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Brunswick Family Assistance names new interim director
SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Family Assistance has selected Fred Stephens as its interim executive director.
Stephens has served as BFA board secretary for the past two-and-a-half years. As a member of the planning committee, he helped develop BFA’s new strategic plan. He has also volunteered his time and services for numerous programs.
Stephens replaces former BFA executive director Carol Phelps.
In his new position, Stephens will be responsible for leading and directing BFA, its employees and volunteers to achieve goals set by the board of directors.
Stephens, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., served in various management positions in human resources within the manufacturing industry for 25 years. He has 18 years experience in human resources sales and consulting in the software/technology industry. For the last 11 years of his career, Stephens was director of presales for SAP America before retiring in 2006. Stephens was recognized by Gallup Inc. as one of the top 2 percent of managers within SAP America.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and a master’s of business administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Stephens lives in Sunset Beach with Linda, his wife of 47 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast ranks high in categories
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage was number one in adjusted gross commission, selling units, listing units, and total units in North Carolina for independently owned and operated affiliated companies in the Coldwell Banker system for the second quarter of 2012.
Out of 999 Coldwell Banker affiliate companies in North America, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage ranked No. 3 in Adjusted Gross Commission and No. 4 in Total Units.
“Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC prides itself as being a leader within the real estate industry, by combining a strong sense of tradition with innovative advances in technology and communication,” said Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. “This could not be achieved without the fortitude and hard work of companies such as Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, working hand-in-hand with the Coldwell Banker systems and tools.”
“We are honored to recognize Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage as North Carolina’s number one company,” said Frank Lindsey, senior vice president and regional director for the Coldwell Banker Southern Region. “Sea Coast Advantage demonstrates exceptional service to its customers, in turn contributing to the betterment of North Carolina as a whole.”

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast has top-ranked teams
Out of 95 sales associate teams in North Carolina, nine sales teams with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage ranked in the Top 10 teams in North Carolina for the Coldwell Banker franchise system for the second quarter of 2012, including two from Brunswick County.
Team Gale ranked No. 4 in Adjusted Gross Commission Income, No. 2 in Selling Units, No. 2 in Listing Units, and No. 2 in Total Units. Team Gale is comprised of Jack Gale, Tom Gale, Allen LaCoe, Jody Roney, Kathy Werle and Jeff Broadbridge of Wilmington; Dana Little of Hampstead; and Cheryl Kuntz-Lowery and Rene Hunter of Southport.
The Willetts Properties team ranked No. 4 in Selling Units, No. 7 in Listing Units, and No. 4 in Total Units. The Willetts Properties team is comprised of Emily Willetts, Rob Dooley, Pam Rainey, Joanne Wesson, Pat Wisdo and Jerry Wisdo of Southport.
“These sales associate teams exemplify the standards of excellence for which Coldwell Banker professionals are known,” said Frank Lindsay, southern regional director for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “It is an honor to recognize them as some of the top teams in the state of North Carolina.”

Veterans’ health fair Aug. 10 in Leland
The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the Veterans’ Health Fair at VFW Post 9408, 1211 Village Road in Leland, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Veterans will be able to enroll in VA healthcare, obtain information and discuss health issues with VA medical personnel and talk with their county veterans service officer.
Veterans should bring their DD-214 military discharges with them along with their income and net worth information for 2011 to enroll in VA healthcare. For additional information, contact the Brunswick County Veterans Service Office at 253-2233.

DSS seeks foster and adoptive parents
Brunswick County Department of Social Services (DSS) is asking interested residents to make a difference in children’s lives by opening their homes as foster/adoptive parents. DSS will offer the training necessary to become a licensed foster home.
The Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) class will be provided from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 13. Pre-registration for MAPP class is required.
For more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112.