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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Terry Rice/TR Marketing
843-605-6622
terry@t-rmarketing.com

Live Oak Builders Announces Welcome Package
Local Businesses Offer Southern Hospitality


Beaufort, SC – May 1st – Live Oak Builders, a custom home builder in Beaufort and the Sea Islands, announces the roll-out of a Welcome Package that will be offered to new clients.  The welcome package is reminiscent of times past when the national Welcome Wagon program served as an advertising venue for businesses to offer small discounts to new homeowners.  It was hand delivered in a large envelope by a Welcome Wagon representative. 

Worth over $1000, more than 20 local businesses are participating in the Live Oak Welcome Package with most incentives at $50 or more.  Clients, who will be living in the area while their custom home is being built, will receive the package at contract signing.  Clients, who will be out of town while their home is being built, will receive it at the closing. 

“I wanted to do something different this year with our advertising dollars” said Todd Bradley, Owner of Live Oak Builders.  We reinvested those funds into the development of the package and Terry Rice, our marketing coordinator, went out and sold it to local businesses” Todd explained.

“It’s a win-win for everyone.  Business owners just had to come up with an inviting incentive.  No out-of-pocket expenses were incurred. The idea is to reach new residents during high spending scenarios and when early shopping patterns are being developed,” Terry Rice of TR Marketing said.   She added, “I went to all the places that I found on my own when I moved to Beaufort in 2012.  I can personally attest to the quality of all the businesses.  The business wins by potentially gaining a new, regular customer; the client wins by having pre-identified information about local businesses; and Live Oak Builders wins by brokering that new business relationship and leveraging goodwill.”

This is a one-of-a-kind offer in the area designed to welcome new residents and help them find the goods and services they may need as they establish themselves in the Lowcountry.

“'Our roots run deep in the Beaufort Community' is the tagline for Live Oak Builders.  Building strong relationships with our clients, subcontractors and the community we live in, serves as our foundation for building quality, custom homes in Beaufort and the Sea Islands,'” Todd added.

Live Oak Builders’ Design and Remodeling Center is located at 1402 Boundary Street. Call 843-524-2343, email: liveoakbuilders@embarqmail.com or visit our website at www.liveoakbuilder.com.







For Immediate Release – April 10, 2017

Contact: Anna Ruby 
              J. Banks Design 
              35 Main Street
              Hilton Head Island,SC 29926
              T 843.682.1735  F 843.681.5043
              anna.ruby@jbanksdesign.com
              www.jbanksdesign.com

J Banks Design Group recognized for outstanding interior design at the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and International Interior Design (IIDA) awards!

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – April 10, 2017 – J. Banks Design Group received top honors at the ASID Excellence in Design awards ceremony held in Charlotte, NC and the IIDA Design Works awards gala in Greensboro, NC. Both events took place Friday evening. “The quality and amount of work that is being produced by our team is simply amazing.” said J. Banks Design Owner and Principal, Joni Vanderslice. The award-winning designs included projects by lead designers, Joni Vanderslice, Sharon Cleland, Doris Gilch, Cindy Munn, Shelley Wilkins and Anna Ruby. VP Creative, Anna Ruby noted, “It takes a village, so these awards are about our entire team.”

ASID honored J. Banks Design with six Design Excellence awards:
First Place Residence under 3500 sq. ft. 
First Place Hospitality 
First Place Vacation Home 
First Place Kitchen 
Second Place Residence under 3500 sq. ft. 
Honorable Mention Bathroom

IIDA presented two Design Works awards to the firm:

First Place Multi-Family Residential 
Honorable Mention Multi-Family Residential

About J Banks Design
J Banks Design, a full scale residential and hospitality interior design firm of 50 professionals, believes in cultivating strong client relationships through outstanding customer service and attention to detail.  J Banks Design’s interiors are best known to reflect the personal preferences and style of each of their clients in an elevated manner. Luxury without pretense, unique scale and proportion, and a blending of old and new are signature elements found within the firm’s designs. J. Banks Design offers a full service retail store at its Main Street location. 

J Banks Design is regularly ranked as a Top 200 Interior Design Giant and Top 75 Hospitality Design Giant by Interior Design magazine; has been named as the Southeast Contract Designer and their Italian Project was bestowed with a Gold Key Award for Best Resort Design.  The firm has recently published a design book with Gibbs Smith publishers, Southern Coastal Living, and their work has been featured in leading publications including Coastal Living, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Bridge for Design, Interior Design Magazine, Hospitality Design, Boutique Design and Robb Report.

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NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Tracy Vreeland or Jamie Wilburn, LHWH PR
(843) 448-1123 or jwilburn@lhwh.com

COLETTE STEVENSON NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND 

Stevenson Is The Only Executive In The Carolinas And Georgia Who Graduated From The Prestigious MLS Top Certification Level Program 

January 12, 2017, Hilton Head Island, S.C. — Colette Stevenson of the Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island (HHIMLS) was named the organization's chief executive officer effective January 2017. Stevenson previously served as chief operating officer (COO). HHIMLS is a real estate listing platform that facilitates more than $3 billion in annual real estate transactions and provides its members with real-time statistics, inventory information and trends. 

“Colette has been an instrumental part of this organization for years and had already begun performing many of the roles a CEO must play,” said former CEO Yvette Acuff. “I've been at the helm of HHIMLS since it started 40 years ago so it's comforting to know I am leaving it in more than capable hands.”

Stevenson is one of only 19 real estate executives nationwide - and the only Multiple Listing Service executive in the Carolinas and Georgia - who graduated from the inaugural MLS Expert Program (CLMX3) provided by the Certified Multiple Listing Executive Program. CMLX3 is the most all-encompassing industry leadership program offered and recognizes the rising stars and leaders of the MLS industry.

Stevenson joined HHIMLS in 2013. As COO, she managed more than 20 real estate data services that are provided to real estate agents in South Carolina and oversaw all HHIMLS departments. During her tenure with HHIMLS, Stevenson has streamlined operations and reduced annual recurring expenses. She has also successfully launched new initiatives, including GPS-based mobile solutions, mobile property access, data standardization, statistics upgrades, security authentication software, a paperless administration and transaction system, and a virtual product store.

“This is a unique marketplace and Colette has a deep knowledge of the industry and the area,” said Randy Smith, HHIMLS Board President. “Yvette built a strong organization that supports the ever evolving real estate industry in this area and we're confident Colette can help the organization grow and evolve to help more people realize the American dream.” 

Prior to joining the HHIMLS, Stevenson was president of The INsight Group of Hilton Head Island for seven years. The management consulting firm assisted real estate clients and other businesses with their marketing strategies, website and social media analysis, trade show marketing, and more.  

Formally, Stevenson served as vice president/partner at Acuff Builders of Hilton Head, where she was responsible for new marketing and branding/strategy development, as well as managing sales and building processes for multi-million dollar projects. In the decade preceding her move to Hilton Head Island, she was director of sales & marketing for Globe Ticket & Label, and marketing manager for Wheelabrator Group, both headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stevenson, originally from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, graduated from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

About Hilton Head Island Multiple Listing Service

MLS of Hilton Head Island is a premier multiple listing service in South Carolina. It was established in 1976, headquartered on Hilton Head Island, and is rapidly expanding throughout the state. HHIMLS enables real estate professionals to conduct business using leading technology solutions and services. It is the listing platform facilitating more than $3 billion in annual real estate transactions. HHIMLS is vital to real estate professionals' and to consumers' success by maintaining the most dependable and powerful data in the marketplace, updated in real time. More information about HHIMLS is available at hiltonheadmls.com and (843)785-9696. 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT FOR PUBLICITY:

Lisa Carroll - Moonstar Ad.Pr LLC 

(843) 304-1922, lisapr@hargray.com



October 24, 2016


HEAT, HUNGER and HOLIDAY GIVING with COVERT AIRE this WINTER


BLUFFTON, S.C. –Covert Aire™ has created an extensive charity campaign program that encompasses needs throughout Beaufort County via three organizations this winter. The locally owned heating and air company is inviting the public to join them in these efforts to provide heat for those without through Operation Warm Up, to provide food in the Beaufort area for the  Fourth Quarter Drive to End Hunger and Toys for Tots.

OPERATION WARM UP

Covert Aire™ is teaming up for the second year with several companies to fix, replace or repair  selected homes without heat this winter through their charitable drive, Operation Warm Up. Last year, the Bluffton-based heating and air company donated over $10,000 in services to families in need across the Lowcountry. 

“Last year, Operation Warm Up was such a blessing to my team and those we were able to help,” says Mike Covert, President of Covert Aire™. “No one deserves to be cold this winter and we want to do all we can to help those who need it.”

The public can assist by sharing a description of anyone they know who may need help. To be considered for Operation Warm Up simply submit their story explaining why they have a heating issue and cannot afford to fix it. Non-profit groups and civic organizations can also submit nominations of someone in need of heating repairs.

Submit your story or the story of your family or friend at www.covertaire.com by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab. Fill out the form including the story of the individual or family you are nominating. All entries received will be confidentially sent to Mike Covert’s office directly. Forms must be submitted between Nov. 1 through Dec. 2 in order to be considered. Those chosen will not have their names released, unless explicit consent to use the name, likeness and photograph is given.  
In addition to Covert Aire™, Bryant ® and AMANA ® are sponsors of Operation Warm Up, along with Alpha Media who is a media partner for the program. 

FOURTH QUARTER DRIVE TO END HUNGER

The company will also be encouraging the spirit of giving by inviting customers and the public to participate in the Fourth Quarter Drive to End Hunger. This food drive will benefit Help of Beaufort. For every non-perishable item donated, customers can receive $1 off of a Covert Aire service up to $25. 

“There are so many in need in our area this winter,” says Covert. “Our company wants to do our part to help those that are struggling after the storm to put food on the table for their families.”

Best items include: peanut butter, jelly, canned meat, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit, rice, juice, canned/dry soup, sugar, flour, dry cereal, vegetable oil and grits. Customers can give their items to a Covert Aire service tech or anyone may participate by dropping items off to the Covert Aire offices, 39 Persimmon Street #602, Bluffton, SC.

TOYS FOR TOTS

There are many children in our community this holiday season that are in need. So Covert Aire is teaming up with Bluffton Self Help to identify and help share gifts this Christmas.

“Our goal is to bring smiles to the faces of our youngest community members this winter,” says Mike Covert. “By participating in a great program like Toys for Tots, we hope our customers and friends will rally to be there to spread a little holiday cheer.”

Covert Aire offices will serve as an official drop off site for Toys for Tots for our area. The public is encouraged to stop in with new, unwrapped toys beginning in November.

About Covert Aire™
Covert Aire™ is an award winning family owned local business based in Bluffton, SC that serves the SC lowcountry and midlands, sea islands and sand hills of GA. Covert Aire provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning products and services for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, healthcare, and retail. The staff is nationally certified by organizations such as NATE, EPA, NIULPE, ACCA, ASHRAE and other certifying organizations.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2016 – Hilton Head Island, SC
StoneWorks of Hilton Head, the area’s leading source for marble, granite, and tile products recently honored many of its employees for their longevity and service at the company.  Seven employees were recognized for more than ten years of service to Stoneworks, Inc. 

“It says a lot about our company and the people we have serving our clientele,” says John Baltzegar, President and Founder. “The experience of these few employees adds up to almost 100 years of dedication and caring for our customers. They are a resource and an accomplishment that few other companies can claim. We are proud that they are a part of our family.” 

Recognized for their years of service were: 
Jose Domingo-Hernandez (13 yrs), Charles Arriola (16 yrs), Kelly Young (11 yrs), Barbara Williams (17 yrs), Joel Zak (11 yrs), Derrick Warren (18 yrs), Rob Cavano (11 yrs)

Employees recently honored by StoneWorks, for their longevity and other accomplishments: left to right- Jose Domingo-Hernandez, Charles Arriola, Kelly Young, President John Baltzegar, Barbara Williams, Kim Thorn, and Joel Zak.  





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       
 
CONTACT FOR PUBLICITY: 
Melanie Thomas 
(843)706-5090 ext. 107
m.thomas@covertaire.com

September 12, 2016
COVERT AIRE WELCOMES NEW EMPLOYEES

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Covert Aire, a family-owned HVAC business based in Bluffton, announces exciting additions and changes to its growing team.



Melanie Thomas
has joined the company as Executive Assistant to Mike Covert, President. She will manage the daily operations of the office including organizing and maintaining correspondence and communication. Thomas will also plan and schedule meetings and appointments.
Thomas comes to the Lowcountry from Darton State College in Albany, GA where she worked as an administrative assistant in the Online Learning Division. She brings a wide array of talents to the company from various jobs she has held including working with the United Way of Marion County and as the Community Relations Manager with Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Jacksonville, NC. Currently, she is finishing her Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership at Valdosta State University and will graduate in December. Originally from Illinois, Thomas’ husband has served as a Marine for the past 12 years. His job brought the couple to the area in June and she is thrilled with Lowcountry life.


 
Gene Duffy is the new Senior Accounts Director, Commercial Division Supervisor at Covert Aire.
 
Excited to join the Covert Aire team, Duffy brings over 30 years of experience in the Commercial HVAC business working in the greater Boston area and New England.
 
Originally from Burlington, MA, he moved from Salem, NH where he lived for 28 years. Duffy relocated to Bluffton in June with his wife, Janet. He enjoys restoring and racing Vintage motorcycles.
 
“We are thrilled to have added to accomplished professionals to the Covert Aire team,” says Mike Covert, President of Covert Aire. “Both Melanie and Gene bring unique talents and expertise that will benefit our company and our customers.”
 
About Covert Aire™
Covert Aire™ is a family run business based in Bluffton, SC, and serves the SC Lowcountry and Midlands, the Sea Islands to the Sandhills of GA, and parts of northern Florida. Covert Aire provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning products and services for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, healthcare, and retail. Our staff is Nationally Certified by organizations such as NATE, EPA, NIULPE, ACCA, ASHRAE and other certifying organizations.


NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Tracy Vreeland or Jamie Wilburn, LHWH PR
(843) 448-1123 or tvreeland@lhwh.com

MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND CELEBRATES FORTY YEARS SERVING BROKERS, BUYERS AND SELLERS

Premier Real Estate Service Stayed Ahead Of Technology, Even Before the Days Of High-Speed Computers


July 28, 2016, Hilton Head Island, S.C. — Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island (HHIMLS) is celebrating 40 years of serving the real estate industry on Hilton Head Island and surrounding areas. Always at the forefront of changing technologies designed to help its members be more effective, the HHIMLS was chartered in May 1976. HHIMLS now facilitates $3 billion in real estate transactions annually.

HHIMLS is primarily a data resource that provides its members with real-time statistics, inventory information and trends. An independent MLS, it is not affiliated with any association and thus has a larger responsibility than 80 percent of the MLSs around the U.S. that are organized under a realtors association. HHIMLS conducts member recruiting, provides training for members, and oversees a fully web-based core database, as well as a variety of other services agents need to be successful. 

“Throughout the decades, HHIMLS has utilized the latest technologies to help its members  be competitive, and that forward-looking approach continues through today,” said Yvette Acuff, chief executive officer. “We first went online in 1979 when computers in the workplace were relatively new. MLS installed an IBM Series I with phone lines to connect to TI Terminals in brokerage offices to search the MLS database. From that date on, we've worked to provide our members with the latest technologies.” 

After being recruited to test a laser disk listing system that was cutting-edge in the mid-1980s, HHIMLS was able to offer its members the capability to display color pictures of home interiors on a TV screen, allowing prospective buyers to get a feel for each home without having to travel to Hilton Head Island. With the arrival of the internet, HHIMLS was at the forefront of providing that new tool to its members. 

Today, HHIMLS advanced systems match home buyers and sellers with agents, show buyers available properties, calculate the value of homes, and provide information about the area all on hiltonheadmls.com. Members have access to a web-based lock box system that includes E-Keys for Smartphones, a “Virtual Tour Creator” for agents to put up video tours of homes on the MLS site, and the latest marketing features like a social media dashboard. HHIMLS agents can connect with other MLSs, learn how to use the latest real estate technology effectively, and have access to the most popular listing sites.

The very latest technology for consumers includes a new app that allows a potential buyer to take a picture of his surroundings.  The app will respond with what is for sale, rent, or where there is an open house nearby.

In addition to Acuff who has been with the MLS since it began, Colette Stevenson serves as chief operating officer, managing more than 20 real estate data services that are provided to real estate agents. Stevenson also oversees all HHIMLS departments, including customer support and sales, compliance, rules and regulations, data services, software engineering information technology, security, and project and product management.

During her tenure with HHIMLS, Stevenson has streamlined operations and reduced annual recurring expenses. She has also successfully launched new initiatives, including GPS-based mobile solutions, mobile property access, data standardization, statistics upgrades, security authentication software, a paperless administration and transaction system, and a virtual product store.  
 
Throughout its four decades of business, HHIMLS has also utilized its position as a leader in local business to reach out beyond the housing market and help its community. The organization is involved with Operation Christmas Child; Adopt-a-Family; March of Dimes; Hilton Head Heroes, which brings terminally ill children and their families on a Hilton Head vacation; and Deep Well, an organization that helps those in need on Hilton Head Island.

About Hilton Head Island Multiple Listing Service

MLS of Hilton Head Island is a premier multiple listing service in South Carolina. It was established in 1976, headquartered on Hilton Head Island, and is rapidly expanding throughout the state. HHIMLS enables real estate professionals to conduct business using leading technology solutions and services. It is the listing platform facilitating more than $3 billion in annual real estate transactions. HHIMLS is vital to real estate professionals' and to consumers' success by maintaining the most dependable and powerful data in the marketplace, updated in real time. More information about HHIMLS is available at hiltonheadmls.com and (843) 785-9696. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2016

Media Contact: Neilie Dunn
Neilie S. Dunn Public Relations 
912.441.9812
ndunn@neiliedunnpr.com

Residential Contractor, Paparone & Rollins, Announces New Business in Bluffton 

Bluffton, S.C.—Paparone & Rollins, a residential contractor, recently announced the launch of their new business within the Low Country. Under the leadership of founders Mike Rollins and Bruce Paparone, the company strives to provide superior construction services while giving customers personal attention and service throughout the entire process, from plan development to completion of the project and beyond. 

Founder and President Mike Rollins recently worked with Richard Best Custom Homes where he specialized in building custom residential projects within the community of Palmetto Bluff. A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Mike received a bachelor of science in construction management and a minor in business management and real estate. Mike began working in the construction industry at the age of 15 and has also worked with regional builders Dabbs-Williams General Contractors and The Christman Company. With over 10 years of construction experience, he has had a direct hand in the successful delivery of over $115 million dollars of completed projects.  

Bruce Paparone has been involved in the construction industry for over 30 years. As part of a multi-generational family business, the Paparone family has built thousands of homes throughout the eastern United States. He has won many prestigious awards, including Builder of the Year and the Commitment to Excellence award.  

“We are committed to providing the absolute best customer experience from to start to finish,” said Rollins. “Our goal is to build lasting relationships with our clientele and professionals within our industry, ensuring a solid foundation and a successful relationship for all who are involved in the project.” 

Paparone & Rollins are currently working on several projects within the Bluffton community Hampton Hall. For more information about the company, see www.prhomes.biz


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Verizon Wireless, in their partnership with National Purchasing Partners, is offering some serious discounts this spring! $250 off any iPad with a two-year contract along with more discounts on smart phones! 

Offers good April 1, 2016-June 30, 2016


Attention HHA HBA Builder, Remodeler and Developer Members: The HBA of SC is accepting early bird entries for the 2016 Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Awards honor South Carolina's best in green building, custom home building, remodeling, sales & marketing, and subdivisions/communities. 

The early bird deadline for the 2016 Pinnacle Awards is Friday, May 6, 2016. Applications must be received by this time with supporting documents needed by the final application deadline on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 5 PM. 

Brighton Builders, LLC was the winner of a 2015 Pinnacle Award for New Home Construction. 

To learn more about the Pinnacle Awards, visit www.hbaofsc.com

Pinnacle Awards Application


Congratulations to the Court Atkins Group team on their recent expansion onto Hilton Head Island. Check out the CH2 press release from earlier this week to learn more about their plans!


New HHA HBA member Lisa Furey of Barefoot Interiors was featured in the San Francisco Globe for her Palmetto Bluff farmhouse conversion interior design project. Fellow HBA Members Court Atkins Architects, Inc. designed the space. We love to see the collaborative efforts of our members, especially in a national publication! Make sure to click through the picture to read more about the project. 


Congratulations to fellow HBA member Patrick Daniels of iHomeRegistry.com for the successful launch of his web application dedicated to "creating the perfect space." iHomeRegistry was also featured in the most recent edition of Charleston Style & Design. The publication can be found at Barnes and Noble but you can check out this blog post right now!


Atlantic Community Bank is happy to announce the opening of their new Hilton Head Island branch at 5 Park Lane on Hilton Head Island. ACB will be holding a grand opening party on May 3, 2016 from 5:30-7 PM and cordially invite any and all interested HBA Members to join them in celebrating their brand new HHI branch! RSVP to Ansley Goodman-agoodman@youracb.com.


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