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‘There’s nothing like Lantern Hill’

Sales Director Randy Carroll joins the team of this exciting new community

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April 16th, 2015
Lantern Hill Sales Director Randy Carroll (right) has been married for 19 years to his wife Kathleen, and they have two sons, Dillon (left) and Peyton. Dillon recently earned his Eagle Scout badge.
Lantern Hill Sales Director Randy Carroll (right)

“I want to fill Lantern Hill with happy people,” says Randy Carroll, a face you’re likely to see if you visit the sales center on Mountain Avenue across from Bell Labs. 

Carroll plans to achieve that goal by incorporating a healthy mix of customer service, interaction, and relationship-building into his role as sales director of the Erickson Living community currently under construction in New Providence, N.J.

“The people who are looking at living at Hill are conscious of being able to age well and successfully. We offer a way to do that that appeals to them through partnerships and relationships,” Carroll says. 

Patricia Swan, who previously split the roles of sales director and executive director, has moved into the executive director role full-time. The two will work closely together to deliver on their promise of a vibrant lifestyle from the moment someone walks into the sales office to when they’re celebrating their ten-year anniversary as a Lantern Hill resident.

Welcome addition to the area

Repeating a theme we’ve heard time and again, Carroll says Lantern Hill fills an unmet need in the area. “In this part of New Jersey, there isn’t a community that has the offerings in a model that appeals to the people who live here.”

Carroll says the company’s reputation has taken it a long way toward success. “Erickson Living has a good brand reputation of delivering a high-quality product and making sure our customers are getting what they expect,” says Carroll, who comes from Lantern Hill’s sister community, Cedar Crest, in Pompton Plains, N.J. There, he held a similar position as sales manager, which familiarized him with the brand and gave him a taste of the sales director role.

As of March, 161 people have reserved homes at Lantern Hill for when it opens early next year. “They trust in what we do. That speaks pretty strongly of our reputation,” Carroll says.

The community will open with 161 apartment homes and an amenity-rich clubhouse providing all-season access to shopping, dining, entertainment, and fitness. Walkways will connect every building, ensuring a climate-controlled, weatherproof community.

Floor plans range from one-bedroom homes to two-bedroom, two-bath luxury accommodations. 

However, Carroll says, life at Lantern Hill is about more than the apartment home. Amenities like the state-of-the-art fitness and aquatics center with indoor swimming pool, three gourmet restaurants, music and classrooms, and an on-site medical center are just a sampling of what’s to come. Additional services include weekly housekeeping and a hospitality desk.

“Lantern Hill will have a wide variety of activities and opportunities for socialization that goes far beyond what someone would have access to if they lived in a house,” he says. “The location—so close to New York City—makes it a hub for easy travel throughout the region.” 

New Providence is conveniently located just 15 miles west of Newark and approximately 28 miles from New York City. Two train stations are easily accessible, as is I-78, the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, and Newark Liberty International Airport.

“It’s an unmet need. There’s nothing like Lantern Hill,” says Carroll.

“And it’s a real privilege to be part of this superb sales team,” he adds.

A friendly face

Carroll’s positive attitude extends beyond his opinions of Lantern Hill. 

He has a diverse business background, including 12 years in commercial real estate, several years in the culinary arts, and retail experience as a store manager and sales trainer for The Container Store. He even ran his own catering business and speaks fluent French. 

As sales manager at Cedar Crest, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the sales office to ensure events went according to plan, monthly and daily goals were met, and sales associates followed their respective responsibilities. Additionally, he took appointments, led campus tours, and made presentations at sales luncheons. 

A family man, Carroll has been married for 19 years to his wife Kathleen, and they have two boys, Dillon, 17, and Peyton, 11. He volunteers with the outreach committee at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Ridgewood and dabbles in photography, tennis, and cycling with his family.