Monthly Archives: September 2009

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Northrop Team Named #13 in Gazette’s 2009 Politics & Business Exceptional 53!

With offices in Carroll, Howard and Montgomery Counties, The Creig Northrop Team provides clients with the best-in-industry services, such as
sales strategy and state-of-the-art marketing, and spends millions of dollars annually to promote its listed properties. The team’s stagers have been featured on HGTV’s hit show “Get It Sold.”

The Northrop Team believes in giving back to the community. The group’s Unsung Hero award program, started six years ago, recognizes area youths who contribute time and energy to community causes. The team is a sponsor of the Soccer Association of Columbia, which recently named its soccer complex Northrop Fields at Covenant Park.

Team members’ opinions are valued. Biweekly “Hour of Power” meetings teach sales agents how to overcome obstacles in their transactions and provide information regarding the current market situation. At monthly sales meetings, top associates from each office are recognized and rewarded and administrative employees of the month are named.

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NFL Picks – Week 3

Creig’s picks for the third week of NFL games. Continue reading

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Welcome to Barry Redler, new CMO of the Long & Foster Companies

Chantilly, Va., September 24, 2009 —   P. Wesley Foster, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of The Long & Foster® Companies, announced today that Barry S. Redler has been selected to serve as chief marketing officer, a newly created position within the organization. The Long & Foster Companies is the parent company of Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc., Prosperity Mortgage® Company, Walker Jackson® Mortgage Corporation, Long & Foster® Settlement Services, and Long & Foster® Insurance Agency, Inc

Redler is an experienced marketing leader having worked with both Fortune 10 and privately held corporations.  Prior to joining The Long & Foster Companies, he oversaw marketing and sales as a vice president for the Stanley Martin Companies, a privately held regional homebuilder.

Redler also worked for The Ford Motor Company for over 20 years in various senior level marketing and sales positions.  His broad experience at that company included field marketing and sales assignments throughout the U.S., as well as serving in lead product and consumer marketing roles.  His team led the launch of the Ford Edge crossover, which went on to lead the segment in market share, and he was instrumental in executing a critical communications plan for the Escape Hybrid that launched with a television ad during Superbowl XL in 2006.  The ad was recognized by IAG Research as the “Most Effective Automotive Ad—Non Luxury” that year and drove record awareness levels.

“We are very excited to have Barry join our team,” said Foster.  “He brings enormous marketing and sales talent and will be a huge asset to our company.”  He noted that “Adding this position and experience to our company will drive even more emphasis toward building our brands for the future and help Long & Foster provide even greater support for its 12,000-plus dedicated and professional sales associates”.

Redler is a graduate of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two children.

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Planning board signs off on Columbia redevelopment

30-year-plan for downtown now in hands of Howard County Council

The county’s planning board Thursday unanimously approved an ambitious, 30-year plan to redevelop downtown Columbia, leaving the future of the planned community’s center in the hands of the County Council.

However, the board issued no opinion on accompanying legislation that would change zoning laws to allow the future development.

Dave Grabowski, chairman of the planning board, said the group felt it could not make a recommendation on the zoning regulation without knowing what the final version of the plan will look like once the council has approved it.

That decision may prevent the planning board from weighing in on the zoning portion of the redevelopment in the future, as the council could vote on that portion when it takes up the redevelopment plan, without waiting for board recommendations.

The plan for downtown Columbia calls for 5,500 new residential units, 5 million square feet of office space and 1.25 million square feet of retail space.

The plan, as proposed by General Growth Properties Inc., would develop downtown Columbia in stages over the course of 30 years.

Council member Calvin Ball, whose district includes part of Columbia, said council members will give consideration to the planning board’s recommendations, but said it was important for the council to examine the development plan and the accompanying zoning changes together.

“Passing on and then moving forward to the other, I’m not sure if that’s the best process … for the public or … for the actual movement in downtown Columbia,” he said.

Source: Columbia Flier, Sarah Breitenbach (9/18/2009)

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14th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathalon

Congratulations to The Northrop Team members who competed in the 14th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon this past Saturday – September 19th, 2009. It was a great accomplishment as they said it was the hardest Triathlon in 10 years due to the rough ocean swim.

“Being part of this 5 member team was amazing and inspirational to watch everyone give all they got (including myself).”

Thank you to the entire Northrop Team for all the support –  knowing you were all behind us made all the difference to the ones that competed.

I truly believe if you put your mind to the test you can do whatever you BELIEVE IN!!!

  • Creig Northrop #1 —1 hour 20 min
  • Tom Greeves #2 —-1 hour 30 min
  • Kathi Austin #3 — 1 hour 33 min
  • Sandy Jaso #4 —1 hour 45 min
  • Mike Clevenger — Competed, Dqd

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NFL Picks – Week 2

Creig’s picks for the second week of NFL games. Continue reading

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