Business Briefs - April 27, 2017
Pete Harper honored as Broker of the Quarter
Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®’ Inaugural CID Broker of the Quarter Award was presented to Daniel Island resident Pete Harper this month. Harper was nominated and chosen out of 208 current Commercial Investment Division Members.
He was also recently recognized as a 2016 CoStar Power Broker™ for Office Leasing. These awards are presented to both the firms and individuals who closed the highest transaction volume in commercial property sales and leases in their respective markets throughout the year. This is Harper’s fourth consecutive year winning the award for excellence in office leasing.
Harper CCIM is a Principal with Lee & Associates - Charleston, specializing in retail and office sales and leasing for third party owners and tenants. He represents clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of office buildings, retail properties and vacant land.
Lee & Associates Charleston is a locally owned and operated full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina that specializes in Brokerage, Property Management & Development. Founded in 1999 as Anchor Commercial, it became the 46th office of Lee & Associates in 2012.
Berkeley Chamber Board Endorses Statewide Gas Tax
The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors endorses a state-wide gas tax to repair and maintain South Carolina deteriorating roads.
The Board supports increasing the gas tax to provide a sustainable and recurring funding source that will enable the Department of Transportation to work on the more than 85 percent of our state roads that are rated “poor or fair.”
The Berkeley Chamber Board believes that a safe and well maintained infrastructure is critical to a growing economy, along with safety for residents and businesses.
South Carolina has the fourth largest state-maintained road system in the country, while also having the lowest per-mile road funding in the nation. Approximately one third of our primary or federal roads and half of our secondary roads have been deemed in “poor” or “mediocre” condition, while SCDOT estimates over a billion dollars per year would be needed for 20 years to address the maintenance shortfalls and additional capacity for existing needs and future growth.
The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors supports passing long-term, sustainable transportation funding with the sole purpose of fixing crumbing roads and bridges and expanding economic corridors.
Samuel Young joins First Choice VIP Care Plus as Medical Director
First Choice VIP Care Plus, a Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) for individuals who are dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, offered by Select Health of South Carolina and part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, recently announced that Daniel Island resident Samuel Young, M.D., MBA, CPE, has joined the health plan as medical director. He will report to Jay Powell, vice president of Medicare for South Carolina.
Board certified in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Young comes to First Choice VIP Care Plus with more than 10 years of health care administration, private practice, and academic experience. Most recently, he served as medical director at UnitedHealthcare in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was Employee & Individual Spine team lead and Neighborhood Health Partnership lead medical director.
As medical director at First Choice VIP Care Plus, Young’s responsibilities include leading all local MMP clinical review and utilization management. He is tasked with working with the Integrated Care Management team to execute the CMS-approved Model of Care (MOC), implementing best practices to improve health outcomes, and raising other quality indicators for the members that First Choice VIP Care Plus serves.
Young holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, earned a medical degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School, and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at Duke University. In addition, he recently earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School.