Fox & Roach celebrates 130th anniversary

Fox & Roach, Realtors celebrated its 130th anniversary at a special event Monday, Nov. 14.

Dignitaries, company leaders and nonprofit executives gathered to celebrate the company’s longstanding presence and service to the tri-state area. To mark the company’s longtime service to their communities, a mayor’s proclamation on Fox & Roach, Realtors’ 130th anniversary was presented to key leadership. In addition, the company made a pledge to re-commit its support to more than 250 nonprofits across the region.

“We are proud of our longevity, stability, reputation and continued service to all of our communities,” states Larry Flick, chairman and CEO.

In celebration of this milestone anniversary, the company is pledging its continued support to these charities with volunteer hours for essential projects throughout the next year. “Part of the company’s 130-year celebration is to re-commit to supporting the communities we serve, through our continued charitable giving of monetary support and volunteer hours,” Flick said.

“We will pledge volunteer hours, by our agents and employees, to respond to their wish lists throughout the coming year,” adds Gerry Griesser, CEO, the Trident Group.

Executives from key nonprofits across the tri-state were gathered for the event.

Charities represented including Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia and South Jersey, MANNA, Autism Speaks, Cradles to Crayons, Build Jake’s Place, Respond Inc. and the Gesu School participated in the celebration announcing their “Wish List” of volunteer projects.

Simultaneously, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach offices hosted celebratory parties.

“This is a milestone to be celebrated,” adds Joan Docktor, BHHS Fox & Roach president, “and all of our agents and employees are proud to be a part of this legacy.”

The Fox & Roach legacy began in 1886 when Fred Fox Sr. opened Fox Real Estate, its first office located in Center City, Philadelphia. In 1958, Fred Jr. incorporated with William Lazo, and Fox & Lazo was born. On the Roach side, in 1939, Bob and Charley Roach began Roach Brothers, and in 1950, Roach Brothers Inc. was formed.

Part of the family tree includes George Emlen, who started Emlen & Co. in 1922, and Art Wheeler and Matt Williams, who began Wheeler Williams in 1952. Emlen Wheeler was formed in 1986 by the merger of these two companies. In 1995, Emlen Wheeler and Roach Brothers merged and formed an alliance with Better Homes and Gardens, creating Roach Wheeler/Better Homes and Gardens.

It was in December of 1997 that these two longtime family owned and operated real estate brokerages merged to become Fox & Roach, Realtors.

In February of 1999, Fox & Roach, Realtors acquired a Prudential affiliate, Prudential Preferred Properties, and its affiliates, Preferred Mortgage and Quaker Abstract, and became Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors. The merger raised Prudential Fox & Roach’s ranking to fifth in the country. After thriving for more than a decade as the largest Prudential affiliate, the company was acquired in November 2013 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to form Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors, part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s second largest provider of total home services.

The company has been and continues to be a well-run, well-established, continuously profitable company that is now part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network of companies, the most respected company worldwide according to Barron’s Magazine, July 2013. Fox & Roach, the dominant real estate company and a force in the region since 1886, and Berkshire Hathaway, continue to make dreams come true for homebuyers and home sellers.

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