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Jerry and Dedra Hughes met Larry and Doris Mercer almost 2 decades ago while Dedra and Larry worked as REALTORS for the same firm. It became obvious within a few months they were like minded in areas of real estate and both were eager to provide a level of service above the norm in their industry. Combining knowledge and experience they quickly became industry leaders. Once Jerry joined the firm as an agent a bond of friendship was made between Jerry and Larry as they both enjoy hunting, fishing, golf, and construction. They also share a love for the military as Jerry’s dad was an Army helicopter pilot while Larry served for 24 years in the USAF and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. At the core of the friendship was a passion for excellence.
Larry and Dedra continued to rise as market leaders in the area sharing their ideas and knowledge with those around them and those who asked how to take their business to a different level of service. After 21 years of experience and service in real estate it became obvious to Mercer and Hughes that they should take the next step and follow their dreams to open a new progressive firm where they could share their beliefs with select agents who would provide a level of service that far exceeds expectations.
Dedra’s passion for marketing, Larry ‘s emphasis on technology and Jerry’s skill in administration coupled with a desire to do things professionally were a natural fit. It was almost an epiphany as they discussed this and knew they were destined to be co-owners of a great company.
Sarah Maxwell who had been on Dedra’s team as a buyer’s agent took the leap of faith as the first agent to come along and continue on Dedra’s team but to also offer great ideas for laying the foundation of Mercer Hughes. Dedra helped Sarah’s family relocate from the Atlanta area and again it was an almost instant bond of friendship between the families. When Dedra needed help, Sarah was a perfect fit.
Alison Stokes a veteran and well-known name in the South Georgia market came soon after the doors opened. Alison brought incredible knowledge of the area having worked for the Valdosta Chamber of Commerce before becoming licensed almost 10 years ago. Her energy and willingness to work for her clients are amazing.
Mike Lepper joined after having been in real estate for over 19 years in South Carolina. As a top producer year after year, managing broker and owner at a firm, and a life history in sales, the wealth of knowledge and experience he brought through the door blew us all away.
Brooke Peterman rounds out the first group of agents to join the firm. Brooke graduated from VSU and decided to make Valdosta home for her family. After a career in property management Brooke decided to follow her dream and step into the sales arm of real estate. Mercer Hughes was a natural choice after Dedra had helped her family make more than one real estate investment.
All combined this makes up the initial group of Mercer Hughes Real Estate Group; however, Jerry, Dedra, and Larry are excited to see who the next real estate agent may be to walk through the door. You can bet they will be all about service to their clients using the knowledge and experience that the company has been founded on!