Movers and Shakers 2017 Nominees

Mover and ShakerDaniel Brown

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Daniel is a remarkable and energetic young man who is a real “mover and shaker” in the real estate community. He has a heart for the community that is profound and engaging. He is setting a fine example for his whole generational cohort. He is constantly growing in the real estate market by Always focusing on improving himself and what he can do to give back. He is also involved with the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

He is in leadership Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors and a part of the committee for the young professional network. He has won: 2016 Best of the Beach; Real Estate Agent, 2016 Market Dominator-Sloan Realty Group, 2015, 2016 Sales Agent of The Year-Sloan Realty Group, 2015, 2016 Market Dominator, 2015, 2016 Buyers Agent of The Year.

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Daniel is a board director for the Boys and Girls club of the Grand Strand. He is also the chair for the building campaign that will give the Boys and Girls Club a brand new 15,000 square foot building, Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors and Young Professional Network CCAR.

Mover and ShakerMelissa Deafenbaugh

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Melissa has made a difference in the community for all ages and in many different areas. She has always been an active part of her community by helping the homeless, donating gifts and supplies to those less fortunate or very sick, coaching teenage girls in Softball and in other life situations and lending a hand whenever she can. She does all this while growing and running her own successful business. By thinking “outside of the box” she has created many new opportunities for employees and employers. Melissa’s dedication to have herself and others achieve their dreams, wants and wishes and passion for her life and the lives of others is insurmountable. She has a contagious positive attitude, energetic spirit and “never quit” mentality. She is a mentor and role model to anyone she meets. Melissa does all of this while being the backbone of her family and raising two children.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

Melissa has built and continues to grow her own thriving business “A Clean Sweep”. She is the founder of the “Bee Strong Foundation” and has just started a networking group for women “The Business Panel”. In addition, she gives private softball lessons and helps out voluntarily as a dance instructor at a dance studio in Myrtle Beach.  The business was Voted Top 10 Best Commercial Cleaning Companies by Thumbtack.

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

She created her organization called “The Business Panel” which is where she sets up a meeting monthly for all women business owners/entrepreneurs in the Myrtle Beach area to meet up and discuss tips and tricks on how they have made their businesses successful and just being supportive of each other. She also is the founder of the “Bee Strong Foundation, Inc.” which raises money and awareness for families with children that suffer from mental illnesses and neurological disorders.

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She is one of the most amazing mothers I have ever seen. Juggling this business and 2 children can’t be easy. Not only does she do it but she does it successfully. Melissa deserves this and then some. You would be lucky to have her as a winner of this award:)

Movers and shakersMike Fitzpatrick

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

This is one the most driven young guys in Myrtle Beach. He started a mortgage branch from scratch. He is going to be known in this community for many, many years. He is the perfect nominee for movers and shakers. Mike has done more through social media and face to face networking than any other person in his industry.  He performance backs up everything he says.

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Young Professionals Network planning member

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Mike continues to amaze me with his level of knowledge about his profession for a man his age.  He continually thinks about big goals.

Jason Greene

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Jason is the Executive Director of the Technology Council. He has networked with Economic Development and other organizations to bring a better quality of life and new opportunities to the Grand Strand citizens and even our children. Currently, the after-school program works with middle school children to upgrade their computer skill. The “Pitch Nights” at Market Commons highlight and foster new opportunities locally that lead to job.  Check out the website and view the numerous businesses and people that support Jason and the Council.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

Pitch Night, After school program, One million cups gathering, Tech tour 2017, Tech and Aerospace Symposium that brought in movers and shakers globally, Tech Connect . The list continues. Personally, Jason is also an accomplished pilot and family man.

Movers and shakersPhil Jackson

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Phil is the type of person that will help anyone and is always going out of his way to do that. He founded the non-profit Surf Dreams Foundation and spends a lot of his free time helping kids learn how to surf.  He is well known and well liked in the community.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

Founded the non-profit Surf Dreams Foundation to teach kids how to surf and get them outside doing something fun instead of being inside playing video games.

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Executive Director at Atlantic Surfing Federation SC and Founder at Surf Dreams Foundation

Movers and shakersMarnie Kennedy

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Marnie has worked as a bartender at Island Bar & Grill Surfside for over 10 years. She also works at The Cooper House in Socastee as their Event Sales Coordinator. She is always giving of her time to help our community, whether collecting/donating clothes or food for school children, helping the Rosewood Community after the flood, or running in a marathon to collect funds for breast cancer. Marnie has held so many events at Island Bar over the years, and all of the events have been successful. She was recently named a Horry Angel for her efforts.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

« Annual Karaoke for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer.

« Rosewood Community benefit for residents who lost everything during Hurricane Matthew.

« During our annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at the Bar last November, we brought canned goods to restock the pantry at Forestbook Middle School as well as stuffed bags and wrote notes to soldiers overseas.

« Marnie assisted with a benefit last December called Under the Wings of an Angel which helps the Sons of God with non-perishable food collection for the hungry in our community.

« Marnie also assists each year with a benefit at the bar for Horry County Fire Rescue .

« Marnie also runs in marathons to raise money for breast cancer (her mother succumbed to the disease). The latest was the Divas Half Marathon & 5K in DCs Wine Country as well as the BFF Pink Ribbon Run in North Myrtle Beach last September.

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Believe she’s in the PTA for her son’s school, although I can’t remember which school–Forestbrook maybe? I’m not sure of others. The events are listed above (i.e., Karaoke for the Cure, etc.).

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Any consideration would be appreciated. Marnie really does work her heart out to help others.

Movers and shakersBecky Large

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Becky started and continues to grow Champion Autism Network to help support families struggling with autism.  She continues to work tirelessly and has put Myrtle Beach on the map as a great place for families to vacation.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

1. Instrumental in creating a quiet room at the Myrtle Beach airport.

2. Deeming Surfside Beach an autism friendly town.

3. Sponsoring the CAN Film Festival this April to show films with families dealing with autism.http://grandstrand.happeningmag.com/myrtle-beach-autism-film-festival/

4. CAN sponsored Autism Day at the SkyWheel: a free family day for rides and lunch

5. CAN sponsors sensory free movies in Market Common

6. CAN sponsors sensory free bowling days.

7. and much more.

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Active Chamber Member, Surfside Beach Business Committee member, CPWN, partnering with American Red Cross golf outing, Shepherd of the Sea Inclusion Committee Advisor

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Becky is very likeable and passionate about helping families, is available for education and has made life better for families on the Grand Strand.  She has caught the eye of the local media who have made PSAs for her and has been on the national news (NBC).

She has two boys afflicted with ASD and owns a business. People naturally want to work with her and spread her message.

Movers and shakersDavid Linkous

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

My nominee is extraordinary! He is only 12-years-old, yet he is a hero to me and to over a thousand children and families worldwide. He is a Mover & Shaker!

While there are many non-profits in our area and across the country that are working to make a difference in the lives of their fellow man, there are few that were conceived by a child for the benefit of other children.  In the case of David’s Blankets of Hope, the child was then 7-year-old, David Linkous.  The recipients of his compassion range in the age from newborn to 21 and are far less fortunate than he.

In 2012, David was told of a young girl who was diagnosed with leukemia.  He worried about Lily, who like him was only 7 at the time, concerned that she would be afraid and alone while at the hospital.  He wanted to give her something that would help make her feel safe and keep her comforted.  Together, David and his mom, Karen, decided the perfect gift was a soft, fuzzy blanket.

Lily received blanket #1.  Then another child got sick. And then a newborn was admitted to hospice.  And the names just kept coming and then David made a goal of 100 blankets by the end of that year.

David is now 12, and In the 4 years since, over 1,000 blankets have been made for children all over the US and several countries who suffer from terminal illness,  disability or injury.   Blankets, custom-made specifically for each child, by a child, to make them feel safe and loved.  That is David Linkous of David’s Blankets of Hope.  An extraordinary Grand Strand Mover & Shaker!

No one wants to see a child hurting or sad.  Especially another child.  It was David’s unselfish concern for a friend that gave life to his non-profit, David’s Blankets of Hope.  Unfortunately, too many children face illness, accident and trauma.  Names of children flood in through families, social media, pediatricians, hospitals, and hospices; however, the cost of materials can sometimes limit the reach of David’s empathy.  As a non-profit, however, donations of money, material, supplies and even postage allow David to continue to impact the lives of children around the world.

Last month, David presented Blanket #1,000 to Danny Nicoll, a local 10-yr-old, who is struggling to overcome the ravages of childhood cancer.  A link to the story, covered by WPDE is here:
http://wpde.com/news/local/a-blanket-offers-more-than-just-warmth-for-a-local-fifth-grader

To help celebrate the milestone reached with Blanket #1,000, the Board of Directors of David’s Blankets of Hope hosted a Thank You Dinner to honor those local businesses and individuals who made David’s efforts possible.  David himself was honored that evening when he received a $1,000 check to open a Future Scholars 529 College Savings Fund.

In attendance at the dinner was someone else very special, Lily, Blanket #1 recipient.  She clutched her blanket David made so lovingly for her 4 years ago.

Since that night, another 11 blankets have been made and delivered, taking the number of David’s Blankets of Hope to 1,011.  Considering that young David who is also busy just being a kid has the heart to continue making such a significant impact qualifies him to be named a 2017 Grand Strand Mover & Shaker–I am proud to nominate David Linkous!

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

In February, David was recognized by new governor Henry McMaster for his “kindness and compassion” as Founder of David’s Blankets of Hope.Earlier this month , SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis presented to David a check in the amount of $529 to add to the Future Scholars 529 College Savings Fund opened to reward David.

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

In 2016, David earned his Junior Black Belt in karate from Ciraco’s Okinawan Karate School in Surfside Beach.

Please include any other relevant information about the nominee that you’d like reviewed by the panel

A video has been made featuring dozens of children with their blankets.  This video is available and I will be happy to email it to someone on the panel.  Please contact me at [email protected] or 843-457-8545.  Cindy McLaughlin, Treasurer, Board of Directors, David’s Blankets of Hope

Movers and shakersAbbey O’Brien

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Abbey works every day for WBTW as a news reporter.  She works tirelessly to improve the community we live in.  She speaks with school boards, council members, mayors, police chiefs on a daily basis to figure out ways to have a better and safer community to be proud to live in.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

She has covered many events on the Grand Strand, the most important was Hurricane Matthew.  She worked almost 48 hours straight out in the rain, wind and dangerous conditions to make sure the community had the most up to date information they needed to know.  She also worked on a great story on trying to get a better NICU options here to make the risk of death lower and so parents do not have to travel over 3 hours to the closest NICU unit in South Carolina.

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Read Across America, member of Pi Beta Phi, her stories have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists (Region 3) and the Southeastern Emmys.

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Please find her Facebook page to see just how much she does and stories she reports every day for the community.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/abbeyobrientv/about/?ref=page_interna

Movers and shakersBrian and Molly Piercy

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Brian opened the door to his new Real Estate company in January. His concept is 4% listings instead of the normal industry of 6%. No one else along the beach offers such a modern concept. He thinks the technology changes pricing in every industry, why hasn’t real estate caught up yet? Molly also opened up a 4500 sq foot fitness facility. She has grown as gym owner positively effecting many members in our community through health and fitness.  She has hosted many community events and fundraisers.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

Sun News Best of the Beach trainer -3 years, Grand Strand happening trainer winner and notable 843- top 20 under 40. Brian has earned a broker status and has achieved over 20 million in real estate transactions in 2016

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Together they run a Mastermind Group – called Third Mind

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This couple recently opened doors on both businesses and had a baby Jan 12th. They are constantly thinking of new ways to positively change their industries. Molly also has a website www.finishstrongbootcamp.com; Brian’s is www.realestatemodo.com

Movers and shakersJayson Powers

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Jayson Powers is the new principal at the Academy for Technology and Academics this year. Previously, Jayson was the assistant principal at the AAST. As challenging as it is to take on a principal’s position, Jayson has managed to fully support his teachers and encourage them to “think outside the box.” He spends an incredible amount of time thinking about how to encourage his staff, but also his students.

Jayson is never without a smile, always very approachable, and truly such an amazing new leader for the school. Not only is student enrollment up higher than ever for next year because of his amazing ways he has started to highlight all of the career programs the ATA has to offer, but so is the morale among the teachers and staff. He is a true leader in his new role, as well as an amazing role model for students. The challenges of being a leader in the Horry County School District are many, however Jayson still has kept his promise and belief of “family first” to his own wife and son, and has encouraged his staff to do the same. Mr. Powers is a true Mover and Shaker. To be able to accomplish all of the positives and tasks he had in his first year of taking on the role as a new principal, truly means he is a force to be reckoned with!

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Many events throughout the schools, and an avid supporter of all of the career majors’ federations and organizations-HOSA, FCCLA, ACF, Homebuilders Association
Movers and shakersSavannah Rhame

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Savannah has become the Vice President of the Grand Strand Hospitality Sales Association as well as made a name for herself via Sales within our community.  Though from the Columbia area, she excels in the Myrtle Beach community by local charities and humanitarian services.  She has made herself a local throughout the Myrtle Beach family.

Movers and shakersHolly Roesing

Tell us why your nomineee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

Holly has Lyme disease and has had many obstacles with her illness, many hospital stays and she always has a smile on her face. She is the new Chairwoman of the SC Chapter of NatCapLyme Organization. She educates people about the disease and brings constant awareness to our Towns. She is bringing awareness to many, many areas who had no idea it is such an epidemic. All this while dealing with her own health challenges. She has me in awe of her passion and energy to help people realize how to recognize the signs of Lyme Disease.

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

New Chairwoman of the SC Chapter of the NatCapLyme Organization; Technology Teacher in Surfside

Is the nominee involved in any local organizations, events, or clubs?

Coastal Power Women’s Networking, North End Ladies Bunch, Networking in the Forest, Chairperson of CatNapLyme SC Chapter,

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Holly always is smiling, even through her pain. She never stops trying to bring awareness about her disease to help others. She is just an amazing person with an amazing spirit. She lifts others up and tries to help others with their health.

movers and shakersLogan Walker

This young lady received several nominations and we will try to express and condense all the comments.

Tell us why your nominee is a local “Mover & Shaker”

I am ten years old.  Logan is my sister.   She is a really good cook.   I went with her to New York City so she could be on Chopped Junior.  We had a lot of fun.  When we got back our papa Al bought her a food truck.   I have been working with her and helping her.   I am learning how to cook.   I love her crab cakes.   She has been on the news and in the newspaper.
But what makes her a “Mover & Shaker” is that at her age she runs her own food truck and uses it for charitable purposes.  Her crab cakes are amazing.   I just happened upon her truck while on vacation.   Wow!   She has even written a cookbook.
There’s so much to say about this amazing 12 year old girl. When you first approach her food truck and meet her or a family member you might be like me and say that’s cute she’s helping her parents! You will soon realize it’s the other way around this girl owns the food truck! She preps and makes all the food and works the truck, you might not get to even meet her she’s so busy frying up wonderful crab cakes or last time I saw her fried chicken and waffles on a stick!
Charities that have benefited from her events are  -SurfdreamsFoundation, Hurricane Matthew Relief, Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Group, The Burgess Community Center, Scholarship Fund – American Culinary Institute, and several Grand Strand churches. Leftover food has also found its way to the local homeless community.

Prior to her appearance on television, at the age of 11, she started preparing food and selling her food creations for various charitable causes at churches and retirement center fund raisers.  She also donated money from the sales of her cookbook (Unique Southern Eats) and mason jar cookie mix to her gymnastics team, Beach Team Tumblers, Don & Terry’s Gym, in Myrtle Beach.   As she says “I just want to cook.”  “Doing it for charity makes it sweeter.”

Tell us about the nominee’s notable achievements

Nationwide Network TV appearance – Chopped Junior June, 2016; Food Network – Chopped Junior Season 2 Episode “The Big Stink” at 11 years old

Painting on display at a children’s museum in Los Angeles

Charitable events with her foodtruck

Published Cookbook “Unique Southern Eats” Sold on Amazon  11 years old

Competitive Gymnast – Terry and Don’s, Myrtle Beach, Beach Team Tumblers
2nd place winner at the Chicken Bog off.

2 time cupcake champion

Multiple Utube cooking videos

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My sister is pretty nice most of the time and she works really hard.
I don’t know many children her age who have accomplished this much and still devote time to church and charity.

I know that besides owning a good truck, Logan dreams of traveling around the world and tasting all the foods of every region.   She will be working closely with the Director of the Horry County Technical Institute’s new culinary school.  Even at her age.   She is a great role model, and hopes to make the cheerleading squad next month.  She has so many talents, but never forgets to help others.

Logan also takes pride in making special birthday meals for her great-mother and me, and other family members.  I LOVE her crab cakes.  When she makes them, I can’t stop eating them.  Kindness to the elderly is rare these days.

I am astonished at the maturity and work ethic demonstrated by this 12 year old.  I am proud that she has also used her good fortune to help others.   This has become a family endeavor that has also brought her family closer together.  Everybody works on the truck with her.  No matter what the future holds for this girl, she will always end up on top.  Work hard, play hard.