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Business Round-up: Summerville auto dealer nominated for national community service award

McElveen

McElveen

Summerville businessman nominated for TIME award

Doug McElveen, president of McElveen Buick GMC in Summerville, is one of 47 individuals across the country nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year award, according to a TIME press release.

McElveen will be honored at the 105th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Show in Las Vegas on March 11, 2022. He will represent the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition, the release says.

Recipients of the TIME Dealer of the Year award are among the country's most successful auto dealers who have also demonstrated a long-standing commitment to community service, according to the release. 

"I believe that being successful isn't all about profitability," McElveen said in the release. "There is a balance. And the most rewarding aspect of being a car dealer is the positive impact our generosity has on the community."

After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1981, McElveen began working at the dealership, which his father, Charles, founded in 1978, according to information from TIME. Now his son Douglas (Gray) is the dealership's digital marketing manager.

"My father and grandfather believed that when you work hard to keep a customer for life, everything else takes care of itself," McElveen said. "That simple philosophy continues to drive our business."

McElveen has served on dealer councils both locally and throughout the state and was president of South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association from 2017 to 2018, the release says.

He is also a benefactor of the Medical University of South Carolina, and has helped fund capital campaigns and the Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital. He created the Mac Gives Back initiative, which donates to local nonprofits and sponsors community events.

Organizations that have benefitted from the initiative include Dorchester Paws, The ARK of SC, Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center, the American Red Cross, the East Cooper chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and more. Events the business has helped with include the Shamrock Shuffle for the Summerville Family YMCA, the Coastal Carolina Fair and the Buick Drive for Your Students, a fundraiser for local high schools through test-drive initiative.

"My father would often say, 'You give until it hurts,'" McElveen said. "And when our community needs help, they know that Mac Gives Back."

Nominees are nominated by the executives of state and metro dealer associations, while finalists will be selected by a panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Glabal Operations at the University of Michigan, the release says.

Chamber to host Volvo Cars event

The Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce will host a briefing and special presentation on the Volvo Car Charleston Plant on Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. at Trident Technical College’s Thornley Campus.

In a press release, the chamber said the program will highlight Volvo’s most recent investment of $118 million into its Ridgeville plant in Berkeley County to build the Polestar 2 on the Volvo Car Group’s next generation electric architecture, under contract for its affiliate, Polestar Cars.

The guest speaker will be David Stenstrom, vice president for Manufacturing, Americas and Plant Manager at the Volvo Car Charleston Plant. He will share the latest developments on the plant and expansion project, along with the vision and the future plans for Volvo and how it will impact the county, state and region.

Moncks Corner real estate office completed

Officials in Moncks Corner announced they helped launch the reopening of the freshly renovated AgentOwned Realty Co.

Town leaders met at the Moncks Corner office at 219A N. Hwy. 52, with lead agent Ralph Wetherell and resident agents and staff.

Mayor Michael Lockliear joined with council members and senior town staff to celebrate the grand reopening. Officials said the office has gone through a beautiful transformation with updated and current touches that are very welcoming to all that walk through the door who are looking to buying a new home or property.

Heritage Room completed

Cypress Gardens will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Heritage Room, which was damaged in the historic floods in 2015, on Nov. 8.

Cypress Gardens was renovated and reopened in April 2019, but the Heritage Room remained closed, still in need of an extensive overhaul project, according to a Berkeley County press release.

The Heritage Room renovation project began on July 1, according to the release. Crews worked to not only brighten up the space but also keep the original cypress on the walls. The renovations also included the installation of a new projector, a 120-inch projector screen and televisions for presentations, all to allow the facility to serve as a “museum-style" room with artifacts and educational videos. The release says curtains were also installed on either side of the room as an option to cover up the displays and televisions during events and meetings.

Renovations consisted of demolition, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and interior finish work, the release says. The project was approximately $215,000.