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The year 2020 has looked very different for all of us, and it is especially profound during the holiday season when people are not gathering as much as usual. Cressy & Everett Real Estate usually hosts annual holiday gatherings for their REALTORS and staff throughout the footprint of our 12 office locations in southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana. With the current events and commitment to respect the safety guidelines, the leadership team had to think outside of the box. They wanted to create the feeling and experience of bringing everyone together, but somehow do it safely. So something special was crafted and strategically executed.
This year, Cressy & Everett ordered about 200 take-home family meals from South Bend's LaSalle Grill restaurant, the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for 25 straight years, and known for expertly crafted fresh, local, sustainable food. The meals were distributed to agents and staff over the course of 3 days at different locations convenient for pick up, and the meals fed agents and staff and their families in their homes but also provided a good measure of local support.
"2020 has been a difficult year for so many people, personally as well as in business. So, when we have a chance to give back to others, and when we have a chance to bring our agents and staff together, and have them share a moment like they are sharing this weekend with these meals, that's really special to us." said President John De Souza.
Each family meal box contained a house salad, entrees choices, multiple sides and a dessert. Company branded swag was also provided in a bag including some drinking tumblers, some food serving tongs, and a card from the partners thanking each person for his or her contribution to the company.
An opportunity like this not only feeds employees and their families, it helped support a local business as well. Cressy & Everett prides itself on having a presence and demonstrating what it means to be a good corporate citizen, with proactive volunteer, public service and real help in the communities where we live, work and raise our families. With "Giving Back" as one of our most important core values, it was great to see some employees choosing to pay-it-forward with their meal in sharing or giving away, or in their donation of their meal box to families in need or groups of front-line workers such as local hospital healthcare workers.
Get to Know Angie Bryan, Elkhart Office
Angie Bryan grew up in Kosciusko County, and has lived most of her adult life in Elkhart County. She has been an independent contractor for the past 20 years, having owned and operated a home-based medical transcription business. Angie's favorite things to do include traveling and spending time with friends and family.
"I pledge to serve my clients with excellence, professionalism, diligence, and honesty; to continually seek to better represent my clients and customers by building my knowledge and competence, and to serve my community well by providing support and guidance to help buyers and sellers achieve their goals" stated Angie.
Find out more about Angie and her services, or simply start your home search by visiting her website.
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Great photos are the reason one of our listings was singled out by the Trulia PR department and featured on the national morning show, Fox & Friends on August 9, 2013. The home is located at 115 Hawthorne in South Bend, listed by Julie Owens from our Ironwood office. Julie always hires a professional photographer to take the interior and exterior photos of her homes, and this time it really paid off.
Trulia called Cressy & Everett's marketing director to ask permission to feature the home on today's morning segment named "Open Houses Key for Homebuyers?" and the importance of visiting open houses to get the feel of the neighborhood and the area. The PR department told us this home was choosen because it was priced under $200,000, it was open this weekend and the photos were "gorgeous and stunning."
"We are thrilled for our agent Julie Owens for the added exposure she is receiving for this home, and most importantly for the home seller." said Sherri Reiner, Director of Marketing. "It's because Julie's attention to detail and hiring a professional photographer that this home is being aggressively marketed. The home is being featured on Cressy & Everett's Home Show this weekend, and Julie is holding an open house on Sunday. I am hopeful she will find a buyer very soon."
Steve Deane, president of Cressy & Everett Real Estate, and Sue Cox, Vice President of Sales are pleased to announce that Scott Hammontree has accepted the position of Managing Broker of the Elkhart office located at 945 E. Beardsley, Elkhart, IN effective August 1, 2013.
"Scott's previous career as a business owner serving the RV industry in Elkhart gave him the management and leadership skills needed for his new role here at Cressy & Everett." said Steve Deane, president. "As our new branch manager in Elkhart he will expand our team of sales professionals while helping us to maintain our 98% customer satisfaction rate."
Scott earned a BS Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He is a licensed Realtor in Michigan and licensed Broker associate in Indiana. He joined Cressy & Everett in 2011.
He was active in the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association - Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) as an executive board member, and held the position of Vice President of the Council in 2010. He received the IMHS-RVIC President's Award in 2010.
(South Bend, IN– May 10, 2013) Steve Deane, president of Cressy & Everett Real Estate, and Sue Cox, Vice President of Sales are pleased to announce that Quinn Thurin has accepted the position of Managing Broker of the Ironwood office located at 332 N. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, effective July 1, 2013. In addition, he has been named a partner in the company.
Quinn currently serves as President of the Greater South Bend / Mishawaka Board of REALTORS as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Association of REALTORS. "Quinn has earned a reputation of professionalism, honesty, high integrity, and a passionate commitment for service - all traits that as a company we hold in high regard." said Steve Deane, president.
Quinn, a South Bend native, and graduate of Notre Dame, joined Cressy & Everett in 1995. He has been a consistent multi-million dollar producer, always in the top 10% of the St. Joseph County MLS, and a recipient of Cressy & Everett's Founders' Award.
He is married and has two boys - 12 and 13. He serves on a number of community groups such South Bend Rotary, Boy Scouts Troop 111, and has recently served as a board member of Northern Indiana Artists.