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Olivia Sanders

A large real estate network has lined up specialists in retail acquisitions and in hospitality as associates in its Mount Pleasant locales.

Keller Williams Realty recently brought on Olivia Grace Sanders and Thomas L. Matthewes II.

Born and raised in the Upstate, Sanders focuses on residential property sales. She moved to Charleston in 2013 after graduating from North Greenville University with a bachelor’s degree in English.

She knew Charleston felt like “home” immediately upon moving here, the company says. Her background includes hospitality, concierge and customer service. According to the agency, Sanders is excited about being involved in residential real estate in the Charleston area while using “all of the tools and resources at Keller Williams.”

Matthewes, a commercial real estate professional, joins the KW Commercial division of Keller Williams Realty Charleston-Mount Pleasant Market Center.

Matthewes joined Charted Commercial Group LLC in June as vice president. He began his commercial real estate career in 2012 as an associate broker at Roadstead Real Estate Advisors LLC, the company says. He’s represented clients in all spectrums, from landlords in leasing deals to corporate buyers in acquisitions. Matthewes signed on with Charted Commercial to key on retail and storage acquisitions and development.

Licensed in South Carolina and Georgia, Matthewes holds a bachelor of arts degree in historic preservation and community planning from the College of Charleston. He’s active with the Urban Land Institute.

“We are thrilled to have the entire Charted Commercial team join us here at Keller Williams,” Team Leader Adam Roach says. “With the addition of Matthewes, we are excited for expansive commercial growth to come in the Charleston area.”

Matthewes says he chose KW Commercial “because of its reputation for integrity and its agent-centric business model and the opportunity for commercial referrals from its residential partners.”

Located at 496 Bramson Court Suite 200, Keller Williams Charleston-Mount Pleasant Market Center was established in 2003 and has 240 associates.

To learn more, call Roach at 843-416-2000 or visit www.kwcharleston.com.

One traces his real estate career back to college, another logs substantial experience as a home and land investor.

The associates are Jeffrey Colen and Michael Robert Smith, who have signed on with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolina Sun Real Estate.

Colen grew up in a military family “where moving was just a constant,” according to the agency. He had settled down by his college years, choosing “a lovely place” as home, Charleston. “He took a chance to start his career in real estate while working on his undergraduate degree at Charleston Southern University and has had much success,” Carolina Sun notes.

Charleston has been his home for a few years, and he’s “completely in love with it. He feels blessed to be able to live here at the age of 21 because there are so many possibilities,” the company says.

Colen understands the moving process, and he’s eager to help buyers — including those from out of state — search for their new home.

Smith, meanwhile, brings a powerful national Internet marketing experience, combined with local advertising techniques, making him one of Charleston’s top agents, according to the Berkshire Hathaway office.

He has “a passion for buying and selling homes and land, and has many personal investments in real estate as investor and landlord,” the agency points out. A “happily married” father of six children, Smith “loves living on the water” on James Island, the agency says.

In his free time, Smith enjoys singing and playing guitar, shark fishing and watching his two girls compete on the swim team.

Years of dedication to industry education has led a long-time Charleston area agent to earn a national honor from a top real estate trade group.

Bobette Fisher, a Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate’s Mount Pleasant North office, received the 2015 Omega Tau Rho Award from the National Association of Realtors.

According to Carolina One, “The award recognizes Fisher’s contributions of time, talent and services to NAR, as well as to her state and local Realtor associations.”

Fisher, who has been a Realtor for 13 years, has earned the professional designations of Certified Residential Specialist, Graduate Realtor Institute and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource. She’s a past president of the South Carolina Certified Residential Specialist chapter and was named the 2014 S.C. CRS Chapter Realtor of the Year.

“As a champion of education, Bobette has given direction and guidance to new Realtors throughout her career and is a confidant and friend to many long-time members,” says Fritz Barbour, president of SC Realtors trade group.

Fisher, of Elkhart, Ind., and her husband Steve have been married since 1985. They have two children, Andrew and Stephani. The Realtor’s hobbies include travelling, yoga, cooking and photography.

A group of Charleston area real estate agents spent two months this summer absorbing tips from top people in business and community fields. Recently, they passed the class, which prepares them to take on future decision-making roles.

Charleston Trident Association of Realtors conducts the course, known as the CTAR Leadership Development Program. This year, 16 local Realtors completed the program.

“We designed this program to help our members develop their leadership and communication skills, which will help them not only if they choose to pursue a leadership position with the association or in the community, but also in their day-to-day business,” says Wil Riley, chief executive of Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.

Program speakers included local business and community leaders Cindy Grosso of Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette; Mount Pleasant Town Council member Mark Smith; Chris Zoeller, Niche Publications Manager of The Post and Courier; CTAR President Matt DeAntonio and President-Elect Michael Sally. Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a businesswoman and former Congressional candidate, delivered the keynote address at the final session.

“We provide the opportunity for our members to learn from those who have achieved success in real estate as well as other industries,” Riley says.

Graduates of the 2015 CTAR Leadership Development Program, in alphabetical order, are:

• Duval Acker, Carolina One Real Estate

• Reddit Andrews III, Carolina One Real Estate

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• Patrick Arnold, CTAR

• Shakeima Chatman, Carolina Elite Realty

• Stephanie Davis, Boulevard Company

• Peter Derry, Southern Shores Real Estate

• Chris Haviland, Carolina One Real Estate

• Gary Hylton, Harbor City Real Estate

• Stacy Jennings, Smith Spencer

• Laurie Loparo, Golden Bear Realty

• Ginn Maiers, Dunes Properties

• Susan Petty, Dunes Properties

• Katie Moore Throckmorton, Berkshire Hathaway

• Vel Thurber-Everett, Re/Max

• Meghan Webster, Cassina Group

• Maria Woodul, Carolina One Real Estate.

Anyone interested in taking part in the leadership class must be a Realtor in good standing and apply for the program, according to Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. Interested parties should email Meghan Weinreich with CTAR at Meghan@CharlestonRealtors.com.

For more, visit www.CharlestonRealtors.com.

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