RSR Realtors names first female president

A longtime Cumberland County real estate firm has appointed its first female president as part of a leadership reorganization.

Lemoyne-based RSR Realtors, which was founded in 1970, today named Jamie Berrier as its new leader.

Berrier replaces Greg Rothman, who will remain chairman and partner of the company. Rothman was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2015 and said representing the 87th District has become his first priority, The change at RSR, he added, allows him to dedicate more time to elected office.

His brother, Garrett Rothman, is vice president and broker of record at RSR. His father, co-founder Bill Rothman, remains treasurer. Partner Jim Koury has taken on Greg Rothman's other role of CEO.

Berrier started with RSR in 1998 and soon became Greg Rothman's assistant. She worked her way up to become one of the top producing agents before being named a partner at the firm in 2009.

"I want to build on the great legacy of our founding partners, Bill Rothman and Sam Reed, and continue the growth we've seen under Greg's inspiring vision and leadership," Berrier said in a statement.

"Women make up more than 50 percent of the Realtors in our country and half of RSR's agents," Berrier added. "I'm proud to work for a company that cares about its employees and believes in recognizing hard work and commitment."

RSR has multiple generations of multiple families within its partnership group. Koury's two sons,for example, followed him into the real estate business.

RSR is one big family, Koury said. An injury 18 yeas ago forced him to use a wheelchair, which could have derailed his real estate career. But the company supported him through that transition.

"I owe a great deal of my success to the partners and all the agents over the years who assisted with my needs," Koury said.

He became a partner in 2007 and is now CEO.

RSR finished 2017 with $85.9 million in residential real estate sales. It also did $75 million in commercial sales.

From: http://www.cpbj.com/article/20180109/CPBJ01/180109838/rsr-realtors-names-first-female-president
Return The Favor: Helping vets start small businesses

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A state lawmaker wants to give veterans returning home from overseas help starting their own businesses. He’s introduced a bill that will create training programs at state-owned colleges and universities.

“I still think part of the American dream is being able to run your own business and be self-sufficient and to create for yourself,” Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) said.

Rothman has been in office for just one year and is committed to helping veterans. This is a topic he knows a lot about; he spent 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and also worked in real estate. He says a large number of people starting new businesses are veterans because they make good leaders.

“I think veterans generally are the types of people that aren’t risk-averse,” he said. “They’re willing to take risks. They pay attention to details. They understand about accomplishing missions. They have that in their DNA. The backbone of this country’s economy and Pennsylvania’s economy is still small business.”

Just as on the battlefield, Rothman says he wants new entrepreneurs to have the weapons they need to succeed. His bill would help those interested in starting a new business create marketing plans, learn to negotiate, and compete for government contracts; information he says benefits more than just vets. A successful business leads to jobs, and that’s good for everyone.

“These young men and women go out and risk their lives for us and I’d like to, when they get back, give them something more than just the G.I. bill, give them some training so they can go start companies and build this country, starting in Pennsylvania,” he said.

Rothman’s bill has 35 co-sponsors and bipartisan support. He hopes the bill moves forward in the fall. He thinks it has a good chance of getting passed and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Return The Favor: Helping vets start small businesses

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A state lawmaker wants to give veterans returning home from overseas help starting their own businesses. He’s introduced a bill that will create training programs at state-owned colleges and universities.

“I still think part of the American dream is being able to run your own business and be self-sufficient and to create for yourself,” Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) said.

Rothman has been in office for just one year and is committed to helping veterans. This is a topic he knows a lot about; he spent 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and also worked in real estate. He says a large number of people starting new businesses are veterans because they make good leaders.

“I think veterans generally are the types of people that aren’t risk-averse,” he said. “They’re willing to take risks. They pay attention to details. They understand about accomplishing missions. They have that in their DNA. The backbone of this country’s economy and Pennsylvania’s economy is still small business.”

Just as on the battlefield, Rothman says he wants new entrepreneurs to have the weapons they need to succeed. His bill would help those interested in starting a new business create marketing plans, learn to negotiate, and compete for government contracts; information he says benefits more than just vets. A successful business leads to jobs, and that’s good for everyone.

“These young men and women go out and risk their lives for us and I’d like to, when they get back, give them something more than just the G.I. bill, give them some training so they can go start companies and build this country, starting in Pennsylvania,” he said.

Rothman’s bill has 35 co-sponsors and bipartisan support. He hopes the bill moves forward in the fall. He thinks it has a good chance of getting passed and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Jamie Berrier
Jamie Berrier
BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING: AREA BUSINESSWOMEN CITE GREG ROTHMAN’S COMMITMENT TO HELPING WOMEN SUCCEED

As a young woman in real estate, Jamie Berrier sometimes encountered problems. She had started as Greg Rothman’s assistant, and Greg had become her mentor. So when she ran into “tough situations,” as she calls them, she would ask him to handle them. He would respond, “Go and fix it.”

“I know now what he was doing,” says Berrier. “He was growing me. He was making me go to those uncomfortable situations because it stretched me, and I learned from them. I appreciate it. Not in the moment, of course, but now, I appreciate it.

”Today, 18 years later, Jamie is a partner with RSR, REALTORS®, a peer and colleague of Greg. She is one of many women now at the top of their fields whom Greg has mentored throughout his career.

‘Paying it forward’

Greg, who is Lemoyne­based RSR’s president and CEO, took the initiative because he sometimes saw smart, capable women encountering gender­based barriers. He recognized that encouraging their talents and contributions could only enhance the overall business climate.

“In some historically male­dominated businesses, there are intangible barriers to women,” Greg says. “If I can help knock some of them down, then I’m going to try. I certainly didn’t succeed without the help of others, so it’s important to pay it forward.”

Greg has never sugarcoated the challenges of business. As a mentor, he reminds his colleagues that business is hard, but the rewards in success and personal growth are satisfying.

Angela Shaw, senior mortgage advisor at Susquehanna Lending Group, Camp Hill, says that Greg is quick to credit the women he’s mentored with blazing their own trails to success, but he’s also ready to open doors that help them reach the next level.

“If you are passionate about your field and you have knowledge and are willing learn and overcome hurdles, he supports you 100 percent,” says Shaw. “Whatever doors he can open or help he can provide, he will do that whether you’re male or female.”
Jessica Meyers
‘You need people who are respected in the community to support you’

Greg was always “happy to answer the phone,” says Jessica E. Meyers, President of Harrisburg­-based construction services firm JEM Group.“

When I needed to tap into his network or wanted his insight from the real estate and building perspective, he was always willing to be available,” she says. “You know how busy people are. It’s appreciated. You need people who are respected in the community to support you.”

Greg also encouraged Jessica to become president of Harrisburg Young Professionals, an organization he co­-founded.

“That was a leadership opportunities that helped me grow professionally and personally,” she says. “He was one of those people twisting my arm. You need people to push you from time to time.”

Greg is constantly amazed at the ability of women to devote their energies and talents to family and business. Jamie Berrier, the assistant who grew to be a partner, credits Greg with pushing her to be involved in the community, as well.

“He taught me how to be a better person,” she says. “Greg was always encouraging me to volunteer within the community. He was constantly telling me to be well­-rounded. You don’t just focus on business. You also focus on giving back, because it makes what you’re doing that much more worth it.”
Alex Hartzler
CO­FOUNDING HARRISBURG YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: GREG ROTHMAN’S VISION HELPS REJUVENATE THE REGION

The idea was simple, but not necessarily easy to implement: Why not create an organization dedicated to creating social and economic opportunities that would attract young professionals to Harrisburg, and keep them there?

Greg Rothman, along with Eric Morrison, J. Alex Hartzler, Dan Schwab, and John Norton had the idea in 1998 for what would become Harrisburg Young Professionals. They also had the combined skills to make it happen.

Today, HYP is an impact player in central Pennsylvania, convening young people to make a difference in the city and the region.

The other group members credit Greg with bringing drive and energy to the effort to make HYP a reality. Greg was a visionary, says Eric M. Morrison, an attorney with Smigel Anderson & Sacks LLP.

“He has big ideas,” says Morrison. “Nothing was impossible to achieve. He would be very optimistic that we could accomplish what we put our minds to and what we put our talents to.”

‘A natural leader’

In the 1980s and ‘90s, Harrisburg lacked the thriving downtown that young professionals find in other cities, says J. Alex Hartzler, managing partner of WCI Partners LP. HYP was created to contribute to revitalization and help halt the region’s “brain drain” of top talent. Greg was “very much a cheerleader and able to get things done,” he says.

“Being from an established family with a strong business name in the community brought credibility,” says Hartzler. “Greg brought lots of contacts form business and social network, plus his enthusiasm and vision.

”Greg was HYP’s second president, succeeding Hartzler.

“Greg’s always been a natural leader,” says Hartzler. “He’s able to speak to all different types of people.”

Bringing leadership

HYP was a “catalyst for rejuvenation of downtown Harrisburg,” says Dan Schwab, co-president of D&H. Today, from the foundation that Greg helped build, HYP remains true to its mission to make Harrisburg a great place to live, work, and play, he says.

“Greg brought leadership, and he brought his relationships, his network, and his passion,” says Schwab. “Whenever he does something, it’s 110 percent.”

During the forming of HYP, Greg demonstrated a talent for consensus building that’s needed in public office, says Morrison. In the 1980s, Greg helped form an organization that has become a mid-state stronghold, and today, he is helping build a vibrant economy not just for the East Shore or West Shore but for the entire region. He’ll bring the same refreshing outlook to the state House of Representatives as representative for the 87th District, Morrison says.

“Greg’s not a divider. He’s a uniter.”