FRANKLIN, Tenn.—(November 24, 2014) The Williamson County Association of Realtors® has presented their most prestigious award, Realtor  Of The Year, to Benchmark Managing Broker John Giffen at their annual installation and awards reception held at Lillie Belle’s in downtown Franklin.WCAR realtor of the year- John Giffen

In presenting the award, 2014 WCAR President Lisa Culp Taylor said the criteria is based on civic and community service, business accomplishments and contributions to the state, national and Williamson County associations of Realtors.

“John has been involved in real estate since 1986 as an owner, investor, Realtor and managing broker. He has been active in the National Association of Realtors AS A REBAC instructor, as a member of the Council of Residential Specialists and as a member of the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. He also serves as a member of the Diversity Committee of the Tennessee Association of Realtors,” Culp Taylor said. “As a WCAR instructor, John has served on many committees including Grievance, Professional Standards and Education.”

Giffen was also installed as a 2015 WCAR Director, along with Benchmark agent Lisa Wurth, who will be extending her service on the WCAR Board as a member of the 2015 Board Executive Committee, in the role of Secretary/Treasurer.

Giffen in his remarks to the group said “it’s an honor and a privilege to receive this award representing a noble profession and a noble cause helping steward the largest asset a person has, “ Giffen said. “Moving to Benchmark was the best professional decision I’ve ever made and I appreciate our CEO Phillip Cantrell’s incredible work ethic and integrity. I also so appreciate my wife, Michelle, who understood and supported the sacrifices I’ve made over the years to be successful in this profession.”

Benchmark WCAR Cantrell, Wurth, Giffen

Benchmark CEO Phillip Cantrell with WCAR- Secretary/Treasurer Lisa Wurth and Benchmark Managing Broker John Giffen

Established in 2006, Benchmark Realty, LLC is a locally owned full service residential and commercial real estate brokerage with offices in Cool Springs, Murfreesboro and Midtown Nashville. With almost 600 agents serving all of Middle Tennessee, the award winning company has become one of the fastest growing, technologically innovative real estate firms in the area. CEO, Phillip Cantrell was last year’s  WCAR- Realtor of the year winner making this the second consecutive year that a Benchmark Realty Agent has taken home this prestigious award. Visit them online at