Local Realtor Recognized by Lake Norman Chamber as Business Person of the Year
Posted by Abigail Jennings — January 29, 2013
Cornelius, NC – In a sign that the Lake Norman real estate market is making a recovery from a lingering slow down and national recession, a local realtor has been selected as the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year. Abigail Jennings, president of Lake Norman Realty, Inc received the prestigious Robert T. Cashion Award at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet Thursday, January 24th.
Lake Norman Realty is the oldest Lake Norman real estate firm, with offices located Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Mooresville and Statesville. The agency is currently celebrating their 35th anniversary. John Bradford, a Cornelius Town Commissioner and recipient of the 2011Cashion Business Person of the Year presented the award along with Lake Norman Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman. Bradford cited that in 2012 the agency was recognized as one of the Charlotteregion’s largest real estate companies and the largest female owned real estate companies according to The Charlotte Business Journal. Lake Norman Realty, Inc. was also ranked 4th overall in Charlotte as a Best Place to Work and a top finalist for the 6th year in a row.
Lake Norman Realty, Inc.’s Luxury home division made regional real estate history with two record breaking sales at $4.4 million and $7.5 million. Their Commercial Division increased 29% in sales volume, property management a 9% increase, and overall sales volume 60% over 2011. Most importantly their customer satisfaction rate was 99.5% from surveyed seller and buyer clients.
In addition, Jennings is the co-founder and financial director for the Pioneer Springs Community School which opened this past August; Vice President of the South Iredell Community Development Corporation; Board member for Blue Harbor Bank; and President of the Lucky Cat Program for stray or abandoned cats as well as many more local community projects and programs.
In accepting the award, Jennings said, “I am honored and grateful for this award. Without the support of my husband, Randolph Lewis, my Mom, Jane Getsinger, and Lake Norman Realty's stellar team of associates, I would not be here today. I'd like to also thank my Dad and mentor, James Jennings, who laid the foundation of Lake Norman Realty in 1978. Adaptation and perseverance are how we've made it through our recent market downturn, making this award especially meaningful as we enter our 35th year serving Lake Norman. Thank you also to the Chamber for the wonderful work you have done over the past quarter century. We are proud to have been a charter member and believe in the power and synergy the Chamber brings to this community.”
Abigail Jennings, President of Lake Norman Realty Inc receives the coveted Lake Norman Chamber Cashion Business person of the Year. From left to right: Shantae Brown, Debbie Monroe, Randolph Lewis, Abigail Jennings, Jane Getsinger, Celeste Colcord, and Denise Richards.