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Anderson named Chair of the Year

Jayne Anderson was recognized as the 2010 Brunswick County Association of Realtors Committee Chair of the Year for her outstanding service as chairperson of the MLS committee at the 2010 awards ceremony and president’s inauguration on Jan. 15.

“We’re very proud of all of Jayne’s accomplishments and dedication to our industry. Jayne truly earned this award,” said Chris Bryan, sales manager of Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty.

Honored for designations

Bonnie Rotundo and James Hammond were recognized at the Brunswick County general membership meeting on Feb. 10 for earning Realtor designations.

Hammond earned the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation and Bonnie Rotundo earned the Short Sale/Foreclosure (SFR) designation.

“I’m very proud of James’ and Bonnie’s commitment to our industry. This demonstrates their devotion to our business by investing in improving their sales skills, which benefit’s their clients,” said Chris Bryan, sales manager of Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty.

Businessman celebrates 40 years

James Dew of Whiteville recently celebrated his 40th year with Ameriprise Financial Services. The former teacher and basketball coach said one of the things he loves most about the financial planning business is that hard work will create rewards.

Dew was the basketball coach at Waccamaw High School in Brunswick County from 1965-1970.

“If a man is willing to work hard,” Dew said, “he can do well. If he’s lazy, he’ll starve.”

Dew works out of his home office on Jefferson Street in Whiteville, near Columbus Regional Healthcare. He covers North and South Carolina, and said his biggest concern is that not enough people are saving, either for retirement or for emergencies.

“You need to pay yourself before you pay any other bills,” he said. “Even just a little bit every month can add up to a substantial sum.”

Dew assists people with financial and estate planning, investment services, retirement programs, annuities and other financial services. While he helps people plan for their own future, he said he has no plans to retire.

“I am going to keep on going,” he said. “I love helping people, and if I can do it, you’ll see me still working 20 years from now.”

Chamber adds new employee

The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce welcomes Janette Fernandes as its newest communications manager.

Fernandes, who resides in Sunset Beach with her husband and 9-year-old daughter, brings her diverse design background that has given her the opportunity to expand her talents on different horizons. 

From logos to posters to brochures to websites, she enjoys the creative challenge. She has been the recipient of many awards, including PICA award for Best of Category and four of her logo designs have been published by David E. Carter.

Her professional experience stems from working with different business and agency venues such as GE Capital, CRN International, Fine Host Corporation, Coastal Business Life, FactSet Research Systems and DDC Engineers Inc. Her roles included communications and designing all marketing materials, presentations, corporate branding, advertising, spread layouts, websites, logos and any design-oriented project.

Fernandes graduated summa cum laude from American Intercontinental University with a B.A. in visual communications.

SERVPRO gets ranking

SERVPRO has earned the eighth spot in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2011 Franchise 500 ranking, moving up one notch from its 2010 ranking. The disaster recovery and restoration franchise company also was first in its category for the eighth consecutive year.

“This recognition from Entrepreneur magazine emphasizes the value of SERVPRO, not only to me, as a franchisee, but to the clients in the area that we serve,” said Gary Gillespie, owner of SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus counties. “We’re proud of the service that we offer to our clients, and we work hard to earn their confidence with every job we do.”

SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus counties specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate fire or water damage for both commercial and residential customers. 

Its eighth place ranking in the 2011 Franchise 500 list represents the second consecutive year they have earned a top 10 ranking, moving up from the ninth spot on 2010’s list. The Entrepreneur magazine rankings process begins when franchisors complete a survey and submit a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Once that document has been verified by Entrepreneur and certain other qualifications are met, the franchisor is eligible to be considered for the rankings.

Qualifying franchisors are then ranked based on “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation,” according to Entrepreneur. Those quantifiable measures include: financial strength and stability, rate of growth and system size, litigation, length of time in business, and others.

“We know that community residents turn to SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus counties to help them return to normal after an unexpected, or even devastating, event,” Gillespie said. “It’s both a huge responsibility and a privilege to be the service providers that they call when they need to get their life or their business back on track. SERVPRO’s continued presence in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list is proof that our customers’ confidence in us is well-founded.”

For more information, contact Gary Gillespie at 755-6717.

Three Rivers adds division

Three Rivers Realty of Southport has announced the absorption of Lawrence Sales and Marketing of Southport, adding a new homes and land division and expanding its roster to 16 agents.

“Both of our organizations are well known for our unique and creative marketing and high levels of customer service,” said Three Rivers Realty owner Allyn Heck. “Now that we have expanded to embrace Lawrence’s expertise with developers and new communities, Three Rivers Realty has a full-service operation focusing on buyers, sellers and developers.”

“This expansion allows us to add highly respected, experienced agents that will enhance what we offer our clients,” said Broker-in-Charge Peter Heck. “Pam Lawrence, John Winter and Iris Cavin are joining a select roster of Three Rivers Realty agents with expertise on Oak Island, Bald Head Island, Boiling Spring Lakes and Southport, St. James and the planned communities in this part of the county.”

Three Rivers Realty was established in 2005, and has become one of the most active independent real estate companies in the Southport-Oak Island-St James area. Lawrence Sales and Marketing, headed by Pam Lawrence, has been a fixture in real estate in Brunswick County for more than 20 years.

Lawrence New Homes and Land will concentrate on representing developers and builders. This full-service operation will be spearheaded by Pam Lawrence and will offer a wide selection of services backed by years of experience and a network second to none.