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Former Ashby Ponds sales director moves in

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January 29th, 2015
Picture of former sales director, moving into Ashby Ponds

“Moving to Ponds improves lives, I truly believe that,” says community member Lyn Lubic, who moved to the Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., with her husband John this past October.

From 2007 to 2012, Lyn worked as Ashby Ponds’ sales director helping more than 500 of her new neighbors make the same move.

“I only do something if I believe in it, and moving to an Erickson Living community is something I believe in strongly,” she says.

Meaningful career

Lyn began her Erickson Living career in 1999 as a staff member in general services at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield. She welcomed new residents to their apartment homes and answered their questions regarding appliances, maintenance, and home amenities.

Less than two years later, Lyn’s commitment to those she served was recognized as she transitioned to the position of assistant executive director. In 2005, she became Greenspring’s sales director.

“As sales director, I helped four of my own Springfield neighbors, one of my daughter’s teachers, and my own former high school guidance counselor move to Greenspring,” she says.

During her tenure at Greenspring, Lyn oversaw the community’s remarkable growth to more than 1,500 residents and an occupancy rate exceeding 98%, the highest in the nation.

When Erickson Living announced the construction of Ashby Ponds, she was excited to bring her expertise to the new community. In 2007, Lyn became the community’s first sales director, working out of a construction trailer and sharing her eight years of experience with a new group of future Erickson Living community members.

Planning ahead

The opening of Ashby Ponds coincided with Lyn and John’s desire to start planning for their own retirement.  

“We knew we wanted to live at Ashby Ponds in 2008 when the community opened, but we did not yet meet the 62-year age requirement,” she says.

To ensure that an Ashby Ponds home was available when the Lubics were ready to move, the couple followed the advice Lyn had been giving for years and signed up for the priority list, which, acting as a waiting list, reserved their future home.

Last year, everything began to fall into place for Lyn and John. Not only did the couple meet the age requirement, but both Maple Grove (Ashby Ponds’ continuing care community) and Willow Crossing (the seventh residence building) opened.

“It was time to have the serious conversation,” says Lyn. “The opening of Maple Grove was the last piece of the puzzle. The community offers assisted living, post-acute rehabilitation, nursing care, and memory care. We can rest assured knowing that any health care needs we may face will be taken care of just a few steps away from our home.”

Making the move

Because the Lubics spent seven years on the priority list, when they made the decision to move, they were able to reserve the popular Paxton, a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home with a screened-in porch.

“The bedrooms are actually bigger than they were in our house,” says Lyn. “I really appreciate how, over the years, Erickson has listened to both current and future residents when developing floor plans.”

To expedite their move, Lyn and John turned to Elizabeth McCumiskey, Ashby Ponds’ personal moving consultant, who offered the couple suggestions on recommended real estate agents and moving services.

“This was the easiest move I have ever made,” says Lyn, who as a Navy junior moved every year and a half while growing up. “We followed all of Elizabeth’s recommendations, including the option to have someone unpack our belongings. It was wonderful. We could have hosted a party in our new home on our first night.”

Surrounded by familiar faces

Since moving to Ashby Ponds, Lyn finds herself recognized by many of her new neighbors.

“It’s been a lot of fun reconnecting with many of the people I helped move here,” she says. “In fact, our next-door neighbors are a couple who were single when I helped them both sign up for the priority list years ago. Another neighbor served under my father in the Navy. It really is a small world.”

Even as a resident, Lyn continues to share her confidence in the Erickson Living lifestyle. She volunteers her time as a resident ambassador, meeting with prospective residents. 

“My new neighbors continue to remind me that I am practicing what I preached,” she says. “Because I feel so strongly about the Erickson Living lifestyle, I used to tell people that I would move in as soon as I was old enough to do so. Now that I am here, I couldn’t be happier. Ashby Ponds is everything I knew it would be.”