At Hearthside, Family Traditions Come in All Forms
A selfless tradition passed on from one generation to the next.
Posted: November 10, 2017 by Rebecca Nutt
For Bob Williams, Associate Broker and Manager at Coldwell Banker Hearthside, enlisting to serve our country wasn’t just an option – it was a tradition. “It was not unlike what we have here at the company in terms of family traditions,” explains Bob, who proudly followed in his father’s footsteps serving as a U.S. Marine. “There’s a correlation. Jamie and Robin Mancuso followed in the footsteps of their father, Frank, when he started Coldwell Banker Hearthside.”
Bob’s father served in the Marine Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1945 and fought in the Pacific Campaign. From a young age, Bob always knew it was in his fate to serve just as his father did years before him. “I don’t think there was ever a question that I was going to join the Marine Corps. From my family tradition you just didn’t do anything other than say, ‘How can I serve?’”
As soon as Bob graduated high school in 1966 he immediately enlisted, and was off to Paris Island, South Carolina for boot camp in July of that same year. In June of 1968, Bob started his tour in Vietnam with his brothers in arms, “It was challenging times to say the least, but it’s what made me the person I am now.” He came to earn the rank as Sergeant in Vietnam and received the Secretary of the Navy Commendation with Combat V among other decorations and returned to the United States in July of 1969. He continued to serve on active duty in North Carolina until July 1970.
After bravely serving our country, Bob went back to school to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He then became part of the first graduating class there to earn their MBA. He eventually went on in the working world, climbing the corporate ladder working for an international company. After 24 years, he decided it was time for a change of pace in his career. So in 2002, he teamed up with his wife Connie at Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors® in Newtown, Pennsylvania to help people achieve their American dream of owning real estate. He also serves as an EMT and currently sits as the chair of the Levittown/Fairless Rescue Squad. The family tradition also continues, as his son went on to become a fireman, paramedic and is now a federal agent while still volunteering for the local fire department.
Today, he is not only proud to be a veteran, but is proud to be part of a company that takes the initiative to help those who so selflessly serve or have served our country and communities.
Coldwell Banker Hearthside announced the launch of a recruitment program, Hearthside Heroes, aimed at providing veterans, first responders, and National Guard members the opportunity for a career in real estate. As a way to thank those who have served our country, Coldwell Banker Hearthside created the program to provide financial assistance, training, and managerial support for individuals who want to build a successful career in real estate. Recruits who choose to enter the program are given a 24-month employment commitment with Coldwell Banker Hearthside to start.