Philadelphia SmartCEO Magazine features Cornell Homes President and CEO, Greg Lingo
Potential buyers are not the only people taking notice of the Cornell Homes methodology of offering quality, efficient homes in desirable locations. The media is taking notice as well. After capping 2012 with record setting sales and a nomination for the 2012 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Philadelphia region, Cornell Homes president and CEO Greg Lingo is now featured in the May 2013 edition of Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine. The article, part of the monthly “Quick Takes” segment, features a candid Q&A with the highly innovative, yet surprisingly simplistic Lingo.
Despite operating in a “down economy,” Cornell Homes has grown from settling 22 homes in 2008, to 235 in 2012, making Lingo’s Media-based company the largest privately owned builder in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia SmartCEO article sought to answer the burning question: ‘How did you do it!?’
“We build what consumers now want,” said Lingo in the interview. “Homeowners want to come home to a place that’s comforting…living space that extends from the kitchen to the dining room and ultimately into the family room, where all family members can interact. That’s the basis of our design concept – extended, useful living space.”
But in Lingo’s recipe for real estate success, efficient floorplans are just one of the main ingredients – location is the other. “Terrific location translates into where people want to live. Not in some remote location, where they are far from work, situated on a large property, away from their family, not within walking distance of shops that provide convenience…We took that into consideration.”
It is hard to argue with his success. Today, Cornell Homes has over 40 employees, and operates across three states building new construction townhomes, single family homes, and custom homes and renovations. Yet, despite tremendous growth and a diversified product offering, Lingo continues to focus his company on a single, and simple, core value – the family. “Cornell Homes seeks to promote relationships, within the family and the community…We don’t build a house, we build a home.” As long as Lingo and his team stay in touch with today’s buyer, those homes will sell.
For the entire article, visit http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/258f5166?page=9. For information on Cornell Homes, visit www.cornellhomes.net.