Name: Virginia S. Rose
Hometown: Raised in Kingston, resides in Shavertown
Occupation: Lewith & Freeman Real Estate, Inc.
Title: President & CEO
Education: BA in Economics, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PAt
Rose is the president & CEO of Lewith & Freeman Real Estate, Inc., a leading firm in real estate throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. The company is celebrating 100 years serving NEPA home and business owners this year.
With 34 years of experience in the real estate business, Rose continues to demonstrate exceptional passion and aptitude for real estate in managing both her clients and her staff. She conveys, “The Lewith & Freeman sales and leadership team is keenly aware of the trust buyers and sellers place in us as they decide where to call home or run their business. We enjoy working hard and innovating to live up to their expectations.”
Born and raised in Kingston, she was fortunate to grow up in a loving household with her parents and two sisters as well as a community with her grandparents, cousins and extended aunts and uncles. She graduated from Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School, and received her bachelor of arts degree in economics from Franklin and Marshall College. She began her career with Mellon Bank’s Trust Division and continued at PNC Bank in the marketing and sales trust division. Rose is the author of the book The Tree On The Hill.
Community minded, Rose currently serves on the board of trustees of Drexel University and as a board director of The Black Horse Foundation, Inc. Previously she served on the King’s College and Catholic Youth Center boards and was a director on the board of the Luzerne County Board of Realtors. She was honored as one of the areas Woman of Distinction by the Times Leader. Virginia is the owner of Moonglow Press and Marketing and is an officer of San Ysidro Land Holdings.
An accomplished public speaker, Virginia has addressed numerous businesses as the keynote speaker including the PA lottery Annual meeting where she shared her experiences of writing a book and running a woman owned, family run business. Virginia also contributed her insights to a variety of digital and print publications addressing the constant changes in the residential real estate market.
She and her husband, Rick, made the decision to move to the Wyoming Valley 34 years ago to live in a community that offers an excellent quality of life and business opportunities. The couple joined two separate family businesses — Petroleum Service Company, which her husband now owns and operates, and Lewith & Freeman Real Estate, where she is now president and CEO.
“My desire to build a dynamic career, work with my mother, and ultimately my sisters, and raise our children in NEPA was too good to pass up,” she explained, “I am also honored to work side by side with extraordinary talented individuals bound by our common commitment to promoting and supporting NEPA.”
“Lewith & Freeman has always been customer driven and it is important our realtors live and work in the NEPA — we care and understand deeply about this community, as the only truly independently owned and operated company,” declares Rose. Lewith & Freeman listed and sold more homes and commercial properties in 2020 in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton/Pike-Wayne areas than any other real estate company, representing buyers and sellers in over $300 million transactions.
The firm offers marketing and sales for residential, land and commercial real estate. Rose commented, “we work with both homeowners and business owners. In some instances, we help clients buy their first home or the building for their business. It is very rewarding to have a part in impacting people’s lives in such a significant way.”
Rose’s connection to the community is enhanced through Lewith & Freeman, Petroleum Service, and Mountain Production’s commitment to providing employment opportunities and fostering career growth to professionals across NEPA, as well as providing strong connection and services to home and business owners. She noted, “It is also important we participate philanthropically in various community organizations as well as with the arts. This is a wonderful place to live, work, raise children, and thrive. For those of us that have spent any significant time in the Wyoming Valley, we know just how special this place is to us. There is a tremendous sense of pride in this area and I am happy to play a small part in contributing in any way I can.”