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Q&A With Williamsburg Group
Chairman Chip Lundy
By Mark R. Smith, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Chip Lundy has spent most of his career in the local homebuilding industry, but
plenty of his employees, colleagues and
Howard County neighbors just as often
know him for his community involvement.
After being transferred to the new
town of Columbia more than 45 years ago,
Lundy eventually co-founded Columbia
Builders in 1975, then established Williamsburg Homes and Patriot Homes in
1983 and 1991, respectively, then formed
the Williamsburg Group in 1995. In 2001,
Williamsburg and Patriot combined to
settle more than 450 homes, attaining
revenues that exceeded $140 million in the
process. Patriot was purchased by Lennar
Corp. in 2002; annually, Williamsburg
Group builds 100 homes.
Lundy also has been very active in
the community. He has served as board
chair of Howard County General Hospital
(HCGH) — where the Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit (NICU) is named for his family — and Johns Hopkins Medicine; was
a founder and director of The Columbia
Bank; served as co-chair of the Philanthropic Giving Campaign for the Community Foundation of Howard County
and on the Baltimore Industry Roundtable
for the Federal Reserve Bank, and has
also served on the boards of Leadership
Howard County and the Howard County
Economic Forum, among others.
He has also supported more than a
dozen nonprofits. His honors include the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Home Builders Association of Maryland,
the Leadership Legacy Award from Leadership Howard County, the Good Scout
Award from the Boy Scouts of America
and Philanthropist of the Year from the
Community Foundation of Howard County.
How did you get into the homebuilding
After graduating from Northwestern
Did you think you would stay here so
University in 1964, I worked as a civil en-
gineer for several years. In 1969, I earned
my MBA at Pitt, then moved into home-
building with a company in Pittsburgh
because I thought it was a solid industry.
I was transferred to Columbia in 1972, and
I’ve been here since.
No. I’m from Camp Hill, Pa., near
Harrisburg, but my wife was from Pittsburgh; when we came here, Columbia was
a new frontier. There were no cliques, and
that was critical to me, because I wanted a
level playing field. Had I stayed in Pennsylvania, I wouldn’t have gotten such a
Now, this is home, and two of our three
daughters live here, too. But guess where
our other daughter lives — Pittsburgh.
How many homes has your company
I’ve never really added them up. In
1975, Jim Greenfield, Richard Bishop
and I founded Columbia Builders; I left
in 1983 to start Williamsburg Homes, then
founded Patriot Homes in 1991. Eleven
years later, we sold Patriot to Lennar
Homes. Williamsburg has worked mostly
in Howard County, but in the last 10 years,
we’ve expanded into Carroll, Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.
During that 30-plus year span, I estimate
that we built about 5,000 homes in the
Currently, though, we’re usually working in Howard, where we have good name
recognition. We never were developers,
just homebuilders. Tim Morris and Bruce
Harvey call those shots now for Williamsburg, but we share the same philosophy.
Do note, however, that we never went into
Pennsylvania, like many developers did
10 years ago during the go-go days. We
stayed in, and expanded in, this market.
Your grandson, Benjamin, was saved
several years ago in what is now the
Lundy Family NICU at HCGH. How
did that situation transpire?
Benjamin in now 11 and has two
titanium rods in his neck that replaced
misformed vertebra. We’re very grateful
to Dr. Tuvia Blechman, the doctor who
caught the problem, who is still at HCGH;
and the doctor who installed the rods, Dr.
Paul Sponseller, who heads the Division
of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Johns
Hopkins Hospital. Ben will never be able
to play linebacker for the Ravens, but he
plays soccer and flag football. It’s a miracle that he’s a normal, healthy kid.
We started making contributions when
we met Dr. Blechman and, over time, have
granted HCGH $1 million. Our family
supported the NICU in its efforts to buy
some medical equipment that wasn’t in its
budget. I know that there are many people
around here that have been as generous as,
Blossoms of Hope’s
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8th Annual Theme Exhibition
Honoring Columbia’s 50th Birthday
at Columbia Art Center. Blossoms of
Hope: Healing Hands/Letter of Inspiration,
Friday, April 7, 2017, 6-8pm
Enchanted Forest Cherrybration Days
at Clark’s Elioak Farm. April 8-9, 2017
10th Annual Pretty in Pink –
A champagne ladies luncheon and fashion
show at Turf Valley Resort.
Friday, April 14, 2017, 10am–3pm
9th Annual Pink Greens Golf
Classic at Turf Valley Resort.
Friday, April 28, 2017, 9am–3pm
Power of the Purse at Sub-Zero and
Wolf Showroom by Fretz. Gently used and
vintage purses will be available for cash and
carry. New and designer handbags, some
of which will be filled with goodies, will be
included in the Silent Auction. There will
be light fare, networking, and much more!
Monday, June 12, 2017, 4:30pm–7:30pm
Springtime is cherry blossom time in
Howard County, Maryland and Blossoms
of Hope’s Spring CHERRYBRATION
DAYS bring seasonal activities for
every age, every budget, and almost
every interest. These activities honor
the beauty of the trees and help raise
cancer awareness by benefiting the
Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer
Resource Center and other local charities,
with more than 1,800 cherry trees
blossoming in parks, along roadways,
and at county-wide attractions.
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