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Jill Childress named Realtor of the Year

Jill Childress with her 2016 Realtor of the Year award.

Jill Childress with her 2016 Realtor of the Year award.

At the Annual Installation Banquet held on Oct. 10 the Grand County Board of Realtors awarded Realtor of the Year to Jill Childress, who owns Mountain Dog Real Estate in Tabernash.

Childress grew up in Denver and taught skiing at Winter Park Resort when she was 15-years-old.

“Now I ski for fun,” she said.

She also enjoys hiking, geocaching and swimming.

Childress has been a real estate agent for 17 years.

She’s been in the industry her entire life. Her first job out of college was at a title insurance company and later she managed an office in Lakewood.

“It’s the people that draw me to real estate,” she said.

Childress’ favorite part of her job is the challenge in residential sales of finding the right place for her clients.

She has clients that she has worked with over the years that come back to her over and over again, she said.

“I’ve helped them find homes in Grand County and as their families grow, they buy bigger homes. Now they have grandchildren.”

She is very involved in the community and giving back with her time.

Childress started the Festival of Trees 13 years ago in a small retail space that started with six trees. The popular, annual event is now held at the Grand Park Community Rec Center with 24 trees.

“She really does the work,” said Debra Brynoff, Executive Officer Grand County Board of Realtors.

“When Jill took over the backpack and school supply drive for Mountain Family Center, we had more backpacks than we needed – enough for two years. I love it when realtors take on projects like this; and that is what is awesome about Jill.”

“I’m a teacher and organizer,” said Childress.

“I was a managing broker for a bit and I always like to help and mentor new realtors who come into the valley.”

Childress works every day, out of her home in Tabernash, with two big dogs at her feet. She will often meet clients at coffee shops around the county. She loves her job and she loves her community.

Congratulations to Jill Childress for being this year’s Realtor of the Year.