- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 22, 2006

Allen Rector Jr., once a team builder in the Marine Corps, now is involved in a different type of development that involves teamwork.

Winchester Homes has named Mr. Rector director of its new Active Adult Division. The Bethesda home builder is searching the Washington area for a location to build its flagship retirement community.

This is an important business move for the company, Mr. Rector said, as baby boomers reach retirement age.

“Over the course of the last year and a half, the senior management decided it just didn’t make sense not to get into the adult market,” he said.

Active adult communities are planned developments that usually require at least one household resident to be 55 or older. Amenities typically include a village pool, a golf course, restaurants, shops and sometimes softball leagues.

Winchester Homes is marketing its active adult communities to smaller retirement venues outside the Sunbelt.

“As people enter into pre-retirement and retirement, they don’t want to move away from friends and families,” Mr. Rector said.

Mr. Rector was the de facto vice president of construction for a private home builder in Fredericksburg, Va., where he spent two years before joining Winchester.

John Monacci, vice president of operations at Winchester Homes, said he is glad to have Mr. Rector on staff.

“We expect Allen to be a tremendous asset on our expanding Winchester team,” he said. He did not return calls for further comment.

“Both of my grandfathers were builders,” said Mr. Rector, saying the construction industry eventually became a part of his identity.

Another important influence was the Marine Corps. Mr. Rector said that joining the service in 1984 was one of his best decisions.

In the Marines, he said, “You’re the person responsible for getting it done, plain and simple.”

During his four years in the Marines, Mr. Rector was an electronics technician who specialized in ground-radio repair. He managed 45 Marines as a sergeant in his final two years of duty.

“It really gave me a great foundation for understanding that for the mission to be accomplished, you have to have a great team around you,” he said.

Mr. Rector, 40, lives in Marshall, Va., with his wife, Deborah. They have four children.

— Jonathan Swigart

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