Nancy Baker DeFriece

Nancy Baker DeFriece
2000 Honorary Alumni

Nancy Baker DeFriece, a native of Bristol, Va., was the first woman to open, as sole proprietor, her own real estate agency in the Bristol, TN-VA area. In 1980, after substantial growth, the company was incorporated and known as The Landmark Realty, Inc. DeFriece currently serves as President and shows residential and commercial property by request, specializing in selling Bristol to newcomers with private tours. In 1981, DeFriece established the Landmark Investment and Mortgage, Inc., now Sikorski/ DeFriece Investment. This corporation invests in real estate holdings, both commercial and residential. A commercial development, known as "The Landmark Centre," in Bristol, Tenn., opened in the summer of 1994.

Through the years, DeFriece has given unselfishly of her time, talents, and financial resources to support the community. Some of the organizations that have benefited through her efforts are: Hands On! Regional Museum; Appalachian Girl Scout Council, Inc.; Barter Theatre; Sprint Mid-Atlantic Telecom; Bristol, Tennessee Planning Commission; King College Board of Trustees, since 1995; Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra; St. Anne's Church & School; Sullins Academy; Autumn Chase Festival; Junior League of Bristol; and First American National Bank. She is a member of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine Visiting Committee; Bristol TN-VA Association of Realtors; and the Greater Bristol Area Chamber of Commerce.

Each year the board of directors of the YWCA recognizes the outstanding achievements of women in the Bristol area with "The Tribute to Women" event. In 1994, DeFriece was the recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women, Business Award in recognition of women's full potential as contributing members in today's world.

As a cancer survivor, DeFriece has taken on the responsibility of helping others with their struggle with cancer. She currently serves as a board member of the American Cancer Society of Bristol and has shared her story with several survivor groups. More recently, she has helped organize a local chapter of the "Relay for Life" program to further the work of researching a cure for cancer.

DeFriece and her husband Frank have supported the Foundation at Bristol Regional Medical Center, both personally and through the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation, Inc. Their generous contributions to the Citizen Hall of Fame event and the Capital Campaign Fund have helped to bring to reality such projects as the Residential Hospice House. She is a charter member of the Foundation's board of directors.

They are both members of First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn. She has one son, Chet Sikorski, who resides in Bristol, Tenn.