Diane Hills has spent 23 years working in realty, and is proud to have launched her endeavor into co-owning her own company. She moved to Kingsport in 1989 after previously living in southwest Virginia and West Virginia. She absolutely loves her city, citing the diversity of the people here and the sense of community as her favorite things about living in the area.
Diane earned her real estate certificate from East Tennessee State University. Her goal has not changed since the beginning of her career as a broker: “I concentrate first on the wants and needs of others, and then mine will follow.” This focus on the client has proven successful, as she has earned numerous accolades for her work, including the title of Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR) President in 2013, the 2013 TAR Educator of the Year Award and the distinction of being named to the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors Hall of Fame.
Diane is proud mom to two grown children, Patrick and Clarissa. The latter is a broker who works with Diane; the duo founded Southern Dwellings in 2013. “She grew up going to TAR conventions,” Hills says of Clarissa. “In high school she could explain the process, how local associations work, how TAR and NAR function. We are the only mother and daughter who have both been presidents of our local association and REALTOR® of the Year” with the Northeast Tennessee Association of REALTORS® (NETAR).
Hills also is blessed with four grandchildren, born within 22 months and ranging in age from two-and-a-half to one. “They all came at once, and that’s the end of them!” she says. Her Portuguese water dog, Gigi, is another cherished family member.
Among other civic roles, Hills was a member of Kingsport’s zoning-appeals board before stepping down in light of her role with TREC. Community involvement is important to her as well, from Meals on Wheels to the American Red Cross. “I love Meals on Wheels,” she says. “We take Gigi, we take the grandbabies with us, we enjoy serving that way.”