Ruth LeBlanc-Jones

Ruth LeBlanc-Jones, a sales associate at the New Canaan office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, received a HOBI Award from the Home Builders Association of Connecticut. LeBlanc-Jones was honored as New Home Broker of the Year, an award she has won for the past nine consecutive years from 1997 through 2005.

The HOBI Awards (an acronym for Home Building Industry Awards) are considered the most prestigious recognition in Connecticut for excellence in remodeling, home financing, sales and marketing, and new construction and land development.

The Home Builders Association of Connecticut, which has been dubbed “the voice of Connecticut’s housing industry,” consists of more than 1,300 member firms involved in residential building, remodeling, light commercial construction and land development.

“Ruth has put together an impressive string of HOBI Awards, which is no surprise, considering her exceptional knowledge and skill,” said Peggy Doepper, president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y. “It is gratifying to see her receive the recognition of her peers.”

LeBlanc-Jones has served her community for more than 20 years with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She is widely recognized for her insight into the area’s real estate market, including the communities of New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton. Throughout her career, LeBlanc-Jones has consistently placed among the top 1 percent of all Coldwell Banker sales associates nationally and has been Coldwell Banker’s top producer in Connecticut for seven consecutive years.

“I have extensive experience in all areas of the real estate market, but my passions are new-home construction and luxury home marketing,” LeBlanc-Jones said. “I enjoy working with many of the area’s finest builders and developers on all aspects of a building project, from conception of their plan through marketing the finished home to potential buyers.”

“Girouard Assoc. has worked exclusively with Ms. LeBlanc-Jones and Coldwell Banker for the past 10 years,” said Richard Girouard, president of Girouard Assoc. “Ruth has an unparalleled knowledge about the Fairfield County real estate market from both the builder’s and the buyer’s perspective.”

In addition to offering luxury residences, LeBlanc-Jones represents more modestly priced properties. She maintains her own Web site,, which offers virtual tours of the homes she handles, and also works with other builders in Greenwich and New Canaan. She has three children: Burton, who is serving in the Army National Guard; Stephanie, a sophomore at Manhattanville College; and Adam, an assistant for Ruth at Coldwell Banker.

Woodford Attends Symposium

Dick Woodford, president of Scalzo Construction Group, recently joined more than 400 other custom-home builders to discuss innovative ideas in customer service, project management, universal design and other leading-edge practices as part of the annual National Association of Home Builders Custom Builder Symposium. The event was held in Atlanta.

“I attend the Custom Builder Symposium every year to recharge my batteries, network with other builders and learn new ways to improve upon what we do and how we do it,” said Woodford.

The symposium is an educational and networking opportunity designed exclusively for custom builders by custom builders and includes practical courses in technology, design, marketing and production. Further, builders participated in NAHB University of Housing Certified Graduate Builder and Remodeler courses and in candid roundtable discussions of key residential construction industry issues.

The next symposium, which will take place in Las Vegas, is scheduled for October.