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CA Bill Jenkins named Aurora Business Person of the Year

Property Here - Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Bill Jenkins, broker/owner of Re/Max York Group Realty, was recently named 2012 Aurora (Ont.) Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

“Bill is a highly respected entrepreneur who is celebrating 30 years as a business leader in Aurora. He not only survived the recent economic recession but thrived as people still had to buy homes and want to work with someone known for great integrity, commitment to excellence and strong ethical behaviour,” says the Aurora Chamber of Commerce in a congratulatory note.

Jenkins also celebrated another milestone in 2012 – 30 years with the Re/Max franchise.

He began his real estate career at the age of 23, when he joined Family Trust in Aurora in 1975. He opened Re/Max York Group in 1982 in St. Andrews Village and moved to Yonge Street in 1985 following the renovation and an addition to the circa 1860 home known as Pearson-Sprague House.

The office currently has 45 agents. Jenkins says he is thankful for the agents who have worked and helped build a strong and dynamic office.

“We have been blessed with some of the best in the business.  They are enthusiastic community supporters who operate in a positive and energetic way and provide remarkable results for our company and the community,” he says.

Jenkins, who has lived in Aurora for almost 40 years, says he has seen many changes in the real estate industry. The Internet and social media are great, he says, but he encourages his agents to get out of the office and away from the computer. “They need to get belly to belly with people. If you think real estate is about selling houses, you are in the wrong business. It is about people,” says Jenkins.

He encourages his agents to get involved with the community. Those agents who go out and shake hands and volunteer grow faster than those who only sit at their computers, he says.

Jenkins has worked with numerous charities, including the Children’s Miracle Network and Habitat for Humanity, as well as youth sports groups.

He is an active, working and available broker/owner, who ensures he is available by phone and is in the office every day. He also still sells, working with his wife of 28 years, Brenda. A Realtor of 17 years, Brenda handles the bulk of their sales while Jenkins looks after the agents in his office.

“The competition uses that against us, saying that agents (in our office) have to compete with the broker, but I have my own friends and (clients). A non-selling manager who hasn’t been active for years doesn’t know how to handle the intricacies (of a sale),” he says.