David Young

David Young recently joined the staff in the Guilford office of Page-Taft Real Estate. The announcement was by Karen Stephens, owner of the company.

“David’s knowledge of construction and his ability to analyze properties make him a natural in helping clients with the buying and selling process,” said Stephens.

Young graduated from New York University College at Potsdam with a B.A. degree in sociology and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an M.B.A. degree. Most recently, he took early retirement after 18 years at Pepperidge Farm/Campbell Soup Co., where he served as general manager of the company’s Mail Order Division and as director of logistics. Young has renovated his own homes, has helped friends and family renovate their houses, and also has renovated two houses for investment.

Young and his wife, Suzanne Conlon, have resided in Guilford for 17 years. They share their home with their daughter. Young has served on the Guilford Parks and Recreation Commission for the past seven years, assuming the chairman’s position for three years. He enjoys sailing and gardening as well as volunteering his time to Habitat for Humanity.

Page-Taft Real Estate is one of the Connecticut shoreline’s foremost independently owned and managed real estate firms. With offices in Essex, Guilford, Madison and Old Lyme, Page-Taft is geographically positioned to represent properties along the shoreline and in the river towns of the lower Connecticut Valley. Since opening its doors in 1980, the company has grown to include 55 full-time agents and a staff of 12.


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut/Westchester, N.Y., will host several major benefits to support the efforts of Project A.L.S., a New York City-based nonprofit organization that funds scientific research to help millions of people with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s fund-raisers for Project A. L. S. this year will include a golf event on Sept. 8, a Walk-a-Thon on Oct. 15 and a concert on Oct. 22. In addition, Coldwell Banker will hold a series of community awareness events throughout the summer. Detailed information about each event will be forthcoming. Last year, Coldwell Banker sponsored three events that raised over $140,000.

“We are delighted to further our partnership with Project A.L.S. and help raise much-needed financial help and awareness for this devastating disease,” said Peggy Doepper, president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut/Westchester, N.Y.

Marilyn Estess, a sales associate in Coldwell Banker’s Rye office, helped foster the partnership. She is the mother of Jenifer, Meredith and Valerie Estess, who founded Project A.L.S. after Jenifer was diagnosed with the disease at age 35 in 1997. All three sisters quit their jobs, founded Project A.L.S., and successfully raised $23 million in less than seven years. A successful theater producer, Jenifer gradually lost her ability to speak, swallow, walk and breathe. She died of the disease in 2003, but documented her battle in a book, “Tales from the Bed: On Living, Dying and Having it All,” published in May 2004.

“The team at Coldwell Banker Connecticut/Westchester is so dedicated to helping us raise awareness for Project A.L.S.,” said Valerie Estess. “Their support is greatly appreciated.”

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a fatal neuromuscular disease characterized by muscle weakness and a progressive wasting and paralysis of the muscles. Funding by Project A.L.S. has helped support gene therapy, stem cell research and other cutting-edge research on ALS and chronic neurological diseases.

For more information about CBRB’s efforts, call (800) 756-3660 or visit the company’s Web site at www.coldwellbankermoves.com.