Member News | June 4-8


COLUMBIA, SC (June 7, 2012) Bobby Hathaway, a member of NAI Avant’s Senior Retail Brokerage Team, recently consummated four Dollar Tree leases totaling 34,000 square feet of retail space. The transactions were valued at approximately $2,150,000.

Hathaway represented the landlord in all fourtransactions. The stores are located in Roxoboro and Thomasville, NC, North Augusta, SC and Thomson, GA.


COLUMBIA, SC (June 6, 2012) Rob Lapin, a member of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, recently brokered the sale of 1803 Hampton Street in Columbia, SC. The former 4,648 square foot law office sold for $350,000.  Lapin represented the seller, 1803 Hampton Street, LLC.


COLUMBIA, SC (June 5, 2012) Nick Stomski, SIOR, a member of NAI Avant’s Industrial Brokerage Team, recently represented the Landlord in 15,000 square foot Industrial lease located at 106 South Lake Court. The tenant, Mota Industrial Services will begin occupying the space in June.

Mota Industrial Services, LLC specializes in sales and service of pressure washers and custom-designed trailer-mounted pressure washer packages. MOTA Industrial Services is an authorized representative for many leading industry manufactures, including Mi-T-M, Hosty, and Hydro-Tek, to name a few.


COLUMBIA, SC (June 4, 2012) Jeff Hein, SIOR, and Roger Winn, both members of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, recently brokered the sale of 211 Business Park Boulevard in Columbia. The 25,000 square foot flex building sold for $650,000 and was purchased by Queen Street, LLC. Hein and Winn represented the seller in the transaction.

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe. NAI Global is the largest independent commercial real estate service provider worldwide and a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAI Avant and like us on Facebook.

Contact: Bruce Harper, President and Broker-In-Charge, Columbia Office, 803-744-9805, or


June 5, 2012

Mashburn Construction is pleased to welcome two new employees to the company’s Columbia office and one new employee to the Charleston office.

Columbia, SCTravis McKenzie and Clay Thompson have joined Mashburn in Columbia as Project Engineers. Both gentlemen graduated from Clemson University in May 2012 with Bachelors of Science in Construction Science and Management.

Charleston, SCJordan Smith has joined Mashburn in Charleston as a Project Engineer in our Charleston office. Jordan is from Seneca, SC and graduated from Clemson University last month with a Bachelor’s in Construction Science and Management.

Mashburn Construction is a full-service construction company providing construction management, design/build and general contracting. Mashburn is celebrating their 35th anniversary; the company prides itself on building with integrity by providing superior service and quality to a diverse client list across many markets. Their offices are located in Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information, please visit


Local Funeral Home Buys Back From National Company

COLUMBIA, SC – June 4, 2012 – In a move that defies industry trends over the past 20 years, Shives Funeral Home, a mainstay of greater Columbia, SC will buy back its business from Service Corporation International (SCI), a national owner and operator of funeral homes. This will make Shives one of the only family-owned, family-operated funeral home among its competitors in Richland and Lexington counties.

The decision to buy back the business from SCI comes as Shives Funeral Home celebrates its 80th anniversary and comes on the heels of its most successful year in business to date. “I am excited to be given the opportunity to return this family-named business back to a family-owned business for years. In an age when all we hear about is corporate buy-outs and the demise of small business in our city, I am proud to be in a position to bring a small business back to the Midlands,” says president, E. Randolph Shives III.

In the 1999, Shives Funeral Home, like most of the area’s other larger family-owned funeral homes, followed industry trends of corporate consolidation.

“When the opportunity arose to purchase the company, it was perfect timing. I realized the best way to offer the highest level of personalized services to our customers could only be achieved by making decisions on the local level,” says Shives.

Randolph Shives and his uncle, Bill Shives, who purchased what was then called Talbert Funeral Home in 1967, will bring a combined 75+ years of experience to serve their growing customer base.

Shives Funeral Home will be one of the approximately 103,000 small business located in South Carolina. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, approximately 90% of the funeral homes in the U.S. are privately owned by families or individuals; the remainders are owned by corporations whose stock is publicly traded.

For more information on Shives Funeral Home, visit


Lexington Business Honored for 30 Years of Service

Lexington, S.C. – June 5, 2012 – A pillar of the Lexington community celebrates a milestone this week with the 30th Anniversary of Snelling Staffing Services of the Midlands.  Gina McCuen, owner of Snelling, was recognized by the Lexington Town Council June 4, 2012 for her contributions to the Lexington County economy.  Town Councilman Steve McDougall presented McCuen with a proclamation highlighting the business’ success for putting over 30,000 people to work over the last thirty years, being a National Award winning franchise and their continuous involvement in the community of Lexington and surrounding areas.  McCuen is noted as a pioneer in the staffing industry and in South Carolina as the first female national franchise owner and first Certified Temporary Specialist in the state.  Mayor Randy Halfacre gave a personal testimony of his experience with Snelling and Bryce England, Operations Manager, who recently placed a new staff member at the Lexington Chamber office, “The folks at Snelling have always been there and always do a great job which is shown by the number people they’ve put to work over thirty years.”

McCuen stated to the council and attendees that when she opened her doors in 1982 many questioned why she chose Lexington because, “there wasn’t anything happening here,” to which she replied, “We proved them wrong.”  McCuen’s legacy continues with her daughter, Elizabeth Trenbeath, President of the Snelling franchise in Lexington and the Columbia branch that opened in 2004.  She is a current member of the National Snelling Advisory Council, a position McCuen held in 1987.  Other Snelling representatives recognized by the Council were Natalie Henderson, Business Development Manager; Paige Bates, Staffing Manager; and Sam McCuen, community activist.  Snelling is deeply involved in community organizations including the Lexington and Columbia Chambers of Commerce, professional groups, and has four Leadership Columbia and three Leadership Lexington graduates. Additional events will be held throughout the year to celebrate the anniversary including community blood drive this summer and a Lexington Chamber of Commerce event in the fall.

About Snelling Staffing Services of the Midlands          
Since 1982, Snelling Staffing Services of the Midlands provides full-service talent management firm providing temporary, temp-to-perm, and career placement services to companies throughout the Greater Columbia area.  Snelling services all sized businesses and industries with candidates that include administrative, industrial, medical, engineering, and various other professionals.  For more information about Snelling Staffing Services of the Midlands, visit and to receive tips for business owners and jobseekers, follow them at and @SnellingMidland on Twitter.

About Lexington Town Council    
Nestled in the Midlands of South Carolina, the Town of Lexington is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state, having grown from approximately 9,800 citizens in 2000 to 17,870 in 2010.The Lexington Town Council is comprised of seven members including the mayor. They are responsible for setting policies, approving budgets, determining tax rates, and determining water and sewer rates. All members of council, including the mayor, have one vote. For more information on Lexington Town Council visit


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