Major agency brings on DeMarco, Millar in separate island offices


Associates with backgrounds in contract work and education recently chose to further their real estate careers with Carolina One Real Estate.

The Realtors are Cheryl DeMarco, who will be based in the company's Carolina One office on the Isle of Palms; and Melanie Millar, who will represent a new locale on Maybank Highway in Johns Island.

A Lowell, Massachusetts, native, DeMarco is a newcomer to Charleston although she and her family have vacationed in the Lowcountry for years, according to the real estate firm.

She's a veteran Realtor with more than six years experience, including a successful stint with Redfin Corp. in New Hampshire. She also handled contracts for the Department of Defense at Hanscom Air Force Base and human resources and benefits for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

DeMarco graduated from Hesser College in Nashua, New Hampshire, with a degree in business administration and received a Master's of Business Administration from Rivier University in Nashua. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband Jay and their two sons Pat and Chris. The family likes to enjoys travel and spend time at the beach.

New to real estate, Millar is a Lakeland, Florida, native who's lived in the Charleston area for the past 38 years. She attended the University of South Carolina and graduated from Charleston Southern Universit with a degree in business administration. She earned a master's degree in secondary education from Francis Marion University in Florence.

Millar spent 32 years as a high school teacher of American Government, Economics and U.S. and World History. She also coached varsity volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and junior varsity basketball, Carolina One notes. She serves on the James Island Charter School board of directors and lives on James Island.

She's married with six children and a grandchild. Millar's hobbies include travelling, water sports and spending time with her family on Edisto Beach.

Carolina One Real Estate Services started up 54 years ago and today counts a full-service mortgage division, 12 retail offices and departments specializing in commercial real estate, property and casualty insurance, new homes construction, company relocation, residential property management, beach and vacation rentals, title services and property maintenance. Go to the company's newly redesigned website at

Associates join Carolina One in new offices


A major Charleston area real estate company lined up agents for two of its new local offices.

They are Derek Hayes, who joined the Cane Bay/Nexton locale to build on his six years of success as a local Realtor, and Jack Lawson, who will be joining the Johns Island office who was an accounts receivables manager and entered the business in the past year.

Hayes transferred his real estate license to Carolina One’s newest office at 1909 State Road, which is also U.S. Highway 176 in Summerville. Hayes, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, started in the real estate business in 2012.

The Realtor has racked up a number of real estate career designations including Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Relocation Professional and Certified New Home Specialist. He's also involved in earning an associate's in Business Degree at the University of Phoenix.

Also, Hayes grabbed Realtor of Distinction honors from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Hayes counts five years as a volunteer with the Goose Creek Lions Club, raising funds to assist the blind and hearing impaired. He has one daughter and enjoys golf, cooking, biking and shooting pool. Reach him at 843-737-1543 or email at

A Walterboro native, Lawson possesses a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the Colorado Institute of Technology. Lawson spent two years as a regional accounts manager for a home furniture company, aiding in the maintenance of the franchise dealer's accounts receivables and was responsible for collecting $20 million worth of  payments.

Lawson will be situated at 3419 Maybank Highway on Johns Island. He lives on Johns Island and has one daughter, Camo. He enjoys hunting, fishing and farming. Reached Lawson at or 843-908-3074.

Carolina One Real Estate Services, launched in the mid 1960s, commands 12 retail locales, a full-service mortgage division and departments tied to beach and vacation rentals, commercial real estate, company relocation, new homes construction, property and casualty insurance, property maintenance, residential property management and title services.


CCIM designation goes to Bell


An established Carolina One Real Estate area agent and broker earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member title last month, which the agency says belongs to less than 6 percent of specialists in business deals and less than 1 percent of all real estate pros.

Patrick Bell, associate in the company's downtown Broad Street office, garnered the top-notch designation during the CCIM Institute's Midyear Business Meeting on April 11 in Tampa, Florida.

Agents are awarded the designation after completing an advanced lineup of analytical studies and presenting a portfolio of industry experience. The curriculum examines four types of analyses: financial, markets, user decision and investment. They are considered the cornerstones of commercial investment.

According to Carolina One, the certified commercial investment members are "recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis."

The Realtor and broker is team leader for Patrick Bell & Associates at Carolina One. He's active in the community, serving as the 2017 chair of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors's legislative committee. He's also a member of the South Carolina Association of Realtors and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Affordable Housing Taskforce.

Carolina One Real Estate Services includes commercial real estate, property and casualty insurance, new home construction, company relocation, residential property management, beach and vacation rentals, title services and property maintenance departments, a dozen residential agent offices and a mortgage division.

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Coldwell Banker Caine brings on new agent in Greenville


Bringing background in human resources and account management, Zeke Lollis launches his career as Realtor in the Upstate office of a large realty.

Coldwell Banker Caine recently welcomed him as a residential sales agent in its Greenville office. Lollis enjoys working with people and "looks forward to helping clients and building friendships," the company notes.

He loves spending time with his wife, two daughters and two French bulldogs, Coldwell Banker Caine says. The family is actively involved in their church, First Presbyterian in Greenville. Lollis enjoys football and professional basketball as well as attending a show or concert at the Peace Center.

"We are excited to welcome Zeke on board," says Stephen Edgerton, president and chief executive of Coldwell Banker Caine. "His people skills and eager spirit will add value to our team."

Coldwell Banker Caine focuses on real estate in the Upstate, providing residential and commercial services across Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee and Pickens counties. The family owned and operated company dates back 85 years.


Matthews signs up with realty's Spartanburg office


Greenville-based Coldwell Banker Caine has named a new associate who channeled real estate skills in nearby Southeastern states.

Kristi Matthews is a residential sales agent in the Upstate company's Spartanburg office. "Growing up in a real estate family, Kristi was inspired by the joy finding a home brings," the agency says. Matthews totals nearly 20 years of experience in the industry and looks forward to showcasing her experience as a Coldwell Banker Caine agent for Great Southern Homes new-homes builder.

She relocated to the Upstate in 2012 after receiving numerous awards as top producer in Alabama and Georgia. "She enjoys the beautiful sights of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the proximity to the coast," the realty says. Along with her real estate career, Matthews started up a canine detection company in which she trains dogs. The outside interest she most values is hanging out with her son, according to the agency.

"Kristi is an experienced and compassionate addition to our team working with Great Southern Homes,” says Stephen Edgerton, president and chief executive of Coldwell Banker Caine. "Her determination and 20 years of prior knowledge will bring her success."

The firm describes itself as a "premier provider of full-service real estate" in the Upstate, notching the highest per person productivity in the region.