Debra S. “Deb” Junkin has served as the CEO for the Georgia Association of REALTORS® since January 2010. Deb has more than 18 years of REALTOR® association management experience. She holds the Strategies in Non-Profit Management Certificate from the University of Chicago, is a graduate of Duke University’s Non-Profit Management Program, and holds the REALTOR® Certified Executive (RCE) designation from the National Association of REALTORS®. Deb is a 2017 inductee to the Dr. Almon ‘Bud” Smith Leadership Society.
In addition to her duties at GAR, Deb currently serves on the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee, Housing Opportunities Committee, and the AEC State EO Forum. She also serves on the University of Georgia Housing and Demographic Research Center Advisory Board and the Georgia Healthy Homes Strategic Planning Advisory Committee.
Deb actively supports the advocacy objectives of both the state and national associations as a Golden ‘R’ RPAC Hall of Fame investor and a 6-year member of the NAR President’s Circle.
“The REALTOR® association is unique in the three-tiered service model utilized at the national, state and local levels to serve the needs of the members. Through active partnering and sharing of resources between all three tiers, our goal is to provide support for the local associations that will result in additional benefits for the membership across the state.,” says Deb. “Through collaboration with the association leadership and staff, we are focused on implementing the directives of the Strategic Plan while growing the association’s assets, enhancing the member value proposition, and expanding the association’s sphere of influence.”
Deb is married to Chip Junkin and together they have seven children ranging in age from 25-36, and four fabulously wonderful grandchildren – granddaughter Bailey and grandsons Elliott, Conner, and Patrick.
In addition to spending time with their ever-expanding family, Deb and Chip enjoy entertaining, traveling, reading and sailing.