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The Bozzuto Buzz is all about highlighting the best in each of us, both as individuals and as a company. In these digital issues, we feature employees and residents who are going above and beyond to support each other as well as news from across the company. Thank you for being a part of the Bozzuto community.



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Adapting to a Changing World
Bozzuto Operating Partners Hold Town Hall
A Look at the BDC Pipeline
Donating N95 Masks to Health Care Providers
Our Biggest Impact Yet
Distilling Team Spirit
A Taste of Gratitude
Novel Virtual Resident Events
BMC Successfully Transitions New Communities into the Portfolio
Delivering a Feeling of Sanctuary
We Will Miss You, Mary O’Neill


Adapting to a Changing World
Mike Henehan
President
Bozzuto Development Company
& Bozzuto Homes Inc.

The last few months have felt like a few years. Through all the challenges, two themes have continued to resonate with me–life goes on and the importance of being focused on our customers.  

On our development team alone, while we have unfortunately seen the postponement of two weddings, we have had three new home purchases, the arrival of one baby boy (congratulations, Caitlin Walker) and two more babies due soon. If this was expanded to the overall company, the list would be lengthy. It illustrates that life goes on and there continues to be joy despite all the challenges and frustrations that we are experiencing every day. 

These last few months have also reinforced the importance of focusing on our customers and providing sanctuary. Understanding our customers and their needs will be more important than ever moving forward. The current health and financial crisis will result in behavioral changes that will require us to adapt our thinking and practices while maintaining our core standards. One such design standard that Tom Bozzuto has always trained us to focus on is maximizing private outdoor space for our customers in the form of balconies and terraces. The importance of these spaces has been on display with events like the balcony decorating contest at Liberty Harbor East and courtyard happy hours at Canvas Valley Forge. 

Let’s tackle the challenges ahead not forgetting the joy that continues to occur around us and with a doubled-down obsession on meeting our customers’ evolving needs.   

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Bozzuto Operating Partners Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting
From top left to bottom right: BDC and BHI President Mike Henehan, BMC President Stephanie Williams, BCC President Mark Weisner, CAO Julie Smith, CFO Dan Murphy and COO Mike Schlegel

The Bozzuto Operating Partners held a virtual town hall on May 14, during which they answered questions and discussed their hopes and focuses during this pandemic. Watch the recording here

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A Look at the BDC Pipeline
A rendering of Allston Yards in Boston, Massachusetts

With a remarkably talented team at the helm, Bozzuto Development Company (BDC) is diligently working on bringing several projects to life. These upcoming projects enhance the customer experience with their unique details and demonstrate BDC’s versatility in both specialty and project type, a great demonstration of what they’re capable of as a developer. Read more about a few of these extraordinary projects here

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Donating N95 Masks to Health Care Providers
Health care providers at Capital Women’s Care were grateful to receive BCC’s donated N95 masks.

Bozzuto Construction Company (BCC) recently donated 100 N95 masks to the health care workers at Stop and Shop Pharmacy, HC General, Carroll Hospital, CRNP, Sinai Hospital, Montgomery General, Children’s National Medical Center, Buckingham’s Choice and Capital Women’s Care. 

With limited personal protective equipment, the health care providers at Capital Women’s Care, the OB-GYN practice pictured, have been treating expectant mothers that are suspected of having COVID-19 or have tested positive for it. They accepted BCC’s donation, remarking that it was generous, thoughtful and gives them hope again. Thank you for helping keep the community stay safe, BCC! 

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Our Biggest Impact Yet
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We’re still in awe. Over the past few weeks, you, your families, our residents and partners have enacted our core value of concern in ways that have made an impact greater than ever before. Together we’ve raised nearly $45,000 for two incredible causes. Your generosity is providing thousands of meals for health care heroes through sweetgreen and World Central Kitchen as well as helping A Wider Circle continue its national campaign to end poverty. We encourage you to continue supporting these incredible causes and organizations. Here’s how:

Tomorrow, Team Bozzuto has over 160 participants from 11 different states, and even Spain, taking part in the virtual 5K Race to End Poverty with A Wider Circle and there’s still time for you to join! Support those who are feeling more homeless than ever right now by running, walking or biking with your colleagues. Here’s where our team members are going to be tracking their miles:

  • Mid-Atlantic: 84 team members 
  • Florida: 30 team members 
  • Midwest: 18 team members 
  • Boston: 10 team members 
  • Tri-State: 17 team members 

Sign up here and you will receive more race day information. 

Our Feed the Front Line campaign with sweetgreen and World Central Kitchen is running until May 31, 2020. So far, we’ve raised over $23,000. With Bozzuto’s commitment to match donations up to $10,000, we’ve raised a total of $33,000 for free meals to health care heroes. You can donate and continue sharing our fundraiser page here

It doesn’t end there. A number of properties and teams have reached out to set up customized charitable initiatives for their communities or region. If your team is interested, please reach out to Rise@Bozzuto.com and we will help you in planning, communicating and tracking your impact.  

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Distilling Team Spirit
Chicago BMC leaders distributed hand sanitizer to their 16 properties, reuniting with their team members while taking the necessary precautions.

This past week, BMC Senior Vice President Pei Pei Chan Mirabella and her team of Regional Managers–Tara Ryan, Deanna Commer-Pope and Elizabeth Nesler–had an action-packed day delivering 100 gallons of hand sanitizer to all 16 of their properties in Chicago. This wasn’t just any hand sanitizer; it was made by Chicago Distilling, a small-batch distillery that has transitioned their production facility to make the product using an approved recipe from the World Health Organization (WHO) and FDA. Bulk amounts of sanitation and safety materials have been challenging to find, as many product orders have been backordered, delayed or even canceled. Thanks to the commitment of local businesses like Chicago Distilling, necessities like hand sanitizer are becoming more accessible.  

After a seamless no-contact loading process at the distillery, the team started their trek around Chicago, taking time to catch up with their teams from a distance during each delivery. A week earlier, a similar drop-off had taken place with face masks, but for some employees, this was the first time getting to see their regional leaders in many weeks. The chance for a reunion was as highly anticipated as getting the hand sanitizer, if not more.  

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A Taste of Gratitude
On the left: Gio Midtown and Midtown Five donated doughnuts to Miami first responders. On the right: The Ashby and WashREIT Residential team donated food to the ICU department at Virginia Hospital Center.

Bozzuto teams have not “dessert”-ed our core value of concern for our communities during this pandemic, especially for the health care heroes and first responders working tirelessly on the front lines. These Florida and Virginia teams made some sweet deliveries to show their support. 

For #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, the Midtown Five and Gio Midtown teams in Miami donated boxes of donuts from The Salty Donut to Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Police Department and Miami Fire Rescue. Thank you notes in the boxes read, “Midday, midnight, Midtown … magic is what you all have brought to our entire community in Miami!” 

The Ashby at McLean team, along with the WashREIT Residential team, donated dinner and dessert to the ICU department at Virginia Hospital Center. This massive care package included Panera meals, drinks, cupcakes, lemon bars and brownies, as well as candy and protein bars. Within 48 hours, the team collected the funds, coordinated with the hospital, purchased the food and delivered everything between the day and night shifts. Thank you all for supporting these health care heroes! 

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Novel Virtual Resident Events
Novel South Capitol has actively engaged their residents with activities like a bake-off and a cocktail contest.

Novel South Capitol in Washington, D.C. has been exuding #apartmentgoals and inspiring us with extraordinary stay-at-home activities and virtual events. The Novel team is going above and beyond to uphold the Bozzuto standard of excellence at their community while safely engaging their residents in creative new ways. 

To send some positivity during this “puzzling” time, the Novel team turned a photo of their rooftop’s panoramic view into a 200-piece puzzle and distributed it to residents with handwritten notes. View the puzzle on their Instagram account here

Residents shared many laughs late into the night playing virtual Pictionary on a luau-themed Zoom call. Inspired by the virtual luau idea from Bozzuto Management Company’s Marketing Department, the Novel team hosted one for their residents, asking them to make cocktails and wear their favorite Hawaiian shirts. 

Since residents are spending a lot of time at home and in the kitchen, the Novel team provided them with random flavors of boxed cake mix and icing for the Great Novel Bake Off challenge. A few weeks later, the team dropped off cocktail ingredients at residents’ doors to get their creative juices flowing for a Novel Quarantini

Participants were asked to take photos and tag the community on Instagram to show off their brilliant creations. Residents voted on the best cocktail, which was then added to the ABC Pony, the lobby café. The winner: The Naval Yard. 

We’re impressed by their innovative ideas and can’t wait to see what they do next.

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BMC Successfully Transitions New Communities into the Portfolio
BMC leadership welcomes new properties to the Bozzuto family.

When Ram Realty Services made the decision to move away from in-house property management to focus on new developments, they embarked on a competitive bid process. We are thrilled to announce that Bozzuto Management Company was selected as Ram’s sole property management provider for their Southeast Florida portfolio. Please give a warm welcome to the teams at The District, Indigo Station and Mareas at Botanica, who joined Bozzuto on April 30. Bozzuto will also be managing Curv, a new development opening this year. To welcome the new team members before the takeovers, the BMC team dropped off employee welcome gifts, letting them know they are a valued part of the Bozzuto family now. 

In D.C., PGIM & Trammell Crow Residential hired Bozzuto to take over management of The Batley on March 18. The team has been doing a tremendous job so far. Additionally, the BMC team is planning another management takeover in Tinton Falls, NJ this month. Congratulations, BMC team! 

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Delivering a Feeling of Sanctuary
Left: “Mama” Donna Morrissey with Canvas Valley Forge resident Barbara Easterling. Right: A Chestnut Square team member delivers tacos to residents for Cinco de Mayo.

How do we continue to create sanctuary for our residents during a time of distress? Many property teams have answered this essential question with a delicious answer—food. In Pennsylvania, the Chestnut Square team has done two breakfast deliveries for their residents, offering them individually wrapped bagels, cream cheese and an orange juice to begin their mornings. The team also delivered tacos to residents’ doors to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This week, they are having a virtual pub trivia and will be delivering beer and a Bozzuto beer opener to participants. 

At Canvas Valley Forge, a fellow Pennsylvania property that is home to residents 55+, the management team wanted to figure out how to continue safely offering daily continental breakfasts. Property Manager Sarah McMeekin and Director of Resident Services Diana Moyer worked with Donna Morrissey, the owner of Mama Donna’s Bakery that caters the daily breakfast, to develop a “no-contact” system where residents can preorder meals and have them delivered six days a week. With the kind assistance of resident Barbara Easterling, who graciously volunteered to help with deliveries, Mama Donna is serving an average of 65-70 residents per day.  

At both properties, breakfast delivery adds a sense of normalcy that is much needed and appreciated in a world upended by COVID-19. 

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We Will Miss You, Mary O’Neill 
Assistant to the Chairman Mary O’Neill

After 26 wonderful years, Assistant to the Chairman Mary O’Neill will be retiring to spend more time with her family.

“I know I speak for the company when I say how incredibly fortunate we are for the opportunity to have worked with Mary for so long. I will always treasure her friendship and I am forever grateful for her loyalty and dedication to not only me personally, but to our company as well,” said Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer Tom Bozzuto. 

Thank you for everything you’ve done to help us create sanctuary over the years, Mary!

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