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Bill Olson

After Hours: Meet William M. Olson

WILLIAM M. OLSON
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
DIVISION MANAGER,
NEWLAND REAL ESTATE GROUP

YEARS AT COMPANY: 1; in commercial real estate development industry: 31 years
BORN/RAISED: Michigan

EDUCATION
HIGH SCHOOL: Scottsdale, Ariz.
UNIVERSITY: Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
Dual General Contractors Licenses
AZ Real Estate Broker’s License
Several professional certifications

FAVORITES
SPORTS: Hockey, golf, football
MUSIC: Too numerous to list
TRAVEL DESTINATIONS: Snow and ocean
LEISURE ACTIVITIES: Hike, bike, climb, motorcycles and sculptures

WHAT DID YOU THINK YOU’D BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
A medical doctor

OF WHAT PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD?
Father of my daughter

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN:
Work hard, be genuine and finish what you start.

ADVICE YOU’D SHARE WITH PEOPLE EARLY IN THEIR REAL ESTATE CAREER:
Find a firm where you can have a mentor that will help show you the ropes and work you tail off.

WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I do metal and stone sculpture.

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO SCULPTING?
I started welding go-karts in Michigan as a kid and then spontaneously tried some metal work and it took off from there.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO WORK ON SCULPTURES?
Infrequently today, but it’s best when I have a person who has a need and I can design the piece to the space they need/want it.

WHAT KIND OF SCULPTING MEDIUMS DO YOU USE AND WHAT KIND OF SCULPTURES DO YOU MAKE?
Metal, stone, wood, patina solutions for color and special effects.

DO YOU SELL YOUR WORK?
No. Once I start selling, it becomes work.
I do it for creative outlet and for people I care about.

The Colony, Cush Wake

Estrella Makes List Of Top Master-Planned Communities

The Goodyear master-planned community of Estrella has been ranked 35th by the national independent research firm John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC) on its annual list of Top 50 Master-Planned Communities of 2013. The rankings are based on new home sales and Estrella is one of only four Arizona communities to make the top 50. Estrella was also recently named Best Master-Plan Community for Children in Arizona Foothills Magazine’s Best of the Valley Rankings.

Estrella’s developer, Newland Communities, made a strong showing with five of its communities placing on the nation’s top 50 list – the most of any individual developer. The San Diego-based company’s top ranked communities are located in four different metro areas, making them the most geographically diversified developer in the country.

“We are pleased with the velocity of sales from the past year, and with new builders and product coming online, we expect continued growth for Estrella in 2014,” said Bill Olson, Senior Vice President and Division Manager for Newland Real Estate Group. “The recent accolades are truly a testament of Estrella’s unique amenities, such as its lakes and yacht club, and the tight-knit feel and true sense of community of a small-town. It’s not surprising so many people want to call Estrella home.”

Located only 17 miles west of downtown Phoenix, Estrella is home to more than 12,000 residents ranging from young couples to retirees. The community hosts regular arts and culture events, provides residents with top-notch amenities and its design includes plenty of parks and trails to support a healthy, outdoor lifestyle.

Currently there are three active builders in Estrella: AV Homes, T.W. Lewis by David Weekly Homes and William Ryan Homes. T.W. Lewis by David Weekly Homes has begun preselling in its newest neighborhood and CantaMia, the 55+ Community has nine new models under construction. With several other well-known builders in escrow, Newland is working to increase inventory to meet rising demand. To learn more, visit www.estrella.com.