Joan Hundley knows first-hand the benefits of spreading her wings and finding a place to land. She was born in Okinawa, Japan and as a child she lived in California, Delaware, Nebraska and Kentucky. With her father in the Air Force, Joan was ushered into life knowing how to create a home just about anywhere. Those skills in building relationships with others were fine tuned as she earned her degree in communications from Eastern Kentucky University. She moved to Shelbyville in 1985 when she landed her first job at The Sentinel News. She met her husband of more than 30 years and they bought a home in the heart of her new hometown. Joan and Bill raised two children (Stella and Will) and have lived there on Main Street ever since.
She began her contribution to the real estate community in Shelby County in 1990, serving as office manager for W.A. Smith Realty Company. Through the years, she’s cultivated relationships and made a difference in the community, serving in many ways, including the Shelby County Woman’s Club, Girl Scouts, local schools and her church. While contributing to the future of her community, she’s also shared her love for preserving its heritage though living history reenacting. In addition to real estate, Joan serves as a Sunday school teacher for First Christian Church and teaches living history to elementary school students through her club, the Painted Stone Settlers.
Joan’s upbringing prepared her for a lifetime of relating to others from a variety of backgrounds and personalities. She is a skilled communicator, with both a broad worldview perspective and a passion for helping people plant roots. Her role with Torrey Smith Realty Company is embedded with deep connections to families she has served through the years. “I’ve sold property for many folks and now I’m working with their children. I have a lot of repeat business and I think it is due to the personal customer service I show to my clients,” she said. Joan has enjoyed playing a part in the evolving real estate industry and the innovative ways to market and promote for her clients. However, she’s remained to what she calls “old school values” and recognizes the impact of a handwritten note, even in a culture that thrives on technology. “I believe in honesty and being trustworthy. I’m very devoted to my clients and their needs,” she added.