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U.S. Naval Academy Graduate, All-American Fencer, U.S. National Champion, Olympian

1969 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) 1st Team All-American Fencer (1st African American)

1970 NCAA Fencer of the Year (1st African American)

1970 Selected as The U.S. Naval Academy Outstanding Varsity Athlete (1st African American and 1st Fencer).

  • At graduation, in June 1970, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. serving as a Combat Engineer Battalion staff officer and Company Commander.
  • In addition to his military responsibilities, he continued fencing in open competitions.
  • In 1972, he was a U.S. Open National Fencing Champion (2nd African American) and, as a result, he became a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team at the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
  •  In 1974, after creating the U.S. Marine Corps Fencing Team, Captain Jeff Kestler, 1st Lieutenant Bert Freeman (himself), 2nd Lieutenant Ed Donofrio and 2nd Lieutenant Pete Solecki, won the 1974 U.S. National Foil Team Fencing Championships.
  •  Following his time in the military, he was a process engineer.
  •  In 2006, Bert founded T.A.L.K. Associates, a learning and performance company, focused on Positive Direction Communication skills, Workplace Respect, Team Excellence and Organization Development.

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Joe is a 15-year real estate industry veteran and owner of Serafin Real Estate, specializing in investment sales, acquisitions, brokerage, and property investment consultation in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince Willam County.

Joe has built a solid foundation through his representation of many developers, private equity firms, and individual investors throughout the years and has successfully closed over $500M of transactions since his start in the industry. His specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, financial investment analysis, and financial structuring ensuring solid and transparent property investments for his clients.

By applying this expertise and market knowledge, Joe consistently exceeds the investment goals for his clients and has earned their trust as a reliable resource, creating life-long business and personal relationships. Joe is an active member of many professional networking real estate groups and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

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