FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Christa Amidon, Recruiter at The Birmingham Group – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, Featured in Builder Online, Employee Safety in Model Homes Doesn’t Have to Compromise Sales
By: Joe Bousquin
Plano, TX 5/7/2019
The 911 call came in shortly after 5 p.m. on a Wednesday last December. It was cryptic, but the caller sounded in distress. Then, the dispatcher heard another voice ask, “Where’s the money? Who are you talking to?”
By the time police arrived at the Ryan Homes model home at the Shipley Homestead development in Hanover, Md., the man who had made the call wasn’t breathing. Steven Wilson, 33, a father of two, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been shot in the upper torso, the victim of a robbery-homicide.
Christa Amidon, a former model home sales agent for several large builders who now works as a recruiter for Berkley, Mich.–based construction placement firm The Birmingham Group, reports that while working as a consultant to sell homes for D.R. Horton, the company coordinated hands-on safety training for sales agents. “We actually had an entire sales meeting where they brought in experts and taught us a self-defense class,” she recalls.