We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenna May and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenna, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Of course, factors like motivation, dedication, tenacity and passion for what you do are the basic recipes for success, in my opinion. However, despite those variables, I would say the most important factor and secret to my success is genuine care for my clients. Real estate transacting is one of the largest financial decisions people make in their lives. Despite looking at homes as an investment, this process can be very personal and emotional for many. People are not just numbers to me, and I don’t see people as a transaction. I put a lot of energy into each individual I am fortunate enough to work alongside. Over time I can represent that I have made some of my closest friends through real estate, and have had the opportunity to be a part of very special, milestone moments to many. It’s very rewarding and has translated into so much more!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I love what I do, and I think it shows! I’ve come a long way since I started in real estate back in 2015 as a 23 year old newbie and also as a transplant to Crested Butte, Colorado from Dallas, Texas. Back then, there weren’t any young real estate professionals in their early 20s trying to break into the tight knit industry with a progressive and unconventional mindset. I saw a lot of opportunity to do things just a little bit better than what I was seeing. I take a very different approach to the “biz” which I’ve come to recognize has contributed to my successes. There are a lot of prominent agents in the Valley who have been doing this longer than I’ve been alive. It was intimidating to try to break the mold and brand myself in a way that set me apart. The early years were tough. I was working three, four jobs, and trying to find my place. Many told me I would never make it in the industry and encouraged me to take a desk job in an office rather than to try to work for myself. I’m glad I didn’t listen or let these comments discourage me. I’m proud of myself for never quitting even at times that I felt like I would never “get there.” One year, at my company anniversary party, I was awarded the “Perseverance Award.” At the time, I was so embarrassed to receive this award because everyone else was setting sales records, and here I was just hanging in there and didn’t have much to show for it. I later saw this as a compliment of character and merit, and all the years of working for free/ struggling were just obstacles that I later overcame and then things began to fall into place. It was earning my stripes – more or less. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Tenacity, courage, passion, and ultimately perseverance to not give up, escalated me to a top producing role in our market. I learned that good things take time, building a business and network of clients takes time, and nothing good comes easy. As I mentioned, I have been blessed to have made lifelong friends and connections through my work, see the world, and have had doors open through this industry that may have never been offered to me. I discovered being able to help people achieve their dreams is the most rewarding feeling, and gives me purpose!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Crested Butte has four, very dynamic seasons which is one huge aspect of why this place is so extraordinary. My favorite season, year over year, is summer. It’s magical, and there’s no place else in the world like it! We also have world-class skiing in the winter months. You have to drink like the locals. Take your friends and saddle up to the bar at Kochevar’s Saloon for the quintessential shot-skis and shut the box games for happy hour, followed by a more elegant evening listening to local talent and live music in the garden at The Princess Wine bar. For dinner, there’s nothing better than fresh, farm to table plates at The Sunflower. Before starting my favorite hike, Mt. Emmons AKA “Red Lady Bowl,” we are grabbing a truck stop breakfast sandwich at the Gas Cafe. Best breakfast in town! During the summer, dirt biking at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison is my favorite and to cool off a nice long SUP experience at the old mining townsite of Irwin is a must! I’m definitely taking my friends to live concerts called Alpenglow every Monday night of the summer at The Center for the Arts lawn in Downtown. It’s one of my highlights and where you’re sure to meet all the longtime, local characters. During ski season, I’m dragging my friends up to the High Lift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and taking them through the “rabbit ears” boulders above the Headwall. Of course, costumes are a must! The stranger, the better, only in Crested Butte is any excuse to have a party, a party! Lastly, if you are here towards Closing Weekend of the ski area, we are going to disco dance the night away at Soul Train, without question, the best ski town event of the year. There’s an endless list of must-do’s in Crested Butte, year-round, which is one of the reasons I love our quirky, little community so much!
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