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Matt Essig
: Matt has over 25 years’ experience in the small business world. Starting off in the paving industry with E.J Breneman, Inc. Matt sold an innovative road recycling system. After the birth of his first son, Matt moved into an outside sales role with Stephenson Equipment, Inc. selling cranes and other construction related equipment. Matt was promoted to management and became part owner. Sixteen years later, the lure of Charleston called, taking a position as Division Manager with Flint Equipment, a John Deere construction equipment dealer. Now with VR, Matt takes great satisfaction by being the conduit for people looking to exit from their successful business and making connections to people wanting to take ownership of something for themselves. Matt is a member of MENSA, attended West Virginia University and holds numerous certificates in small business management. Matt and Kelly have been married for 25 years and have three sons. Reach Matt at matt@vrlowcountry.com.

Kelly Essig
A personal connection to your business is the key component to any owner’s success. Kelly’s mission is to find that right connection for each individual seeking to sell their business and find the perfect match for a person looking to purchase their own business.

Kelly’s background is in Business Management, but her philosophy and approach come from extensive Yoga and Fitness education. Kelly attended the Bradford School of Business and Fairmont State University. Her professional experience includes many years in retail management, the Insurance industry and Division Manager for a popular Jewelry company. She later dove into the study of Yoga through the Yoga Life Institute and Yoga Fit. That was when Kelly found her true connection in business and opened her own successful Yoga and Fitness studio.

An opportunity for her family to relocate to the Charleston area presented itself, which necessitated selling her Yoga studio, which she did on her own. It was through this experience, a desire developed to help others find the perfect buyer for people looking to sell or buy their own business.

Kelly lives in Mt Pleasant with her husband, Matt, and three sons. She enjoys tennis, bike riding and the many outdoor activities Charleston life has to offer. Let Kelly help guide you on your journey! Kelly can be reached at kelly@vrlowcountry.com
James Patenaude: After finishing his enlistment in the US Navy, James started his site construction and utility company. In 28 years, He has grown from a one-man show to a multi-division development firm, capable of bonding to $15M. Other endeavors include app development / marketing and commercial property acquisition and leasing.
He has a detailed understanding of business operations including sales, marketing, financial functions and customer service, with a strong skill set in overcoming obstacles and resolving issues. James provides prompt professional service, and believes effective communication is paramount to all successful transactions. Let these disciplines, and a wealth of experience go to work for you.
James has been married for 26 years, has two daughters and a dog named Jack. James can be reached at james@vrlowcountry.com

Todd Boccabella: Todd graduated from Syracuse University in 1996. He moved directly to NYC and started on a path in the highly competitive finance industry. He started his financial career at JP Morgan Chase Bank as an international operations analyst. He moved onto work at BlackRock in multiple different operations and customer service roles. He then agreed to become a bond/CDS broker at Chapdelaine Co. and remained in that role until September of 2013. After deciding to leave the financial industry Todd, his wife Norma and their 3 boys decided to leave the Tri-state area and become permanent residents of the Lowcountry.
Over the last 4.5 years he has worked closely with his family business Animal Necessity, a successful pet supplement company. He has vast experience in the business world as well as a very dedicated desire to help others move from the corporate world into business ownership. He looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead and anticipates the many successes for his clients and their families. Todd can be reached at: Todd@vrlowcountry.com
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