Real Estate News — Tolley joins brokerage from marketing positions; Carolina One touts agents in East Cooper and Summerville
•MarshallWalker brings on new operations manager•
From the RiverDogs to retailing, Kristi Tolley has tallied scores of experience as a marketing director.
Now, she’s undertaking a new role, as the operations manager at The MarshallWalker.com Group real estate firm headquartered in downtown Charleston.
Tolley’s posts before joining MarshallWalker.com included marketing manager for Bayer Properties LLC at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre shopping plaza and assistant marketing director for CBL Properties & Associates LLC at Citadel and Northwoods malls.
She also was the promotions coordinator for the Charleston RiverDogs minor league baseball team.
The MarshallWalker.com Group is a full service real estate agency assisting homebuyers, sellers and investors in metro Charleston.
For further information, visit www.marshallwalker.com or call 843-225-7007.
•Trio join large Charleston real estate brokerage•
Home building, online business and education are backgrounds of three agents who signed on with Carolina One Real Estate in East Cooper.
Eddie Pate and Cheryl Boyle have settled on the Mount Pleasant U.S. Highway 17 North office, while Tami Jean Zerbst has chosen the relocated Isle of Palms office.
Pate has built up an extensive history in the residential market dating to 1986. He has been employed with four of the largest homebuilders in the industry: Ryland Homes, Centex Corp., D.R. Horton and, most recently, Beazer Homes. Pate has worked out of Charleston and Columbia.
He’s held a variety of top management positions from division president and operations manager to vice president of sales and marketing, according to Carolina One.
The North Carolina native graduated from East Carolina University and received his Master’s in Business Administration from The Citadel.
The Charleston Home Builders Association named Pate sales manager of the year, and he has earned a host of Prism Awards from the association for excellence in real estate sales and marketing.
Pate is married with two children and spends his free time boating and jogging, according to Carolina One.
Boyle, meanwhile, is new to the real estate field. She is a recent cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston where she majored in economics.
Relocating to Charleston from Detroit, Boyle is the owner of an Internet business enterprise and also managed an Estee Lauder cosmetic business. She is married with four children and enjoys dancing and reading, according to Carolina One.
Zerbst, a Realtor since 2007, is an Accredited Buyers Representative and is certified as an REO (Real Estate Owned) foreclosure and short sales specialist.
A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Zerbst graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
She is married with two children. In addition to real estate, she is a certified personal trainer and spin instructor.
Carolina One Real Estate says it is the leading residential services firm in the metro Charleston market, handling more than 30 percent of home sales transactions as of March 31.
Along with a mortgage division, the company sports 11 real estate offices and departments specializing in relocation, new homes, insurance, commercial real estate, property management, resort rentals and title services.
For more information, visit the Carolina One website at www.carolinaone.com.
•Ex-Disney exec to help plan Palmetto Bluff near Hilton Head Island•
The new development chief of a large Beaufort County residential village on the May River cut his teeth on resort projects in the Orlando, Fla., area.
Crescent Communities, the Charlotte-based developer of Palmetto Bluff, says it has tapped David Muenks as senior development manager. Muenks, formerly with Disney Imagineering/Disney Development Co., will lead planning for Crescent’s signature community.
“David brings to Palmetto Bluff a solid track record of leading world class development programs,” says Andy Carmody, president of Crescent Communities residential group. “His experience spans resort development and operations as well as residential community building, which will be invaluable as we look to future development at Palmetto Bluff.”
Muenks spent 15 years with Walt Disney Imagineering, the design and development arm of The Walt Disney Co., according to Crescent Communities real estate investment company.
As director of resorts, facilities and infrastructure development, Muenks headed up design and construction of various projects for the Walt Disney World Resort and The Celebration Co. in Orlando.
“Leading development programs at Palmetto Bluff is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, similar to many of the programs we managed for Walt Disney World and Celebration,” Muenks says. “Crescent has assembled a team for Palmetto Bluff that has the expertise and the commitment to assure that we continue a thoughtful approach to sustainable development for this historic property.”
According to Jay Page, Crescent Communities senior vice president, “David’s career includes substantial experience in successfully leading complex development programs within sensitive environments, requiring effective collaboration among various teams.”
The senior development manager’s background in “amenity-focused design and authentic guest experiences” will complement the talented Palmetto Bluff operations and marketing team headed by Gerritt Albert as general manager, Page says.
Muenks joins Crescent from Fetterhoff Co., a professional consulting firm. While there, he directed program and project management support services for Walt Disney Imagineering’s new Shanghai Disney Resort. The retail, dining and entertainment district is under development in China.
Founded 44 years ago, Crescent Communities is involved in developing “sustainable multifamily, residential and commercial communities and responsible land management.” Its portfolio boasts 27 master-planned communities, including Palmetto Bluff, and 18 multifamily communities with 5,300 units under construction or in the planning or pre-development stages.
The company also owns and manages 72,000 acres of land, about 2 percent of which is zoned for commercial use.
•Seven new agents sign on with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors•
One of the larger real estate groups in the Charleston area has brought on a slew of Realtors with job experience from New England to the Caribbean.
The seven agents joined Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in its centers spread about metro Charleston.
They include three professionals in the Goose Creek office and four in Mount Pleasant. The Goose Creek agents are:
• Cathy Brady. Born in Charleston, Brady grew up in Massachusetts and worked there as a Realtor.
She launched her career a dozen years ago teaming with her husband, a residential real estate developer.
She made a number of trips to the Charleston area to visit her son attending The Citadel and “fell in love with the lifestyle and places of the Lowcountry,” according to Coldwell Banker. She now calls Charleston home.
Brady is also a volunteer for the Carolina Lowcountry chapter of the American Red Cross.
According to Coldwell Banker, the agent relies on Realtor experience, effective negotiating skills and close attention to detail to help her reach her goal of providing real estate service that exceeds expectations. Contact her at 843-789-0775 or www.CathyBradySellsCharleston.com.
• Jessica Amormino. The energetic agent sports double bachelor’s degrees from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich., in journalism and communications studies.
Growing up in southeast Michigan, Amormino met her husband while on scholarship at a community college. Through their courtship and marriage, she “has been a proud military spouse supporting her husband through four deployments overseas,” according Coldwell Banker.
Amormino say she understands the military lifestyle and is looking forward to serving fellow families. She lives in Cane Bay Plantation in Berkeley County and says she wants to show home shoppers how they too, can live in an “everything included community.”
According to Coldwell Banker, she has the “heart and determination to focus and work hard. Your sale is her labor of love.”
For more, call Amormino at 843-266-0860 or visit www.CharlestonPropertiesWithJessica.com.
• Sylvia Pittman. Born in Georgia, Pittman has put down roots worldwide. But she’s “all GRITS (Girls Raised in the South),” Coldwell Banker notes.
Pittman obtained her real estate license in the U.S. Virgin Islands and worked in sales and management for many years.
“Meeting people and their needs for a home is hard work, but I enjoy it,” Pittman says. “Creating lasting relationships has always been my plan for success.”
Pittman, who considers herself a “Southerner” for a lifetime, believes relaxation is easily maintained on a regular basis in the South.
According to Coldwell Banker, she says that living in greater Charleston “means you are always only a few blocks from a good place in the sun or shade.”
She resides in Charleston and enjoys showing off the region. She believes people’s real estate experience should be a pleasurable one, adding that her “tenacious personality” has helped buyers and sellers alike in Georgia and Alabama where she used to live, according to Coldwell Banker.
Pittman is at 706-464-2388 or www.SylviaPittmanSellsCharleston.com.
Separately, the Mount Pleasant agents are:
• Don Niekamp. He and his wife moved from Illinois and have lived various places in 25 years in the information technology business. Niekamp has been involved with IT and interior design.
The Realtor and his wife operated an interior design business in the Tampa, Fla., area. The design venture “added to his passion for real estate and helping others, hence the career change to the real estate industry,” according to Coldwell Banker.
He is available at 843-952-3001 or online at www.DonNiekamp.com.
• Shelley Hopkins. According to Coldwell Banker, she and her husband have lived in North Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia and now the Charleston area.
She graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in biology and was most recently a Spanish literature and linguistics student at West Virginia University.
Hopkins says she is looking forward to working with clients and helping them to make “their home ownership dreams come true,” according to Coldwell Banker.
When her family moved to Charleston, she “fell in love’ with the area and spent countless hours exploring the neighborhoods, beaches and parks, the real estate company points out. She has also delved into the natural and human history of the Lowcountry. Hopkins further enjoys speaking and reading Spanish. She is looking forward to using her Spanish skills in real estate and is eager to share this expertise, according to Coldwell Banker.
Hopkins can be reached at 843-749-3506 or on her website at www.ShelleyHouseHunters.com.
• Beth Lo. An experienced agent, Lo has been a Realtor in the Lowcountry for the past 12 years. Her specialty has been new home sales.
Lo’s “passion is helping others in every way possible,” according to Coldwell Banker. That includes teaming with house shoppers to find their dream homes.
According to the real estate firm. Lo likes to say, “We live in paradise.”
She and her husband reside in Charleston with their “busy” 4-year-old son and a dachshund.
Lo is at 843-813-0319 or online at www.cbunited.com/BethLo.
• Brian Parsons. A Lowcountry resident for more than 10 years, Parsons is an avid runner and enjoys football and golf, according to Coldwell Banker.
“He is excited to partner with one of the top offices and continue to grow both personally and professionally,” the brokerage says.
Parsons enjoys working with clients — whether experienced or first-time homebuyers — to find the right home. He has two boys “who keep him on his toes constantly,” according to Coldwell Banker.
He can be reached at 843-518-7324 or his website at www.cbunited.com/brianparsons.
•Former Marine joins Charleston area real estate firm•
Codey Nicodemus Stipkala’s first career took her to Okinawa, Japan; Quantico, Va.; and Beaufort. She was in the Marine Corps.
To be precise, Marine Capt. Stipkala spent more than four years specializing in project management and communications.
Just recently, she got involved in a new profession: real estate. She joined the Summerville Trolley Road office of Carolina One Real Estate.
“Codey is dedicated, ambitious, personable and eager to succeed in real estate. We are delighted to have her as a member of the Summerville-Trolley team,” says Brenda Jaicks, broker-in-charge.
Born in Wyoming, Stipkala graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University with a degree in international community development. She is working on a master’s degree in business and has achieved Lean Six Sigma Green Belt status in business performance improvement. according to Carolina One.
She is married to Jeremy Stipkala, a patent attorney. Her hobbies emphasize the outdoors including traveling, sailing and rock climbing, Carolina One points out.
For more information, visit the company website at www.carolinaone.com.