Member News | June 28

Richland County Sheriff’s Department is one of the 15 Freedom Awards winners

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today the 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. These employers distinguished themselves among the 2,899 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists. The 2013 recipients will be honored at the 18th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 26, 2013.

“I commend and thank the 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for providing exceptional support to our Citizen Warriors,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “So many of our Nation’s employers are finding ways to contribute to our Nation’s security, but these employers stand out for their commitment to our Guardsmen and Reservists.  They have the gratitude and thanks of the entire Department of Defense.”

The 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients are:
Albuquerque Fire Department, Albuquerque, N.M.
Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C.
C.W. Driver, Pasadena, Calif.
City of Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs,
Colo.DaVita, Inc., Denver, Colo.
Eastman Chemical, Kingsport, Tenn.
Family Allergy & Asthma, Louisville, Ky.
Humana, Louisville, Ky.
Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc., San Antonio, Texas
Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia, S.C.
Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, Calif.
Steel Plate Fabricators, Knoxville, Tenn.
U.S. Bank, Minneapolis, Minn.
U.S. Marshals Service, Washington, D.C.

Freedom Award recipients stand out by going above and beyond what the federal law requires of Guard and Reserve employers. They go to extraordinary lengths to support their military employees through both formal and informal initiatives. The 2013 recipients’ exemplary support includes forming an employee resource network for military employees and their families, providing additional paid military leave to Guard and Reserve employees, setting and surpassing employment goals for veterans and service members, and extending personal support to families.


FREE Help for Homeowners Community Event, Friday, June 28

HOPE NOW, Making Home Affordable and NeighborWorks America along with several local, non-profit partners and state agencies are hosting this event that will afford homeowners the unique opportunity to meet directly with their mortgage servicer and/or a HUD-approved housing counselor to find alternatives to foreclosure and to get information on other mortgage options.

Representatives will be on hand to discuss refinance options as well.

We are prepared to help struggling homeowners in your community and here is how we can do that together:

  • Below is a flyer that we need your help in distributing. Can you help us distribute it to your employees, constituents or congregations?
  • Are you assisting families who need immediate assistance? Will you let them know about this face to face, FREE opportunity?
  • Do you know employees, co-workers or families that need immediate attention? Can you let them know about this FREE opportunity? 
  • Posting information to your website, intranet and social media sites is free and easy. Will you do that for us?

To ensure the success of this event, we need your help!

Here’s a list of mortgage companies that will all be there to help homeowners. Additional companies are expected to be added as we get closer to the event date:

  • Bank of America
  • Chase
  • Citi
  • GMAC
  • Homeward Residential
  • Nationstar
  • Ocwen
  • OneWest
  • PNC
  • Select Portfolio Servicing
  • Wells Fargo/Wachovia

Several local, HUD-approved non-profit counseling organizations will be on-site as well, including:

  • Brookland-West Columbia Community & Housing Development Corp.
  • City of Rock Hill
  • CCCS Family Services (North Charleston)
  • CCCS Savannah
  • Community Assistance Provider, Inc.
  • Homeownership Center-Consumer Education Services
  • Latino Communications Community Development Corporation
  • Telemon Corporation
  • The Affordable Housing Group

Plus representatives from the following organizations will be in attendance:

  • Fannie Mae
  • Freddie Mac
  • HUD
  • Loan Scam Alert
  • Making Home Affordable
  • South Carolina Hardest Hit Fund

Please be sure to check out the Faces of Recovery section of our web site for video testimonials of real homeowners who have attended past HOPE NOW / Making Home Affordable events in cities across America:



Gerald Steele, Senior Broker with NAI Avant, represented the seller in the disposition of ±317 acres of farm land in Florence County, SC.  The property sold for $762,456.


Walter Monteith, a member of NAI Avant’s Retail Specialty Team, recently represented Bojangles’ of Charlotte, NC, in their acquisition of ±1.03 acres.  Located on Platt Springs Road in Lexington County, SC, the property sold for $467,500.

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.


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