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Stopping for Ribbon-Cutting, Real Estate CEO Applauds Utah Locations

Sep 18, 2015 23h41 ● By Rhett Wilkinson

left to right, EXIT Realty Legacy Owners Angelina Nelson and Kyle Webb and Sugar House Chamber of Commerce Chair Summer Shumway cut the ribbon for a new EXIT Realty location as CEO Tami Bonnell (far left) looks on. Photo courtesy Angelina Nelson

By Rhett Wilkinson

Tami Bonnell sees so many places, she lives in airplanes. Still, the Sugar House area remains one of her favorites.

Bonnell rides in 100 planes per year, seeing dozens of locations annually as she guides EXIT Realty’s progression. But she enjoys the Sugar House area so much – she called it “breathtaking” – she wished that she had time to take a hike while in town Wednesday to celebrate EXIT Realty’s new office space in the city.

Regardless of schedule availability, Bonnell loves what has happened to the business in the area as she loves the area itself, she said.

“The people here work together more like a team – like a family,” she said. “Everybody is really nice, down-to-earth people.”

EXIT Realty celebrated its new location Wednesday evening with a ribbon cutting. Bonnell cited growing families, first-time buyers, millennials and agreeable prices as “very appealing” reasons for its newest opening. A couple of offices in northern Utah are even seeing double the production from just last year, she added.

“We’re seeing great opportunity for growth in Utah,” she said. “I’m just really proud of what our agents and brokers have built so far.”

Leadership from the company, based in Massachusetts and Ontario, tries to attend every opening. Bonnell tries to “maximize” all of her glamour trips by doing speaking engagements and other functions. (She had several for this trip, including a visit in Sandy with the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.)

But her favorite part of the job is seeing what folks rate as their top two dreams: owning their own home and business, she said.

“I can’t wait,” she said, “to see what they build."