June 2019

2019 Special Section: Dadpreneurs

Author: Special to CH2


Alex Nightingale
The Pearl Kitchen + Bar and Ela’s On The Water

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
It can be difficult, but it’s possible by surrounding ourselves with great staff members who are trustworthy and have high expectations themselves. Also, my wife Abbey is a complete rock star and deserves all of the credit; she is truly the rock of our family.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Love a beach day or fishing off our dock.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
All great things take time, so stay patient, be persistent and maintain the course.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
The insane number of times they need their diapers changed.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
However many my wife wants is fine by me.

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
I guess not putting a bat in their hands earlier as we were recently at a party and I witnessed my kids poking the piñata instead of swinging at it.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you and print their response here:
Maxx says breakfast (while eating breakfast); Raegan says golfing (I think we have only done putt-putt twice so … I don’t know).

55 Calhoun Street
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-5511
www.ThePearlBluffton.com
www.Elasgrille.com


Nathan Skager
Bird Dog Home Watch Services

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
Serving as a local firefighter while at the same time running a business has taught me to become very efficient with my time. Family will always come first, and I’ve learned to take advantage of down times throughout the day to focus on the business.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Taking the kids surfing and boogie boarding at the beach.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Perseverance. Running your own business often takes years of hard work and dedication before it becomes a success. Another important lesson I try to teach my children is to follow through with what you say you are going to do and take ownership when you make a mistake.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
Sleep deprivation. I never truly realized how important sleep is to the human body until we had our first child!

47 Knollwood Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 290-9258
www.birddoghomewatch.com


Brian Quinn
The Twelve Oaks Group

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
That is the toughest part. I try to assure that when I am home then it is family time and not work time. I do not take calls or emails when I am with my girls. It’s our time together, and the phone goes away.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
We love taking our boat out and finding dolphins together. There is nothing more magical than seeing their faces when we find them.

What do you think is one of the most important things that you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
I have beautiful little girls. I tell them two very important lessons: 1. They are very smart and polite; always stay this way. 2. Girls can do anything boys can do, but boys can’t do everything girls can do! I want them to know that the world is open to them for anything they wish to take on, and nothing can stand in their way as long as they act smart and polite.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
Well, my whole home is covered in glitter, and I believe there is at least one pink unicorn toy in every single room of the house. I guess this is the “new normal” for me, but I don’t think I ever figured I would be the only male in the house … we even have a female dog.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Did Heather put you up to this?

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Never be afraid to ask for help. Pick up a phone and call another dad. They don’t judge you for not knowing how to get yogurt out of your truck seats; they probably have figured it out before and can give you some tips.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you, and print their response here:
Ella Grace (age 5): “I love my Daddy and think he is the best builder.”
Rosie (age 3): “Daddy is magic.”

14 New Orleans Rd., Suite 14
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 422-1661
www.TwelveoaksGroup.com


Alex Hayes
Genesis Construction Company

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
I have an excellent staff that takes a great deal of the work load off me. I trust them, and they trust me. They are always willing to help when I get overloaded. This allows me to spend a little more time with the family.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Golf cart rides after work. It’s the best time to disengage from work and focus on them.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Our company culture is built on honesty, integrity, and trust. This is the foundation for building relationships. Relationships are what makes Genesis Construction so successful. If my children learn that, they will succeed in life.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
The love I would feel for my children. It is more intense than any other love I have experienced.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Alison and I have always agreed to have two; if finances would allow, then we would adopt as many as we could afford.

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Not being on the same page as my wife. If Alison tells them no, they will come to me, and I might say yes. Communication between parents is key to avoid mixed signals and friction.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you and print their response here:
Both kids say they like going out on the May River in our boat.

33 Boundary Street
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-8220
www.genesis-construction.com


Jim Bannon
The Bannon Law Group,LLC

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
Flexibility is the key to finding a balance between work and life. When you work for yourself, sometimes you are burning the midnight oil or working on the weekends, and other times you are at the playground on a Tuesday afternoon with a happy little girl.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
My daughter and I love to go to the playground and then stop and get ice cream.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Teaching kids that being dependable is the key to building a business. Your customers have to be able to depend on you and your business in all aspects: depend that you are available, that you will show up on time, that you are honest, and that you have their best interests at heart at all times.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
I was totally unprepared for not only how much fun it is to teach her new things, but also to re-experience activities I have loved all my life through her eyes.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
We have one child, and we would stay with one child. I have nothing but respect for people who have more than one child as our only child wears us out.

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Kids do crazy things, but just remember to always keep your cool and roll with the punches.

Ask your child what you do best or what her favorite activity is with you and print the response here:
“Daddy is the best at cooking eggies and bacon on weekends!”

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


Josh Simpson
Simpson Construction

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
I gave up sleeping 10 years ago. That’s not exactly true, but I do get up really early and try to knock out as much as possible before their feet hit the floor.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Anything outside; I love seeing their fascination with nature and sharing those experiences with them.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
I just hope these boys are lucky enough to find something they are passionate about and do what it takes to live a fulfilled life. But to better answer the question, I hope they understand how important it is to give joyfully and what that means.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
People always tell you, “It will completely change your life.” But they don’t mention that it can completely change it for the better! I want to give them the best version of me I can—still working on that…

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Two; the answer is two. A good question would be, “if mental health were of no concern.”

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Listen to them and don’t assume. Don’t superimpose your thoughts, feelings or insecurities onto your children. They aren’t you.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you, and print their response here:
Henry: “Jumping on the trampoline and camping.”
Cooper: “I like everything fun I do with Dad, but I really like camping.”

65 Lawrence St.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 247-2351
www.Simpson.Construciton
Josh@Simpson.Construction


Kenny Nix
Nix Flooring and Design, LLC

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
I don’t. Small business ownership comes with a price, and that price is definitely time. My wife and daughters know that in a perfect world, I would spend every second with them. I do make it a point to attend all games, ceremonies and events, but I’m not going to lie and say we’re all sitting around the dinner table at 6:30 every night.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Our daughters have unique personalities and interests. Our oldest is almost 17. Our time is centered typically around her softball career. Our middle daughter, who is 14, is an academic. We spend a lot of time engaging in conversations about travel and interesting subjects, particularly social studies, science, and her recent interest in fashion. Our youngest loves to read and dance. I enjoy watching her practice combinations and performances on the big stage!

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Never try to be something you’re not, and never over-promise. My company is small because I’m very picky about my sales team and my install crew. I could produce a lot more, but I’m not trying to build a flooring empire. Too much going on at once leads to too many issues and a lot of stress.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
Considering that I have all girls, the emotions. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s been a blessing and has helped me develop more of an intuition and have better insight regarding the dynamics of relationships. They have definitely softened my heart. I learn a lot from the women in my life.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Heather and I wanted four kids. But after our youngest was born, we just knew she completed our family. So, I can honestly say we are happy with what we have and wouldn’t change a thing!

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Probably being too honest about life events with our kids. But at the same time, I don’t know if I consider it a mistake. We know we should protect them from certain information but don’t feel good about not being upfront with them either. I guess it’s a double-edged sword.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you and print their response here;
Chandler: Singing in the car on the way to softball tournaments.
Rachel: Vacations when I disengage from work mode and let the calls go to voicemail.
Sami: Shopping—especially when I buy her new shoes and give her my full attention.

6983 North Okatie Highway
Ridgeland, SC 29936
(843) 384-4599
www.nixflooring.com
kenny@nixflooring.com


Marshall Sampson & Billy Watterson
Pizza Co.

Marshall Sampson
How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
I’m not sure I do. It’s a constant battle. I’m sure I’m 100 percent present when I’m with my family and make sure I get the most out of every moment.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
There are no dates right now. With two in middle school, it’s basketball, soccer and gymnastics practices.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Whatever you do, give it 100 percent! I mean everything! Tying your shoe, taking out the trash, homework … I mean everything. If you practice giving 100 percent in everything you do, eventually that will just be what you do.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for? **
**It’s a little foggy after 13 years, but we do have a three-year-old now, and I’m going to have to go with the lack of sleep. Both boys don’t seem to like sleep much. Our daughter, on the other hand, would sleep through anything.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
I am truly blessed with three and can’t imagine any more or any less!

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
I did just miss a soccer game where my oldest scored three goals, because I was worried about being short-handed at the restaurant. He had not scored a goal all season! Goes back to that balancing act of home and work.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you and print their response here:
Dylan: “My favorite thing to do with my dad is train for sports. We wake up early before school to work out, and after school he takes me to the gym to train for basketball.”
Aubrey: “My favorite thing to do with my dad is to play volleyball and basketball. I think he is the best at tennis in our family.”

807 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-3838
www.Santafehhi.com

Billy Watterson
How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
When I moved to Hilton Head, I vowed to achieve more balance with family and business. I did this by determining which family activities and parental responsibilities were non-negotiable. Once I created the list of non-negotiables, I made a pact with myself that work would have to be fit around these opportunities to engage and be a daily part of my family’s lives. Once I made them my first priority, it was easy to say no to meetings that interfered with these commitments because my calendar was already blocked off.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
My favorite is Daddy Daughter Doughnut Day every Friday morning before school.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
The most important thing I can teach my children in regard to sustaining a business is to address their physical, mental and spiritual needs first. Your business will only thrive in an environment where the leader is equipped, healthy and balanced.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
I was completely unprepared for the commitment of time and care required to raise a child. As a young father trying to better my life and that of my new family, it was a bit like trying to run with weighted boots: you’ll eventually get there, but you have to stop and take more breaks than if you wore your sneakers.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
I have four children today, and while I have the desire to have more (some days), I find that four is a perfect balance. Two of our children are grown adults and two are eleven. I’m not certain that I could manage effective communication and adequate involvement if we had more.

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
The biggest parenting mistake I’ve made over the years was not having boundaries related to my businesses. I allowed the lack of boundaries to consume and interrupt every aspect of my life. I always put business first; I felt that the needs of my clients were more important than my own or that of my family.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you, and print their response here:
“Daddy is the best at building new companies.”

1201 Main Street
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(815) 353-8387
billy.watterson@wattersonbrands.com


Steve Harmon
Charter One Realty – Kevin King Associates

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
When Campbell came into our lives, things changed forever. Business is important, but instinctually you understand that family always comes first. You become more productive with less time. If you work hard at both, success follows.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Definitely our morning wakeup call. I wouldn’t trade that 6 a.m. smile for anything.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Hard work is the foundation, but I think it’s important to love what you do in order to be truly successful. I’ll encourage my daughter to explore different careers and passions and to take chances. She’ll know that we’re always here to catch her if she falls.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
COLIC. Hands down. Life is full of surprises, but this one is extra special.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Probably two or three. However, just one can give us a run for our money at times!

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
It’s hard to know what mistakes you’ve made when you have no idea what you’re doing to begin with. My wife was always reading the “how to” books through pregnancy; I watched golf and thought “we’ll figure it out.” And you do.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you and print their response here:
I love when daddy sings goofy songs to me on the changing table. They make no sense, but they make me smile!

2 Colleton River
Bluffton SC 29910
(843) 816-1035
Sharmon113@gmail.com


Carey Basciano
Street Meet – The American Tavern

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
Although I work a lot of hours, I am lucky in the fact that I am with my three daughters every morning before school. I can have an early dinner with them before I go back at night. I can always run home to say goodnight before bed. On days off, I try not to answer the phone.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
My favorite dates have been on the road when each daughter played travel sports. They would be stuck in the car with Dad, and we would try to find local shops or places to eat all over South Carolina.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
You have to love what you do, especially in the restaurant business. I try to teach them that family comes first then explain that the people who work at Street Meet are an extension of family. As well, serve your community and the environment around you.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
Girls and the level of sound in our house.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
I did know I wanted at least three. If it was another place and time, perhaps five.

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Buying them phones too young. Phones are helpful as they become teens and are more independent, but I recommend starting as late as possible.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you and print their response here:
“Dad is good at playing and having fun with us—at the beach, on road trips, practicing sports. He is always up for having fun with all three of us.”

95 Mathews Drive, D11
Hilton Head Island, SC
29926
(843) 842-2570
www.streetmeethhi.com


Thomas M. Dowling, CFA, CFP®, CIMA®
Aegis Capital Corp.

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
It’s tough, but you need to work well with your spouse. As with many other things, communication with each other is the key to making it work.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
“Bro-day”—when all the boys are together for the day.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
You need to have the following qualities: intelligence, integrity and initiative in everything you do, especially in business.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
How much you can get done in so little time.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Same as we have now: two.

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Losing my patience. I have worked hard over the years on being patient, but with two boys, sometimes it’s tough. I don’t lose my patience often, but when I do, I often look back and realize the situation could have been handled a lot more effectively with a little patience.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you and print their response here:
Dunking on them upstairs on our six-foot plastic rim.

1000 William Hilton Pkwy., Unit C5
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 715-2239
www.aegisplanning.com


Ben Andrews
Club Car of Hilton Head

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
I make them a part of it. Our kids love to run around the showroom! Having a family business, you have to mix the two.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Trips to Lowe’s.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Work hard and respect others. Treat others the way you would want to be treated, and the rest will fall into place.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
How much they completely change your life (for the better)!

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Two!

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you, and print their response here:
Bike rides and morning walks to look for deer.

1484 Fording Island Road
Bluffton, SC, 29910
(843) 837-2066
https://clubcarhhi.com/


Robert Szypczak
The Eye Site of Bluffton / The Eye Site of Hilton Head

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
Life is busy, and every minute of the day seems like it is booked. The best way I find is to commit myself to some fun, yet eventful things like coaching. With coaching, I can teach them life lessons while getting to be a kid again myself and getting to play with them. Lately, I have been coaching baseball. I love it, and my two boys love it too. I am lucky to have my wife work my weekend hours which allows me to be able coach. I am thankful that she helps out so much and that she is such a great partner in life, business and parenting.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
I love getting the boys out of the house. Fishing is fun, trying out some new sports like tennis, or even hitting golf balls at the range. I love teaching them new sports and helping them find new talents and interests.

What is one of the most important things that you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Business is about putting in maximum effort every single day. They call it “work” for a reason. Responsibility rests on your own shoulders. You’ll need a great attitude to go with that effort. You’ll have bad days, but with hard work, a good attitude and maximum effort, you’ll create more good days than bad.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to being new parents, the dads get off easy, as the moms do all the hard work the first few months. Yet, what surprised me the most was how difficult it was to assemble all the baby shower gifts and necessities that come with having a new baby. The Pack ’n Play; the car seat latch hooks in our SUV were impossible to reach; the crib assembly was a frustrating endeavor with its picture puzzle of assembly instructions.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Kids are all fun and unique in their own ways. They are the joy of the earth. We would definitely go for a girl or two if we could!

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Always carry an emergency diaper and change of clothes. A “blow out” diaper will most definitely “blow up” your plans.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity with you is and print their response here:
“Daddy makes things fun and is a good teacher!”

Bluffton location:
104 Buckwalter Pkwy., Suite 1C
Bluffton, SC. 29910
(843) 757-9588
www.theeyesiteofbluffton.com

Hilton Head location:
25 Pembroke Dr.
(Inside Walmart)
(843) 681-3396
Hilton Head, SC 29926


Michael Ray
SNS Technologies

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
This was not easy, and it took a few years to figure it out. I had to set a schedule and live by it. I always set a goal to be home by 6 or 6:30 p.m. every day in order to be home in time for dinner. I also had to put my daughter’s events such as golf tournaments, soccer matches and martial arts classes on my schedule to help with time management. I never missed a game nor golf tournament, and this was because I had a great team at work that had my back. Having great employees helped with making my business successful and allowing me to be active with my daughter’s sports.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Our thing was out-of-town golf tournaments. This was our bonding time and was the one thing I really enjoyed doing with Sammie and truly miss a lot. We would check into a hotel the day before a tournament and always have a great time. We would find cool places to eat, go see a movie, or go find an arcade. After a great night of fun, I would get to watch my daughter play golf. Whether it was a good tournament or not, we always made the most of it!

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
Always be the first person in and the last person to leave. Always follow through with your work and be consistent and honest. Your client is your most valued asset, and you must treat them this way. This will set the culture of the office.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
Being a father and knowing what that meant.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Five or six.

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
One of my biggest parenting mistakes was being an overly competitive dad. There were times when I overreacted about a three-putt or not fighting well in a karate tournament.

Ask your children what you do best or what their favorite activity is with you, and print their response here:
“My dad is the best at being a dad! Simple as that. There has never been a time when my dad hasn’t been there for me. He was at every single school event, every golf tournament, every soccer match, and traveled the world with me for karate. He busted his butt at work to make sure I got whatever I needed. I would not be where I am today if it were not for the help and support my father gave to me!”

49 Pennington Drive, Suite D
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-7873
www.snstechnologies.net
mike@snstechnologies.net

Marc Ricciardi
McGriff Insurance Services

How do you balance a successful business and still make time for your family?
Overall planning and coordination with a dedicated focus on being sure I don’t miss the important events my children and family experience. Also, trying to live in the moment and be present in all the kids do.

What is your favorite daddy/child date?
Both my children love being on the water. As a family, we spend many weekends boating and taking advantage of all the Lowcountry has to offer.

What is one of the most important things you can teach your children in respect to sustaining a business?
I think it’s important that my children be comfortable talking to and building relationships with peers, as well as older adults. In other words, put down the technology and connect with the people around them. Display kindness and show a genuine interest in other people.

When you first became a father, what was the one thing you were totally unprepared for?
All of it. I even read a book to prepare myself, but that provided little guidance. I find myself flying by the seat of my pants. Luckily, my wife and I have great friends who provide a tremendous support system.

How many children would you have if finances were no object and your wife agreed?
Two is plenty.

Biggest parenting mistake you’ll fess up to in the name of assisting others?
Losing track of a small witch (my daughter) on Halloween. Do you know how many kids dress up as a witch on Halloween? The worst question to ask random strangers on Halloween is: “Have you seen a little witch running around here?”

7 Arley Way, Suite 300
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 338-6156
mricciardi@mcgriffinsurance.com

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