Mattamy Homes

Find out what is new at Mattamy Homes in Raleigh

Operation: Coming Home IV Key Ceremony for Richie Chavis

Categories: In The News | Posted: December 14, 2012

On Monday, December 10, Royal Oaks Homes and many other organizations gathered to witness the Operation: Coming Home Key Ceremony for U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Richie Chavis, a wounded military veteran. 21-year-old Chavis lost his legs above the knees by way of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) during his first two months in Afghanistan. Only 21 years old and this young man has experienced a world much different than many of us will ever know.

Members of Chavis’ Battalion, First Battalion, Eighth Marines sign a canvas flag for Chavis

Chavis, the fourth recipient of an Operation: Coming Home Hero Home, was chosen from an outstanding group of applicants. He enlisted in the marines at the young age of 17 and went to boot camp two weeks after he graduated high school.  Chavis was assigned to the Weapons Company, First Battalion, 8th Regimental Combat Team 2. He was in Afghanistan by September 2010, only a few months out of high school. Two months into serving in Afghanistan, Chavis unknowingly stepped on an IED in a minefield and lost his legs.  Chavis was awarded the Purple Heart, the oldest award given to U.S. military members, by commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos.

Operation: Coming Home was intrigued and inspired by Chavis’ story and decided he was deserving of a Hero Home.  Operation: Coming Home (OCH) is a non-profit group that provides custom-built homes for wounded military service members. These homes are called “Hero Homes” and are designed to promote independence and mobilization for the injured veteran and his family.

Prior to Chavis, OCH has built three Hero Homes for wounded veterans. With the combined efforts of the Raleigh-Wake County Home Builders Association (HBA), the Triangle Real Estate and Construction Veterans, Royal Oaks Homes and Gaines and Company as well as many vendors and volunteers, Operation: Coming Home has fulfilled the American Dream of home ownership at no cost to the chosen family.

The Key Ceremony on December 10 was an emotional experience for everyone in attendance. The event started at 10:00 a.m. with the grand entrance of Richie and his family escorted by the Triangle Victory Riders and Rolling Thunder. In the background you could hear the Northwood Temple Academy playing in the background. It was a great entrance and the crowd was on their feet, applauding for about 10 minutes.

Richie and his family escorted by the Rolling Thunder and Triangle Victory Riders

Richie and his family escorted by the Rolling Thunder and Triangle Victory Riders

Richie Chavis arrives at the Key Ceremony

Richie Chavis arrives at the Key Ceremony

Barbara Gibbs from abc 11 WTVD was the MC for the event and introduced everyone who played a major role in the creation of the Hero Home and event. Including Rich Van Tassel, president of Royal Oaks Homes, Tim Minton, President of Operation: Coming Home and Vice President of the Raleigh-Wake Home Builders Association, Andy Ladner, North Carolina State Commissioner and Executive Director of the U.S. Veterans Corps, Jim Anderson, Richard Moore, Carlos Evans, Greg Ferguson and Shawn Rumberger.

Chavis’ story is one that should remind us to be grateful and to thank the brave men and women who are sacrificing everything for our freedoms. Chavis, originally from Lumberton, N.C, will now reside in his Hero Home in the Colony at Lexington Plantation, located in Cameron, N.C. Royal Oaks Homes built the home and designed it to be wheelchair-friendly with easy access to all rooms.

Rich Van Tassel, President of Royal Oaks Homes, recognizes vendors

Rich Van Tassel, President of Royal Oaks Homes, recognizes vendors

abc 11 WTVD News Coverage of OCH IV: Key Ceremony


Social Media For Residential Builders

Categories: Home Buying Tips | Posted: August 24, 2012

As a builder, waiting for potential buyers to visit your new homesites without a little encouragement is a waste of time—reaching and engaging with potential buyers must be a proactive effort on your part that consists of finding out where and how your prospects prefer to receive information and interact with others. With more people than ever before regularly using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to serve this purpose, it is of the upmost importance that builders strategically join the conversation. Each social media tool offers a unique opportunity to communicate your company’s value and engage with potential buyers.

Recently, Royal Oaks Building Group President Rich Van Tassel served as a contributor for Construction Today and wrote about the importance of social media in today’s residential construction market. In the article, Rich discusses how social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and emerging networks like Pinterest can benefit residential builders in reaching younger Americans who are ready to purchase new homes and settle down, but will be more likely to make an initial choice online rather than visiting in person.

Read the rest of this entry »

Page 246 of 248« First...102030...244245246247248