 2015, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed R. Thomas Waldrop, Jr., to a four-year term as Commissioner of the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Waldrop is serving his
first term at the Commission, which expires on Oct. 1, 2019.
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 Kentucky and Tennessee. After serving terms as President of the Mayfield Graves County Board of Realtors, Waldrop serves as Board Treasurer of the West Kentucky Regional MLS serving 100 firms and 600 agents. Currently, Waldrop is a partner at Trifecta Real Estate Services and focuses on commercial appraisals, sales, development, management, and leasing.
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 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, 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. 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.
On April 28, 2017, Governor Matt Bevin appointed Billy Beckham to a four-year term as Commissioner of the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Beckham serves as the Consumer Member of the Commission. This is his first appointment.
Beckham is the General Manager of Southern States Glasgow Cooperative, Inc., and has been in that role since 2006. He was named Manager of the Year three times for Southern States Cooperative, an award that is based on efficiency, return on capital, sales volume, and profitability. Prior to becoming the General Manager, he was the Agronomy Center Manager from 2002 - 2006.
Beckham is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Business. He served on the Barren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008. In 2009, Beckham was the recipient of the "Ernie Award", in recognition of commitment to personal and professional excellence. He also served on the Barren County Extension District Board from 2010 to 2013.
Beckham resides in Smiths Grove, Kentucky, with his wife Darla. They have been married for 21 years and have three children: Madison, 17; Alex, 16; and Carson, 13. About his appointment, Beckham says, "I am very appreciative for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth on the Kentucky Real Estate Commission and honored that Gov. Bevin would bestow this position upon me. I am excited to learn the responsibilities of the Commission and am looking forward to working with the staff and fellow Commissioners at KREC."
The Commissioners and staff are very excited about Beckham's appointment. His consumer member perspective is very unique and vital to the decision-making process at the Commission. He has strong communication skills, an ability to build relationships with others, and a strong business background. The licensees and consumers of the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be well served under the leadership of Beckham.