Mike Pugh and Cathy Ward, Old Dominion Realty Brokers, recently hosted a team of their top producing real estate agents and staff members on a five-day, four-night cruise to the Bahamas. Old Dominion Realty's team members were challenged with strict performance specifications over the last year to be included as a part of the retreat. The members who participated in the retreat achieved and even exceeded their goals.
"We like to recognize the hard work of our talented, professional real estate agents and team members at Old Dominion Realty," commented Pugh. "Travelling to ports of call like Port Canaveral, Cococay, and Nassau, gave us a chance to escape the cold, Virginia winter and relate to each other as adventurers, relaxation seekers, and cruisers and instead of co-workers."
Approximately 60 sales associates, staff members and their family members set sail from Port Canaveral, FL on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas® ship on March 2, 2015 enjoying onboard and off board adventures like RCCL Vitality Spa and fitness center, rock-climbing wall, fine dining, Broadway-style entertainment, and relaxing by the pool or on the beaches of the Bahamas.
"Incentives for Realtors like a cruise to the Bahamas help to create a successful and rewarding business environment giving us a chance to celebrate our successes together. This year's cruise challenge brought a lot of excitement throughout our offices, and we're certain future challenges will do the same," said Pugh.
Old Dominion Realty Inc. is a full-service, established regional real estate firm offering residential real estate services, property management, residential and commercial appraisal services, consulting, relocation services, and commercial sales and leasing services. Old Dominion Realty was founded in 1962 by Clyde Pugh.
Old Dominion Realty has expanded to 90 agents and staff located in six offices throughout Virginia and West Virginia.
In 2005, Old Dominion Realty joined "Leading Real Estate Companies of the World," an association of the best-known local and regional independent real estate firms offering relocation and referral services. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World encompasses over 600 established companies in the U.S. and over 35 countries around the globe. Annual sales exceed $400 billion.
Betty Reese, Community Association Management – a Division of Old Dominion Realty, Harrisonburg, recently joined the elite group of community association managers who have earned the Association Management Specialist (AMS) credential from Community Associations Institute (CAI). Reese is one of more than 6,000 managers worldwide who have earned this prestigious designation.
Reese is an area resident and has managed local community associations over the past five years and is also a local real estate agent with Old Dominion Realty. She currently manages eleven associations including one at Smith Mountain Lake area.
To earn the AMS credential, managers must have at least two years of experience in community association management and complete advanced course work. In addition, they must have already earned the basic industry certification for managers – the Certified Manager of Community Associations credential.
"Professionals who earn CAI credential maximize the value they can provide to their community association clients," said CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, "Not only have these professionals demonstrated a personal commitment to self-improvement, but they have also elevated their practical knowledge and expertise. That's what all community associations need, and what board members and residents deserve."
Professional managers provide administrative, operational and managerial counsel to the boards that govern homeowners associations. Mangers typically are responsible for managing budgets and contractors, directing association personnel and overseeing compliance with association covenants and restrictions.
CAI is a national organization dedicated to building better communities. More than 60 million Americans live in an estimated 315,000 association-governed communities.
CAI and it 60 chapters work on behalf of the professionals and volunteers engaged in the management and governance of homeowner associations, cooperatives and other planned communities. CAI's nearly 32,000 members include community association volunteer leaders, managers, management companies and businesses that provide products and services to these communities.
About Old Dominion Realty
Old Dominion Realty, Inc. was founded by Clyde Pugh in 1962. The company moved its office from Bridgewater, Virginia 1972 to South Main Street, in Harrisonburg, Virginia where the corporate office remains today.
Old Dominion Realty Inc. is a full-service established regional real estate firm offering residential real estate services, property management, residential and commercial appraisal services, consulting, relocation services, and commercial sales and leasing services. Affiliated services include auction services, mortgage services and settlement/title services, (VA Offices).
Staunton, VA is one of the Best Small Towns in America. Named by Smithsonian.com as one of the 20 Best Small Towns in America, Staunton's rich history, unique city-manager government model, and historic landmark buildings that still stand today combine to make it a gem in the Shenandoah Valley. Newcomers to Staunton quickly realize why this community is an ideal choice for Virginia living.
For those who choose to live life in Staunton, VA the city offers the chance to live in a city that has won numerous awards. In addition to being named in the Smithsonian List, in 2014 alone the community was named one of "America's Favorite Mountain Towns" by Travel + Leisure, one of the "Top 10 Idyllic and Historic Main Streets Across the USA" by USA Today and one of "America's Best Main Streets" by Fodor's.
Staunton, VA may be a small town, but it is packed with things to do. Whether your interests are in the outdoors or the arts, you will find something to match.
For the outdoor lovers, the community's location in the Blue Ridge Mountains is ideal. Take the time to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially in the fall, and drink in the natural beauty of the region. Betsy Bell Wilderness Park, located within Staunton, is a favorite with mountain climbers, runners and bikers.
Families will find the community is bursting with activities and interesting attractions. A favorite place for an outing is Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park. The 214-acre park has a public golf course as well as sports courts for most major sports. It also has playgrounds, a lake, a public swimming pool and a miniature train. The gymnasium and sports courts often host youth sports leagues.
The arts also reign supreme in the community of Staunton. Take in a Shakespearian play at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse, the only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theater in the world. Downtown Staunton has five different art galleries for you to explore as well. If you prefer a more modern twist on the arts, head to the Oak Grove Theater for live music and drama performances in all genres.
Staunton, VA also celebrates its heritage through a number of museums and historic sites. The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, for instance, is an outdoor living history exhibit highlighting the life of America's earliest immigrants. Staunton is also home to the Camera Heritage Museum, the country's largest camera museum, and the Antique Fire Engine Museum, home to a 1911 Robinson Chemical Fire Engine that has been completely restored.
In addition to these regular attractions, Staunton has its share of seasonal events. Spring is a great time to discover the community! Not only are the mountains coming alive with life and flowers, but this is also the time that many local events start.
On April 4 the Staunton/Augusta Farmer's Market opens for the season. From 10 to noon on April 4 is the annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt, held at Montgomery Hall Park. On April 18, head to Sunspots Pavilion and Byers Street for the family-friendly Earth Day Staunton.