Century 21 honors local-franchise associate; long-time agent joins emerging Charleston residential firm

Trina Woods

One of Century 21 Properties Plus’ veteran agents in the Charleston area earned a major prize from the company’s parent recently.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC honored broker associate Trina Woods with the Century 21 President’s Producer Award.

The trophy goes to Century 21 System sales affiliates — typically agents and brokers — that earn two other leading awards in the same calendar year.

Woods also won the Century 21 Centurian award, which goes to agents that tally a minimum of 65 closed deals within a calendar year, and the Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer award for receiving completed customer surveys for at least 30 percent of their transactions Jan. 1-Oct. 31 with an average survey score of at least 95 percent for two consecutive years.

“We are thrilled to recognize Trina’s work for this momentous achievement,” says Rick Davidson, president and chief executive, Century 21 Real Estate LLC.

“This is an outstanding honor since only a small percentage of affiliated agents in the United States received this award,” he says.

Tim Rash, broker-in-charge of Century 21 Properties Plus, recognizes the “outstanding sales production and commitment to quality service” that Woods brings to her position.

Go to www.century21properties.com.

Chris Kuhlman boasts two decades in the real estate field and is active in charitable circles. ERA Wilder Realty touted these attributes in welcoming her to the agency.

Kuhlman will be the newest member of the agency’s real estate sales pros serving the Charleston area.

“I look forward to working with clients personally and with our team of professionals to help them realize their dream,” she says.

Kuhlman counts a more than 20-year career in real estate, notably marketing and finding homes for qualified buyers. According to ERA Wilder Realty, she still finds the real estate industry to be “exciting.”

A New Jersey transplant, Kuhlman “understands the stress of selling and moving to a new area,” the agency says.

In addition to her real estate efforts, she serves her community by helping raise money for Move for Hunger, the Alzheimer’s Association, Multiple Sclerosis Association and local food pantries.

“I am excited to have Chris Kuhlman as part of the ERA Wilder Realty team, and with her 20-year experience, I am very confident that she will do great things for ERA Wilder Realty,” says Cynthia Hill, broker-in-charge.

Kuhlman can offer homebuyers and sellers a host of innovative products and services such as ERA Gold Star Property. Other perks include online marketing programs, listings distribution partners and related services such as mortgage, title and home warranty.

Founded 21 years ago, ERA Wilder Realty is one of the largest real estate companies serving South Carolina, it says. Visit www.erawilderrealty.com.

A sizable area commercial real estate company hired a new representative to specialize in properties for its Lowcountry center.

NAI Avant situated Shep Benjamin at its Charleston office’s brokerage group.

Before joining the company’s local office, Benjamin held a commercial brokerage position with Caldwell Commercial Real Estate. He also was vice president.

Benjamin catalogs more than 10 years experience in the commercial real estate industry, including “extensive knowledge regarding tenant representation and site selection,” NAI Avant says.

His background covers a wide scope of the real estate process, from site procurement and development through lease-up, the company says.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in real estate development from Clemson University.

In his new role, Benjamin will concentrate primarily on industrial leasing, sales and development, NAI Avant notes.

To reach Benjamin, call 843-518-5381 or email sbenjamin@naiavant.com.

NAI Avant champions its commercial real estate business as one of the largest in the Southeast with more than 65 professionals. The Columbia-headquartered company also has a Lowcountry office.

Visit www.naiavant.com.

Lee & Associates Charleston moves to expand its business of overseeing communities with the announcement of a new hire.

The company named Matt Gaylord as property manager. Lee & Associates, which lists itself as one of the largest broker-owned commercial brokerage firms in the nation, says the new representative will give the company six property managers for Lee-managed commercial buildings in the Lowcountry.

He brings to the team eight years of property management experience focusing on multifamily residential properties and on homeowners association and regime management. In his career, he’s managed apartments, condos, townhomes and multifamily buildings throughout the area. Gaylord “is no stranger to providing (top-notch) property management services,” Lee & Associates says.

Celebrating more than 36 years in commercial real estate, Lee & Associates tallies 800 brokers and posts 52 locations nationwide including in South Carolina, California, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

Go to www.lee-associates.com.

Certain real estate associates focus on assisting property owners looking to sell their homes. Count associate Herb Uthlaut of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors as a expert in that business.

He garnered the Seller Representative Specialist designation, which Coldwell Banker United calls the premier seller agency certification nationwide.

Real Estate Business Institute grants the designation as an official credential of the National Association of Realtors.

Uthlaut joins “an elite group” of North American real estate professionals earning the Seller Representative Specialist designation, according to Coldwell Banker United.

The designees all are required to complete a comprehensive course in seller representation, pass a comprehensive exam and subscribe to the Realtor Code of Ethics, the agency notes.

Uthlaut joined Coldwell Banker United, Realtors as a sales associate in Charleston in 2010. He works from the Centre Pointe office in North Charleston. He earned the Realtor of Distinction from Charleston Trident Association of Realtors in 2013 and 2015.

A Charleston resident for 38 years, Uthlaut is married with four children and seven grandchildren.

Seller Representative Specialist is a wholly owned division of the Real Estate Business Institute. Founded in 1968, the REBI stands as a not-for-profit affiliate of National Association of Realtors.

Call toll-free 800-621-8738, email info@rebinstitute.com or visit www.SRSCouncil.com.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.