Category archive for: Land Development

In the heart of Manteo…

July 26, 2012

Yet tucked away from the hustle bustle, is a lovely three bedroom condominium at Marshes Light. Spacious, this lovely top floor home overlooks the Marina to the south and views of Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound to the southeast. Close enough to stroll  to restaurants, theater and shopping, the sound-side boardwalk hugs the shoreline while providing a comfortable and picturesque walkway.

Marshes LIght Boardwalk










Perhaps the thing that speaks volumes, though, is the craftsmanship and quality of materials. You’ll notice the solid construction, the Hardi-Plank siding, the Andersen windows, the 10 1/2 ceiling heights, thoughtful use of space, transom windows above interior doors and in the kitchen, stainless appliances, granite countertops and natural maple cabinetry.

Built by Renaissance Construction










The recent TowneBank Red Nose Wine Festival has put Marshes Light on the map! To arrange for a tour, please contact Lee Whitley at 252-475-9863 or email Price: $425,000.












Categories: Land Development, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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My Favorite Time of the Year

May 30, 2012

I hope these photos capture the happiness I feel when the air feels good on your skin and I’m outside and flowers are blooming and gentle breezes are blowing and the birds are chirping. I live in the most beautiful place on earth – the Outer Banks!








Carolina Jasmine on the back porch


Sago Palm

Dogwoods along Fernando Street

Categories: Environment, Home & Garden, Land Development, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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It’s a beautiful day on the Outer Banks

March 14, 2012

I just listed a lovely sound-front condominium at Marshes Light, took this photo today from the covered deck.

Facing east onto Shallowbag Bay











The Marshes Light boardwalk is one of very few waterfront boardwalks on the Outer Banks. This wooden walkway is roughly 2 miles in length and stretches from the marina at Marshes Light through to downtown Manteo. I love this little corner of heaven:

Facing southeast towards the marina











Along the boardwalk in Manteo is one of my favorite eateries, Poor Richard’s. Great sandwiches, soups and specials in a cozy and casual atmosphere. Eat inside or out on the porch overlooking the marina and Festival Park.

Poor Richard's

Categories: Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Roanoke Island, travel, Uncategorized.

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Unique Waterfront Property for Sale

March 5, 2012


Top floor, top right

The Area:

Historic downtown Manteo on Roanoke Island is beloved for its small town friendly atmosphere and waterfront location. Discover maritime history, live theater, art and cultural attractions, quaint shops, restaurants, First Friday Festivals and Saturday Farm Markets in Manteo, and, best of all, it’s located just minutes from the beautiful beaches of Nags Head along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The Property:

A one-of-a-kind, truly spectacular home in the new Marshes Light community is now available. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is located on the top floor of the Azalea condominiums and sits on the most eastern point of the community with panoramic views of Shallowbag Bay to the south, Roanoke Sound and Nags Head to the east, and the Marshes Lighthouse, Manteo waterfront and Roanoke Island Festival Park to the northeast. This home was enjoyed as a weekend get-away by its owners and has been lovingly cared for.



  • 1,673 square feet
  • Wrap-around covered decks
  • Tiled kitchen and baths
  • Stainless appliances
  • Marble countertops
  • Garden tub with separate walk-in shower
  • Heated master bathroom floor
  • Large walk-in closet
  • 9 1/2 ‘ ceilings with transom light windows above interior doors
  • Scrumptious upscale furniture and décor.
  • Exquisite window treatments and remote-controlled shades.
  • Parking garage with storage
  • Elevator.

Sunrise views

For more information, contact Lee Whitley at or call 252-475-9863.

Categories: Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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New Construction at Marshes Light

January 13, 2012

Renaissance Construction recently broke ground for the construction of a three bedroom home in Marshes Light on home site 7. This marks the fourth home in downtown Manteo’s newest neighborhood. Renaissance Construction is owned by Steve Daniels who is the Marshes Light preferred builder.

“I employ the best local craftsmen and personally oversee to be sure each home is well built in a timely and efficient manner.”

There are only a handful of home sites available at Marshes Light, and one or two will boast panoramic views of the Sound. Marshes Light is a unique location connected by a boardwalk to shops, restaurants, theater and Festival Park in downtown Manteo.

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2011 – A Year in Photos

December 29, 2011

















Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!

Photo by Amanda Mager






Categories: Arts, Fitness, Holiday Happenings, Home & Garden, Land Development, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, Uncategorized.

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Visions of an Upscale Small Town Waterfront

December 7, 2011

This is the architect’s rendering of Marshes Light in Manteo, NC. Retail shops and restaurants along the water, homes and condominiums nearby, and a bustling marina. This new community is located within walking distance on a soundside boardwalk to historic Manteo with a variety of dining, shopping and cultural activities.

Categories: Arts, Historic Architecture, Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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Living Shoreline Project at Marshes Light

October 17, 2011

About a month ago, the Town of Manteo provided a dump truck load of fossil/spent oyster shells to Marshes Light.  This past Saturday (October 15) a group of volunteers bagged the shells for placement along the marsh to help stabilize an eroding expanse of coastal marsh – one of the last of its kind in Town limits.  The bagged shells will be used much like rip rap or wood and vinyl bulkheads; however, this method utilizes natural materials.

The volunteer effort was part of an overall project aimed at creating a “living shoreline” to protect a Juncus marsh that is part of the Marshes Light Development in downtown historic Manteo.  The “living shoreline” stabilization will allow the marsh to regenerate along its eroding fringe and return valuable oyster shells to our waters.  These shells will also provide a great home to numerous marine creatures.

Thriving coastal marshes are vital to the overall health of our estuary, effectively filtering nutrients, fine sediments and toxins from overland runoff.  These critical habitats also support fisheries and protected resources by improving water quality and buffering shorelines.

It was an interesting process and hard, dirty work. We used UV resistant netting material (used and recommended in the aquaculture industry) which was stretched over a piece of PVC pipe that was about 36” long and 8” in diameter.  Wearing thick gloves, we placed the shells into the pipe with bag stretched and when full, the pipe was pulled out of the bag and the bag tied.  Each bag was estimated to weigh about 30-35 pounds!

Once the necessary permits are in place, the next step will be to load the bags onto a barge and haul them over to the marsh.  The Town also plans to install native marsh plants along the landward side of the stabilized shoreline next spring.

 This project is an on-going and volunteer collaborative effort between Marshes Light new home community, the Town of Manteo, Quible & Associates, P.C., and our many friends!  Check back in early next spring for information about volunteering for more projects along the Manteo waterfront.

I want to give special thanks to Marshes Light owners, Bob & Joan Ciardi (and friends), Jim Lambie and Jeff & Carol Nease for their hard work!

Categories: Environment, Fall Weather, Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Roanoke Island, T Shirts, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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What the market stats are saying about the Outer Banks Real Estate Market!

September 20, 2011

This article is reprinted with permission.

By Hugh “Scooter” Willey, Jr. (email: hughwilleysunrealtynccom)
NC Real Estate Broker with Sun Realty of the Outer Banks

The real estate market has been a bruising one, for both pockets and egos, over the past several years. Yet, signs of stabilization are beginning to show in the Outer Banks Real Estate Market. Buyers are in all earnestness beginning to search for homes, sensing the “bottom” is near (or passed), inventory is down (good for sellers) and ‘bank owned” properties have slowed. It is also noteworthy that as a resort community the median sales price is increasing.

For those interested in the Outer Banks Real Estate Market, I have posted the following comparison of the first 8 months of 2011 to the first 8 months of 2010 (source: Outer Banks Association of Realtors MLS).

Overall Sales

Total Property Sales
2010 2011 Change
Residential 919 923 *
Land 167 201 +20%
Commercial 11 15 +36%
Total 1097 1137 +4%

* Insignificant

Distressed Property Sales

Distressed Property Sales
2010 2011 Change
Potential Short Sale 102 128 +25%
Bank Owned 247 231 -7%
Total 349 359 +3%

Median Sale Price

Median Sale Price
2010 2011 Change
Single Family Residential $300,000 $343,154 +14%
Condo $199,000 $183,233 -8%
All Residential $269,900 $297,522 +11%


Current Inventory
2010 2011 Change
Residential 2191 1849 -16%
Land 1325 1146 -14%
Commercial 124 147 +19%
Total 3640 3142 -14%

Categories: Home & Garden, Land Development, Real Estate, Uncategorized.

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Spotlight on Mayo Boddie

August 10, 2011

I first met Mayo in the fall of 1980 – he was with my father-in-law, H. Wayne Whitley, Jr., of Rocky Mount, on the Outer Banks duck hunting. Several years later, Mayo and his company, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, purchased the company I work for Kitty Hawk Land Company (the original developers of Southern Shores).  That’s been over 25 years ago.

Mayo is also one of our property owners at Marshes Light. He and his wife, Jean, enjoy their condo here and you can often seem they scooting around town in their little yellow electric car with Maggie, their yellow lab, in the back.

Mayo’s strong sense of stewardship and preservation are evident in everything he does, from Rose Hill to Hardee’s and real estate developments including The Currituck Club, Marshes Light, Viniterra and Arlington Place. Please watch this recent episode of “Tarheel Traveler” from WRAL in Raleigh: Tarheel Traveler. (sorry about the ad, it’s not long.)

Categories: Land Development, outer banks, People of Interest, Roanoke Island, travel, Uncategorized.

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The View Transformed by Angel Ellis Khoury

August 2, 2011

This article first appeared in My Outer Banks Home in 2007 by Angel Ellis Khoury

Marshes Light Expands Manteo Horizon

Since 1982, when townspeople adopted the motto “Come Sit on Our Front Porch; Let Us Tell You of the Dreams We Keep” as part of an ambitious revitalization for Manteo, this Roanoke Island town has seen its dreams come true.  The view from the porch has been transformed.

A once deserted downtown is now filled with shops and restaurants, with residences located above.  Historic homes have been renovated, and picket fences have returned to nearly every yard.  New public spaces are filled with activity—boat docks, boardwalks, and a waterfront park with benches set beneath live oaks—in place of rotten pilings and dilapidated, abandoned buildings. 

Across the creek, a barren spoil island is now home to Roanoke Island Festival Park and the representative 16th century ship Elizabeth II, built and berthed in Manteo, but able to sail to coastal ports, as North Carolina’s only moveable historic attraction.  A new state maritime museum at the old boathouse brings families together to build a boat in a day, and youngsters learn to sail, with wet-sponge fights part of the lesson plan.  On summer evenings, dance, music, and drama play out on a pavilion lawn with Roanoke Sound as part of the stage set.

It took a full 20 years to complete the 11 major components that brought $20 million in public and private investments to Manteo.  Between 1980 and 2006, the tax base increased a whopping 5,581 percent, from $11.2 million to $625.2 million.  How does a town manage that kind of growth while preserving a sense of place?  How can it make 5,000 visitors a day feel welcome while still making its 1,000 residents feel at home?

Professional planners claim that an involved citizenry is why Manteo’s plan has succeeded, where so many others fail.  This renaissance of a once dying town is the result of a public/private planning initiative that drew on the expertise of NC State University School of Design, Professor Randolph T. Hester, and planner James Rouse’s American City Corporation.  But more importantly, it drew on the dreams and imagination of town residents, who attended design charettes, were interviewed by students on their front porches, or who completed surveys asking what they would like their town to become.

Twenty years later, deserted streets were no longer the problem.  In 2002, residents complained they couldn’t find a place to park, traffic on the main highway was backed up to the bridge on busy summer days, and gated communities elsewhere on the island seemed to fly in the face of townspeople’s motto, envisioning porch-lined streets and a public waterfront that functions as the town’s giant front porch.

As it had done in the past, town commissioners reached out to the School of Design for help.  Once more, residents and business owners filled out surveys, attended meetings, and worked with students and professors to create a plan for the next 20 years.  As they dreamed of the future, citizens recognized it was time to preserve important elements of the past.

Townspeople were especially concerned about plans to sell a large tract of land bordering Shallowbag Bay that had been in the same family since the 1860s. Would there be wall-to-wall condos?  Would a gated community sit condescendingly across the street from some of the oldest houses in the town?  Would the new development, nearly the same size as the historic downtown, overshadow a townscape that had changed little in 100 years?

The entire town breathed a collective sigh of relief when a group of local residents bought the property, and did the unthinkable.  They asked townspeople to help plan the new development.

The site became a School of Design project, but planning didn’t stop there.  How would the development relate to the historic downtown?  To the proposed new campus of College of the Albemarle?  To the everyday town center on the main highway?  Were there opportunities for street connectivity to address traffic concerns?  A new master plan for the entire town, with a major development designed within the heart of town, was adopted in 2005 as another example of public/private partnerships and citizen input.

Once plans were in place, the owners sold their interest to Kitty Hawk Land Company, with more than 50 years’ experience developing properties on the Outer Banks and beyond.   In the summer of 2006, construction began on what is being marketed as Marshes Light, named for the screwpile lighthouse that lies just off the point.  With a mixture of single- and multi-family homes, shops, and a waterfront inn, the new neighborhood is designed to be seamless with the historic waterfront. 

Residents and guests at Marshes Light will be able to walk along the new boardwalk bordered by boat slips and a public park, then continue along the existing boardwalk.  There, the Maritime Museum’s collection of traditional workboats forms the core of its “floating museum.”  Residents can look out their windows and see which weather flag is flying atop the historic US Weather Bureau storm-warning tower.  Standing watch over the sound is the reconstruction of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, part of the museum complex, and the Elizabeth II rides at anchor across the creek.  Shops, restaurants, galleries, and marina slips will flank the boardwalk in both the old and new parts of town. 

While you could walk from Marshes Light to Roanoke Island Festival Park in just five minutes, a slower pace is more inviting.  On the way to a summer performance at the park’s outdoor pavilion, you can stop for various necessities, from a picnic basket to a bottle of wine to a take-out dinner.  You can even buy a vintage tablecloth on which to spread your feast as you watch the evening’s performance of music, dance, or drama, with Roanoke Sound as the backdrop.

Across the street from Marshes Light is the new campus of the College of the Albemarle’s School of Professional Crafts.  Just beyond is the everyday town center, where banks, grocery stores, dry cleaners, and other services are conveniently located. 

A 10-minute drive takes you to the North Carolina Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Waterside Theatre, where Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green’s outdoor drama The Lost Colony has been performed for the past 70 years.

It’s easy to understand why Manteo was chosen as a 2007 recipient of the Preserve America Presidential Award, recognizing the town’s “preservation of cultural and natural heritage assets, and the integration of these assets into contemporary community life, using innovative approaches to showcasing its historic resources,” according to the award criteria.

Marshes Light exemplifies the spirit of that effort.  Not only does Marshes Light look across to some of the oldest houses in the town, one of its most historic homes is incorporated into the new neighborhood.  Undergoing a meticulous restoration is the home of William T. Brinkley, who operated a herring and shad fishery beginning in the 1860s, and whose descendants later turned to dairy farming, delivering bottled milk up and down the Outer Banks.  Parts of the house date to the 1820s, while the house as it stands today dates to the 1880s or 90s, according to architectural historian Peter Sandbeck.  It was Brinkley who encouraged his sister and brother-in-law, Rosa and John Evans, to come to Manteo in 1873 to help build up a town around the new county seat established three years earlier.

            Mirroring the old part of town, the new neighborhood will include shops and restaurants, with residences above.  Along Fernando Street, the dividing line between past and present, new single-family homes are a reflection of the vernacular style found just across the street.  The master plan calls for higher density residences to be sited around the marina basin, providing a gradual increase in scale.  The condominiums, townhouses, and flats provide expansive views across Roanoke Sound to Outer Banks beaches, just 10 minutes away.

Perhaps the most beautiful location within the 14-acre site is the point that overlooks the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and the Elizabeth II.  There, the Inn at Marshes Light will bring overnight guests to patronize the town’s shops and restaurants.

Today, the town’s motto is “Preserve.  Prosper.”  Even as brand-new homes stand up against the skyline, the simple, fine lines of the old Brinkley house are being slowly revealed.  The Elizabeth II recalls the audacious determination of those who crossed an ocean in search of a new life on Roanoke Island nearly 425 years ago.  The beam of the lighthouse reassures, even as the storm-tower lights warn of a change in the weather.  Children jump off the docks, as they always have.  There are no gates to divide townspeople from one another—only a few more porches, overlooking a few new streets, where people can sit, and tell of the dreams they keep.

Categories: Historic Architecture, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Roanoke Island, travel.

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Spotlight On: Manteo

July 27, 2011

Marshes Light Marina & Community

The Town of Manteo is known for its exceptional downtown waterfront, Victorian-inspired architecture and the large selection of bed and breakfasts in the Outer Banks. Situated on the eastern side of Roanoke Island, Manteo lies between the North Carolina mainland and the barrier islands of the Outer Banks along the Shallowbag Bay.

The town’s theme is decidedly nautical, with the daily weather reports coming in the form of flags flying from the Manteo Weather Tower. Beacons of light from the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse still guide boats in safely, and charming shops and cafes line the city’s waterfront.

While the residents of Manteo embrace the modern charms of the seaside village, they are also keenly aware of the island’s historical importance. Over 420 years ago, a group of 117 men, women and children, with the blessing of Queen Elizabeth I, settled on the island. An ideal location for an English settlement because of its lush vegetation and mild climate, they established a colony only to subsequently disappear. “The Lost Colony,” as it has come to be known, today remains one of history’s biggest mysteries.

Three hundred years later, Union forces took control of the waters of northeastern North Carolina, and the groundwork of modern Manteo was laid when freed slaves lived and worked on the island. Nearly 4,000 freed slaves had become part of this ‘Freedman’s Colony’ until its official closing in 1867.

Today, the town’s tree-lined streets, shops, restaurants, fishing charters and bed and breakfasts reflect its history while keeping one foot firmly planted in the present as well.

Marshes Light

Close to history and close to the water, Marshes Light is a one-of-a-kind waterfront community located within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of historic downtown Manteo. The last opportunity for new construction within the historic district, Marshes Light includes homesites, single-family homes and marina villa homes in addition to a host of amenities including a 60-slip marina, all while reflecting Manteo’s unique character and charm.

Mayo Boddie, chairman of developer Boddie-Noell, pointed out, “I have always loved Manteo, and it’s why we decided to develop Marshes Light there. I own a condo there, I dock my boat there, and I love to spend time there, which is why I’ve been so passionate about Marshes Light and about connecting the community to historic downtown Manteo.”

(This article originally appeared in Ideal Living Magazine.)

Categories: Historic Architecture, Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, travel, Uncategorized.

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NC Coastal Reserve Upcoming Events

July 19, 2011

The North Carolina Coastal Reserve is offering a series of FREE upcoming events on the Outer Banks on estuaries and estuarine shorelines for a variety of audiences.

 Please forward this information to anyone interested…

 For the public:

 For Teacher & Educators:

 For Marine Contractors, Environmental Consultants, & Engineers:

 For Estuarine-Front Property Owners, Realtors, & Developers:

Can’t make an event? Follow our “Did You Know” Campaign about N.C.’s estuaries, shoreline stabilization, and sea level rise on Facebook or Twitter!

Questions? Contact Caitlin Hamer at or 252-838-0887.

Categories: Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, People of Interest, Things to do, Uncategorized.

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Housing News from Around the Web

February 9, 2011

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE:  Home Affordability Returns to Pre-Bubble Levels

“Based on incomes, this is as affordable as it gets,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “If you can get a loan, these are pretty good times to buy.”

INMAN NEWS:  Real Estate Prices Fall for 5th Straight Month 

“Despite the continued monthly decline in home prices and year-over-year depreciation, we’re encouraged that on an annual basis we’re unchanged relative to a year ago,” said CoreLogic Chief Economist Mark Fleming in a statement. “Excess supply continues to drive prices downward, but the silver lining is that the rate of decline is decelerating.”   

MSNBC.COM:    New U.S. home sales soared in December

Monthly gain raising cautious optimism for housing market recovery.

REALTOR.ORG:  Real Estate Is as Affordable as it Gets

February 9, 2011 “Based on incomes, this is as affordable as it gets,” says the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics about purchasing a home in today’s market.

RISMEDIA:  Economic and Housing Outlooks Brighten According to Fannie Mae Analysis Group

“Improvements in consumer spending and consumer confidence, increased demand for goods and services, and falling unemployment claims are all positive factors for a brighter outlook as we move into 2011…” 

Prices are stable at Marshes Light which were discounted almost 40 percent since original 2006 price structure on single family home sites and new condominiums.

Categories: Land Development, Marshes Light Marina, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Uncategorized.

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BNE Land & Development

January 10, 2011


In 1985 Kitty Hawk Land Company was purchased by BNE Land & Development, a subsidiary of Boddie-Noell Enterprises of Rocky Mount, NC. At the time, Kitty Hawk Land Company was the prominent land developer of the Outer Banks, creating enviable communities such as Southern Shores, SeaPines and WatersEdge.

Kitty Hawk Land Company with the backing of Boddie-Noell went on to develop The Currituck Club on the northern Outer Banks, Arlington Place in southeastern NC, Viniterra in New Kent, VA, and Marshes Light in Manteo.

I’ve known these people for well over 25 years and I’m proud to be a part of the BNE family! (Pictured above from left: David Powell (deceased), Nancy Knight, Doug Anderson, Judy Shaw, and Donna Reynolds.

Vision and Values:

BNE is a dynamic, modern and diverse company that adheres to good old-fashioned family values. Every person on our team is just that, a person, deserving of respect and constant positive reinforcement. So we work hard to foster a friendly work environment, where every member of the BNE family has the opportunity to grow and succeed.

We are a dynamic and diversified company in the restaurant and real estate development business:

  • Based on family values
  • Operated by the best people in the industry
  • Focused on serving the ever-changing needs of our customers
  • Enjoying every aspect of our success

Our six core values are evident in everything we do:

•RESPECT for individuals, communities and our environment.
•HONESTY at all times, regardless of circumstances and without fear of retribution.
•TRUST in others and ourselves. We fulfill our commitments and treat mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow.
•EXCELLENCE in all we do, exceeding the expected and continuing to improve.
•TEAMWORK, or enthusiastically working together to accomplish more, together.
•DIVERSITY, to value each person’s unique ability to contribute. The strongest team is the one that recognizes individual talents and strengths among team members.

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