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Jay W. Bell – President and Owner

Jay Bell is an accomplished heavy equipment operator, carpenter, construction superintendent and well respected real estate agent. With a BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Jay brings a wealth of construction and real estate knowledge to all projects. He oversees the new home and lot sales for all Bell properties and handles the subdivision design and construction, from the purchase of the raw land to the final finished neighborhoods. The home building side of Bell really took off when youngest son Jay took the helm in 1998. Jay helped take the family business from selling 45 lots in a year to over 300 a year for the past ten years. Like father, like son, Jay learned first hand from his dad, the ins and outs of the residential building business. When he is not selling homes, Jay enjoys reading, fishing, and time with his family.

  • Licenses in Tennessee: Real Estate Brokers, Contractors, LEED A.P.

Jay Bell, 423-760-1088



Kent Hannah, CPA – Chief Financial Officer

Kent is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of accounting and financial management experience. Prior to joining the Bell group of companies, he was a Senior Manager with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, assisting clients with a wide variety of projects, including liquidating failed banks during the height of the financial crisis. Kent has performed numerous workouts of residential and commercial real estate loans as a consultant to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation.  In addition, he spent seven years as the Chief Financial Officer and Partner of an upper end homebuilder in Marietta, Georgia.  Early in his career, he was the Vice President of Finance for a multi-national commercial real estate developer and property manager where he developed new processes and streamlined operations. Kent also spent several years in public accounting performing tax and audit services, including several years with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Kent is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a former Board Member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants’ North Atlanta Chapter. Additionally, Kent is the past president of the North Cobb Rotary Club and a former community bank director.

Kent graduated from the University of West Georgia with a degree in Accounting. He is married with two grown children. Kent enjoys researching stocks and playing tennis when he is not working.


Kent Hannah, 423-266-1252


Manuel Martinez, MBA – Property Manager & Marketing – Bilingual Realtor

Fascinated by new construction and growing up working alongside his father, a well-known Tennessee subcontractor, Manuel brings first hand construction experience to his various roles at Bell Home Builders.  As a leasing agent and property manager, Manuel effectively applies his management skills to overseeing all of Bell’s rental properties. An active sales agent in both Georgia and Tennessee since 2006, Manuel has attained vast knowledge of NW Georgia and the greater Chattanooga area markets, and he has also implemented a wide array of effective marketing techniques throughout his career. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a focus in Marketing, and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A). Manuel is also fluent in both English and Spanish, and he consistently embraces discipline, dedication, and vision in all his endeavors. He is married, and enjoys translating for his church, competing in thriathlons, and traveling to participate in obstacle course races in his spare time.

  • Public notary
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent in Tennessee & Georgia
  • (CSP) Certified New Home Sales Proffessional
  • Chamber of Commerce International Business Council Board Member
  • University of Georgia’s leadership institute Certified
  • Serves as a public speaker and translator for Hamilton Medical Hospital, Junior Achievement, The United Way, and Abba’s House.

Manuel Martinez, (423) 693-3064


Mariana Bates – Purchasing

Mariana brings to the Bell team over 30 years of office management, bookkeeping and training experience across various industry disciplines;’oilfield, avionics, medical,’ telecommunications, etc. Additionally, she has hands-on survey and engineering experience, specifically in Hamilton County, including knowledge of various Federal, State and Local regulatory procedures. She has a thorough knowledge of FEMA flood mapping processes and flood studies.

Mariana attended California State University as a pre-law major. She is married and has two grown children. Her spare time is spent fishing, and gardening.

Mariana Bates (423) 266-1252





Kaye Ivey, ABR, CNHS, CRS, RCC – Licensed Realtor

Kaye brings a wealth of experience and proficiency in real estate sales, particularly in the field of new construction. Kaye’s evident perseverance, strong work ethic, positive attitude, and commitment to customer service have played a vital role in her long standing success throughout her Real Estate Career. Her accreditations, memberships, and awards convey just a portion of her achievements and dedication. Kaye not only continues to make exceptional contributions to the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors, Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee, and the Women’s Council of Realtors, but is also very pro-active in giving back to the community.
I BELIEVE that education, knowledge and giving back to the community are the key to success!

Memberships and Associations

Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors – Member Since 2004
Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors, Professional Development Committee -2007
National Association of Realtors – Member
Tennessee Association of Realtors – Member
Tennessee – Licensed Realtor
Georgia – License Retired
Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee – Affiliate Member
Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee – Women’s Council Member

 Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee Titles & Trajectory

Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee – Officer
Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee – 2008 President’s Award
Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee – Affiliate Associate for the May 2008
Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee – Spike Club Member
Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee – Century Club Member – 2009, 2010, 2011
National Home Builders Association – Affiliate Member

Women’s Council of Realtors Titles & Trajectory

Women’s Council of Realtors, Chattanooga Chapter – Member Since 2006
Women’s Council of Realtors, Governing Board Member
Women’s Council of Realtors, Ways and Means Committee – Member
Women’s Council of Realtors, Super Sponsor Chairman 2007
Women’s Council of Realtors, Officer – Secretary 2008
Women’s Council of Realtors, Officer – Vice President of Membership 2009
Women’s Council of Realtors, Officer – President Elect 2010
Women’s Council of Realtors, Officer – President 2011
President Elect 2011 Women’s Council
Women’s Council of Realtors – 2009 & 2010 Excellence in Service (Silver Service Award)
Women’s Council of Realtors – 2011 Excellence in Service (Gold Service Award)

Kaye Ivey, (423) 902-8186