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@HuffRealty in your #Cincinnati @BusinessCourier: here’s the #Press #Release

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , on 06/19/2017 by @CincinnatiPR

Jon Reischel, 513.237.7758

Link to @BusinessCourier story:

HUFF looking to add 125+ sales agents over next 5 years

‘Teaching Relentlessly, Serving Passionately’

Local Berkshire Hathaway affiliate grows to 450 agents by taking care of its own

Long the real estate king of Northern Kentucky, HUFF continues growth across southwestern Ohio. Renewed Anderson Twp. lease coincides with 20-year presence in Ohio market.

FORT MITCHELL, KY – June 15, 2017 — Local Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HUFF Realty is looking to expand in Greater Cincinnati with at least another 125+ agents over the next five years, in the same fashion as its corporate parent and the international icon behind it, billionaire Warren Buffett: “Slow and steady, acquire and keep.”

Instead of company-by-company, as they do in Omaha, our growth strategy here locally is agent-by-agent, and agent team-by-agent team,” adds DeVries, who runs three other Berkshire Hathaway real estate brands besides Huff ( through the HomeServices of America Inc. family.

Based on Beechwood Road and now deploying 450 sales agents in the Tri-State, the growth equates to an average 5 percent annual growth in agents, factoring in boom and bust factors. Recruitment at HUFF is a deliberate practice integrating a system of core values that culminates with a highly-motivated sales professional benefitting from a superior training system.

And, for DeVries and the HUFF leadership team, it’s more about quality than quantity.

I’m not overly interested in the individual being the number one salesperson in the region. I am interested in someone who recognizes the value of this operation, somebody who brings just as much as they take, who would be a great cheerleader, and encourage their fellow agents and staff,” said DeVries.

If they grow to be the number one salesperson in the region, that’s great. But we are more interested in the integrity and character of the individual, and their desire to be successful – their desire to serve the customer well.”

The five core values espoused by HUFF reflect the company’s commitment to agents by “teaching relentlessly and serving passionately,” and begins with DeVries’ original point emphasizing the firm’s most valued characteristic:

  • Honesty and Integrity: “Too many people sell on sizzle. The honesty and integrity of the person are their most important character traits. Whether male or female, old or young, matters not.”
  • Continual Pursuit of Excellence: “We are constantly trying to get better at everything we do.”
  • Mutual Respect and Caring: “We recognize the importance of working on a team. The Bengals QB is important – but so is his second-string center, and the team trainer.”
  • Family Takes Priority: “We talk long and hard about falling in love with the job. We don’t want our people working seven days a week, 365 days a year. Your loved ones will fall by the wayside.
  • Loyalty In Relationships: “We march together, arm-in-arm. We want people who respect that, who recognize and have mutual respect for the education and the training we provide, and who understand loyalty is a two-way street.”

DeVries is a Florida native and graduate of Centre College in Danville, Ky., who manages more than 1,200 agents at HUFF Realty as well as a triumvirate grid of realty firms in Louisville and Lexington (Rector Hayden REALTORS, Semonin REALTORS and Wakefield Reutlinger REALTORS).

He has worked in real estate for 25 years, and began his career with HomeServices of America Inc., corporate parent of HUFF Realty, in 1999.

Our job is to get the customer from Point A to Point B, as successfully and professionally as possible, with their mind intact, their emotions intact, the correct proceeds from their sale, or the right amount of money they are choosing to invest, while keeping everything as healthy as possible on both ends,” DeVries says.

All brokers essentially play the same role of having their agents under that umbrella of education, protection, guidance and support. When we bring them in, we keep them, by teaching them relentlessly and serving them passionately,” says DeVries.

In an Era of Technology, People Have Never Been As Important

Real estate sales agents have never been more valuable than they are today, despite the plethora of tools, websites, software solutions and television shows who say they aren’t.

As anecdotal evidence, DeVries recalls a late 1990s, company-wide concern for the future of real estate.

There were all these urgent meetings behind closed doors, and it was all about this big, monstrous thing called ‘The Internet,’ which was going to put us all out of business,” DeVries says.

Everybody was horrified about all these websites going up, that we were not going to be relevant or necessary for long, that we needed to have all this figured out with a new model. It was going to annihilate us.

Nothing could have been further from the truth,” DeVries adds.

Back then, about 88 percent of the market used an agent, with about 10 percent FSBO (For Sale By Owners). Today, we know that up to 92-93 percent of the market now uses an agent, and only about six percent are sold by the owner,” said DeVries.

We think that’s because people need us. Contracts that used to be 2-3 pages now take up a binder. There’s never been more complications, never been more fraud, more disclosures, never been more layers to a transaction than there are right now.

“Agents – the right agents – educated, well-trained agents who can make a sometimes-brutal process easier to bear – have never been more essential to the equation than they are today.”

ABOUT HUFF REALTY: Based in Fort Mitchell, Ky., with 450 sales agents deployed at 13 offices throughout Greater Cincinnati, Huff Realty was created by former owner Jim Huff and his wife, Bert Huff, to be the dominant commercial and residential real estate force in Northern Kentucky. HUFF Realty is a one-stop service shop providing products and services for Home Sales, Commercial Real Estate, Mortgages, Insurance, Relocation, Title, Home Warranties, Rentals and Auctions. Offices are in Anderson Township, Cincinnati, Downtown Cincinnati (OTR). Fairfield/Hamilton, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Highland Heights, Hyde Park, Lawrenceburg (IN), Mason/Deerfield Township, Montgomery, Union Centre and Western Hills. For more information, please visit or call (859) 341-7400.

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1 press release, 2 papers

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , , on 02/05/2015 by @CincinnatiPR

Robert Lucke Group in your Cincinnati Enquirer today, yesterday and on the App:

Cincinnati Enquirer story on the app (above – how about that photo credit!) and online at here:


Cincinnati Enquirer story online and on the app:



Online press release posted on


….. and on Local 12 WKRC-TV the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati ….

‘UNIVERSITY STATION GAINING STEAM’ ~~ Ackermann Group Q-and-A on ‘Affinity Tenants,’ the XU Entertainment District, and the hottest redevelopment and mixed-use (office/retail/residential) project in Greater Cincinnati ~~ Teased on Page 1 in your Cincinnati Business Courier and featured in ‘Structures,’ specialty pub for the built environment ~~ thx, @BusinessCourier and @TomCinciBiz! ~~

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/20/2014 by @CincinnatiPR



Even before the first phase of development at University Station was complete, all 46,000 square feet of office space were leased.

University Station is a $54 million mixed-use development on 15 acres near Xavier University in Evanston. The 315,000-square-foot project, which is being developed by Ackermann Group and Messer Construction Co., also includes retail space and student housing.

But with strong demand for office space, Dobbs Ackermann, CEO of Ackermann Group, is looking at even more office space in Phase iI. Dobbs weighs in on what drove demand, how the rest of the development will come together and the larger trend of office users seeking out mixed-use space:

Cincinnati Business Courier: University Station has leased all of its office space. What drove the demand?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann Group: University Station is attracting an office tenant that is looking for a central location, a campus environment and has interest in being connected to a growing and respected Xavier University.

Cincinnati Business Courier: Will you adjust the mix of office space for Phase II, based on demand for the first phase?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann GroupThe Phase II portion of the development calls for up to 250,000 more square feet of office. We believe the market will absorb that amount of square feet given the overall project dynamics. The development team of Messer Construction Co. and Ackermann Group, along with a group of local investors, and Xavier are bringing a vision to life that has created an on-campus experience, adjacent to campus. The energy that is garnered from the student environment and the transformation of a community is a major driver in the office environment that is being created.

Cincinnati Business CourierWhy are office users attracted to mixed-use developments?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann Group: Office users today are attracted to mixed-use developments because they are planned for the way people want to live, work and play. Parking is convenient, office spaces are efficient and healthy, and the entertainment element is an integral part of the lifestyle built into the development. Mixed-use today is healthy, efficient, safe and walkable – all of which makes for a more productive work environment. Our goal as a development team is to help make the users of our developments more successful. We do that with thoughtful planning and details that foster business.

Cincinnati Business CourierAside from the tenants that signed leases, what other type of tenants have shown interest?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann GroupWe are calling our interested tenants “affinity tenants.” Everyone to date has had an interest to be a part of the Xavier growth and momentum. They are interested in being connected to students for internships, to the classrooms for programming or to the campus for the electric environment that students bring. The site has had tremendous interest due to its ability to attract large or small users – 5,000 to 150,000 square feet.

Cincinnati Business Courier: What made this a good site for redevelopment?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann Group: If you look at the Interstate 71 corridor you will see that between Oakley and Clifton, major redevelopment has already taken place (in the range between $50 million and $100 million developments). Rookwood Exchange, Center of Cincinnati, Linden Point, Cornerstone, Keystone, etc. This site is in the center of all that development. From a bird’s eye view, if you look at I-71, this property and the surrounding area represent the hottest pocket for redevelopment. South Norwood and Evanston have amazing infrastructure. There are major road arteries, there is highway access, there is market for office, retail and residential. We are looking to build an entertainment district for the area that isn’t currently there, and our prediction is that over the next five years, this area will become the hottest redevelopment market in all of Cincinnati.

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BGR Inc. in The Cincinnati Business Courier (print edition) today: Cincinnati’s Stealth b2b Bomber Was Quietly Created To Sell Anything, To Anyone, Anywhere. And it does. ~~ aka, Look What Came Out of Al Backscheider’s Finneytown Garage ~~ ~~ thx, @TomCinciBiz and @BusinessCourier!!

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/18/2014 by @CincinnatiPR

Press Release – For Immediate Release: BGR Inc. – Cincinnati’s Stealth b2b Bomber – in The Cincinnati Business Courier today – 4.18.14 – PR by Andy Hemmer

BGR Inc.: The Cincinnati Stealth b2b Bomber

West Chester packaging distributor BGR Inc. was quietly created to sell anything, to anyone, anywhere. And it does. And it’s all going online.

*Business Courier story link*

Look what came out of Al Backscheider’s Finneytown garage: BGR Inc.

Twenty-five new jobs added in 2013, another 25 needed this year. New e-commerce web site.

New facility in Indianapolis, additional U.S. markets on deck. Sales up 14% in 2013.

BGR Inc. - Cincinnati's Stealth b2b Bomber in The Cincinnati Business Courier today - 4.18.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

BGR Co-Presidents (and brothers) Dean Backscheider, left, and Allen Backscheider at the West Chester HQ.

[WEST CHESTER, Ohio ~ April 18, 2014] Step inside packaging distributor BGR’s 200,000-square-foot West Chester headquarters, and what you see is what you get. Which is just about everything.

BGR Inc. has quietly grown from a garage-based home business in Finneytown into a powerhouse industrial packaging distributor over almost four decades.

And that’s just the way Al Backscheider, company founder, would have wanted it.

Today’s BGR ( has grown and diversified into the total resource for corporate packaging needs. The company excels in providing customized “one-of-a-kind” packaging, and specializes in lowering material handling costs, product protection, minimizing environment impact, regulations compliance, ergonomics and safety.

BGR stocks over 6,000 different packaging supply items – buying in bulk, and passing the savings onto customers – helping them reduce packaging costs by up to 30 percent.

BGR’s leadership team and key personnel have over 35 years experience providing unmatched industry expertise and the most effective solutions for their customers,” said Kelly Backscheider, BGR Marketing Manager.

Every member of the BGR sales team is a Packaging Distributors of America (PDA) Certified Packaging Consultant and has received extensive training to achieve this certification.

We provide must-have information on the latest product introductions and trends to help our customers continue to reduce their packaging costs,” said Allen Backscheider, BGR Vice President.

BGR is also the source for the most cost-effective automations solutions. The company is a preferred distributor for some of the best-known names in the industry, including Balluff, 3M, Signode, IPG, Wulftec, Sealed Air and others.

BGR Inc. - Cincinnati's Stealth b2b Bomber - in The Cincinnati Business Courier today - 4.18.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

BGR has unique in-house capabilities such as custom slitting and sheeting – enabling customers to be more precise with packaging materials, increasing productivity and reducing costs. BGR also has its own fully owned printing and label subsidiary, Triangle Label, which specializes in printing everything from printed labels to barcode labels.

And now, it all goes online. Of course.

BGR recently unveiled a new e-commerce capability on its web site,

This now allows us to sell packaging supply items such as – adhesives, air bubble, bags, boxes, foam cushions, labels, machinery, equipment, mailers, paper, shrink film, stretch film tape, and more – online,” said A.J. Backscheider, BGR Marketing Manager.

BGR, typically a soft-spoken company, is winding down an explosive 2013, connected to its national expansion campaign. Annual sales growth, which has historically hovered between the 5-7 percent range, blossomed to 14 percent, all fueled by BGR:

– Opening a new warehouse in Indianapolis, the first expansion outside of Cincinnati;

– Expanding upon an embedded sales office to establish a model for business expansion;

– Starting a site-search analysis to find a facility for a fast-growing division, Triangle Label;

– Contemplating a new, larger HQ to accommodate everything now in West Chester.

Dean Backscheider, Allen’s brother and another principal, accentuated BGR’sCost Advantage Program,” in which customers can reduce packaging costs by up to 30 percent.

This is a free, customized assessment of your packaging systems, equipment and supplies, designed to help customers save money and get a greater return on their packaging investment,” said Dean.

BGR consistently delivers products, some standard and some built to spec, that meet all of our requirements for quality, costs and lead time,” said Chuck Bray, purchasing/logistics manager with Balluff Inc., a BGR client for more than 30 years. “BGR has created an environment that is totally focused, and dedicated, on its customers’ success.

We appreciate all that they’ve done for us, and would recommend BGR Inc. to any company requiring complete packaging supplies and material handling equipment,” said Bray.

BGR Inc. - Cincinnati's Stealth b2b Bomber - in The Cincinnati Business Courier today - 4.18.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

The BGR Inc. headquarters is at 6392 Gano Road in West Chester, Ohio, easily accessible from Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

About BGR Inc.

BGR Inc. (www.BGR.US) is your packaging resource and is passionate about providing expert advise, from the simplest to the toughest packaging challenge. BGR’s leadership team has more than 35 years of experience providing unmatched industry expertise, and the most cost-effective packaging solutions. Every member of the BGR sales team is a PDA (Packaging Distributors of America) Certified Packaging Consultant, having received extensive training. Each BGR customer is supported by a dedicated team from sales and custom service.

For more information, please visit www.BGR.US or call (800) 628-9195 or send an e-mail to For media inquiries, please contact Mr. Andy Hemmer, TheWritingFiend@Large and President of PR at (513) 604-5428 or


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yep, that’s Steve Watkins lookin’ right atcha from the Front Page of today’s Cincinnati @BusinessCourier, with Bronco Bama and Nitt Momney: introducing The Reporter Pages, major redesign to The Bible of Cincinnati Business

Posted in Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati Media with tags , , , , , , , , , on 11/02/2012 by @CincinnatiPR

Steve Watkins on Page One today: Cincinnati Business Courier redesign unveiled – Reporter Pages – Watkins adorns Page One with Bronco Bama and Nitt Momney

Page One:

Cincinnati Business Courier unveils major redesign today

Page Two:

The Reporter Pages, starring Rob Daumeyer: Cincinnati Business Courier unveils redesign – Reporter Pages – Page Two – The Daumeyer Page

The Reporter Pages – Page Four

Starring The Jon Newzberry Page: Cincinnati Business Courier unveils redesign – Reporter Pages – Page Four – The Jon Newberry Page When Jon Newberry Isnt Making Delicious Wiedemann Beer – Cya at The Green Derby This Saturday for the Breeders Cup w Wiedemann Special Lager

The Reporter Pages – Page Five

Starring The James Ritchie Page and Soy Soaked Eggplant: Cincinnati Business Courier unveils redesign – Reporter Pages – Page FIve – The James Ritchie Page – featuring Soy Soaked Eggplant

The Reporter Pages – Page Six

Featuring The Lucy May Page: Cincinnati Business Courier unveils redesign – Reporter Pages – Page Six – The Lucy May Page

…. and finally ….. last, but not least ….

(or, maybe this is how Steve ended up on the Front Page) ……

The Reporter Pages, Page Nine

featuring The Steve Watkins Page, aka Cover Boy Watkins: Cincinnati Business Courier unveils redesign – Reporter Pages – Page 9 – The Steve Watkins Page

“We’re pulling apart some of our content and presenting it on new ‘reporter pages,’ ” writes Editor Rob Daumeyer. “We’re doing this because The Courier has the best, most experienced business reporting team in Cincinnati.”

(Reporters Off This Week: Dan Monk, Tom Demeropolis)

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