Question. What makes Olivetti, McCray & Withrow, LLC unique?

Answer. We all practice law because we want to make a difference in our clients’ lives. We genuinely love what we do, we love our clients and we love the work that we’re doing for our clients. Our goal and objective is to make sure that every client feels welcome and that they feel heard. We want them to know that we’re looking out for them. That’s what we do. 


Q. How did you get where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way?

A. It took hard work, a little bit of luck and the love and support of my family. I have always been lucky to have really smart and talented people around me who have taught me so much and really propelled me to be successful in my life personally and professionally. It has been a blessing.


Q. How does being known as “The German REALTOR®” help you stand out?

A. That happened accidentally. I was sitting at a restaurant and a guy came up to me and said, ‘Hey you’re the German realtor. I forgot your name but you’re the German realtor.’ I was like, ‘Thank you, that’s it!’


Question. Tell us a little bit about The Palmettos and what makes it different.

Answer. The Palmettos is a unique community offering assisted living and memory care. Our commitment to offering person-centered care and our smaller size allow partners to get to know each resident better, learn their preferences, and build a rapport with them and the family members that allows us to offer more personalized service. 


Question. What is the most significant accomplishment of your career thus far?

Answer. Never giving up. I've experienced some serious adversity in my business and personal life. Hasn't everyone? Complacency was not an option. What could have been a scary time became an amazing opportunity. I feel like I take that energy, enthusiasm and work ethic to my clients. And I hope I've taught that to my four children.

When Donna Taylor’s son, Evan, cut himself with a knife and needed seven stitches, she knew she had to help the Culinary Institute of America student get back into the kitchen.

“I hurt for him, watching him bandage and glove (his wound) and have to go to work and rub that knife blade again,” she said of her son. “I was trying to find something to protect his hand so that he could keep working.”

It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. That’s not always the case in the automotive industry, where invention is often the byproduct of vanity, such as fancy trim packages or tires that look good but do nothing to improve the ride.

Elongator is the exception, conceived 20 years ago in Bluffton by a guy who knew his pickup wasn’t doing the job like it should.

Mike Monroney might not be a household name. But his legacy is written on every car window at every new car dealership across the country. The late Oklahoma senator wrote and sponsored the Automobile Information Disclosure Act of 1958, requiring that every new car carry a window sticker showing every option it carries, every feature and every bell and whistle bolted onto it at the factory. While most of us refer to it as a window sticker, the real gearheads call it by the name that honors that legacy: a Monroney label.

Charles WohlCharles Wohl is the Don Ryan Center for Innovation’s new vice president of innovation, leading the business incubator and entrepreneurial ventures, and he came to Bluffton both to step back and to shake things up.

“On my bucket list was to move back to a coastal environment,” he said on why he took the job and moved to the Lowcountry from Texas last summer. But it’s a sure bet he’s not going to kick back and take it easy.

GreenbugWinter in the Lowcountry might not bring with it the snow and harsh weather that other parts of the country experience, but it does bring fewer bugs to the area — though the sand fleas seem impervious to all but the harshest weather conditions.

It’s a nice break from spring and summer, when the area is swarming with mosquitos and no-see-ums, and fire ants, cockroaches and mole crickets come out to ruin your outdoor spaces and give everyone a bad case of the creepy crawlies.