Two Years and Running: Consultant to Receive Broker of the Year

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Colin Smoak is the second principal at McLaughlin Smoke & Clarke Benefits to be nominated for the Broker of the Year award by Benefits Selling magazine. His partner, Trey McLaughlin, was a finalist in 2013. This year marks the first time two brokers from the same agency have been named finalists, and in consecutive years.

The consultants of the Mount Pleasant-based firm believe the way they do business is the reason for the back-to-back nominations.

“Instead of a ‘build it and they will come’ strategy, we have always included our clients in our agency development, construction and implementation,” Smoak said. “This partnership has resulted in a very unique value proposition that has been instrumental to our success.”

McLaughlin added, “Colin and I are honored to have been nominated for this award two years in a row. We partner with our team and our clients to create innovative business solutions, which are critical in today’s evolving world of benefits.”

McLaughlin Smoak & Clarke Benefits has more than 90 corporate clients up and down the East Coast. Investing in their people and clients has been the foundation of the agency and enabled growth every year since its founding. The firm is set to open a new office in Savannah, Georgia this month.



Bank Mortgage Growth

Ameris Bank Mortgage Services has welcomed Jason Fralix, Joseph King, David Krahn, and Tracey DeLong to the Ameris Bank team. As Mortgage Sales Manager, Jason Fralix will be responsible for growing Ameris Bank’s Mortgage Services in the Charleston Market. King, Krahn and DeLong will assist Fralix as Mortgage Bankers in the Charleston area.

Fralix, a Charleston native and graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business Administration, brings with him over 10 years of experience in the Mortgage Industry.

Prior to joining Ameris Bank Mortgage Services, King served as the Financial Center Leader for BB&T and Krahn brings over 15 years of experience in the Mortgage Industry, having served as the President for the South Carolina Mortgage Bankers Association.

DeLong serves as the Area Director for the Charleston Region, Business Networking International and is a current member of Kids Chance of South Carolina.

Ameris Bank is headquartered in Moultrie, Georgia, and has locations in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. The parent company, Ameris Bancorp is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol ABCB. For more information about Ameris Bank, visit www.amerisbank.com.


Knowledge Economist

The Knowledge Economist Award, presented by the SCRA, was awarded to Detyens Shipyards, Inc. owner and Chairman Loy Stewart during a joint DIG NATION and SCRA Technology Ventures networking event.

The SCRA presents the award to leaders whose efforts have advanced and strengthened the technology-based economy of South Carolina. It recognizes individuals who have devoted a large part of their lives to building the SC technology community for the public good.

In his role at Detyens Shipyards, Stewart, a native South Carolinian, has led the company to continued growth and actively engaged in the local community through support of emerging businesses.

“Mr. Stewart has been a tremendous leader and supporter of the Knowledge Economy in South Carolina and a steady, positive influence to so many individuals in this community,” said SCRA Technology Ventures Zone Manager Derek Willis. “We are delighted to recognize Mr. Stewart for his dedication and contributions to South Carolina.”

The SCRA aims to support commercialization and growth.

For more information about SCRA, visit http://www.scra.org.


Operating Officer

Dr. Cleangreen, the Charleston-based resource for the well-being and organic personal care products, has announced the selection of Jennifer Byrne as Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Byrne joins the company after three years as the PM for the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness, a childhood obesity prevention initiative based at MUSC.

As COO, she will provide oversight for the geographic and product line expansion of the company.

Byrne has provided technical direction and oversight to HIV/AIDS and safe water/hygiene country programs in both Africa and South America while working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Washington and CARE USA.

She can be reached at (843) 743-1814 and jennifer@drcleangreen.com.


CENTURY 21 gets a Plus

CENTURY 21 Properties Plus has welcomed Cory Dueger to its Mt. Pleasant Office. Dueger has 10 years of experience in the field that he is bringing to his new company

“We are so pleased to announce that Cory will be joining our team,” said Tim Rash, BIC of CENTURY 21 Properties Plus. “We believe his experience will greatly enhance the services we provide to our customers in the Charleston area.”

Dueger, a College of Charelston alumni, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications.

“I am very excited to extend my real estate experience to the powerful Century 21 Properties Plus team” stated Dueger.

As local market experts, CENTURY 21 Properties Plus sales professionals are uniquely qualified to help consumers navigate the opportunities that exist in the local real estate market and provide current sellers with an excellent opportunity to gain additional exposure for their properties.

The company can be reached at (843)856-0021.

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