August 2018

2018 Men in Business

Author: Special to CH2


Tim Singleton
Ruby Lee’s

Is there a local businessman you look up to?
Watching Tom Gardo in business gave Wayne Simmons and me a purpose to want more—to be educated, to be good men, to have high standards, to be great fathers and to have integrity.

What is your motto in life?
Never sacrifice quality.

If you could walk out the door tomorrow and start a new career, what would it be?
A sports agent

What game are you really good at?
I love competing at all sports with my boys.

Was there a time when you learned something important in business by observing what not to do? Tell us about that.
In the service industry, you come across all different types of customers, and they all believe they are right. It is very important to maintain your composure and allow them to always think they are right—without sacrificing your standards.

Favorite local charitable organization?
I support many local charities, so it’s extremely hard to pick just one. I especially like anything that supports our youth.

At what age would you like to retire?
60

Have you ever fired a client? What did that experience teach you?
Yes! It taught me that everyone does not operate off of the same moral compass. To me, there are certain standards that can’t be compromised.

Favorite book or podcast?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

40 Old Wild Horse Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-7829
rubyleesnorth.com

19 Dunnagans Alley
Hilton Head island, SC 29928
(843) 785-7825
Rubyleessouth.com


Bob Engler
Budget Blinds

What is your motto in life?
“There is no such thing as a free lunch.”

If you could walk out the door tomorrow and start a new career, what would it be?
I would love to play on the PGA Tour.

Was there a time when you learned something important in business by observing what not to do? Tell us about that.
I feel like I’m always learning how to get better. Nothing specific other than any time I have a poor customer service experience, I think, “I don’t want to operate like that!”

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
I enjoy being able to provide a great quality of life for my family as well as provide opportunities to the people who work for us.

880 Fording Island Rd.,Unit 8
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 837-4060
bkengler@budgetblinds.com
budgetblinds.com/HiltonHeadIsland


TJ Anderson
Atlantic Spray Foam / Atlantic Performance

Is there a local businessman you look up to?
I’m lucky to have several friends who own businesses. It is very nice to be able to reach out to them to ask questions and get their opinions.

What is your motto in life?
“Just another day in paradise.”

If you could walk out the door tomorrow and start a new career, what would it be?
I kind of did. I have had the opportunity to open up another business that has been a passion of mine for years: Atlantic Performance. We specialize in aftermarket auto accessories.

What terrible movie do you love?
Not sure if it’s terrible, but The Founder with Ray Kroc.

Was there a time when you learned something important in business by observing what not to do? Tell us about that.
Not to be a boss, but be a leader to your team. I have had jobs in my past where I have found that the boss was only worried about the bottom line and not the main assets—which is his team or in our case our family.

Favorite local charitable organization?
Lowcountry Dress for Success (lowcountrydressforsuccess.org).

At what age would you like to retire?
Never. I just want to slow down.

Have you ever fired a client? What did that experience teach you?
Yes. Our mission is “To Create a Rewarding Family-Owned Business that will Create Order through a Believable Reputation.” We have a customer who thought we should do our job a certain way, and even after I explained the proper way, I figured out that I could not make him believe in us. So, I told him we would not charge him anything. He and his wife could not believe this. They have since become one of our best referral sources.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
Seeing my team grow, in business and personally.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Nothing. I listen to music—LOUD. I’m truly sorry for the cars around me.

Favorite book or podcast?
Podcast: How I Built This, with Guy Raz

365 Red Cedar Street, Suite 604
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 707-4066
tj@atlanticsprayfoam.net
atlanticsprayfoam.org
atlanticperformance.net


Randy W. Rose
Rose Hearing Healthcare Centers

What is your motto in life?
Everything always works out!

If you could walk out the door tomorrow, and start a new career, what would it be?
I love what I do; I would continue to do what I love.

What terrible movie do you love?
Waterworld

What game are you really good at?
I was really good at basketball.

Was there a time when you learned something important in business by observing what not to do? Tell us about that.
Not to extend beyond what you are able to achieve. Be honest, consistent, and know that being in business is a roller coaster ride.
Favorite local charitable organization?
The Bargain Box

At what age would you like to retire?
When I am no longer effective in my job.

Have you ever fired a client? What did that experience teach you?
Yes. He had informed me he did not know why, he just did not like me. I learned we cannot please everyone.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
Helping people hear well again; it is my passion and life work.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Too many things to mention.

Favorite book or podcast?
The Reluctant Genius

Preferred social media channel?
Facebook/Instagram

How would you convince someone to do something they didn’t want to do?
Give them the facts and show them why they should try to do what they do not want to do.

1505 Main Street
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 802-2957
rosehearinghealthcarecenters@gmail.com
rosehearinghealthcarecenters.com


Ben Kennedy
Brighton Builders

What is your motto in life?
Make it happen! Whatever you want to achieve, in business or in your personal life, you have to go for it! Only you can make it happen!

Was there a time when you learned something important in business by observing what not to do?
I’ve learned that service is king! Not only must you have a quality product, but offering superior service will set you apart and help you build the client relationship that will take the experience from good to great.

Rank these things in order of importance in business:
1.) Honesty/Integrity
2.) A unique idea
3.) Persistence
4.) Cash Flow
All are important to Brighton Builders, and are important in any facet of business. Whether dealing with clients or team members, you want to know that the people you are working with hold those values high.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
Building beyond—taking whatever it is to the next level. I really am passionate about taking something from nothing and turning it into something amazing and unexpected. My family is at the center of my life. Being able to share my knowledge with my kids, watching them learn and grow is the most rewarding thing to me.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
It’s my quiet time. Short or long drive, it gives me a chance to reflect on the present and what I need to accomplish in the future. Whether it is family or business that grabs my attention, driving gives me a chance to clear my thoughts, thank God for all that I have, and focus on what I can do to achieve my goals for the future.

49 Pennington Dr., Suite F
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 837-1119
brightonbuilderssc.com


Jeffrey C. Bauer
Bauer Dental Associates

What is your motto in life?
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

If you could walk out the door tomorrow, and start a new career, what would it be?
A professional golfer

What terrible movie do you love?
Die Hard

What game are you good at?
Trivial Pursuit

Favorite local charitable organization?
Bluffton Self Help

Favorite book or podcast?
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

23 Promenade St.
Bluffton, SC 29910
bauerdental@hargray.com
bauerdental.net


Larry Setola Jr.
Just Cushions
Recently, at age 26, Larry Setola Jr. was handed the torch to continue his family’s three-generation upholstery business, Just Cushions Upholstery & Fabric Gallery. While his grandfather and father are starting to take a reduced role, working primarily in the workroom behind the scenes, Larry Jr. is managing all facets of the business. Those duties include showroom sales, workroom, customer relations, bookkeeping, and much more.

Larry Jr. grew up on Hilton Head Island and has been enveloped by the family business since its opening in 1994. He started making buttons on the workroom press at the age of five. Unbeknownst to him, his participation in the family business was predestined his entire life. After graduating HHCA, Larry Jr. moved to New York City to further his education. In college, he and his friends formed multiple businesses together, sparking his interest in business and self-employment. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree, Larry Jr. moved back to HHI and began to immerse himself in his family trade, trying to educate himself on all things business.
Larry Jr. and his family pride themselves on producing only the finest finished product, working with integrity, and demonstrating professionalism from start to finish. Just Cushions has a very knowledgeable staff who provide exemplary customer service from the moment you walk into their showroom until the time the project is complete.

Integrity has been the best recipe for success for Just Cushions by doing what they say they are going to do: show up on time, and do the right thing no matter what. Larry Jr. had the following to say, “When you walk in our door, we treat you like family. I want your time with us to be an experience, not just a purchase. Our focus is for myself and staff to form a lifelong working relationship with you starting now and for generations to come.”

Larry Jr. hopes that he and his wife Gulianna (Just Cushions showroom manager) will have three sons: one son to sew, one son to upholster, and one son to run the business. However, girls would suffice as well!

45 New Orleans Rd,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 681-9995
Justcushionshhi.com


Michael Scioscia
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Michael Scioscia has a few things in common with Charles Fraser, but perhaps the most apparent is that, like Fraser, he is a visionary. Scioscia brings over 30 years of experience leading world-class resorts into the light by creating strategic melodies of robust enhancements. CH2 had the pleasure of learning what he sees for the future of the island and his newly renovated Westin resort.

What motivates you professionally?
In every position I’ve taken, I’ve been able change the game. I’ve led teams to think differently about how we accomplish goals. I’m excited to create experiences that residents and guests line up for. The Westin Hilton Head will lead the way with innovation and debunk the paradigm of “off-season.”

Why did you choose Hilton Head?
The people. Everywhere I go, from Jane Bistro at Shelter Cove to Freedom Park just north of the hotel, the friendly members of this community have an inspiring nature.

What makes you passionate about hospitality?
When I started my career as a chef at the very first Marriott hotel, Bill and JW Marriott would come in from time to time and took interest in how our associates were faring. That care and attention really struck a chord with me and still does to this day.

2 Grasslawn Avenue
(843) 681-4000
michael.scioscia1@westin.com
westinhiltonheadisland.com


John Wasem
ELA’S On the Water

What is your motto in life?
Try your hardest at whatever you do, learn from your mistakes, and strive to keep getting better.

If you could walk out the door tomorrow and start a new career, what would it be?
I don’t think I could ever completely walk away from the service industry as a whole, because I enjoy making people happy. Although, I do have life goals to open a music venue as well as an artist management company. In a prior life, I was a touring musician, but was always more interested in the business side of things. Booking music for all three of our family’s restaurants (ELA’S, The Pearl, and Roadhouse), I have the experience in both the restaurant and entertainment industry, to create a venue that highlights the best of both worlds.

What game are you really good at?
I spent three years as an assistant golf professional in the Chicagoland area, so at one point in my life, I was pretty good golfer. I have two children under five and a hectic work schedule of restaurant management, wine buying, and booking entertainment, so my game isn’t quite as solid as it once was.

Favorite local charitable organization
Volunteers in Medicine

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
I try to enjoy the silence and think about absolutely nothing, but that doesn’t always work out so well.

What is your favorite book or podcast?
Radiolab—a great science podcast from NPR

1 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-3030
johnwasem@elasgrille.com
elasgrille.com


Jack Resnick
Group 4 Builders

For nearly 14 years, Group 4 Builders has been building a reputation in the Lowcountry for quality residential construction based on six key elements. Jack Resnick, owner of the company, understands that 1) no one wants any surprises in price, 2) everyone wants an honest contractor, 3) customers expect a quality job, and 4) they want it done on time. His fifth and sixth are to “keep his clients informed frequently of the progress and make all jobs hassle-free.”
Resnick has lived in this area for 20 years and vacationed here almost every year since 1974.

Three of his five grandchildren and daughter live locally as well, and when he’s not building or remodeling homes, you will find him with those grandchildren, or visiting his son and grandchildren in Seattle, or on the golf course. He readily admits that in this robust market, there’s not much time for anything but work.

Is there a businessman that you would look up to? Jack responded, “That’s easy; it would be Joe Fraser, owner of Fraser Construction, a commercial construction company. Joe has integrity, vast knowledge of construction, good people, and he generously gives back to this community.”
We asked Resnick if he could rewrite his career and was able to do anything, what would that be and he said, “What I’m doing now or bartending and sailing in the Caribbean.”

4 Indigo Run Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 422-6925
Hiltonheadgroup4builders.com


Dr. Christopher LeBlanc
Vital Personalized Healthcare

What is your motto in life?
I’d rather be 65 and tell you all of the things that I’ve done rather than 65 and tell you all of the things that I still want to do. In my line of work, I have learned that tomorrow is truly promised to no one. So, don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today.

If you could walk out the door tomorrow, and start a new career, what would it be?
As much as I love practicing medicine and truly feel as if it’s my calling in this life, I think it would be pretty neat to be a musician. The adrenaline they must feel performing on stage in front of thousands must be incredible!

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
Without hesitation, I am most passionate about my beautiful wife, Adrienne, and my son, Aiden. Adrienne has this larger-than-life personality and a zest for life that’s truly contagious. Although I would never tell this to her directly, I think she’s the funniest, wittiest person I know. Aiden is very bright and a true joy to watch grow. The sky’s the limit for him. I couldn’t be prouder to be his father! But he is, after all, a teenager, so pity the fool. A close second to Adrienne and Aiden, however, is playing golf, vacationing at Walt Disney World or watching my beloved New England Patriots.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Think? There’s no time for that when you’re belting out a tune! And yes, I sing in my car. By myself. Don’t you?!

How would you convince someone to do something that they didn’t want to do?
If I can convince a middle-aged male to get an annual rectal exam, I think it’s safe to say that I can convince anyone to do something that they don’t want to do.

23 Plantation Park Drive, Suite 401B
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-5566
drchrisvitalpersonalizedhealthcare.com
vitalpersonalizedhealthcare.com


Thomas M. Dowling
Aegis Capital Corp.

Area of expertise:
Financial and Wealth Planning

Is there a local businessman that you look up to?
It’s actually a business woman. It’s my wife Deena Paradiso. She is the owner of Modern Barn on the island. She is a smart, motivated and gifted business person. She inspires me.

What is your motto in life?
“It’s better to be interested than interesting.”

If you could walk out the door tomorrow, and start a new career, what would it be?
I can’t see myself doing anything else. I enjoy what I do and look forward to going to work every day.

At what age would you like to retire?
It’s interesting because I spend a lot of time helping other people prepare and live in retirement, but at this point, I have no desire to retire myself. I enjoy working.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
Youth sports. I believe it helps develop life skills that will be valuable and utilized throughout their lifetime: How do you deal with success? More important, how do you deal with failure? How do you work together as a group yet standout as an individual?

Rank these things in order of importance in business:
a) Honesty/Integrity
b) Persistence c) Cash Flow
d) A unique idea
Honesty and integrity are always essential in business and in personal life, but persistence is a very underrated quality. It could be the difference between success and failure.

1000 William Hilton Pkwy., Suite C5
(Village at Wexford)
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(212) 806-6303
tdowling@aegiscap.com

Thomas M. Dowling is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of and offers securities products and advisory services through Aegis Capital Corporation Member FINRA/SIPC as well as a SEC Registered Investment Adviser. As such, these services are strictly intended for individuals residing in the states in which the advisor is licensed.


John Brown
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving

John Brown is the proud owner of the Hilton Head, South Carolina area College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving, which opened for business on November 1st 2017. A native of Queens, New York, Brown retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of dedicated service.

Brown began his Air Force career in 1985, serving as a security policeman, an Air Force recruiter and culminating his career as Flight Superintendent of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, where he was charged with taking care of active duty members and their families.

After retirement, Brown continued to serve his country as a civil servant working for the Air Force, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and finishing his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He has a combined 31 years of military and civilian service to his country.
Brown’s vision of one day owning a College HUNKS franchise began several years ago after seeing their truck alongside the highway in Washington, D.C. He researched the company and loved what he learned. Brown finally took his love and dream of becoming a business owner and stepped out on faith, opening College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving.

Brown connects most with the franchise’s core values: Building Leaders, Always Branding, Listen, Fulfill and Delight and lastly, Creating a Fun and Enthusiastic Team Environment. He enjoys mentoring and being involved in his community.

College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving provides an array of services to include general labor, home and office junk removal, general move labor and local full-service residential and commercial moves. Brown prides his business in providing first class quality customer service.
Brown is a father of three sons, John Jr., Rashad and Jamel, ages 28, 25 and 23. He is the proud grandfather to his little one-year-old princess, Lilliana. Brown is married to his lovely wife, Saudah, of 25 years.

Saudah, an Air Force retired veteran and Hilton Head Island High graduate, is the proud owner of Decorating Den Interiors. John and Saudah enjoy family trips, boating, and are die-hard Gamecock fans. They both love tailgating USC football games and spending time with family and friends.

john.brown@chhj.com
(843) 816-7179
collegehunkshaulingjunk.com/locations/sc/hilton-head


Michael Cirafesi
Ombra Cucina Italiana

Is there a local businessman you look up to?
The legend and icon James “Big Jim” Haslam, Founder of Pilot Oil.

What is your motto in life?
You do your best, and let God do the rest!

If you could walk out the door tomorrow, and start a new career, what would it be?
Chef. It’s the only thing I know!

At what age would you like to retire?
When I’m dead… Sorry—at least I’m honest.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
The food and wine of Italy—more wine than food; it’s an obsession and addiction.

Rank these things in order of importance in business:
1) Honesty/Integrity 2) Cash Flow 3) An unique idea 4) Persistence
Honesty and integrity. All else will follow, as long as you follow rule #1.

1000 William Hilton Parkway, #G-2
Village at Wexford
(843) 842-5505
michaellaurenc@gmail.com
ombrahhi.com


Berry Edwards
Island Tire & Automotive Services

Is there a local businessman that you look up to?
A couple of them; one is my father Berry Edwards who started The Greenery, and Brian Carmines whose family owns Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks.

What is your motto in life?
Do the best you can every day.

If you could walk out the door tomorrow, and start a new career, what would it be?
I’ve already done that. I love what I do now. I had a career for about 20 years and decided to change things up and got into the automotive service business.

What terrible movie do you love?
There are a couple bad movies I love: Starship Troopers and Gone in 60 Seconds.

At what age would you like to retire?
Probably 65 or 70.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
How to fix something.

Favorite book or podcast?
Book: Band of Brothers, by Stephen E. Ambrose

4 Palmetto Bay Rd,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-3841
islandtireauto.com

271 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-2513


Josh Simpson
Simpson Construction

The first generation on both sides of my family to, at some point, not farm tobacco, I was introduced to the world of construction through a beloved family friend, Tommy Thompson. I relocated to the Lowcountry via East Carolina University’s Construction Management program in May, 2003. My goal at that time was to gain as much experience as I could in five years and take that knowledge back home with me to Roxboro, N.C. My future wife came down the following year when her Eastern N.C. home was damaged during Hurricane Isabel. Beth and I are now the proud parents of two boys, Henry, six and Cooper, nine. We consider ourselves beyond blessed to be raising our family here in the Lowcountry.

Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to work with several great builders—from our nation’s largest production builder, where scheduling and time management skills where an absolute necessity, to a pair of local builders specializing in historic restoration and fine custom home building. Over three years ago, my employer at the time closed their doors after 39 years in business. This provided me and five others the opportunity to fill a need left in their absence.

From that time, we have grown and sought to improve upon an already high level of dedicated care, craftsmanship and client relations. It is our goal at Simpson Construction to provide the best and most knowledgeable team in the construction industry to offer a service and finished product second to none. It is with this commitment that we continue to build and serve our community.

65 Lawrence St.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 247-2351
simpson.construction


Dave Miller
Superior Heating & Air

Is there a local businessman that you look up to?
I look up to just about all my competitors, whether they know it or not. This is a tough business, and it takes a lot of skill to stay in it.

What terrible movie do you love?
I am a dork at heart. I love any dumb comedy; my favorite has to be Dumb and Dumber.

At what age would you like to retire?
Forty-eight would be nice, but I am not so sure I want to retire—just be able to be more flexible on how much I work. I love to work, so I will never be 100 percent done until I am dead.

Have you ever fired a client? What did that experience teach you?
I do not make a habit out of firing customers because of the old saying, “The customer is always right.” However, from time to time it has to be done. Some customers can drain all the positive morale in the office and can just be downright mean. I try not to make this call myself; we talk about it amongst ourselves, and if the majority agree that there is just nothing more we can do for the customer, we politely ask them to take the business elsewhere.

Favorite book or podcast?
I have a few books I consider must-reads for anyone, business or not, as the ideas can be extrapolated to life in general. They are E-Myth Mastery: The Seven Essential Disciplines for Building a World Class Company, The Millionaire Fast Lane, and for anyone in my industry HVAC Spells Wealth.

36 Persimmon St., Suite 202
Bluffton, SC 29910
(800) 828-2665
Info@Superior.AC
Superior.AC


Brandon Miller
Brand43 Technologies, LLC

Brandon Miller, the son of a fallen federal officer and a retired career teacher, has called the South Carolina Lowcountry his home since 2007. With a passion for technology, Brandon, the owner/operator of Brand43 Technologies LLC, left his native state of Pennsylvania to pursue his career. After attending college for engineering, armed with only an idea, he began to offer his innovative technology solutions to the residents of Brays Island Plantation and other established communities.

Embracing our Lowcountry lifestyle, he has become a true local professional who offers a unique approach to the rapidly advancing world of technology. He dedicates himself to developing lasting relationships, while becoming familiar with both his commercial and residential clients’ needs. Providing superior service while keeping an impeccable reputation is of the upmost importance to him and the continued growth of Brand43 Technologies.

Specializing in custom solutions to meet every individual project, Brand43 Technologies provides installation and support solutions for computers, WiFi, audio / video, home automation and much more.

During his leisure time, you’ll likely find Brandon with his friends and family out on his boat, exploring the area’s beautiful coastal waterways.

Bluffton, SC
(843) 441-8289
brand43tech.com
brand43tech@gmail.com


Jeff Hunt
Jeff hunt & Associates

For Jeff Hunt, the business of selling real estate is more than just buying and selling homes. Each property represents an investment, a financial decision that can have a lasting impact on your bottom line for years to come. So it’s important that you make the right decision.

Getting to that right decision takes perspective, which is what Hunt brings to the table. He’s spent decades in real estate investment: buying, selling, leasing and managing commercial and residential property, while running his own sports marketing firm in Charlotte.

“As long as I can remember I’ve always thought about real estate,” he said. “This goes back to high school for me.”

He bought his first home 35 years ago after attending Elon College, and it was off to the races. While building CES Marketing Solutions, one of the top 100 screen printing and embroidery companies in the country, he was immersing himself in real estate, owning upwards of a dozen properties at a time. For years, it was a passion he pursued while building his business empire. A move to Hilton Head Island allowed him to pursue it full time.

“I’d been visiting the Lowcountry fairly regularly, and someone told me, ‘You like selling real estate so much, you should do it here,’” he said. He started right as the real estate market started to decline in 2005. It might have seemed like poor timing to anyone else.

“I love solving problems, and I’m very strategic,” he said. “I don’t look at the next step, I tend to look at the next five. Because that first step might be to step backwards.”

It’s a sense of perspective that he brings to bear in helping his clients find the best real estate investment possible. Even if they’re not necessarily looking at it as an investment.

“I view it as a business decision, even if it’s for pleasure,” he said. “The way I see it, you’re investing in your family. If you buy a half-million-dollar home for the family to enjoy, that’s a half million you’re allocating to fun.”

In this, we see a crucial difference between Jeff Hunt and most realtors, crafted from his years of experience running a multi-million-dollar business while delving deep into the real estate world. It’s a sense of perspective, a different way of looking at real estate.

“Bringing that perspective to the table gives my clients confidence,” he said. “They know when they’ve made a decision that they’ve made a good one. Because they’ve been educated.”

Jeff’s solid foundation in business lets clients rest easy, knowing they’re making the best financial decision. And his thorough knowledge of the local real estate market means they’re going to find their ideal property, whether investing in their portfolio or their family.

6 Queens Folly Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Office Phone: 843-842-1111
Cellphone: 843-422-5933
jeff@jeffhuntandassociates.com
jeffh.dunesrealestate.com


Dan Sinkiewicz
Sentext Solutions

Is there a local businessman that you look up to?
Yes. Robby. Owner of Bill’s Liquor & Fine Wine in Bluffton

Summarize your business in a sentence.
Sentext Solutions provides any business / organization the ability to market or communicate with your customers or members through text messages. They voluntarily sign up to receive any text message you want to send them.

What is your motto in life?
Your life begins outside of your comfort zone.

Was there a time when you learned something important in business by observing what NOT to do? Tell us about that.
Yes. Never assume anything in business. Always make sure you are on the same page with anyone you do business with.

Favorite Local Charitable Organization?
ASPCA—American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Anything to help animals.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
I love helping people. I always try to offer helpful advice. Then I enjoy watching that advice turn into success for them.

How would you convince someone to do something they didn’t want to do?
Listen to their “why.” What’s the reason they don’t want to do it? Then earn their trust and take away their fear.

48 Bear Creek Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(508) 692-7937 or (843) 608-9151
dsinkiewicz@sentextsolutions.com
sentextsolutions.com


Joey Varin
Lee Built Homes

Joey Varin is the owner of Lee Built Homes. He was born and raised on Hilton Head Island and has recently moved back with his family so his children can enjoy the beauty of the area and the people who live here. He spent his time away from the island primarily in Charleston, S.C., only leaving there for a few years in the Army with the 10th Mountain Division.

After leaving the Army and starting his career in residential construction, Varin learned early on the importance of listening to clients, problem solving, and providing them with guidance when they need it. It was those skills that allowed him to forge his own path in 2014 and begin Lee Built Homes.

Varin’s and Lee Built Homes’ mission is to build a legacy of quality homes by creating value in all of their renovations and new homes through effective management and relationship building. Varin wants you to enjoy the building and renovation experience, and his goal is that the end result is even better than you envisioned.

When he’s not busy with construction he spends as much time as possible with his little girls and wife, usually in some body of water.

(843) 296-2209
jvarin@leebuilthomes.com
leebuilthomes.com


Kevin King Associates

According to Steve Jobs, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” Perhaps that was in the back of his mind when Kevin King decided to grow his real estate team several years ago. King, an agent with Charter One Realty, has been a top Realtor in the Lowcountry for over 30 years. A former mortgage banker, King realized as he grew his personal real estate business that it was necessary to build a team that could offer the same level of service to his clients and growing referral base.

In addition to Lorraine Borger, King’s client coordinator, who has been with him since he joined Charter One 20 years ago, Kevin King Associates has taken on three new associates. Joining King’s “gentlemen in business” team two years ago was Steve Harmon, a former firefighter from New York, who relocated to the Lowcountry four years ago. Harmon has been quite successful building his own client base and has a variety of listings from Bluffton to the mainland.

Formerly in the property management business, Tripp Hawkins, a former collegiate tennis player and graduate of USC-Beaufort, joined Kevin King Associates this spring. Hawkins has been providing client services and helping with website, database management and marketing ideas as he learns the business. Harmon and Hawkins have teamed with SparkGolf to launch a new golf league in the area. Rounding out the Kevin King Associates team is Charlotte Stringer, a native of Wales, UK. Her international real estate sales background brings yet another element of expertise to the team.

Whether it’s the “gentlemen” or the women on the Kevin King Associates team, it’s safe to say they share King’s philosophy, which he learned early in his career from a mentor. “He encouraged me to build long-lasting relationships with my clients,” King said. “My wish for my team is that they enjoy meeting the very best of people from around the world and be fortunate enough to not only do business with them, but to build the kind of lasting friendships that I’ve been so fortunate to do.” King said his motto could be: “Having clients makes your business, but having friends makes your life.”

2 Colleton River Dr.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-8650 – Weekdays
(843) 384-9466 – Weekends
kevin@kevinkingassociates.com
kevinkingassociates.com


Tanner Sutphin
Mayer Sutphin Group

What game are you really good at?
Connect Four! You can catch me at FishCamp on the Connect Four quite often.

Favorite Local Charitable Organization?
Palmetto Animal League. As a dog dad of two rescues, I love the people at PAL and their cause!

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
I am constantly on the phone in my car. In real estate, there is not a lot of alone time, and I prefer it that way!

Favorite book or podcast?
Anything Brian Tracy

Mayer Sutphin Group at Engel & Völkers
7 New Orleans Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC
843-384-3006
tanner.sutphin@evusa
tannersutphin.evusa.com


Michael Ray
SNS Technologies

Is there a local businessman you look up to?
Jeffrey Robinowich, who owns Morris Garage in downtown Bluffton.

What is your motto in life?
Don’t know if this is a motto but this drives my wife and daughter crazy: When driving, I can’t pass by a person begging for money and not give them anything. I tried once but ended up turning around and giving him 20 bucks. I think I gave a guy at the gas station $50 for gas.

If you could walk out the door tomorrow, and start a new career, what would it be?
Open up a doggie daycare and training facility.

What terrible movie do you love?
Tropic Thunder

What game are you really good at?
Connect Four

Was there a time when you learned something important in business by observing what not to do? Tell us about that.
I was a tech for Megatech in 1996, and I was assigned to a sales rep to meet a new client. During the meeting, the sales rep downed a lot of our competition, and I mean just trashed them. I was raised if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything. Also we have some great competition here in Bluffton, so it keeps us on our toes.

Favorite local charitable organization?
Hilton Head Island Recreation Center

At what age would you like to retire?
Twenty-four hours after I wake up and don’t love what I do anymore.

Have you ever fired a client? What did that experience teach you?
Yes, the client was very hard to please. We tried everything and came to realize they just wanted free service, and we had to part ways. I learned that you should be nice to your clients but be careful, because there are a lot of people out there who will try to take advantage of you.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
I love it when a client has a problem in their business and we come up with a solution to help them be more productive and efficient; then we get to implement the solution and support and grow with the client.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Ummm, can people see me?

Favorite book or podcast?
The Atlantis Gene

Preferred social media channel?
Facebook or LinkedIn

How would you convince someone to do something they didn’t want to do?
I have had a lot of practice with this; been with my wife since 1996, so I would just beg, beg, and beg. They give in eventually.

49 Pennington Drive Suite D
(843) 757-7873
mike@snstechnologies.net
snstechnologies.net

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