“Joie de Vivre” is a Cajun Expression that Means the Joy of Living.
And it’s the Perfect Way to Describe Denaige Pizzutello!
Denaige grew up in a large family in Cajun Country; Catahoula to be specific. Material things were not abundant, but joy and love overflowed every day. And that’s exactly how Denaige approaches life and work now as she leads the charge to ensure that Virginia Cook, Realtors® has the best training and educational program in Texas.
Denaige left Louisiana when she earned a Congressional Appointment to U.S. Military Academy at West Point at the age of 20. She went on to serve her country for six years as a Counterintelligence Special Agent with the U.S. Army and was a two-time recipient of the Army Commendation, Army Achievement and Army Good Conduct Medals.
It was during Denaige’s military service that an interest in real estate was sparked.
“I wanted to buy my first house, but couldn’t afford it on a soldier’s salary,” said Denaige. Not to be deterred, she obtained permission from her commander to take a weekend civilian job as a receptionist at a local real estate firm. She worked her way up to Vice President of the company after completing her military service.
A move in 1995 to Texas with husband and fellow Army veteran, Michael Pizzutello, led Denaige to the MetroTex Association of Realtors®, where our own President Sheila Rica was the current president and Virginia Cook had been the first female president. As MLS Director, Denaige was responsible for MLS computer services, training and technical support for over 8,000 members. After 10 years, she went to work as a real estate trainer for a local title company for 12 years, and then joined Virginia Cook, Realtors® in 2016.
“It felt like I had gone full circle when I came to Sheila and Virginia. I love working with them and all of the great agents and staff in our company, and I love that I’m always learning.” says Denaige, who is inspired daily by the Golden Rule and believes that “Above all things, the greatest is love”.
A graduate of the MetroTex Leadership Program (Class 15), Denaige is also a 10-year breast cancer survivor.