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  • Monday, March 3, 2014

McNair Law Firm is pleased to announce that David Santos has joined its Charleston office as an associate. For more than seven years, David has assisted clients in various aspects of real estate transactions, both commercial and residential. His practice focuses on acquisitions and sales, financing, contracts and real property title disputes.

A Charleston native, David has represented individual clients and entities in the closing of real estate sales and acquisitions, as well as loan transactions for properties throughout South Carolina but primarily in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. He has also drafted and negotiated contracts, easements and closing documents for numerous transactions, including a $20 million land acquisition.

“We are pleased to add David to our experienced real estate practice,” said Jennifer Blumenthal, managing shareholder of McNair's Charleston unit. “His experience in the industry will further augment our commitment to client service in Charleston and beyond.”

David is actively involved in a number of civic and professional associations and programs, including the Charleston County and South Carolina Bar Associations, the Hibernian Society of Charleston and the Carolina Youth Development Center, where he serves as Vice Chair of its Board of Directors. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and his Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

McNair Law Firm, P.A. is a full-service law firm serving businesses, government and individuals from 10 offices in the Southeast, including eight in South Carolina, one in North Carolina and one in Kentucky. For more information about David Santos and McNair, visit McNair.net.

Carolina One

At a recent meeting of the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) in Charleston, Carolina One agents Maria Woodul and Bobette Fisher were honored by being elected to state leadership positions.

The Council of Residential Specialists is an international network of real estate professionals committed to achieving success by assisting their clients with a worry-free home sale or purchase. CRS provides rigorous education and training along with providing the tools and resources realtors need to guide buyers and sellers through the complicated residential sales process.

Woodul, CRS, ABR, and a realtor for 11 years, was elected treasurer of the organization. Fisher, CRS, GRI and SFR, and also an 11 year real estate veteran, was elected to continue her duties as Immediate Past President. Both Woodul and Fisher work from Carolina One Real Estate's Mount Pleasant office at 3040 Highway 17 North.

Executive Chef Frank Lee finalist for Sustainer Southeast

Frank Lee, Executive Chef of Slightly North of Broad and Old Village Post House, has been selected as a finalist for Sustainer Southeast, a 2013 Chefs Collaborative Sustainability Award. This award will recognize a chef in the Southeast who has been both a great mentor and is a model to the culinary community through his/her purchases of seasonal, sustainable ingredients and the transformation of these ingredients into delicious food.

Known as a guiding force in the Lowcountry's culinary renaissance, Lee has mentored dozens of young chefs. He also helps grow the businesses of local farmers and craftspeople and spreads the gospel of sustainability. Under his direction, Maverick Southern Kitchens chefs are encouraged to source as much produce and meat from regional growers as possible and all practice the fine art of conservation, using every possible ingredient to its fullest potential.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, during the Sustainable Food Summit in Charleston, S.C., Chefs Collaborative will announce the recipient of the award. Chefs Collaborative works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply. Visit ChefsCollaborative.org for more information.

Maverick Southern Kitchens is a passionate band of chefs, food lovers, wine enthusiasts, agrarians, seafood fanatics, hosts and servers dedicated to sharing distinctive, unforgettable culinary experiences that celebrate Southern culture. The Maverick Southern Kitchen family includes Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton (Charleston, Greenville), Old Village Post House and Charleston Cooks! (Charleston, Greenville, Columbia). Visit MaverickSouthernKitchens.com to learn more.

Scout Boats, Inc. awards dealers at annual dealer meeting

Scout Boats, Inc. recently celebrated its 2014 Model Year Dealer Meeting, held Sept. 26 and 27, 2013, in Charleston, S.C. During the meeting, the company awarded its top dealers and sales professionals from around the world based on sales figures from the previous year. Fort Lauderdale-based Seven Seas Yacht Sales took home top sales honors as well as Dealer of the Year honors for 2013.


2013 Top Sales Award Winners:

Eddie Culpepper Seven Seas Yacht Sales – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (No. 1 Sales Person)

Ted Jones Marine Max- Stuart, Fla.

David Wolfe Beach Marine- Jacksonville, Fla.

Mark Payne Payne Marine - Point Au Baril, Ontario, Canada

Brian Luby Beacon Point Marine – Cos Cob, Conn.


2013 Top Dealer Award Winners:

Seven Seas Yacht Sales Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Dealer of the Year)

Legendary Marine Destin, Fla.

Hall Marine Group Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Boats Unlimited NC Wilmington, N.C.

South Shore Marine Huron, Ohio

Beach Marine Jacksonville, Fla. (Top New Dealer)

Max Marine Cancun, Mexico (Top International Dealer)

Marine Max Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, New Jersey (Top Multisite Dealer)


Scout builds sportfishing, fish 'n ski, walk around, flats and bay boat models ranging from 15 to 35 feet. Since its founding two decades ago, Scout Boats' goal has been to manufacture the best-built boats in its distinctive sportfishing niches. Each Scout hull is a true original, as the in-house research and design team works closely with engineering to take concepts from blueprint to production more efficiently, growing the company's world-class reputation for quality, strength, durability and value.

For more information on Scout, visit ScoutBoats.com or contact Mark Jerkins at Shane Harvey Brand Management at mark@shaneharveybranding.com or call 407-566-2667.



Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center website receives National Association of Development Organizations 2013 Innovation Award


The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, located in North Charleston, S.C. accepted a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation on behalf of the Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center (CRCC).

The CRCC's free online data resource is available through the collaboration of four local organizations: the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, and the Trident Workforce Investment Board. The portal (CharlestonRegionalData.com) is designed to provide up-to-date economic and workforce information on the Charleston region, which consists of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in South Carolina.

“The Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center is a collaborative effort that we are proud to be part of,” said Ron Mitchum, BCDCOG Executive Director. “The website provides citizens with the tools and information on business and community demographic information and is innovative and creative. We are honored to have received such an award.”

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery and comprehensive strategies. The association's Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation's regions and local communities. Award winners were showcased during NADO's 2013 Annual Training Conference, held Aug. 24-27 in San Francisco, Calif.

“For nearly 30 years, NADO's Innovation Award has provided regional development organizations the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to promoting economic development in rural and small metropolitan communities across the country,” said NADO President John Leonard, Executive Director of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission in Valdosta, Ga. Building on the unique strengths and challenges of each region and community, award recipients continue to promote sustainable economic growth not only now, but for many years to come. And I am pleased to announce that this year over 100 regional development organizations were selected to receive NADO's 2013 Innovation Award.”

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