Business Briefs - February 9, 2023

SouthState Bank names Brookes top SC mortgage banker 7th year in a row
For the seventh consecutive year, Kevin Brookes, senior vice president and mortgage banker, earned “No. 1 Mortgage Loan Officer” in South Carolina at SouthState Bank. 
The recognition comes as the result of an internal rating based on loan volume. In 2022, Brookes successfully closed more than 100 real estate transactions totaling nearly $110 million.
“I am so thankful for the team we have and the loan products we offer to be able to serve the community,” Brookes said. “We live in an amazing place where people desire to live, and I am blessed to be able to help clients make their dreams of home ownership in the Charleston community a reality.”
Brookes’ clients praise his experienced professionalism and outstanding service, and they often contact him again when in need of additional mortgage loans.
Located on Daniel Island, Brookes has 28 years of experience as a mortgage banker and specializes in jumbo loans, construction loans, lot loans, physician loans, refinances, renovation loans and assisting buyers with their first home purchase. 
DI private homebuilder Ashton Woods recognized nationally for design center 
Ashton Woods, one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders, was recognized nationwide for their design center at The Nationals ceremony, held in January at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Presented by the National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC), a division of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the awards honor commitment to innovation, imagination and marketing flair within the homebuilding industry.
“Being recognized for our approach to home design is always an honor for our team,” said Robert Norton, division president of Ashton Woods, Charleston. “Our designers are focused on creating homes that are beautiful backdrops for memories that are made inside them.
The Studio by Ashton Woods is where homebuyers work side-by-side with design experts to get inspired and discover their own sense of style.”
Under the direction of studio manager Jen Alonzo, the studio in Charleston serves as a creative workshop where homebuyer vision, inspiration and individual lifestyle needs are transformed into thoughtfully designed spaces.
To explore the latest trends in design or learn more about the Charleston Studio, visit Additional information on The Nationals can be found at
Compiled by The Daniel Island News staff

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