2017-05-18 / Opinion

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Denise Henry
BY STEVE LINEBERRY


COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTO Since arriving in Punta Gorda 32 years ago, Denise Henry has enjoyed the many benefits of living, working and playing on Charlotte Harbor. If it’s near or on the water, she’s in. Ms. Henry has achieved great success in the endeavors that she has chosen over the years. Her interests as a former food broker, currently as a real estate agent and a local arts champion, allow her to meet many new people and many have become lifetime friends.

¦ Where did you grow up?

New Castle, Pennsylvania.

¦ Where do you live in now?

I moved to Punta Gorda in 1985 to enjoy the “sailing life.”

¦ What did your parents do for a living?

My father was an electrician for U.S. Steel. My mother was on the school board and an entrepreneur in retail jewelry sales. They were childhood sweethearts.

¦ What is the greatest lesson your parents taught you?

Do what you say you are going to do.

¦ What was your favorite hobby as a child?

Bug collector. I lived on eight rural acres and it gave me the opportunity to catch a wide variety of bugs.

¦ What interests do you have now?

I enjoy anything water-related. Relaxing at the beach or boating are favorites. As a past president of the Visual Arts Center board and a founding member of the Peace River Art Festival, I also have a passion for the local arts.

¦ What sports did you play?

I ran track in high school.

¦ What did you want to be when you grew up?

Forest ranger.

¦ What author has had an influence on you?

I enjoy reading the works of Malcom Gladwell. His book “David and Goliath” is a classic.

¦ What do you consider the greatest accomplishment thus far in your life?

My daughter, Jessica, 28 years old, was a “surprise” baby. She is married and lives in North Miami Beach with her husband, Kutzal, a private yacht captain.

¦ Name something most people may not know about you.

I spent time working in South America as a food importer, specializing in importing macadamia nuts. At one time, our company was the third-largest macadamia nut importer in the United States.

¦ How do you define success?

I define success as not “how much money one makes,” but how much time and energy one devotes to caring for those who are important to you.

¦ How long have you been with your company?

Three years with a GRI certification.

¦ What was you first job?

When I was 18 years old, I worked as a third-shift waitress at a diner in my hometown.

¦ What was your worst job?

I was a bookkeeper for a tractor supply company that was run by a couple of “good ol’ boys.”

¦ What attracted you to your industry?

I was influenced by my broker, Deborah Meredith-Peters. I admired her tenacity and ability to make things happen.

¦ Describe yourself in one sentence.

I am a happy, smiling person who enjoys life every day and is always looking for the good in others.

¦ Describe your business in one sentence.

As a real estate professional, my business is me — and I work very hard in the highly competitive world of real estate to achieve successful transactions for the buyer and/or the seller.

¦ What do you believe is your greatest business strength?

I work diligently for my customers to receive the best service in an environment that is honest, has integrity and insures that the selling or buying process is as stress-free as possible.

¦ What are the most important traits every leader should have?

Compassion, with the capability to be empathetic and the skill to listen.

¦ What do you like best about what you do?

I like meeting new people and turning those new relationships into lasting friendships.

¦ What have you achieved in your profession that you’re most proud of?

I was recently voted into the Re/Max Hall of Fame. ¦

Denise Henry

>> Position: Broker associate
>> Company: Re/Max Anchor Realty
3941 Tamiami Trail, Suite 3121
Punta Gorda
628-0856

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