The Lake Norman Chamber has named Realtor Abigail Jennings as its Business Person of the Year. Ms. Jennings, president of Lake Norman Realty Inc., was honored at the chamber’s annual gala Thursday, Jan. 24, at Havana Banquet & Ballroom in Cornelius.
Ms. Jennings received the chamber’s annual Robert T. Cashion Award. John Bradford, a Cornelius Town Commissioner and the 2011 Business Person of the Year, presented the award along with outgoing Lake Norman Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman.
At 35 years old, Lake Norman Realty is the oldest real estate firm in the area, with offices in Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Mooresville and Statesville.
Mr. Bradford said Lake Norman Realty in 2012 was recognized as one of the Charlotte region’s largest real estate companies and one of the largest owned by a woman, by the The Charlotte Business Journal. The agency 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.
Ms. Jennings also has been active in the community, including as co-founder and financial director for the Pioneer Springs Community School, which opened this past August; vice president of the South Iredell Community Development Corp.; board member for blueharbor bank; and President of the Lucky Cat Program for stray or abandoned cats.
“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,” Ms. Jennings said in accepting her award.
“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,” she added.
The dinner also marked the 25th anniversary of the Lake Norman Chamber, a fact Ms. Jennings noted: “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.”
Lake Norman Chamber, www.lakenormanchamber.org