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Howard Hanna Announces New Manager for Williamsburg Office

Howard Hanna has announced it named Fred Smith as the new manager of its Williamsburg office. (Courtesy of Howard Hanna)

WILLIAMSBURG — Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has announced it has named Fred Smith as the new manager at the company’s Williamsburg location.

Howard Hanna is a family-owned, nationwide company that has more than 400 real estate, mortgage, insurance title, and escrow offices across eleven states. It boasts more than 13,000 sales associates and staff.

“Howard Hanna’s reputation as a first-class real estate services firm precedes itself, and they have seen a great deal of success in the Williamsburg area in recent years,” said Smith. “I’m excited to be a part of this team, and I look forward to building on that success.”

He comes to the helm in Williamsburg after working as a successful agent for more than eighteen years. An Oct. 19 release from Howard Hanna states that, during that time, Smith acquired diverse marketing and sales experience which includes developing long-term client relationships and a successful referral-based business. He has been with Howard Hanna since Sept. 2021.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Hampden-Sydney College and graduated from the Virginia Realtors Virginia Leadership Academy in 2019. Prior to joining the real estate industry, Smith worked as a financial advisor as well as a stockbroker.

“Fred comes to Howard Hanna with high marks across the board,” said Regional Vice President of Howard Hanna’s Central Atlantic Region Mike Grogan. “His local knowledge and industry acumen instantly make him one of the most well-rounded members of our leadership team. I fully expect Fred to make an immediate impact in the Williamsburg office.”

Throughout his career, Smith has carried affiliations to industry groups, which includes: vice-president/president-elect of the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors (WAAR) Board of Directors, director/past-president of the Williamsburg Multiple Listing Service Board of Directors, committee member of the Virginia Realtors Public Policy Committee, committee member/vice-chair of the WAAR Public Policy Committee, instructor of continuing education (fair housing and public policy) and MLS for WAAR, and as a past member of the Kingsmill Community Services Association Board of Directors.

“Over the last five years, we have grown significantly in the Williamsburg market,” said President of Howard Hanna’s Southeast Region Dennis Cestra, Jr. “Fred’s leadership and sales experience will be key in helping us to continue to provide a high level of value to our sales associates and clients. I am proud to welcome Fred to our leadership team and family.”

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