Our Team

Bear Stephenson

Owner / Broker / Principal Auctioneer

An accomplished businessman, real estate broker and auctioneer, Bear Stephenson has a deep appreciation of his clients. He has a genuine, engaging personality, as well as a lightening-speed chant and a knack for making his audiences laugh. Bear has earned numerous accolades from the communities he serves. Most recently, Stephenson Realty & Auction was selected as “Veteran-Owned Business of the Year” by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. Readers of Knoxville’s CityView Magazine named Bear “Best Auctioneer” for three years in a row, from 2019 to 2021. Born in Anderson County, Bear attended Clinton High School and is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University. After serving two years in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he returned home, working in banking and real estate development before starting Stephenson Realty & Auction in 1982. A member of the Tennessee Auctioneers Hall of Fame, Bear served as president of the Tennessee Auctioneers Association in 1992-1993. Earlier he served four years as the East Tennessee vice president and director of the association. He has also served as president of the Anderson County Board of Realtors. He is a member of the National Auctioneers Association. Bear generously contributes his time and talent to an average of 50 auctions a year to help area non-profit organizations raise funds. He also devotes time to civic and community groups, serving on the board and as chair of East Tennessee Public Broadcasting and as a past campaign chair for United Way of Anderson County. He is a member of the 4H Foundation Board and served as board chair of Community Bank of East Tennessee for 14 years.

Blythe Sanders


Blythe "Trey" Sanders attended David Lipscomb University and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology. After college, he moved back to Nashville, Tennessee where he continued his career in the real estate field. After successfully operating two title and escrow companies he felt that it was time create a new chapter in his life. [email protected]

Missy Sanders


Missy Sanders is well known for her caring heart, patience, and professionalism. Missy graduated from Roane State Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. After 15 years in the title and escrow industry, she felt the need to assist in the growth of the Sanders name in the real estate community. [email protected]

Rick Jessing

Broker Associate / Realtor

Rick is a seasoned real estate professional with over 30 years experience and has served as President of the Clinch Valley Association of REALTORS. Rick has individually ranked in the top 100 residential REALTORS in Metro Atlanta three times and earned the REALTOR association’s prestigious Phoenix Award. Rick has represented corporate entities such as AT&T, Verizon, and others in commercial cellular site acquisitions throughout the United States. He has represented clients in the lease of mixed-use commercial development and high rise condominium sales. With this background, Rick has a professional, well rounded approach as a team leader and vast knowledge of municipal and political processes. Amongst other endeavors, Rick is a local Eagle Scout, attended Roane State Community College and University of Tennessee, has been honored by the U.S. Department of Energy, has served as managing principal broker for two firms… and has hiked over 800 miles on the Appalachian Trail! Rick has a positive influence on the people around him and looks forward to discussing a dynamic role in your real estate needs.

John Meyer

Affiliate Broker

As a fifth generation resident of this area, John Meyer’s roots are firmly planted in East Tennessee soil. He has spent the majority of my life working in several different capacities for his family at the Museum of Appalachia. Founded by his grandfather, the Museum has played a vital role in cultivating his deep appreciation of this land, and the people that inhabit it. He has seen firsthand the special bond between the people of Appalachia and their land, which has allowed him to bring a unique perspective and reverence into real estate. His goal is to give unmatched customer service to each and every client. It is his mission to build a relationship and establish a connection with you that will result in a continued relationship that lasts far beyond a real estate transaction. His is a husband to a wonderful wife and a father to three beautiful girls. He is an unabashed family man, and you will find him spending much of his free time with his girls. His family loves worshiping together at church, camping, hiking, and new adventures in traveling.