2011 Rookie of the Year Award

Jason Gentry is 2011 Vane Mingle Rookie of the Year Award

New Realtor® excels in challenging times

Editor’s note: Jason Gentry, a Realtor®with RE/MAX Executive Realty, was honored as the 2011 Vane Mingle Rookie of the Year at the 2011 Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association/Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS) Holiday Awards Luncheon & Annual Meeting Dec. 9 at the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park. The award is presented to a new Realtor® who excels in his or her new profession. For the 2011 award, the rookie must have completed his or her first 12 months as a member of the association by Nov. 1 of the current year. Among other things, the winner must be new to real estate in general, never having held the Realtor® designation in any other Realtor® association, must have closed at least 10 individual sales transactions during his or her first 12 months as a member, and must have been an active volunteer at the association.

Gentry, the 24th recipient of the Vane Mingle Rookie of the Year award, joined the association in February 2010. Since that time, he has shown that he has great enthusiasm for this industry. Making the transition from architecture, his first career, to real estate, Gentry quickly went to work creating a personal website, getting additional real estate-related certifications and working with a team to develop ReBILT.com, a one-stop shop for green residential services. ReBILT launched in October 2011.

It’s not hard to see that Gentry exhibits strong leadership skills. His hard work, dedication, professionalism and association involvement prove that he takes his role very seriously. In his short time as a member, Gentry has served on the association’s Young Professionals Network (YPN). He also gives back to the community by working with the United States Green Building Council, Habitat for Humanity and the Children’s Miracle Network.

His broker-in-charge, Cindy Sikorski, says she hired Gentry despite concerns he was not “seasoned.” However, after Gentry’s interview, Sikorski found him to be intelligent, organized, knowledgeable and professional. Not only does Gentry understand the legal and ethical components of the real estate industry, she says, but he is also willing to seek advice and validation when dealing with the many grey areas that a Realtor® may face.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Architecture Program, Gentry was one of 50 students selected out of 5,000 to be admitted. He graduated with honors in 2005 and later went to work for one of the largest architectural firms in the world before diving headfirst into real estate. In the first 12 months as a Realtor®, Gentry had more than $3 million in individual sales.

Gentry continues to combine his architectural skills and knowledge with being a Realtor® in an effort to help make an impact on the Charlotte community.
Congratulations, Jason!

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