The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Brier and Martin Toews of the Martin and Jeff group on joining Compass Real Estate. They said “Compass is a brokerage whose mission is similar to ours. They pair the industry’s top technology with unsurpassed service to make the process of buying and selling a home smart and seamless.” Joining them at Compass will be the third member of their team, Olivia Kibler.
Brier moved to D.C. in 1982 and Toews has lived in D.C. since 1986. In 1995 they formed their real estate partnership and “The Martin and Jeff Group” was born. They were one of the pioneers in the now very common Real Estate team concept. They believed bringing multiple agents together in a group with varied skills and talents makes for a better approach to helping clients achieve their goals. Together they have received many awards are are rated in the top 3 percent of real estate agents in Washington and listed in Washingtonian as top real estate agents 2014-2017.
Toews is a graduate of Washburn University in Kansas (undergrad and MBA) and Brier graduated from the University of Connecticut.
Congratulations also to Anne Friedman the new National Director of Gay For Good (G4G). She is the first paid staffer for this organization celebrating its 10th year. G4G was founded in Los Angeles. Over the past 10 years organizers have developed chapters across the nation and have made a positive impact on the greater community by having members of the LGBTQ+ community volunteer their time to social and environmental organizations.
Each volunteer service project their volunteers participate in fosters stronger relationships and promotes goodwill. Through Gay For Good’s grassroots efforts, parks have been cleaned, homeless people have been fed, schools have been restored and more. Friedman said, “When we show up, the narrative about the LGBTQ+ community is changed. Gay for Good volunteers have logged thousands of hours with our 14 chapters throughout the USA and we are steadily growing to become leaders in making a social impact.”
Previously, she was marketing and communications coordinator with the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County. For many years she was a director and instructor with Music ’N’ Kids, in Chino Hills, Calif. She and her wife life in Los Angeles. She earned her bachelor’s in Communication Studies from California State University Long Beach.
Congratulations and thanks also to Peter Morgan who is now leading a team that formed the newest chapter of G4G in D.C. He was there in LA when the group was founded. He said “I’m excited to be a part of the team launching G4G in Washington, D.C. I hope G4G-DC brings that same sense to the LGBTQ community here as we volunteer monthly on service projects with non-LGBTQ organizations bridging the gap that may still exist between LGBTQ+ individuals and communities.”
Morgan currently owns Morgan Ink. Marketing, LLC, a firm providing marketing, public relations, and special event services. His clients include DC Shorts Film Festival, Capital Pride Alliance, and Oasis Marketing. Previously he was director of programming and promotions for Studio 4 Networks, Inc. in Los Angeles and general manager of SAVVY Management Public Relations in New York City.