Written by Jason Gilmer | Photos by Anthony Harden & Beverly-Hanks (June 2017)
Time can be a fickle monster. There’s never enough. Even when you spend plenty of time with someone, when you lose them, you inevitably long for more time.
Neal Hanks, Jr., can understand. The president at Beverly-Hanks & Associates—Western North Carolina’s leading real estate agency, with a total sales volume for 2016 of $1.16 billion, according to the MLS—had a lot of time with his father, but that time was cut too short.
“My dad and I had a great relationship. We were very close, personally and professionally,” says Neal, as he sits in a small conference room at the corporate office with an overfilled to-do list on a yellow legal pad. “He died at a young age, but, and I’ve said this to many people, I spent more time with my dad than most people would if their father lived to be 100. We worked together six or seven days a week and then seeing each other like a normal family would. We saw a lot of each other and enjoyed the same things.”
Neal Hanks, Sr., and George Beverly merged their agencies—Beverly Realty and W. Neal Hanks & Associates—in 1976 to form a new company. They located it at 16 Church Street near downtown Asheville and then grew the company through their people skills and service. This year the company celebrated its history, and while there was time to look back, Beverly-Hanks and Associates is more about forward thinking than past successes.
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