•McCormick signs on with Charleston area agency•

His career is as varied as it is colorful — car dealer, mobile- and modular-home industry veteran and top-notch Realtor.

A 16-year Charleston area resident, Christopher McCormick has joined the Summerville Main Street office of Carolina One Real Estate.

“Christopher is a skillful salesperson and coupled with his magnetic personality and endless determination, I have every expectation that he will complement our already dynamic office,” says Christina Ellis, broker-in-charge.

McCormick was born in Sandusky, Ohio, which he affectionately calls “small town USA,” according to Carolina One. He has been a licensed Realtor in Ohio and South Carolina.

He resides in Summerville with wife Susie, a Dorchester District II math teacher. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.

In his free time, McCormick enjoys bass fishing and golf, the agency says.

Carolina One Real Estate handles more than 30 percent of the residential sales transactions in the Charleston area as of the end of 2012.

For more information, visit the company website at www.carolinaone.com.

•Earth Day event set for Indigo Park•

An environmental roundtable, informal tours through eco-friendly homes and electric vehicle test drives will headline a sea island “celebration” today.

The Earth Day goings-on will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Indigo Park, a new neighborhood at Kiawah.

Opening the event will be a panel discussion 11 a.m. to noon “about what we can all expect in 2013 and beyond concerning the environment,” organizers say. Panelists will talk about business reactions to green trends and what people can do “to enjoy life while preserving our natural resources for generations to come,” they note.

Introducing the speakers will be Candace Dyal, owner-president of Dyal Compass LLC real estate developer. Her properties such as Indigo Park have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Bryan Walsh, senior writer for Time magazine covering energy and the environment, will be the moderator.

Panelists are:

• Thomas Burton III, partner at Mintz-Levin LLC who founded and chairs the firm’s 205-client Energy & Clean Technology practice.

• Jack Thomasson, noted professional house planner who produces three HGTV programs including HGTV Dream House.

• Bill Tarr, principal partner and founder of San Francisco-based Aquillian Investments, which buys into companies that specialize in renewable energy.

• Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president, business development with Tesla Motors handling commercial relationships and governmental affairs.

After the discussion, visitors can walk through the three- and four- bedroom model Platinum LEED homes at Indigo Park. Each residence sports breathtaking marsh views of the Kiawah River, according to organizers. Also open for tours is 109 Flyway Drive — a Silver LEED oceanfront home.

Meanwhile, there will be a ribbon-cutting to break ground on the newest five-bedroom model at Indigo Park, home to HGTV Dream House 2013.

All day, visitors can take a Tesla S EV out for a spin. Interested motorists can reserve a time by e-mailing kmitchell@teslamotors.com. For information on the car, visit www.teslamotors.com.

To learn more about the Earth Day show, email Candace@dyalcompass.com or visit www.dyalcompass.com.

Mortgage division names loan officers for metro Charleston

Noted for its branch network from the Southeast to Texas and the Midwest, Regions Bank has expanded its home loan operations in metro Charleston.

A host of associates recently joined the bank’s Regions Mortgage operation and are providing financing at various locations in the Lowcountry.

The mortgage loan officers include the following:

• Ann Baker, who is at the company’s Meeting Street location, has 32 years experience in the business. The College of Charleston graduate previously was with Bank of America Home Loans.

• Mary Butler, stationed at the Mount Pleasant IOP Connector office, had been with Shelter Mortgage. She is a College of Charleston graduate with nine years experience in the field.

• Kathy Cribb, based out of North Charleston, has been in the business for 25 years. She was previously with Bank of America Home Loans.

• Jimmy King, situated in the Summerville Main Street office, attended Appalachian State University and has seven years experience in the mortgage business. He had been with Bank of America Home Loans.

• Rose Lawless, who is working from the Mount Pleasant location, has 25 years experience. She previously was with Bank of America Home Loans.

• Stephen Perry, a graduate of The Citadel, is set up in the Meeting Street office. Previously with Bank of America Home Loans, he has 10 years’ experience.

• Katherine Sauls, based in the Meeting Street locale, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has 10 years of experience and was previously with Bank of America Home Loans.

• Cameron Smith, working from the Mount Pleasant center, is a Clemson University graduate. He has four years experience and was previously with Bank of America Home Loans.

Regions Financial Corp., parent of the bank and mortgage companies, is a national leader in consumer and commercial banking, trust, securities brokerage, mortgage and insurance products and services with $121 billion in assets in 16 states.

For more information, contact Harry M. Smith, mortgage production manager at 843-937-4143 or harry.smith@regions.com.

•Local apartment group hosts ‘Maintenance Mania’ in North Charleston•

Think of the Olympics but with the “sports” consisting of installing faucets, retrofitting lamps and switching out old toilets for new ones.

The Charleston Apartment Association last week sponsored its local Maintenance Mania, where professionals took part in a friendly competition to handle fix-it type jobs with skill and speed.

According to the association, “property maintenance technicians are the backbone of the multifamily industry, keeping residents happy and communities running smoothly every day of the year.”

The National Apartment Association, in recognition, opened its seventh season of a countrywide maintenance competition called Maintenance Mania.

On April 11, the Charleston association hosted its competition, presented by the national organization and sponsor by HD Supply distributor of maintenance and renovation products.

The event was held at BELFOR Property Restoration, 7629 Southrail Road, in North Charleston.

Consisting of eight maintenance-focused challenges, 33 local competitors tested their skills and knowledge of the maintenance industry. Cheering them on were 100 Charleston association members.

Racing against the clock, the professionals competed to see who’s fastest at key control, faucet installation, icemaker installation, fire and carbon monoxide safety installation, toilet conversion, lamp and ballast retrofit and blinds installation.

The competition’s finale concluded with a race car competition: participants built a model car using at least one maintenance product or part, then raced it down a Pinewood Derby-style track.

“Maintenance professionals are vital to the success of apartment communities,” organizers say.

“Maintenance Mania provides the opportunity to spotlight these talented individuals in friendly competition. For 2013 we’re thrilled to have an all-time record of 33 maintenance professionals competing and approximately 100 CAA members in attendance to show our support,” says Wendy Tucker, president of the Charleston Apartment Association.

For more information, visit www.CharlestonApartmentAssociation.com.

•Agent takes in Leading Real Estate Cos. conference•

Theresa Roe Evans of Charleston was one of the hundreds of Realtors who took part in a worldwide real estate network’s global conference recently.

The Carolina One Real Estate agent, who works from the company’s 49 Broad St. office, is an Accredited Buyers Representative, a Certified Relocation Professional and is e-Pro certified as an online specialist.

More than 500 “market leading” real estate firms, including Carolina One, make up the Leading Real Estate Cos. of the World. The network held its LeadingRE Conference Week at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The seven-day convention drew nearly 2,000 top real estate professionals from 17 countries.

According to backers, the conference gave brokers, managers and relocation and business development professionals the chance to explore trends and issues impacting real estate worldwide.

“The attendance roster for our Annual Conference reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of real estate,” says Pam O’Connor, president and chief executive of LeadingRE.

“Seeing these market-leading professionals come together to learn from one another and from a talented array of speakers was incredibly powerful,” she says.

Keynote speakers included Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist and author Dave Barry, and author of the international bestseller The Happiness Advantage Shawn Achor.

Carolina One is the Charleston area representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, which produces more than $234 billion in annual home sales.

For more information, visit www.carolinaonerealestate.com or call 843-577-0001.

•Inspectors to focus on deck safety in May•

As head of a national trade group, Ravenel-based home inspector Bill Jacques is urging homeowners to hire professionals to check their decks.

Jacques, of American Inspection Service Inc., is the 2013 president of the American Society of Home Inspectors, The organization has more than 5,000 members in the U.S. and Canada.

Jacques says that decks are ideal places for get-togethers so that people can enjoy the temperate weather. But an unsafe deck can cause serious injuries.

The biggest concern is deck collapse and railing failures, he says. Typical reasons for a deck collapsing or failing are old age, poor maintenance, improper building methods or exceeding load capacity, according to Jacques.

Between 2000 and 2009, at least 40 deaths were reported as a direct result of deck collapses, according to the group. More than 75 percent of people on a deck when it collapses are injured or killed, the organization says.

With 40 million decks in the United States that are more than 20 years old, it’s important for homeowners to check their deck. Older decks in particular need to be scrutinized, the ASHI president says.

“Many were built before code requirements were in place to protect consumers. Some of these decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails. Others have become weakened through the years (as a result of) rusty nails or joists hangers.

“Old lumber weathered by the outside elements may be in danger of having a serious problem for the homeowners and the owners don’t realize how close to collapse they may be,” Jacques says.

The Ravenel inspector says deck failures can be avoided as long as consumers know to choose a professional deck contractor, keep the deck maintained and inspected and realize the limits of the deck structure.

The North American Deck and Railing Association has teamed with the home inspectors society so that inspectors can use a form put together by the association to make sure every part of the deck is reviewed.

Key areas are ledger connections, posts and footings, post-to-beam connections, joists and joist connections, stairs, deck boards, handrail assemblies and guards.

“The checklist provides homeowners with guidelines for what areas need to be repaired and they or the contractor can show this report to a dealer to get the materials needed to restore its condition,” according to ASHI.

The group also supplies a separate “consumer checklist” that lists key signs that the homeowner’s deck needs attention. They include split or decaying wood, loose or corroded fasteners, lighting and electrical problems and surrounding trees.

The decking association has an online list of knowledgeable deck builders. To see it, visit www.nadra.org.

For more on deck inspections and safety contact Jacques by email at billaischas@aol.com or at 843-693-6912.

•Palmetto Builders Show to encourage links with all types of contractors•

In the best of times, home professionals work together and talk to each other. That’s what the 2013 Palmetto Builder’s Show wants to showcase.

Open to designers and related contractors, the show is April 26-27 at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

James Hardie Building Products is presenting the two-day event, coordinated by the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association.

According to organizers, the show is designed to bring the industry back to its roots — creating a working environment between builders, remodelers, architects, engineers, vendors, suppliers and manufacturers.

Hours are 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Saturday.

Registration is $50 per National Association of Home Builders company or $150 for non-member companies. The fee permits each company to register up to five people to attend the show, party and educational classes.

Builders, remodelers, architects and engineers are invited. As of this week, 48 vendors have signed up.

Meanwhile, booths will be sold to exhibitors who market directly to those four groups.

“We believe that the future of the industry lies in vendors’ ability to connect with each other,” organizers say.

For more information, e-mail CTHBA executive vice president Phillip Ford at pford@charlestonhomebuilders.org or call 843-572-1414.