Bill Ostrow, a long-time Pittsburgh resident, grew up in the Stanton Heights section of Pittsburgh, went to Peabody High School, and then to the College of William and Mary to complete a BA with majors in History and English. He then enlisted in the Army, and served in Vietnam and Germany as an Army Correspondent for the Stars and Stripes Military Newspaper. After finishing his military service, Bill went back to graduate school, and completed his MSA (masters of Social Work) and worked at community agencies, with teenagers in a group work setting.
Bill spent 2 years in social work, then joined his family’s business – commercial laundering and linen rental. He ran the sales department at the business, and helped grow the business from $2 million in sales to $10 million. After 12 years in the family business, Bill had an opportunity to become the national sales manager for one of the premier textile importing companies in the United States. He took that position, and worked for this New York company for 5 years, helping it to grow from $100 million to $180 million in sales per year. When this company was bought out by an overseas multi-national conglomerate, Bill decided to complete courses needed to receive a real estate license. He joined Howard Hanna Commercial in 1987, and has been involved in buying, selling, and leasing Western Pennsylvania and Ohio properties since that time.
Bill has won 4 National Sales Awards from the Realty Alliance, and has been recognized as a Gold or Silver producer every year by the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. Bill was also Howard Hanna’s “Rookie of the Year” the first year he was associated with the Hanna organization.
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