February 2014

Gentlemen of the South

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: Mark Staff Photography, Photography by Anne, John Brackett, Jon Sims,

Name: Joe Hickey, M.D.
Area of Expertise: Problem Solving & Connecting the Dots (i.e., Medicine) /Medical “Sleuth” (i.e., Internist)
Years in Business: 34
Years in the South: 20

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Believe in yourself; Do the right thing; and something my grandfather always told me…“No one can take away your education or your wisdom.”
Biggest Accomplishment to Date:
Marrying Lisa was one of the best things I ever did. Uncovering the probable cause of fibromyalgia was another.
Favorite Vacation Spot: St. Martin – for its beautiful beaches, water and mountains.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: There truly was no other choice for me, as medicine has always been my passion, but perhaps teaching. I’m really blessed that my current role allows me to serve as both doctor and teacher.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: The Bible and Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.
My favorite part of living in the South is:
The people. They’re just so pleasant, don’t seem rushed. They have a certain politeness and manner about them that I really love.
My Mentor was: I was fortunate to have many great mentors, but I have to mention Dr. Lewis Goldfrank who is a Director of Emergency Medicine & Toxicology in New York City and confirmed the negative effects of Tylenol (acetaminophen poisoning) on the liver.

Hickey Wellness Center
843.842.9960
drjosephhickey.com

Name: Kevin King
Field of Expertise: Real Estate
Years in Business: 30+
Years in the South: 56

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: An old golf friend once told me “If you can’t make a living playing golf, don’t throw away all of your hard work. Get into a business where golf can help you make a living.”
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: I would say qualifying for the Champions Tour in 2007 and selling my first $5,000,000 home top the list for now. But, I would like to think my greatest accomplishments still lie ahead of me!
Favorite Vacation Spot: Los Cabos because it’s a place I like to visit every year -when I’m healthy enough to travel!
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: An architect
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: Anything OO7 (James Bond)
My favorite part of living in the South is: Sharing our Lowcountry lifestyle and southern hospitality with my clients and friends from around the world.
My Mentor was…Spain Kelley, who convinced me to leave the mortgage business in 1987
and join him in the real estate business.

Kevin King Real Estate Associates 843.384.9466 / 843.785.4460
www.kevinkingrealestate.com


Name: Gary Reavis
Area of Expertise: Owner of Teagues Men’s Store
Years in Business: 20 / 42 Years on Hilton Head
Years in the South: All my life! (Grew up in Charlotte, NC. Married and lived in Columbia, SC. Moved to Hilton Head in 1971.)

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: 1. Do what you love/love what you do, 2. Create a business which makes lasting relationships, 3. Provide quality service and merchandise.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Living and raising our family on Hilton Head. Owning our business. Selected Best Men’s Store numerous times.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Ocracoke Island, NC
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: Working in Journalism, A sports writer.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: The Death of Santini or any Pat Conroy book.
My favorite part of living in the South is: University of South Carolina football on Saturday and BBQ (North & South Carolina)
My Mentor was …Richard Crose, Founder of Knickers

Teagues
843.842.9868

The Sales Team At Palmetto Bluff
www.palmettobluff.com
Years in Business: 71
Years in the Lowcountry: 203 (that is to say, all of them, for all of them)
Best Advice you’ve ever received: We do everything our marketing manager tells us.
Biggest accomplishment to date: Surviving the “Great Recession.”

Name: Keene Reese
Favorite Vacation Spot: Caribbean/fishing for Tarpon
If I had chosen another career path, it would have been: I’ll give you two…1) Baseball coach,
2) Actor
Favorite book, movie or TV show right now: Movie, of course, Legends of the Fall, I’m a lot like Tristan. Book, I have two, Fearless and Unbroken. No TV, too many kids to deal with in the evenings.
Favorite part of living in the South: Certainly the culture. Food/music/college football and the integrity of the people and places.
My Mentor was…my dad. Certainly the best and most respectful man I’ve ever known.

Name: Bryan Byrne
Favorite Vacation Spot: The Southwest of Ireland
If I had chosen another career path, it would have been: Infomercial Host. I would sell juicers by the pallet load!
Favorite book, movie or TV show right now: Atlas Shrugged (the movie and the book)
Favorite part of living in the South: The people. Southern people represent the best of American culture. Family, hard work, community, food, and fun.
My Mentor was …The guy who was overbearing and rude during an investment banking interview my senior year at William and Mary. He pushed me into the real estate business (unbeknownst to him) and changed my life forever. God bless that man (whatever his name is)!

Name: John Ussery
Favorite Vacation Spot: There are some amazing places to explore, but I’ll take anywhere I can get quality time with Erin and our three boys.
If I had chosen another career path, it would have been: Less fun.
Favorite book, movie or TV show right now: Leverage (Hulu is slowly killing me one TV series at a time)
Favorite part of living in the South: (in no particular order) Sweat tea, manners, biscuits and gravy, live oaks, tailing red fish, ACC basketball, strangers who wave, tide swings, oyster roasts, and a warm smile.
My Mentor was…My father

Name: Mike Haire
Favorite Vacation Spot: Nantucket
If I had chosen another career path, it would have been: Teaching
Favorite book, movie or TV show right now: Born to Run
Favorite part of living in the South: The weather
My Mentor was…My high school baseball coach and math teacher, Charlie Owens

Name: Thomas Maybank
Favorite Vacation Spot: The boat
If I had chosen another career path, it would have been: Pilot
Favorite book, movie or TV show right now: Unbroken
Favorite part of living in the South: Family
My Mentor was...Courtney Hampson (she’s reading over my shoulder).


Name: Atul M. Gupta, MD
Field of Expertise: Doctor
Years in Business: 20
Years in the South: 11

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Treat everyone you come across as you would treat your mother. Don’t worry about the income…if you focus on the outcome, the income will be there.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Providing my family with a loving, comfortable lifestyle filled with opportunity.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Cat Cay, Bahamas
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: A musician
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell; Movie: The Godfather series
My favorite part of living in the South is: Being on the water and enjoying the food.
My Mentor was my father and grandfather.

Lowcountry Neuropathy
843.836.5111
www.lowcountryneuropathybluffton.com

Name: Andy Borgmeier
Area of Expertise: Executive Chef
Years in Business: 26
Years in the South: 22

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: My dad always said to do what you love and give it your best.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Personal – Meeting my wife Cathy and being blessed with two amazing children. Professional – Being responsible for up to 70 weddings a year with no boundaries on the menus.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Jamaica – “Let’s get together and feel alright…”
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been a professional tennis player.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: With two children, ages 3 and 6…currently it’s Despicable Me 2.
My favorite part of living in the South is: Island life. We can all take it for granted, but anyone on the island can be at the beach in under 10 minutes.
My Mentor was …Executive Chef Steve Felenczak, Hyatt Regency Hilton Head. He expressed to me the “Art “ side of Culinary Arts, even teaching me the fine art of ice carving.

Celebrations Catering & Events
www.wecelebrateyou.com


Name: Chuck Hall
Area of Expertise: Women’s & Men’s Fashion
Years in Business: 30
Years in the South: 18

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Be always positive, confident and keep negativity away! You can only do the very best you can in life!
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Still enjoying the clothing business and customers. I still love to meet people as well as enjoy the friends I have made.
Favorite Vacation Spot: St. Barth’s, French West Indies
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: Doctor (saving lives)
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: The Voice and NCIS (LA)
My favorite part of living in the South is: the weather and friendly, kind people!
My Mentor was …Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus Stores.

Palmettoes
843.363.6800

Name: Dennis Jaworski
Field of Expertise: Fashion Designer
Years in Business: 44
Years in the South: 17

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Only worry about the things you can control.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Having three very successful children and opening Palmettoes at a point where most are thinking retirement!
Favorite Vacation Spot: Definitely, St. Barth’s
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: An architect and designer
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show – Undercover Boss
My favorite part of living in the South is: the friendly people who don’t shovel snow.
My mentor was my first boss who kept “feeding me rope” until I hung myself…I didn’t.

Palmettoes
843.363.6800

Name: Keith Josefiak
Field of Expertise: Chef
Years in Business: 36
Years in the South: 19

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Cemeteries are full of irreplaceable people.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Attended the School for American Chefs at Beringer.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Lake Charlevoix, Michigan
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: Carpenter
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: Top Chef – Bravo
My favorite part of living in the South is: The culture
My Mentor was…Madeleine Kamman

Old Fort Pub
843.681.2386
www.oldfortpub.com

Name: Eric Thompson
Field of Expertise: General Manager
Years in Business: 18
Years in the South: 40

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Life really is short so savor the good times. Each day is a gift.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Culinary Degree and surviving Starkey International training with Charles Anderson.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Saint Simons Island
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: Veterinarian
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
My favorite part of living in the South is: Watching the amazing sunsets and the beach
My Mentor was …my parents!

CQ’s Restaurant
843.671.2779
www.cqsrestaurant.com

Name: Mike Hostilo
Area of Expertise: Lawyer
Years in Business: 22
Years in the South: Most of my life

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Be a regular guy, work hard and have honor.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Having a daughter.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Southern California
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been in the financial industry, or possibily a salesman.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
My favorite part of living in the South is: My home, the weather, my family and the people you meet.
My Mentor was …George Zettler, and my dad.

Michael Hostilo
Attorney at Law
912.748.6453
www.getwhatsright.com

Name: John Morris Russell
Field of Expertise: Music Director and Conductor, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
Years in Business: 15+
Years in the South: Eight

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: From L. Howard “Zeke” Nicar, Jr., Assistant Dean, Vanderbilt University: “Leadership is about knowing which butts to kick and which butts to pat.”
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Raising two affable children with my wife, Thea.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Wherever there is a quiet beach, cold beer, a good book and an old deck of cards.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: Archeologist – There is something thrilling about discovery; not just objects, but the untold stories and memories that those objects embody.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show – Reading The Monuments Men, right now. As for film, it’s tough to choose, but To Sir With Love is way up there – Sidney Poitier is such an inspiration. I don’t watch TV.
My favorite part of living in the South is: The innate friendliness and genuine warmth that so many folks share with one another.
My Mentor was…Erich Kunzel, Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops. He is a great friend and responsible for some of the biggests ‘breaks’ in my career, including concerts for some of the biggest Musikverein in Vienna, Austria and ultimately as his successor at the Cincinnati Pops.

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
843.842.2055
www.hhso.org

Name: James Wedgeworth
Area of Expertise: Real Estate Agent
Years in Business: 33
Years in the South: 63

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: JoAnn Callaway, a top producing Realtor in Phoenix, Arizona says to “always put the interest of your clients first”- something I strive to do every day in my business.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: The character of my four grown children.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Hilton Head Island- that’s why we moved here so many years ago.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: I went to college to be a Petroleum Engineer.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: The Bible, The Blind Side and any sporting event with the Atlanta Braves.
My favorite part of living in the South is: The poise and graciousness of Southern people.
My Mentor was …My grandmother who instilled in me the value of hard work.
James Wedgeworth & Associates 843.785.4460
www.jameswedgeworth.com

Name: Dave Miller
Area of Expertise: Mechanical Contractor / Owner of Superior Heating & Air
Years in Business: 15
Years in the South: 20

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: My life seems to be a bunch of small accomplishments, I am not sure any particular one would qualify to be listed any higher then the others.
Running a business for 15 years under the same name is a “work in progress” accomplishment as it is the hardest thing I think I will ever do. (Part of me wants to say that my newborn son is my biggest accomplishment, but anyone can have a child…so I do not think I can check that off until we see how I do raising him. Check back with me in 18 years on this one.)
Favorite Vacation Spot: If it’s a true vacation, then by definition wherever I am at that time.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: Not sure if this is a path, but I am pretty sure that being famous would be a lot of fun.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: I am a huge fan of motivational books, so my top two are the E-Myth and The Millionaire Fast Lane. If I am able to watch TV then anything slapstick will work.
My favorite part of living in the South is: The weather & the water.
My Mentors are …Both my parents; they shaped me into the man I am today, and I never stop learning from them. If not for their guidance, I would not be where I am today-wherever that is!

Superior Heating & Air
800.828.2665
www.superior.ac

Name: Mark Lynch
Area of Expertise: Realtor
Years in Business: 22
Years in the South: All my life

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: When negotiating don’t be afraid to walk away from a deal because if you are you’ve already lost.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: My wife and our two daughters.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Manhattan
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: A Property Manager
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: ESPN – College GameDay
My favorite part of living in the South is: The weather, laid back attitudes & SEC football.
My Mentor was …Mr. Roy Frazier. He was a coach, a leader, a guardian and a friend.

Mark Lynch & Associates
843.842.0819
www.iSellHiltonHead.com

Name: John Rush
Field of Expertise: Financial / Retirement Planning Advisor
Years in Business: 17
Years in the South: 13

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Do the right thing- even when no one is watching!
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Marrying Lynette, my wife and business partner. It is truly a special relationship, and she is a special woman that can handle me 24/7.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Wherever my family is vacationing- my entire family still vacations together like when we were kids but now there are in-laws & kids!
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: President- at least my momma always told me I could be president. Now that I am older, I don’t think I want the job!
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: Book: Getting Naked (C’mon it’s a business book)
Movie: Saving Mr. Banks (childhood memories of Mary Poppins)
My mentor was Warren Buffet & Mister Rogers.

Ameriprise Financial
843.837.1220
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/john.b.rush


Name: Dr. Michael J. Szynski
Area of Expertise: Diagnostic testing, hearing aids/Audiologist
Years in Business: 27
Years in the South: 13

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Jesus Christ “Love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul.”
My Father “You can never out-give God.”
My Mother “Expect nothing in return when you give.”
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Letting my actions speak louder than my words.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Florida Keys
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been a full time missionary.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: The Bible because heaven & earth shall pass away, but God’s words will never pass away.
My favorite part of living in the South is: Awesome weather.
My Mentor was …Every person that has been put in my path since my birth.

Hilton Head Hearing Services, Inc.
843.681.6070
www.hiltonheadhearing.com

Name: Charles W. Hobart, II
Field of Expertise: Dentistry
Years in Business: 17
Years in the South: 44

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: “Treat your patient’s like they are family.”
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: A happy family.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Puerto Rico
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: A veterinarian
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: White Fang by Jack London.
My favorite part of living in the South is: The weather. We get to enjoy the great outdoors just about all year.
My Mentor was…Dr. Perry N. Trakas

First Dental of Bluffton
843.757.2828
www.firstdentalofbluffton.com

Name: Mark W. Staff
Field of Expertise: Professional photographer / Custom Land Rover designer
Years in Business: 26 years in photography and six years designing trucks
Years in the South: 11 years, moved from Canada

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Never a borrower or a lender be. I heard this from a client 25 years ago. Don’t buy anything you cannot afford to pay for today.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Raising four children and being happily married for 26.5 years. Being able to create what my mind sees.
Favorite Vacation Spot: The Cornish Coast in England and Snowdonia Wales.
If I had chosen another career path, it would have been: Racing cars or movie star.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show – Book of Mormon, Gladiator and Downton Abbey
My favorite part of living in the South is: Not shoveling my driveway in the bitter January cold of Canadian winters.
My Mentor was...did not have one. If anyone would have been, I guess it would have been my dad, for working hard to provide for his family.

Mark Staff Photography
www.markstaffphotography.com


Name: Tabor Vaux
Area of Expertise: Representing injured people.
Years in Business: Five
Years in the South: 30

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: If you don’t like something, change it.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: My wife.
Favorite Vacation Spot: May River.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: My great-great-great-great-grandfather, Roberts Vaux, became an American lawyer in 1808. I became one in 2008. This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.
Favorite book, movie or TV show: Lonesome Dove. What a classic.
Favorite part of living in the South: The people and their personalities.
My Mentor was…My father.

Vaux & Marscher, P.A.
www.vaux-marscher.com
843-757-2888

Name: Mark Berglind
Area of Expertise: Civil Litigation
Years in Business: Seven
Years in the South: 33

Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Convincing my wife I was the man for her.
Favorite Vacation Spot: A lazy day on Edisto Island.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: A musician (luckily I am a lawyer, because I have NO musical talents).
Favorite book, movie or TV show: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Favorite part of living in the South: Grits!
Vaux & Marscher, P.A.
www.vaux-marscher.com
843-757-2888

Name: William F. Marscher, III (“Rick”)
Area of Expertise: Attorney
Years in Business: 29
Years in the South: 45-55

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: You only get out of life what you put into it.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: My Wife and I have raised two healthy, happy, and successful sons.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Edisto Island.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: Research Biologist
Favorite book, movie or TV show: The Old Man and Boy by Robert Ruark
Favorite part of living in the South: The outdoors and the history.
My Mentor was…My father, Bill Marscher.
Vaux & Marscher, P.A.
www.vaux-marscher.com
843-757-2888

Name: Jim Scheider
Area of Expertise: Attorney
Years in Business: 34
Years in the South: 71

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Finish college.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Marrying my lovely wife Taffy and putting our three children through college.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Alaska.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: Family Practice Physician
Favorite book, movie or TV show: Alaska: Life Below Zero
Favorite part of living in the South: The people, the food & the culture.
My Mentor was …My father, J. Pringle Scheider.
Vaux & Marscher, P.A.
www.vaux-marscher.com
843-757-2888

Name: Roberts Vaux
Area of Expertise: Attorney
Years in Business: 42
Years in the South: 68
Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Never go to a meeting to count the vote (always know where you stand).
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Being a father to four incredible children. Raising a son who has joined me in the practice of law. Successfully defending a mentally handicapped man charged with murder.
Favorite Vacation Spot: The little sandbar on the May River.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: A professional golfer
Favorite book, movie or TV show: A Time to Kill (book & movie)
Favorite part of living in the South: The people.
My Mentor was…Randolph Murdaugh, Jr.
Vaux & Marscher, P.A.
www.vaux-marscher.com
843-757-2888

Name: Russell Anderson
Area of Expertise: Restaurant Business
Years in Business: 14
Years in the South: All my life

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: “A person is judged by the lessons they learn.”
“Change is the process to survival.”
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Of course our two Captain Woody’s, but the recent birth of my baby boy, Pryor Wright Anderson, by far trumps everything!
Favorite Vacation Spot: New York City / Islamorada, Florida
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been a Landscape Architect
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: Into the Wild by Jack Krakauer
My favorite part of living in the South: Is the cuisine, history, scenery, and hospitality.
My Mentor was …My dad, John T Anderson.If I can be half the man he was, then I will consider my life a success.

Captain Woody’s Seafood Restaurant
HHI: 843.785.2400
Bluffton: 843.757.6222
www.captainwoodys.com

Name: Kevin Quat, co-owner Absolute Island Management, Inc.
Area of Expertise: Multifamily Housing, Property Management
Years in Business: 7
Years in the South: 14
Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Keep calm and chive on is a good one, but Teddy R said it best: “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: In my personal life, my son. It is pure joy to watch him learn and grow. For business, building a company that helps people find and enjoy their home. Absolute Island Management currently manages over 400 units in Hilton Head and Bluffton.
Favorite Vacation Spot: 5 o’clock, sunset, a Hilton Head Beach; couple that with Reggae night at the Big Bamboo, and I am a happy man. “Red Stripe, ya mon!”
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been an engineer, probably in the automotive industry. Solving problems is my strong suit, however designing solutions that have a global application truly inspires me.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: White Collar is great. While a tad unrealistic at times, it always makes me think through problems effectively and has inspired me to analyze all solutions no matter how random they may appear.
My favorite part of living in the South is: That the people slow down to enjoy the day. This New Yorker enjoys the balance of slowing down to appreciate where I live and the people around me.
My Mentor was …Rob Meyer. He is a developer and multifamily expert and he taught me the value of relationships in business. “People will always remember how you make them feel so make sure they like you,” he postured.

Kevin Quat
http://AbsoluteIsland.com

Name: Jeffrey C. Bauer
Area of Expertise: Dentistry
Years in Business: 14
Years in the South: Four

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Treat people the way you would like to
be treated (The Golden Rule).
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: My happy family life with my wife and three children.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Any place there is a blue ribbon trout stream.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been a sports journalist or writer.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: Witness by Whittaker Chambers and The Office.
My favorite part of living in the South is: The sunshine.
My Mentor was …my dad (also is a dentist).

Bauer Dental Associates
HHI: 843.686.5810
Bluffton: 843.757.2222
www.bauerdental.net

Name: Terry L. Tadlock, CIC, CPCU, CRIS
Field of Expertise: President, Coastal Plains Insurance
Years in Business: 34
Years in the South: All my life

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Climbing the ladder of success is a worthy accomplishment, but true greatness is measured by how many people you brought on the journey with you.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Assisting my wife in raising our two children into productive adults.
Favorite Vacation Spot: San Galgano, the Tuscany Region of Italy
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: An Architect
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: The Energy Bus, a must read!
My favorite part of living in the South is: The warm weather, beautiful beaches, plush golf courses…and don’t forget friendly people.
My Mentor was…James T. Harrison, Jr. – The smartest man I have ever known
who took time to invest in me.

Coastal Plains Insurance
843.785.7733
www.coastalplains.com

Name: Steve Plowden
Area of Expertise: Realtor
Years in Business: 25
Years in the South: All my life

Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: My mom (a Realtor) told me not to be a sales person but to be a great educator and the sale will follow.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: I’ve had a few but I am hoping that the biggest is still to come.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere in the Caribbean.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been in Advertising
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: The Pep Talk by Keven Elkpo PhD
My favorite part of living in the South is: Everything, including sweet tea!
The person I admire most is my wife Lisa. She is the unsung hero-if you knew her you would admire her too.

Steve Plowden – Dunes Marketing Group
843.842.1111, ext. 822
steve.plowden@dunesrealestategroup.com

Name: Dustin Wilder (left)
Area of Expertise: Financial Planning
Years in Business: 20
Years in the South: 10
Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” from Tim Tebow’s book, Through My Eyes. Biggest Accomplishment to Date: Finishing a half Ironman triathlon (a 70.3 mile race) in under 5 hours this past fall in Augusta, GA.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Skiing for a week in Beaver Creek, CO with my wife and four children.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: A Fire Fighter
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: My family & I are hooked on Duck Dynasty & American Idol.
My favorite part of living in the South is: Spending long days at the beach with my immediate & extended family. It is not uncommon for my parents, my wife & four children, my sister-in-law along with my five nieces & nephews to hang all day on our wonderful beaches. Often times we will arrive before noon eat subs, play all day and stay until the sunsets.
My Mentor was …My Father. I was blessed to grow up in a stable family with loving & supportive parents and a wonderful older sister. But my father instilled a great work ethic upon me by leading through his example. He is honorable man and filled with integrity. Much of my success today is attributable to my father, he truly is my mentor.

Coastal States Wealth Management of
Raymond James
843.836.3320
dustin.wilder@raymondjames.com

Name: Christopher Spires (right)
Area of Expertise: Registered Investment Advisor
Years in Business: 18
Years in the South: 10
Best Advice you’ve ever gotten: Whatever you want to do least, do first. Then everything is all downhill.
Biggest Accomplishment to Date: By far my biggest accomplishment is my wife of 15 years and our three children. I couldn’t be more proud.
In business, my biggest achievement is reaching Raymond James Chairman’s Club. This is the top achievement in my firm, and I couldn’t have gotten there by myself. I’m so fortunate to have the support of my family, friends, and clients. My business partner Dustin and I began our practice together 17 years ago, and over the years have built the “Dream Team” that we have today at CoastalStates Wealth Management.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Besides Hilton Head I would have to say St. John USVI. I love the laid back culture of the island, the beautiful beaches, and their great food.
If I had chosen another career path, I would have been: A Real Estate Developer. I would enjoy the transformation of my vision and hard work into something that would positively impact many peoples’ lives by creating a beautiful place to live, work, and play.
Favorite Book, Movie or Television Show: My favorite TV show is Top Gear and many reality shows. I love cars, and I love watching people be real and not scripted.
My favorite part of living in the South is: It’s the weather and the friendly people. I’m from Columbus, OH and moved south to escape the dreary winters. I happened to fall in love with the beaches, the sandbars, and the water.
My Mentor was..My father. He taught me to do well by doing well for others, and to always put your client first in business.

Coastal States Wealth Management of
Raymond James
843.836.3320
christopher.spires@raymondjames.com

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