Business Briefs - December 8, 2016
Dr. Randy’s office collects over 1000 pounds of candy for U.S. Troops
Pediatric Dentist Dr. Randy Pagenkopf and his staff collected 1060 pounds of Halloween candy to help give U.S. soldiers a sweet surprise over the holidays.
For the seventh year in a row, Dr. Randy has hosted a Halloween Candy Buyback, buying children’s candy for a dollar per pound. The candy is shipped to Operation Gratitude, a charity that uses the candy in care packages for U.S. troops in combat zones around the world.
“Each year I look forward to seeing how excited the kids are to not only sell their candy, but help give our troops a little taste of home,” said Dr. Randy. “Plus, their parents are happy that there isn’t as much temptation around the house. Everyone wins.”
Additionally, many children chose to donate their earnings to Water Mission International’s “Change for Haiti” program in exchange for a free meal from Cracker Barrel Olde Country Store.
At the candy buyback festivities, the children enjoyed a jump castle, live music, a selfie station, crafts and wrote letters to the soldiers that will be shipped with the candy. Special thanks go out to Dr. Randy’s shipping sponsor, South State Bank.
Dental decay is the leading cause of absences from school in the United States. Dr. Randy recommends letting your child pick their favorite candy to keep and then bring the rest to his buyback event, usually the Saturday following Halloween each year.
DI resident/realtor selected to attend Zillow Premier Agent Forum
Daniel Island resident Mikki Ramey of Healthy Realty was one of only four South Carolina agents invited to attend the recent Zillow Premier Agent Forum in Las Vegas, an event that attracts over 1400 realtors from all over the country.
According to Ramey, she and her real estate team are in the top one percent of agents for sales in Charleston. Ramey was also recognized earlier this year as “the best real estate agent,” receiving the Mom’s Choice Award from Lowcountry Parent Magazine. Additionally, she is ranked as one of Charleston’s most highly recommended realtors by Zillow with 190 recommendations and counting. The team consists of Mikki, Team Leader and Listings Manager; Abby Suarez, Lead Buyer’s Agent; Shannon Jones, Closing Coordinator; and Sara Duggan, Marketing Director.
During the Zillow session, premier agents interacted with Zillow Group executives, fellow agents and various other company leaders. Ramey said Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff attended the meeting and discussed current real estate trends, as well as how agents can use recent technology to help their clients sell their homes more quickly and for top dollar.
“This is the second year I have attended this meeting and each year I am blown away with the new technology that Zillow creates to empower agents to effectively market homes,” added Ramey. “Many consumers don’t realize that zillow.com has more unique visitors viewing their site to look for homes than any other real estate website. My amazing real estate team and I plan to implement all the new technology to help our clients sell their homes for top dollar and in a timely manner.”