In his role as owner and CEO of The Anderson Group Real Estate Services, Josh Anderson feels blessed to have the opportunity to continue giving back to the Nashville community through the group's own nonprofit, RE:home.

Founded in 2015, RE:home provides home improvement services to local homeowners who are unable to make the improvements themselves. A portion of proceeds from every home sold by The Anderson Group Real Estate Services is donated to the cause.

Here, Anderson discusses his nonprofit's mission and delves into how his military background has helped him succeed in the real estate industry.

RISMedia's Real Estate Newsmakers honors were created to recognize the people who are raising the standards of professionalism in the real estate industry. What does it mean to you to be named among this year's 300 honorees?

There are a lot of incredible REALTORS« included in this list. It's very cool. I consider it a great honor to be included among these great leaders.

You were selected as a Newsmaker within the Inspirations category, which is dedicated to the brave leaders within our industry. Could you tell us a little bit about how your nonprofit, RE:home, got started?

RE:home started with the idea, in 2014, of giving back to the community and our agents who may have fallen on hard times in some capacity. For instance, if someone became disabled, we would build them a ramp at their home. For others, we would help them renovate their house.

What is the mission of RE:home?

Our mission is to provide a safe and healthy home for every person, and that together we can transform the lives of homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes.

How has your strong military background helped you in your real estate career?

One of the big things is the work ethic and discipline. With those skills, I've been able to separate myself from a lot of other real estate professionals. With the lessons I learned during my time in the military, I've been able to stay focused and build a business. While the average agent may sell seven homes a year, I go above and beyond that.

What's the biggest misconception newer agents have about the real estate industry?

Probably how easy our industry is. I think many people think we just open doors. That's simply not true. There are so many people that are involved on the way to closing that can make the experience run smoothly or be difficult.