Pat Hayden receives KREC Half Century Award

Pat Hayden, co-found of Rector Hayden REALTORS®, received his Half Century Award of Distinction today from the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. The Half Century Award is given to agents who have served the Kentucky Real Estate Community for 50 years.

Pat Hayden is a known celebrity to the Rector-Hayden family – as well as many Kentuckians for his charm, kindheartedness, and family values. We’d like to shine a little more light on what a fantastic leader Pat has been for Rector Hayden’s success.

Pat Hayden and Ray Rector founded Rector-Hayden Realtors back in 1969. The core values that they believed in are still strong in our company today as we have grown to serve nearly a third of all real estate transactions in the Central Kentucky area and are connected with other top companies around the globe.


An incredibly well-deserved award!   My father [Ray Rector ]  has said many times – Pat Hayden is the BEST thing to ever happen to Rector Hayden Realtors!  Their partnership over the years was a perfect “marriage”, and Pat’s leadership not only helped create the number one real estate company in the region, but also helped improve and further the profession for everyone in Central Kentucky.  Pat’s amazing 50-year influence continues to be felt by everyone in our business, and we’re very fortunate to STILL be reaping the many benefits of his knowledge and expertise.

– Keith Rector, Vice President of Marketing and Development at Rector Hayden REALTORS®


Pat Hayden was the Lexington Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® President in 1983 as well as named REALTOR® of the Year by LBAR in that same year! He was later given the REALTOR® of the Year Award again in a tie with his partner, Ray Rector in 1999. The REALTOR® of the Year award is given out to one agent each year that demonstrates superb REALTOR spirit, activity within the association, KAR / NAR involvement, community involvement, as well as business and education experience.

Pat has since retired from management at the Rector Hayden office but continues to offer community support and education in the real estate industry.


“Pat Hayden is ALWAYS smiling. He treats all people the same and stops whatever he is doing to listen. And he ALWAYS GAVE BIG HUGS.”

– Betty Gardner, staff
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“I enjoy his “Happy Birthday” song every year for my birthday … cha, cha, cha! And I always loved printing that report with all of those numbers and Pat yawning the whole time … thank goodness for coffee!!”

– Kim Combs, staff

“Pat was always fairminded and strong in his conviction. He’s funny and kindhearted!”

– Misty Wise, Staff
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