Many in the business community may already know Jenni Utz is a shining star, but now it's official. The Carroll County native is making a name for herself in the real estate industry.
Jenni Utz, a realtor at Utz Real Estate in Westminster, was recently awarded the Shining Star Award from the Carroll County Association of Realtors. She is also the daughter (and co-worker) of Westminster's Mayor, Kevin Utz.
Jenni has also been selected as one of the 50 finalists for the National Association of Realtors "30 Under 30". The final results will be announced May 14.
Patch checked in with Jenni to see what makes her tick.
Patch: What is your relationship to the Westminster/Carroll County community?
Jenni: I was born and raised in Westminster, attended McDaniel College, and began my real estate career 7 years ago.
Patch: What do you like about working in this community?
Jenni: Working in the community where I was born and raised has allowed me to give back to the local charities, and network with other young professionals I grew up with. It's amazing to see what everyone is doing since graduating, and encouraging each other in our careers.
Patch: Were you surprised by winning the award? What does it mean to you that you were selected to receive this award?
Jenni: I was very surprised by winning the award. It was a great night for my company as I not only won "The Shining Star" award, but Sharon Hooper, a Realtor with Utz Real Estate, won "Rookie of the Year". I was proud to have been recognized for the accomplishments throughout the year.
Patch: Describe the real estate market in Carroll County right now.
Jenni: I have noticed a spike in the market, and it looks like the spring/summer market will be positive!
Patch: What's it like working with your dad?
Jenni: I enjoy working with my father, we have a great working relationship. All in all, I would say his involvement in local politics has been a help because he has made a lot of great contacts.