February 2018

Dynamic Duos

Author: Special to CH2

All the best things come in pairs. Yes, like Reese’s cups, but here we are asking you to think bigger.
Think about the powerful dynamic that emerges when two people come together who fit one another perfectly. Whether it’s just a teammate to bounce ideas off of, someone to talk us down off of a ledge when things go wrong, or someone to challenge us to do more when things go right, we could all use a partner. And when those partners just “fit,” the results can be magical.

Look at the Wright Brothers. It was Wilbur who did the heavy lifting when it came to research, and his “wing warping” design that allowed enough lift to let mankind chase the heavens. But it was Orville who first tasted the sky, after his brother crashed a test flight. Turns out designing planes and flying them are two very different skill sets.

Time and time again, we see how one completes the other, their talents and idiosyncrasies coming together in such harmony that it creates something light years beyond what either half could do on their own. Steve Wozniak designed the machines, but Steve Jobs made them the future. Jerry made the ice cream, while Ben took it to the streets and made it a household name. Mario saved the princess, but Luigi gave everyone’s little brother a chance to play, too.

True, there are duos who work just fine on their own. McCartney and Lennon did okay as solo artists. Paul Simon found life beyond Garfunkel. And Chewbacca is showing he can get by without Han Solo (sniff, sniff). But by and large, each was vastly improved by finding their other half (especially Garfunkel).

But without that yin and yang, there’s always a feeling of something missing. Without Tom, Jerry’s just a mouse. Without Penn, Teller is just a silent magic show. And without Statler, Waldorf just comes across as a sad, bitter little Muppet.

The point being, two heads are always better than one. As Marvin Gaye once sang, one can wish upon a star, two can make that wish come true.

Which brings us to some of our own dynamic duos. Across the next few pages, you’ll meet locals who are making their own wishes come true with a partner by their side. From all points of the Lowcountry, these are folks who have found the yin to their yang and are using that dynamic to work wonders.

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Ben and Annie Andrews
Club Car of Hilton Head

How do you keep work from ruining family functions/fun events?
Living in Bluffton, golf carts are a big part of daily life. It is fun to see carts we’ve built or customers we’ve sold to out to eat downtown or at the neighborhood pool. We enjoy what wedo and we love to see our customers enjoying their Club Cars.

Why did you decide to go into business together?
We love being able to work together toward a common goal. It is great to be able to share the success together.

What is the worst part about working together every day?
It is hard not to bring work home with you. We have to be careful, or golf carts become all we talk about at the dinner table.

What advice would you have for someone considering going into business with their spouse or family member?
Create healthy business/home boundaries to give your mind a break from work.

What is your favorite family-owned business on HHI or in Bluffton?
Lowcountry Shelving & Glass. We are great friends with the Rivers family. They are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet.

1484 Fording Island Road
Bluffton, SC, 29910
(843) 837-2066
clubcarhhi.com
annie@clubcarhhi.com


Flora and Branco Raiac
Flora’s Italian Café

Why did you go into business together?
We worked in this business for other people, so we decided why not work for ourselves?!

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Flora: He cooks!
Branco: She bakes (and cleans)!

How do you keep work from ruining extracurricular/fun events?
When we leave the restaurant, our “work” switch is off!

How did you meet your business partner?
We met socially, fell in love, got married!
42 years later….

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs considering entering a business partnership?
Branco: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Flora: Listen to each other.

Were there any books or local resources that guided you during start-up?
Just our experience.

Flora’s Italian Café
South Island Square
841 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-8200
florasitaliancafe.com


Becky Herman and Monica Davis
Herman & Davis Properties

What is the worst part about working together every day?
The worst part is that we don’t always see each other as we are both spending time with our clients, showing and listing property, and on the phone all the time! We love it when we can be in the same car on the way to an appointment so we can catch up about work and our personal lives.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
We both have different attributes that complement each other and make for a perfect synergy. Becky is more analytical and Monica is more creative. Combining our strengths, we felt we would make a formidable team. After working together as a team for over two years, we have a track record of success as one of the top five teams in all of Beaufort County in 2017.

How do you keep work from ruining family functions/fun events???
We are both very passionate about real estate, so while it is difficult on occasion to balance everything, we know we have each other to depend upon in addition to our incredible support team of Lynn, Lindsay, and Ashley.

Why did you decide to go into business together?
We both had growing businesses and worked well together. We felt that by combining our market knowledge, service, and expertise, we could better represent our client’s interests.

What advice would you have for someone considering going into business with a spouse, family member or friend?
We think it is important that you both have the same drive and commitment to excellence.

What is your favorite family-owned biz on HHI or in Bluffton?
There are so many great family-owned businesses here, and that is what makes Hilton Head Island and Bluffton so special. Most of these business owners are hands-on and care about the level of service they offer. We feel the same way about our business.

11 Park Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Beck Herman:
(843) 301-3355
becky@beckyherman.com
Monica Davis:
(843) 384-4473
monica@monicadavis.com
www.hermananddavis.com


Sean Dennis and Julia Woodcock Dennis
Wild Birds Unlimited of Hilton Head island

Why did you decide to go into business together?
It started as Julia’s business dream, and when Sean found out that WBU was closing, everything just sort of fell into place. Sean quit his job a few months after opening to take a more active part in the store.

What strength in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Julia: Sean’s a “big picture” person, so he keeps me from getting mired in minutiae. He’s also a whiz at the tech piece.
Sean: Julia has the knack for knowing what people want and in hitting the sweet spot for quality and value.

How do you keep work from ruining extracurricular/fun events?
Luckily, our work is pretty fun, so it rarely ruins anything. We would be talking about birds and birdwatching even if it weren’t our business.

How did you meet your business partner?
We met in 1999 on a dating website, and we married in 2000. Sometimes things are just meant to be!

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs considering entering a business partnership?
Sean: I know it’s a cliché, but don’t sweat the small stuff. The market will shift and change, but try to stay above the waves.
Julia: Have fun every day. If you’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Were there any books or local resources that guided you during start-up?
Sean: We worked with the Small Business Development Center at USCB. They were really helpful.
Julia: Also, our franchise recommended reading Franchising for Dummies, which I did. Those books are good!

45 Pembroke Dr., Suite 130
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 802-2010
hiltonheadwbu@yahoo.com
wbu.com/hiltonhead


Blake Schmid and Christina Dzendzel
Coastal Bliss

What is the worst part about working together every day?
Seeing things differently. However, we also feel that is what makes us a great team. If we didn’t have each other’s point of view to share, we wouldn’t have what we have together!

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Christina’s background is in art and design. Blake’s background is in buying. We always toss ideas and collaborate, but at the end of the day, each of us has our own role that comes naturally.

How do you keep work from ruining family functions/ fun events?
We share the same group of friends. We have been friends for a long time and are able to put work aside and enjoy special events such as weddings, showers, trips, etc. together. We wouldn’t want it any other way!

Why did you decide to go into business together?
Through years of friendship, we recognized what skills we both had and believed we could join forces to create something great! Four and a half years later, we still love what we do!

What advice would you have for someone considering going into business with a spouse, family member or friend?
Always communicate. Don’t assume your partner is feeling the same as you do.

What is your favorite family-owned business on HHI or in Bluffton?
There are many great family-owned businesses in the area. A few of our favorites are Fraum Chiropractic, Reilley’s & Heritage Fine Jewelry.

Shelter Cove Towne Centre
(843) 802-4050
coastalblisshiltonhead.com
info@coastalblisshiltonhead.com


Dr. Richard F. Porcelli and Alina O. Porcelli, RDH
Bluffton Center for Dentistry

How did you meet your business partner?
Dr. Porcelli: I met my business partner and wife, Alina, in graduate school at NYU College of Dentistry.

Why did you decide to go into business together?
Dr. Porcelli: After two years of dating, we graduated from our respective programs. After much discussion, we put together a business plan for our own dental practice: Alina would run the hygiene department/manage the business, and I would run the clinical department/provide treatment. Setting up guidelines and goals allowed us to establish our roles right from the beginning.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Dr. Porcelli: Alina is the rock of our dental practice. She is very grounded, passionate, skilled and a born leader. Her kindness, integrity, organization skills and dedication to excellence have been instrumental in creating our exceptional team.
Alina: Dr. Porcelli has a real thirst for knowledge, and his dedication to education is inspiring. He also loves taking care of people and working with his hands. Those things, blended with his drive for excellence, provide the perfect yin to my yang.

How do you keep work from ruining extracurricular/fun events?
Dr. Porcelli: Alina and I are extremely structured and organized. Our key to success is simple: make family time our number one priority. A close second is our dedication to our other family: our office team and patients. This balance and good time management keeps us focused and full of energy. I couldn’t have asked for a better business partner and partner in life.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs considering entering a business partnership?
Dr. Porcelli: Whoever you go into business with it is very important that you share the same vision from the beginning. You must have a similar work ethic. If you ask my wife, she will tell you she’s my boss. I always laugh at this, but she knows how to lead me. I attribute many of my accomplishments to her encouragement.
Alina: It is very important to be upfront concerning your roles, business expectations, short-term and long-term goals. In addition, the quality of your roles needs to be equal.

Were there any books or local resources that guided you during start-up?
Dr. Porcelli: When Alina and I started our first business, I spent time reading books on business management and leadership. One of my favorite books is 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. In addition, I enjoy reading anything from Tony Robbins & Patrick Lencioni. I also believe that working on yourself from the inside out is critical. I do this by reading spiritual and religious books that teach kindness, empathy and compassion. These ideas have formed my key to success: Lead with your heart.

Bluffton Center for Dentistry
29 Plantation Park Drive, Suite 303
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910
blufftoncenterfordentistry.com
(843) 593-8123

Rejuvenation Dentistry
521 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10065
rejuvdentist.com
(844) 735-8863


Jim and Meredith Bannon
the Bannon Law Group, LLC

What is the worst part about working together every day?
Oftentimes we are so busy that we do not get to see each other until we get home.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
We complement each other, not only personally, but also professionally; whether it is in the courtroom or for a real estate transaction, the Bannons have you covered.

How do you keep work from ruining family functions/fun events?
What is great about working together is that it gives us the flexibility to balance work time and family time throughout the week.

Why did you decide to go into business together?
That was always our end goal; who else can you trust to watch your back more than your spouse?

What advice would you have for someone considering going into business with a spouse or a family member?
Always try to leave work at the office. We realized that will not always happen, but you have to try.

What is your favorite family-owned business on HHI or in Bluffton?
The best part about Bluffton is that there are so many to choose from. We all get to live and work together in this fabulous community.

10 Westbury Pkwy. Unit A,
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-4505
bannonlawgroup.com


Linda and Jim Saylor
The Silver Garden

What is the worst part about working together every day?
Linda: At the end of the day, we know exactly how each other’s day went, so we don’t ask,
“How was your day?” I miss that.
Jim: My view is that we work alongside each other rather than working together. We have different skills with very little overlap. I am typically at the shop during all hours we are open while Linny uses her mornings caring for the home, ordering our supply needs, maintaining the website, shipping finished items to out-of-town customers, and lately painting!

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Linda: Jim is able to explain a design project in a very technical and detailed way that gives the customer confidence in his idea and the outcome of the project.
Jim: SELLING skills! As a guy making jewelry, her point of view regarding design is essential.

How do you keep work from ruining family functions/ fun events?
Linda: We make every effort to be present and always put family first. Every once in a while, we have a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Jim: Our four daughters and their families are all out of state. Family time is limited unfortunately, and working six days a week in a retail business is a hindrance , but we enjoy our “retirement”.

Why did you decide to go into business together?
Linda: We spent six years learning and creating pieces and had a large inventory with no real outlet for sales. We found a small space and began interacting with customers. We found this very satisfying; ideas began flowing and our business grew.
Jim: We needed each other’s talents to succeed. We’ve never tried anything like this before, but our prior careers were very helpful.

What advice would you have for someone considering going into business with a spouse or family member?
Linda: There are so many pieces to the business puzzle, it is easy to leave out a function. Be sure all your bases are covered and agree who is responsible for what. Always support the decisions of your partner and move forward. Be sure you both have the same goals and see the business evolving to meet those goals.
Jim: Make sure your home life is in harmony.

What is your favorite family-owned business on HHI or in Bluffton?
Both: A Lowcountry Backyard

WE ARE EXPANDING!!
Come see us at our newely expanded shop! (Taking over Marché de Macaron)

32 Palmetto Bay Rd.
(407) 595-2119
thesilvergarden.net
linda@thesilvergarden.net


Adam and Marcus Love
Love HVAC, LLC

Why did you decide to go into business together?
Our family moved from Coventry, England to Hilton Head Island in January 1983. Our father had a few businesses here, and he wanted to see Marcus and me start one together. It was also logical; we know exactly what the other is thinking without even speaking.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Adam: Marcus is amazing; he is so thorough! When I’m on a job, I often ask myself: “What would Marcus do?”
Marcus: Adam has an amazing mechanical ability, and I’m not quite on the same level. He can pretty much fix anything!

How do you keep work from ruining extracurricular/fun events?
Work ruins all extracurricular/fun events! It’s not easy being ready and available 24/7, but we keep other people’s extracurricular/fun events nice and comfortable.

How did you meet your business partner?
I’d imagine it was like the intro to the movie Boss Baby.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs considering entering a business partnership?
Adam: I was always told partnerships don’t work, but you will never know if you never try.
Marcus: Even though we are partners, we have different roles. I think it helps that we aren’t both trying to do the same thing all the time, which would lead us to butt heads.

Were there any books or local resources that guided you during start-up?
Adam: No, and it wasn’t about being guided; it was about being driven. The moment I held my son for the first time, I knew it wasn’t just about me anymore; it was about my family.
Marcus: My brother Adam. We talked about starting our own business for a while, but he was the driving force. And it’s been one of the best decisions of our lives.

1204-E Fording Island Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 706-2776
Adam@lovehvac.love
Marcus@lovehvac.love
lovehvac.love


Jonathan and Claudine Vaughan
Evergreen Pet Lodge

What is the worst part about working together every day?
Jonathan: Claudine and I both have very Type A personalities, which can get interesting from time to time.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Claudine: Jonathan has a better knowledge of the ins and outs of the business procedures than I, since I do mostly office work.
Jonathan: Claudine has a better eye for aesthetics than I have, which has been great for the redesign of the kennel.

How do you keep work from ruining family functions/ fun events?
We try our best to schedule family vacations during Evergreen’s off-season. Additionally, since Christmas is our busiest time of year, the entire family works.

Why did you decide to go into business together?
We met at Evergreen Pet Lodge about 25 years ago, so it had always been our dream to own the business together.

What advice would you have for someone considering going into business with a spouse or family member?
If they have a strong relationship to start with, doing business together will be the best work experience they will ever have.

What is your favorite family-owned business on HHI or in Bluffton?
We admire too many family run business in the area to mention. We raise a glass to all of them.

105 Dillon Road HHI, SC 29926
(843) 681-8354
evergreenpetlodgehhi.com
evergreenhhi@roadrunner.com


Alexis Dunham and John Pashak
HogsHead Kitchen and Wine Bar

Why did you decide to go into business together?
Opening HogsHead wasn’t exactly our plan, initially. We were both living in Delaware when we got a phone call that a restaurant space might be available soon in Hilton Head. When you get an opportunity like that, you have to act on it, so we came down here, did some investigating—followed by a lot of hard work—and here we are now, on the verge of our fifth anniversary in April.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Alexis: We’re really a great team. John is absolutely the captain of the ship and oversees everything, making sure all gets done that needs to be accomplished so we run smoothly; he wears many hats.
John: Alexis is great at the behind-the-scenes details and making sure every person who walks in to HogsHead feels welcome, right at home, and has a great time with us.

How do you keep work from ruining extracurricular/fun events?
We schedule them when the restaurant is closed!

How did you meet your business partner?
John: She kissed me at my locker when I was in tenth grade.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs considering entering a business partnership?
John: Self-employment is not for the faint of heart; you have to have a thick skin and a great sense of humor.
Alexis: However, the feeling of success and accomplishment at the end of the day is worth it.

Were there any books or local resources that guided you during start-up?
John: When we first embarked on the restaurant, we were new to the area with few connections, so we followed our motto, “We’ll figure it out,” and did just that!
Alexis: Now that we’ve been here for a while and have some great friends and contacts, both the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Chambers of Commerce are great resources for any budding business person.

1555 Fording Island Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 837-4647
hogsheadkitchen.com


Geri and Dana Colucci
Equitable Property Management, LLC

Why did you decide to go into business together?
Our business was conceived 15 years ago with the plan in mind that we would run the business together.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Geri: Dana is a big picture thinker. She has successfully streamlined and fine-tuned our business while also enhancing our business through her internet expertise.
Dana: Geri has extensive knowledge and understanding of the industry as well has having a certain finesse about her that gives her the ability to please all parties while doing a thorough and professional job.

How do you keep work from ruining extracurricular/fun events?
After working together for five years, we have figured out how to balance work life and home life by simply making it a priority. It’s not easy, but it can be accomplished if the partners put each other first.

How did you meet your business partner?
In the womb.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs considering entering a business partnership?
Geri: Whether you partner is family, friend, or stranger, at the end of the day business is business.
Dana: Partner with someone who inspires you and challenges you to constantly strive to be better and who values professionalism as well as kindness.

Were there any books or local resources that guided you during start-up?
Geri: There weren’t any books or local resources at start up, however, during the tenure of our business, we have relied on other local professionals for guidance including our accountant, lawyer, and computer specialist We also occasionally utilize resources from our local SCORE chapter.
Dana: I was not around during start up, however, since our partnership started, I have very frequently utilized our local SCORE chapter. In regard to books, Michael Hyatt’s leadership, productivity and goal-setting books are some of my favorites.

22 Bow Circle Suite B
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 341-6008
geri@equitablehhi.com
dana@equitablehhi.com
www.equitablehhi.com


Roy and Pat Sokolowski
Westview Investment Advisors

Why did you decide to go into business together?
We were both looking for a career change in 1998. Roy was a financial advisor for a large brokerage firm; he wanted to create a different business model to better service clients and achieve their financial goals. Pat’s background was in operations and client servicing. She was interested in transitioning these skills to the financial planning arena. Together, we created a unique planning-based investment advisory firm.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Roy: Pat is organized, detail oriented and loves interfacing with clients.
Pat: Roy excels at the big picture, is goal oriented and enjoys synthesizing ideas.

How do you keep work from ruining extracurricular/fun events?
We try to keep a balance between our business and personal lives: Work hard, play hard. On Hilton Head Island, we both enjoy the multitude of fun activities that are on our doorstep.

How did you meet your business partner?
We met in high school and got married when we graduated from college. Although we both had separate careers for many years, our work life intersected in 1998 when we were both at a crossroads in our careers.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs considering entering a business partnership?
Roy: Choose your partner carefully! They should have skills that complement your own.
Pat: Try to keep your business and personal life separate when you are at work—not always easy for a married couple!

1 Corpus Christi Place, Suite 106
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 271-6088
westviewinvest.com


Gretchen and Jeffrey Bauer
Bauer Dental Associates

Why did you decide to go into business together?
While Jeff was in dental school at The University of Pittsburgh, I was working. After Jeff finished his residency in Ohio, we had our two oldest children Madison and JC. I wanted to be home with the kids, so I stopped working. Jeff decided to open his own practice, and I partnered with him and started Bauer Dental Associates in 2000. I was able to perform my responsibilities from home, allowing me to be with the kids. Three years later, our youngest, Charlotte, was born.

What strengths in the marketplace does your partner have that you lack?
Jeffrey: Well, only one of us has a degree in dentistry.
Gretchen: I wouldn’t want to do the dentistry, so it works out. I do the book work, marketing, and decorate the offices.

How do you keep work from ruining extracurricular/fun events?
As you can imagine, our business does become the topic of conversation. We try to keep it at a minimum during off hours and family time, but sometimes we can’t.

How did you meet your business partner?
It’s actually sort of funny. We grew up in the same hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. We went to different schools but knew of each other through mutual friends. Also, my mom worked for Jeff’s dad in his orthodontic practice since I was eight years old, so we were somewhat acquainted. One night, we were both volunteering at a fundraiser for the Cancer Society, and I asked him out!

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs considering entering a business partnership?
Know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and figure out if they compliment each other.

Were there any books or local resources that guided you during start-up?
Not really a book, but we had to make sure we had the proper licensing and permits according to states guidelines found in various state websites.

23 Promenade St.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-2222
bauerdental.net

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