Long & Foster Real Estate is pleased to announce that Jo Hesbach Cross, a veteran sales associate in the company’s Chesapeake Sales office in Chesapeake, Virginia, has been inducted into Virginia REALTORS Hall of Fame.
Cross was selected by a committee of peers as a standout among the association’s 35,000 members. The Hall of Fame honors Virginia REALTORS who have made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to the real estate profession and markets in Virginia over a period of twenty-five years or more. Induction to the Hall of Fame is considered Virginia REALTORS’ principal career honor.
“Long & Foster congratulates Jo for receiving this honor for her many achievements in the real estate profession,” said Brian Haug, senior vice president and regional manager of Long & Foster in Richmond. “This is a well-deserved award and we’re fortunate to have Jo and her wealth of experience and knowledge on our team.”
With a career in real estate that has spanned more than 40 years, Cross served on the Virginia REALTORS Board of Directors for a decade and has chaired many state-level committees throughout the years. She has also made tremendous contributions to the community around her, working on behalf of families of infants with medical needs and raising money for charities, such as the American Cancer and Leukemia Societies.
Cross started her real estate career in the Richmond area in 1979. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Association of Realtors (RAR), chaired multiple committees, taught new member orientation and Code of Ethics classes, and was recognized as the 1994 Sales Associate of the Year from RAR.
In 2000, Cross became a managing broker with a competing real estate company in Hampton Roads. During that time, she was a member of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association (HRRA), serving on the organization’s Board of Directors and chairing multiple committees. Simultaneously, Cross also chaired committees for VAR. In 2013, Cross was honored with the VAR Manager of the Year award and later that same year was named HRRA’s Manager of the Year. In 2016, she received HRRA’s Code of Ethics Award. Cross was also honored as Realtor Emeritus by the National Association of Realtors in July 2019.
In August 2014, Cross became the managing broker of Long & Foster’s Chesapeake sales office. In September 2018, she retired as a manager and became an agent in that office.
When not helping her valued clients with their homeownership needs, Cross and her husband Lin Cross enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren along with spending time at their Outer Banks beach cottage, Destiny.
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