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Shoneese Bostic

Carolina One New Homes recently welcomed six sales pros — Shoneese Bostic, Linda Bush, Michael Connell, Charlene Hubenthal, Robin Russell and Darlene McElveen-Tanenbaum — who will be stationed in up-and-coming local neighborhoods.

Bostic, a Florence native and College of Charleston graduate, formerly held sales manager positions with HHHunt Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina. She’s racked up numerous sales and customer service awards. She will be working with Hunter Quinn Homes at “many of their new homes communities” in metro Charleston.

Born in Pawtucket, R.I., Bush moved to the Charleston area in 1986. She has 30 years of experience in sales and marketing in retail merchandising and real estate sales and has worked as a licensed Realtor for the past 10 years. Bush will be based at Palmetto Signature Homes’ Oaks at Indigo community at the intersection of Ashley Phosphate and Dorchester roads.

Connell, a Realtor since 2009, has extensive experience in luxury new homes and relocation services with Weichert Realtors in Mendham, N.J. A graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Connell was born in Tarrytown, N.Y., and raised in New Jersey. He will be working with Jason Ray and the Custom Homes Group of Carolina One New Homes.

A lifelong Charleston metro resident, Hubenthal just got involved in real estate. She previously was a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the town of Mount Pleasant and a police officer for the city of North Charleston. Now in training, Hubenthal will be handling sales for Mungo Homes, a large, family-owned homebuilder.

Russell, a Columbia native, had worked for a custom homebuilder in Lexington and sold television advertising in Columbia for the CBS affiliate before moving to Charleston five years ago. She will handle sales and marketing of custom homes for Arthur Rutenberg Homes.

A Loyola University of Chicago graduate, McElveen-Tanenbaum will work with FrontDoor Communities at the Tributary in Rivertowne and at Carolina Park in northern Mount Pleasant. She’s been a licensed Realtor for more than 15 years. In 2012-13, she worked for Carolina One New Homes assisting with sales and marketing at The Ponds in Summerville.

Carolina One New Homes, formed in 1994, is a division of Carolina One Real Estate. The group represents more than 35 new homes communities.

The new president of a Charleston area trade group for residential contractors intends to focus on bringing more people into the group’s fold and making sure everyone gets their money’s worth.

Richard Jackson, owner and president of JacksonBuilt Custom Homes on Daniel Island, took over as volunteer chief of the Charleston Home Builders Association on Jan. 14.

He was first named to the board in 2012. During his term, Jackson plans to focus on “growing the association’s membership base while ensuring members are benefiting from their involvement,” according to the association.

“It’s truly an exciting time to be president of the Charleston Home Builders Association,” Jackson says. “The homebuilding industry is really booming right now in the Charleston market, so it’s the perfect opportunity for homebuilders to get involved with this organization, connect with their colleagues and help us in our mission of promoting homeownership in the Lowcountry,” he says.

Tommy Bulwinkle, a past president of the Charleston Home Builders Association, installed Jackson and the 2016 board of directors.

Along with Jackson, the association’s executive board includes Vice President Tori Stein with Stein Renovation & Design Group; Treasurer Bryan Booth of David Weekley Homes; Secretary Ben Copenhaver of J&J Custom Homes; and Associate Vice President Jan Clouse with Carolina Lanterns. At-large members are Matt Timmons, Charleston Shelving and Mirror; and Rob Crawford, Renaissance South Construction. Doug James, of Osprey Construction, is the immediate past president.

New board directors include Matt Bell, The Post and Courier; Will Herring, Hunter Quinn Homes; and Grant Zinkon, New Leaf Builders. Returning members are Jamie Nelson, Palmetto Surfacing; Albert van Overeem, BrockBuilt Homes; Lefty Gregorie, South State Bank; Mike Futeral, WCBD Channel 2; Jeff Meyer, J. Meyer Homes; Chris Klick, CK Contracting; and Luke Demory, Sherwin-Williams Co.

The nonprofit association works “to promote homeownership in the greater Charleston area through networking, education, advocacy and community outreach.“ Call 843-572-1414 or go to

Veteran agents with Carolina One New Homes and a long-time Realtor with Harbor City Real Estate Advisors are manning the East Cooper Top Producers Club’s highest posts this year.

The Mount Pleasant group’s 2016 slate of officers includes Timm Gipe, licensed Realtor with Carolina One, who counts 42 years of real estate sales and marketing background. Gipe was elected to his second term as president.

In 2013, Gipe was honored as Realtor Emeritus by the National Association of Realtors. He also earned Carolina One Real Estate’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Gipe and daughter-sales partner Sarah Gipe Yandle make up Gipe Real Estate Partners.

Geri Lipps, also with Carolina One Real Estate, was named to her first term as the club’s vice president. Before launching her real estate career, Lipps worked in marketing and public relations. Lipps and her family moved to Charleston in 2007. She has been affiliated with Carolina One since 2008, the agency says.

Carolina One associate Kendall Koste is the club secretary for 2016. Koste is a Clemson University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. The 20-year Mount Pleasant resident joined Carolina One in 2009.

Karla Leahy, the club’s new treasurer, started working as a Realtor more than 10 years ago. She’s now with Harbor City Real Estate Advisors in Mount Pleasant. Leahy specializes in relocation, vacation properties, new construction and resales.

According to backers, the East Cooper Top Producers Club is comprised of Realtors “who show top standards of excellence and production.”

The club hosts a monthly forum on local government and business issues impacting the local real estate market and provides scholarships to deserving Wando High School students. The group also contributes to local nonprofits.

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