Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Business Spotlight April 2021

Posted on: April 1, 2021 9:30 am

Star One Realtors

Address: 9370 Main Street, Montgomery OH  45242

Telephone Number: 513-791-2255


Business Description: Star One Realtors is a locally owned and operated real estate company since 1991. Star One offers 9 branch offices with over 250 agents and staff strategically located to effectively service the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana markets..

The Team: Mark Meinhardt, President; Jim Grady, Executive VP/Treasurer; Joseph B Schwarz, Patti Stehlin, COO, and Ginger Ruddy, VP/Manager of Montgomery (just to name a few!) 


Get to know more about Ginger Ruddy and the team:

What is your favorite part of your job?

Making the dream of home ownership come true!

Do you or your business donate to any charities? Which ones? Why? 

Star One Realtors agents volunteer and donate to a variety of charities but specifically to:  Sophie’s Angel Run, a charity that our president, Mark Meinhardt established for pediatric brain tumor research and youth academic scholarships.  We also donate several times a year to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, a food pantry in downtown Cincinnati.  Every year we ask our sales agents to participate in Hoxworth Blood Drive using code 1244!  During the holidays, each branch office of Star One Realtors donates either food, clothing or monetary donations to a charity locally to  their area.  Our agents also have their own causes and community services that they support. Like our own Kelly Whelan, right here in our Montgomery office.  Who was named the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors Good Neighbor of the Year for her volunteer efforts! 

What is the inspiration behind the business?

We wanted to do real estate right!  One goal. One passion is our slogan. We are dedicated to servicing real estate agents and the buyers and sellers they help.  We continually adapt our technology to provide the best support for agents, the best experience for buyers and sellers, but we never change our commitment to honest, ethical behavior.

What are the three most important things about your business?

Professionalism, Honesty, and Having Fun!

We help sellers and buyers achieve their own unique set of real estate goals.

If you could explain your business in the simplest way, how would you?

We help sellers and buyers achieve their own unique set of real estate goals.

What is your key to success?

Strong management, cutting edge technology and professional well trained agents.

Name one short term goal.

Continue to navigate through the challenges of the most housing starved market in history, while adhering to the Covid-19 protocols that we as a company and industry have implemented. Business with integrity and passion!

Best advice anyone has given you?

Take the high road and treat others fairly.

What is your favorite thing about owning a business in Montgomery?

We love the warm feel of Montgomery and it’s unique and delicious shops and eateries. Our new location allows us to walk to many of Montgomery’s finest offerings!

Where is your favorite place to eat in Montgomery?

Montgomery Inn, of course! 

What is your favorite Cincinnati Area Craft Brewer?

MPH Brewing!!! Right here the historic district of Montgomery.  We recently enjoyed sampling the “arms length” “Skinny Jeans” brew!  Super atmosphere and great staff!  Plan on many more visits and pizza there soon!

How did you pivot in 2020?

We immediately engaged our agents and staff with weekly virtual meetings to keep everyone updated with the new processes and procedures from showing a house to closing the transaction!  We were already equipped with a full suite of online transaction and marketing tools to work from just about anywhere. We just had to continue to train and coach our agents on how best to use them. We sure miss the office camaraderie and esprit de corp, but we know that we will return.