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Eidinger-Taylor Discusses Current Housing Market With WBJ

Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor

ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor discusses the local housing market in the latest issue of the Worcester Business Journal.

LATE SPRING: THE BOTTOM HAS DROPPED OUT OF THE SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING MARKET, BUT REAL ESTATE AGENTS SEE THINGS WARMING UP

By Timothy Doyle

The first half of 2023 was a difficult one for home buyers and for real estate agents as single-family home sales cratered and home prices plateaued high above pre-COVID levels. 

In Worcester County, year-to-date single-family home sales fell by nearly 28% through April compared with the same time period in 2022. The median sale price in the first four months of 2023 in Worcester County was $400,000, down slightly from $405,000 in 2022, but up from $290,000 in 2019, according to data from Peabody-based research firm The Warren Group. The early-year decline was a continuation of a trend started in 2022. 

Now, real estate professionals are optimistic for a normalization of the market for the rest of the year. 

“This is a late spring market, later than normal,” said Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, president and chief operating officer with ERA Key Realty Services in Whitinsville. Eidinger-Taylor added she is seeing the beginnings of an uptick normally seen in April. WBJ Table 1

Tough time for the buyers

Real estate professionals told WBJ the main culprit is a lack of inventory. The dearth of homes for sale is caused by existing homeowners who...

Poirier Listing Featured on Boston.com

2 Briarcliff Road, Hopedale

A farmhouse-style ranch home at 2 Briarcliff Road in Hopedale that’s listed by Milford agent Kim Poirier is the "Home of the Week" featured on Boston.com.

Home of the Week: A farmhouse-style ranch for aging in place

By John R. Ellement

It’s not a prerequisite for ownership of this 58-year-old ranch-style home, but if one is looking to age in place, this house definitely qualifies. A down-to-the-studs reimaging by SPB Design Build — a contractor focused on creating age-in-place and multigenerational residences — resulted in a barrier-free home.

The adaptation starts with a wide, gently sloping, smooth walkway that slips under the gable roof shielding the front doorway. The 63-square-foot foyer has a bench with storage along a shiplap wall. The foyer leads to an open floor plan that the dining area, great room, and the kitchen occupy. This comes as no surprise in a home that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Think doors and hallways that are wider than the standard size, no carpeting, and curb-less showers.Great room

To the right off the foyer, a bay window overlooking the front yard and a boxy, cast-iron light fixture with four glass globes marks the dining area.

Exposed beams and a shiplap wall on the right direct one’s eye to the 280-square-foot great room, which features a cathedral ceiling punctuated by...

ERA Key’s Chelmsford Office Donates $1,000 For Playground

Junie's Place

ERA Key's Chelmsford office has donated $1,000 toward construction of Junie’s Place at Friendship Park.

The donation was made through the ERA Key Realty Services Charitable Trust Foundation.

The playground, which is being designed for children aged two through five, is being constructed in memory of Juniper “Junie” Dillion, who passed away from Sudden Unexplained Death in Children (SUDC) in 2022 when she was two years old.

With a planned budget of $145,000, construction is being funded by a partnership between the Town of Chelmsford, the community, Friends of Roberts Field (501c3), and the Dillon family.

Donations can be made at www.JuniesPlace.org or checks can be sent to Friends of Roberts Field, 42 Barton Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

Chelmsford agents are pictured with, second from left, Heather Allen from Friends of Roberts Field. Chelmsford agents are, left to right, Tom Pratt, Donna Bursey, Maureen Howe, Stephanie Martin and Angela Caputo Griswold.

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ERA Key Adds Birri as Realtor in Whitinsville Office

Olivia K, Birri of Woonsocket, R.I., has joined ERA Key's Whitinsville office as a Realtor.Olivia Birri

She has experience as a Special Education Instructional Assistant, Career Development Specialist, Behavior Technician and Respite Provider at schools and treatment centers in Franklin, Worcester, Grafton, Milford and Berlin.

“I joined ERA Key because of its stellar reputation, strong network and commitment to professional growth,” Olivia said. “I was drawn to the agency's well-established brand and the trust it inspires in clients. The agency's extensive network of agents provides valuable opportunities for collaboration and learning from experienced professionals. Additionally, ERA Key's dedication to ongoing training and development aligns perfectly with my goal of continuously improving my skills as a Realtor.”

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ERA Key’s Flannery To Receive Commonwealth Heroine Award

Donna Flannery, an agent in ERA Key's Spencer office, will receive the Commonwealth Heroine Award from The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) on June 23, 2023 at the Massachusetts Statehouse.Donna Flannery

The Commission partners with state legislators to identify women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and in their communities. Each legislator is encouraged to submit one woman from their constituency as a means of recognizing their invaluable efforts and extraordinary acts of service.

“Thousands of women in every community across the Commonwealth perform unheralded acts on a daily basis that make our homes, neighborhoods, cities, and towns better places to live,” said MCSW Chairwoman Dr. Sarah Glenn-Smith. “Commonwealth Heroines use their time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others in their community. They are mentors, volunteers, and innovators - they are the glue that keeps a community together.”

Flannery recently received a Distinguished Alumni Award from David Prouty High School earlier this year. She also has received numerous awards for her real estate sales and community service. She has 30 years of real estate experience and this year was nominated for ERA Real Estate’s Jim Jackson Award for the second time. The award recognizes the top agent, team or company in all of ERA Real Estate for providing the best customer service.

ERA Key merged with HUNT Real Estate ERA in 2018 and together they are the largest brokerage in ERA Franchise Systems. The brokerage operates as ERA Key Realty Services in Massachusetts and as HUNT Real Estate ERA in New York.

“Donna epitomizes ERA Key’s values,” said ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “She...

Poblocki Joins ERA Key’s Boston Office as Branch DIrector

MaryBeth Poblocki of Milton has been named Branch Director of ERA Key – Great Spaces in Boston.MaryBeth Poblocki

She previously served as an Associate Broker at William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance in South Boston. Before that, she was a Real Estate Broker at Capital Residential Group in South Boston, a Vice President/Real Estate Broker at GKR Residential in South Boston and a Client Services Associate at Meredith & Grew in Boston.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. She is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and an Accredited Seller’s Representative (ASR). She is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

MaryBeth is a member of the Parent Volunteer Committee at Xaverian Brothers High School and is a fundraising representative for various local organizations. 

“After working alongside some of Boston’s top commercial real estate brokers, I realized that my true love was residential real estate,” Poblocki said. “Since then, I have sold more than $100 million of real estate in Massachusetts. ERA Key – Great Spaces provides me with an opportunity to continue my career in a management position with a rapidly growing leader in residential real estate.”

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Team Blue Raises $2,245 for Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

Kentucky Derby 2023

Team Blue at ERA Key Realty Services has raised $2,245 for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. To show appreciation to clients who have supported Team Blue and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Team Blue hosted its annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Kentucky Derby 2023

Team Blue partnered with Peter DaMore at DaMore Law, Shant Banosian at Guaranteed Rate Mortgage, Joe Lombardo at Guild Mortgage Company, Austin Styffe at Leader Bank, Betsy Robinson at Hunt Mortgage, Laura Piro at LBP Insurance Agency, LLC, Tony Cardinelli at Cross Country Mortgage, Red Door Mobile Bar, WOW Factory Auto Detailing, and Scott Advisory Group to throw the party. The party featured raffle prizes, derby games, a best dressed prize, and a best hat prize. Guests included clients, friends, and family of Team Blue and DaMore Law. Kentucky Derby 2023

“Each year we choose a different foundation to support at our annual Kentucky Derby Party,” said Lori Penney, the leader of Team Blue. “This year we decided to go with the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation because of their wonderful mission to help people and families affected by autism live life to the fullest. It is an honor to support all the families and friends to help them live in a world where people with autism are engaged with their community.” Kentucky Derby 2023...

Billerica’s Ozana Planning “Coasting for Kids” Fundraisers

Coasting for Kids

Rus Ozana, a Realtor in ERA Key’s Billerica office, is working on two “Coasting for Kids” fundraisers, which will support weeklong, cost-free vacations for children with critical illnesses and their families at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Fla.GTKTW Logo

Ozana is the New England representative of American Coaster Enthusiasts the world’s largest ride enthusiast organization, with 6,500 members from 16 countries. Each year, members hold “Coasting for Kids” fundraisers across the country.

New England ACE members are planning “Coasting for Kids” events on June 10, 2023 at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn., and on July 15, 2023 at Story Land in Jefferson, N.H

Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, nonprofit "storybook" resort in Central Florida.

The photo above is of participants from last year's "Coasting for Kids" at Story Land.

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ERA Key Adds Shalin to Millis Office as Realtor

Josh Shalin of Bellingham has joined ERA Key's Millis office as a Realtor.Josh Shalin

He previously was a Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate in Canton. Before that he was a store General Manager for The Michaels Companies, Inc. in Taunton. He has also worked in sales positions for Best Buy’s Magnolia Home Theater in Braintree, The Vitamin Shop and GNC.

“In 2022, my first year as a fulltime Realtor, my sales totaled $8 million and I was named to the William Raveis President's Club, as well as being nominated for Rookie of the Year company-wide,” Josh said. “I’ve moved on to ERA Key for the opportunity to learn more and grow as an agent.”

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Team Blue Hosts Teacher Appreciation Night Out

Team Blue Teacher Appreciation

ERA Key Realty Services’ Team Blue and DaMore Law hosted a Teacher Appreciation Night Out for Wilmington Public School teachers in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on May 2, 2023. 

Team Blue and DaMore Law wanted to do something special for Wilmington Public School teachers this year to show their appreciation for all they do. They hosted a night out at Panchos Cantina in Wilmington for the teachers to come celebrate and have a cocktail with Team Blue and DaMore. The team members of Team Blue – Lori Penney, Tim Penney, Linda DuCharme, Alex Wargo, and Janelle Penney – along with Peter DaMore from DaMore Law all graduated from Wilmington High School. Team Blue’s Tatum Fales’ father was also from Wilmington and she now resides in Southern New Hampshire. Team Blue Teacher Appreciation

“I have always appreciated the hard work that teachers put in to better their students,” said Lori Penney, team leader of Team Blue. “My husband and I both graduated from the Wilmington High School and my five children also went through the Wilmington Public School system. It was nice to show the teachers how much we appreciate everything they do for their students.” 

Team Blue specializes in real estate in the Boston Suburban areas and Southern New Hampshire. For the past 5 years, Team Blue has been awarded the #1 Team at ERA Key Realty Services. Their goal is to guide their clients through the contractual, investment, and emotional decisions involved in the real estate process. ...

Sansotta Joins ERA Key’s Milford Office as Realtor

Guisseppe "Joe" Sansotta of Milford has joined the Milford office as a Realtor.Guisseppe Sansotta

He has been the night shift manager at Art’s Auto Service in Milford since 2014. Before that, he was a dispatcher at OnProcess Technology, Inc. in Ashland, a salesperson at Best Buy in Milford, and a line cook at Blue Dog Sports Bar & Grille in Milford.

“My experience in customer service and problem solving will serve me well at ERA Key,” Joe said, “The training programs, technology and team approach used at ERA Key will help ensure that I am doing the best I can for my clients.”

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Spencer’s Flannery Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Donna Flannery, an agent in the Spencer office, recently received a Distinguished Alumni Award from David Prouty High School.

Donna, who graduated from DPHS in 1978, has received numerous awards for her real estate sales and community service. She has 30 years of real estate experience and this year was nominated for ERA Real Estate’s Jim Jackson Award for the second time.Donna Flannery

The award recognizes the top agent, team or company in all of ERA Real Estate for providing the best customer service. The ERA Franchise System has more than 2,400 agencies and more than 30,000 agents worldwide.

ERA Key merged with HUNT Real Estate ERA in 2018 and together they are the largest brokerage in ERA Franchise Systems. The brokerage operates as ERA Key Realty Services in Massachusetts and as HUNT Real Estate ERA in New York.

“It’s good to see Donna being recognized in her local community, given her service to the town of Spencer,” said ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “She has probably sold more homes in Spencer than anyone, while also contributing to and volunteering her time for many organizations.”

Donna received the Town of Spencer Meritorious Public Service Award in 2014 and ERA Key’s Circle of Light Award-for exceptional volunteerism for the needy in the community in 2016. She was named Spencer Exchange Club Citizen of the Year in 2007 for her volunteer work in the community.

She is a past president and director of the Spencer Exchange Club and she has been a coordinator of Spencer Toys for Kids since 2004. She is a member of the Spencer Housing Authority and served as cooperator at Spencer Savings Bank.

Donna consistently finishes among the top 10 agents in sales for ERA Key, which has more than 350 agents, and several...

ERA Key Realty Services, HUNT Real Estate ERA Named #34 Brokerage in U.S. for Real Estate Transactions

ERA Key Realty Services, which merged with HUNT Real Estate ERA of Buffalo, N.Y., in 2018, has been named the 34th largest real estate agency in the country, based on transactions, in a survey by REAL Trends.ERA Key Logo

The combined brokerage, which operates as ERA Key in Massachusetts and HUNT ERA in New York, closed 13,997 real estate transactions in 2022 to move its ranking up from #40 to #34. In addition, with $4 billion in sales in 2022, the brokerage moved up 23 spots in the ranking for sales volume to #67.

“The survey results reflect our focus on not only continuing to grow, but to grow at a faster rate than most other brokerages,” said ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “I’m proud of the efforts of our agents and staff, who are consistently putting in the hard work that’s necessary for us to achieve our sales goals.”Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor

“This recognition by the prestigious REAL Trends organization is testimony to the focus on growth and productivity evidenced throughout our company in 2022,” said Peter F. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate Corporation. “It was a year with significant challenges, yet our leadership and sales professionals, to whom I am very grateful, rallied for a remarkable collection of achievements.”

The combined brokerage was recently named the number one brokerage for ERA Franchise Systems, based on both units sold and sales volume for 2022. ERA Franchise Systems includes 2,390 brokerages worldwide.

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ERA Key Realty Services, HUNT Real Estate ERA Named #1 Agency in ERA Franchise Systems

ERA Key Realty Services, which merged with HUNT Real Estate ERA of Buffalo, N.Y., in 2018, has been named the number one agency in ERA Franchise Systems.ERA Key Logo

The combined brokerage, which operates under the name ERA Key Realty Services in Massachusetts and HUNT Real Estate ERA in New York, is number one in units sold and sales volume, based on 2022 sales, ERA Real Estate announced.

ERA Key’s sales totaled $947,246,432 in 2022, based on 1907 units.

ERA Key is consistently in the top 10 for sales volume among all brokerages in Massachusetts and has won many awards during the past 30 years, including two of ERA’s most prestigious awards. ERA Key won the Momentum Award as the fastest growing ERA franchise in 2012 and the Gene Francis Memorial Award as the Top All-Around Company in ERA in 2014 and 2018.Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor

ERA Key was also named among the top places to work in the state in the large company category for seven of the past eight years (ERA Key didn’t participate during the pandemic), based on a survey administered by Energage for The Boston Globe.

“In addition to our number #1 ranking, ERA Key is celebrating its 30th year with ERA Franchise Systems,” Eidinger-Taylor said. “ERA has played an important role in our success, helping us to help our agents. We offer them top-notch training, technology that provides a competitive edge and more. ERA has helped us grow. We hope to also help ERA continue to grow by building on our success for many years to come.”

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Ritchey Joins ERA Key’s Worcester Office as Realtor

Dante Ritchey of Mashpee has joined ERA Key's Worcester office as a Realtor.Dante Ritchey

He graduated from Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was named to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

He was previously a self-employed landscaper in Westborough, as well as a caddy at Sacconnesset Golf Club in Falmouth for 10 years. He also volunteered at Building Bridges, Westborough.

“As one of the largest real estate agencies in the region, ERA Key has the resources to help me succeed,” Ritchey said, “The training programs and technology being offered, as well as the team approach that’s used, will prepare me to help my clients succeed, too.”

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Alex Wargo Joins Team Blue as an Agent

Alex Wargo of Wilmington has joined the Team Blue Real Estate group located in the Wilmington Office of ERA Key Realty Services as a real estate agent. Alex Wargo

Alex started with Team Blue as their Marketing Specialist in March 2022, and she became captivated with the real estate world. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in July 2022 with a degree in business administration – marketing and a minor in psychology. 

“After I started working with Team Blue last year, I quickly knew that real estate was going to be for me,” she said. “I am very excited to step into the world of real estate, but on the sales side this time. With my background in marketing and my current knowledge about real estate, I believe I will be able to help my clients successfully purchase or sell a home with ease. It is my goal to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible, while still providing them with the utmost professionalism.” 

Team Blue specializes in real estate in the Boston Suburban areas and Southern New Hampshire. For the past 5 years, Team Blue has been awarded the #1 Team at ERA Key Realty Services. Their goal is to guide their clients through the contractual, investment, and emotional decisions involved in the real estate process. 

For more information on Team Blue’s services, contact Lori Penney at 978-375-2520 or loripenney@erakey.net, or visit the team’s Facebook and Instagram pages @TeamBlueRealEstate.

 

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Billerica's Lomasney Earns ABR Designation, Her 12th Certification

Cathy Lomasney, an agent in the Billerica office, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) of the National Association of Realtors.

It is her 12th professional certification.Cathy Lomasney

To earn the designation, she successfully completed a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.

Cathy is also an Accredited Staging Professional Real Estate Agent (ASPRE®), a Certified Buyer Representative (CBR), a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), a Certified Selling Professional (CSP), a Military Relocation Professional (MRP), a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) and a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). In addition, she has earned the At Home with Diversity (AHWD) designation, e-Pro Internet professional designation, the GREEN designation for energy efficiency and sustainability, and Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC).

Lomasney, who has been a real estate professional since 2005, is frequently among ERA Key’s top agents. She was recently named Agent of the Year for Middlesex County by RateMyAgent, a client review and digital marketing platform for real estate professionals. For 2022, she ranked 8th in sales among all ERA Key agents. She also received the Leaders’ Circle Award, which includes agents who have sold at least 65 units or a total volume of at least $10 million in a year.

She is also active in the agency’s charitable endeavors, including leading the annual Toys for Tots collection for Christmas.

She attended the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Northeastern University, Boston. She...

Auburn's Hamel Named 2023 Ruby Level Top Producer

Stacey Hamel, a REALTOR® in ERA Key's Auburn office, was awarded the 2023 Ruby Level Top Producer Award for Individual Production at the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts Top Producer Luncheon on March 23 at the DCU Center.Stacey Hamel

Top Producers of the Association were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2022 calendar year. Only 9% of RACM members qualified for this award. Top producer awards are presented for Ruby Level, Emerald Level and Diamond Level awards.

“I’m honored to be recognized among and in front of my peers,” Hamel said. “I’m grateful to work with some of the best agents in the business, and I’m appreciative of all of the clients who placed their trust in me to help buy or sell their homes.”

Hamel, who joined the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts in 2009, resides in Oxford and can be reached at her office at 774-289-6135.

She has more than a decade of experience in real estate and previously worked as a Senior Sales Representative, U.S. Government/EMEA Accounts for Wright Line LLC.  Prior to that, she was Group Sales and Service Specialist with The Paul Revere Insurance Group.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College, Worcester, and became a certified Project Manager through the University of Phoenix.

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Framingham Agents Supporting Marathon Runner Raising Funds for Jeff's Place

Five agents in the Framingham office of ERA Key are sponsoring a Boston Marathon runner who's raising funds for Jeff's Place.Jeff's Place logoJeff's Place

Jeff's Place Children's Bereavement Center, Inc., which is based in Framingham, “offers hope and healing in a supportive community for grieving children, teens, young adults, families, and individuals,” according to its website. Jeff’s Place offers grief counseling, professional development and other services for people who are experiencing bereavement.

Participating agents, who each donated $100 toward the $500 sponsorship, include Valerie Cohen, Ali Corton, Rob Fontaine, Jody Troderman and Nelson Zide.

The Team Framingham runner, Stuart Hurowitz, will be running his second Boston Marathon and his fourth marathon overall on April 17, 2023.Ali Corton

“The clinicians at Jeff’s Place are a special lot of people who dedicate their careers to helping children and families deal with the loss of a loved one,” Hurowitz said. Anyone interested in donating can do so through Hurowitz’ donation page.

“We’ve made charitable donations to Jeff’s Place in the past, so we decided to support a Boston Marathon runner raising funds for the organization,” Ali said. “We didn’t know who the runner was when we committed, but...

ERA Key Marks 30 Years With ERA

ERA Key Realty Services was a small agency when we joined the ERA Franchise System 30 years ago. Today, ERA Key is part of the largest agency in the system, which operates 2,390 offices in 33 countries.Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor

ERA Key merged with HUNT Real Estate ERA of Buffalo, N.Y. in 2018, but we’ve both continued to retain our separate names and grow in our local markets. Even without including HUNT Real Estate ERA’s sales, our sales are approaching $1 billion annually.

ERA Key is consistently in the top 10 for sales volume among all agencies in Massachusetts and we have won many awards during the past 30 years, including two of ERA’s most prestigious awards. ERA Key won the Momentum Award as the fastest growing ERA franchise in 2012 and the Gene Francis Memorial Award as the Top All-Around Company in ERA in 2014 and 2018.

ERA Key was also named among the top places to work in the state in the large company category for seven of the past eight years (we didn’t participate during the pandemic), based on a survey administered by Energage for The Boston Globe.

ERA has played an important role in our success, helping us to help our agents. We offer them top-notch training, technology that provides a competitive edge and more. We also give generously to the communities we serve through the ERA Key Realty Services Charitable Trust Foundation, which each year contributes tens of thousands of dollars to charities throughout the region.

ERA has helped us grow. We hope to also help ERA continue to grow by building on our success for many years to come.

Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor

President and COO

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