It's time to kick-off the Pigskin Pick-'Em Challenge
It’s football season! The start of the NFL season kicks off the 21-week Daniel Island News Pigskin Pick-‘Em Challenge, which includes games from high school, college and the NFL. The contest is brought to you each week, with the chance for readers to win great area restaurant gift cards from our group of committed and competitive sponsors. You can find the link to this week’s ballot on page 28 of this edition. You can also sign up to receive the ballot via weekly email by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, defending sponsor champion Brad Rose of Palmetto Custom Carts returns to defend his title against 2-time sponsor champs Jeff Burton and Steve Meyer of Millennium Private Wealth, Rosie Stieby of Daniel Island Real Estate, Cara Schaafsma of Carolina One Real Estate – all previous sponsors. New sponsors to the contest this year are Dr. Jimmy Smith of Daniel Island Chiropractic and Ray Passailaigue of Backflow Service and Repair. Also competing in the contest is Daniel Island News sports writer Phil Bowman, who selects the games for the competition each week.
Rose, a Daniel Island resident since 2007 and a former toy story executive and inventor of over 20 products, can regularly be seen driving his golf cart around Daniel Island with his family. Rose and his wife, Kay, a third generation family physician whose practice is on Sullivan’s Island, have two sons - Jack is a freshman at Philip Simmons High School and Blake is in seventh grade at Daniel Island School.
“I bought my first Tomberlin LSV in 2009 from Palmetto Custom Carts because I admired their unique design and superior quality compared to the other carts that I test drove,” Rose explained. “I am involved with several other businesses in town and I have always been an active investor so when the previous owner of Palmetto Custom Carts reached out to me in 2010 to buy the business I agreed because I believed the Charleston area is such a great golf cart and LSV market.”
Rose said that since he bought the company it has gone from the smallest of the four authorized dealers in town to the largest with plans to grow other locations. “Last year we were the #1 Tomberlin dealer in the country,” he said.
Rose said he and his team at Palmetto Custom Carts created a one stop dealership that sells top quality golf carts and LSVs and is also a place where you can get repairs, customization, trade-ins, sell your current cart, or rent an LSV.
Rose brings the same deliberate business approach he has for his company to the football pick-‘em. “Last year I was way behind early in the season since I did not know the local high school football teams. I had no choice but to see what college and NFL teams were playing well and try and pick the upsets to catch the leaders. Eventually I got lucky and I was the tortoise in the 21 week competition.”
The winning sponsor receives a $500 donation from the paper to his charity of choice. Rose earmarked his donation to the Charleston Jazz Academy. Working in partnership with local schools, parents, and students of all ages, the Charleston Jazz Academy brings together highly motivated students in a collaborative and challenging environment to expand their repertoire and nurture the skills of improvisation. Last year’s donation went towards supporting scholarships for young musicians in need of financial assistance to continue their music studies.
Asked about his odds of winning this year, Rose modestly replied, “I will say 12.5 percent as it is a very long season and it will take some good luck to win again.”