Sunbelt of Charleston Team

When you’re preparing to buy or sell a business in Charleston, you need an experienced, winning team to guide you through the transaction process. At Sunbelt of Charleston, our brokers and M&A advisors have decades of combined experience and are well-versed in the Charleston marketplace. Give our team a call today to begin your search for a business or prepare your business for sale.

Thomas Conroy
Thomas Conroy
Office Owner
Thomas Conroy
Thomas Conroy
Office Owner

Thomas Conroy is the managing partner and co-owner of Sunbelt Charleston SC with Sunbelt founder Edward Pendarvis. Mr. Conroy purchased a small business from Sunbelt in 1985 and later sold it through Sunbelt. Mr. Conroy is a member of IBBA (International Business Brokers Association ) and holds the designation of C.B.I. (Certified Business Intermediary) Mr. Conroy has an extensive background in Transportation sales and management prior to joining Sunbelt. The office in Charleston has a great deal of experience in dealing with all sizes of business from mom & pop to manufacturing and distribution.

Ed Pendarvis
Ed Pendarvis
Office Owner
Ed Pendarvis
Ed Pendarvis
Office Owner

Mr. Ed Pendarvis, CBI, is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Sunbelt Network. He is a 1965 graduate of The Citadel, in Charleston, S.C. He served two years active duty in the United States Army Artillery. Mr. Pendarvis had a successful career in real estate sales and development before joining Sunbelt. Associated with Sunbelt since 1983, he has participated in or managed the sale of over 1,000 businesses.

He has been a guest instructor in business brokerage for the Texas, Florida and California Association of Business Brokers, as well as the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). Mr. Pendarvis is also a Real Estate Broker, a former member of the South Carolina Better Business Bureau Board of Directors and of the IBBA Board of Directors, where he served as membership chairman. Mr. Pendarvis was made a “fellow” in the IBBA, and he was awarded the prestigious Tom West Award in 2006 for his contribution to the IBBA and business brokerage industry.

Based on his experiences, Pendarvis wrote a “how to” book, “Buying a Business to Secure Your Financial Freedom”, and it was published by McGraw-Hill in 2005. Thousands of copies have been sold to folks interested in owning or selling their own business. Pendarvis also serves on The Citadel School of Business Administration Advisory Board and in 2007 was inducted into The Citadel Business School Hall of Fame.

He received the state of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, “The Order of the Palmetto” from Governor James B. Edwards (R) in 1988 for work with the American Legion Palmetto Boys State Program and from Governor Richard W. Riley (D) in 1983 for work with the Board of the Juvenile Correction Institution. Married to the former Elaine Bowen of Charleston, SC. They have five beautiful daughters and six wonderful grandchildren.

Warren Bazemore
Warren Bazemore
Vice President
Warren Bazemore
Warren Bazemore
Vice President

Warren Bazemore is a South Carolina native committed to the success and growth of small business.Prior to joining Sunbelt , Warren gained extensive experience in the financial services and insurance area. Ass an agency director for a national marketing organization, he recruited and trained agents throughout the Southeastern united States.

Most recemntly Warren worked with business owners in designing and implementing business sucession plans, deferred compensation plans, and many other aspects of employee benefits. He is a graduate of leadership Columbia and a member of IBBA. Warren is committed to upholding the highest standards of standards and ethics of this profession.

Cecil Dye
Cecil Dye
Senior Broker
Cecil Dye
Cecil Dye
Senior Broker

Cecil is a Senior Broker at Sunbelt with an extensive background in P&L management across a wide range of industries. He can sell your Sports Bar,Service or Distribution,Manufacturing or Technology business. His largest sale has been a $125M international technology company and smallest a $60K rental business. He has a BSEE from the Citadel,MBA from Xavier University and a PMD from Harvard Business School.

Ken Patch
Ken Patch
Vice President
Ken Patch
Ken Patch
Vice President

Ken is a professional businessman and business broker. He once owned and operated five radio stations and has been a consultant for many businesses. He has brokered many transactions. His business operational and brokerage experience will help facilitate the purchase or sale of a business.

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson
Senior Broker
Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson
Senior Broker

Mike Wilson, Senior Broker, CPA, has worked as a CFO/ Controller for small to medium sized businesses in many different industries during his career. He has worked in manufacturing, hotel/motel, fast food , wholesale packaging and others. He is also certified in Franchise Sales and is able to work with a buyer in a new or existing franchise business. The experience he brings will help a buyer or seller navigate the sales process. He knows how to interpret financials and work with lenders or insurance companies.

Melissa H. Gaddy
Melissa H. Gaddy
Senior Broker
Melissa H. Gaddy
Melissa H. Gaddy
Senior Broker

Melissa is a Business Broker who is committed to helping Main Street businesses thrive in the Charleston area. She is creative, solutions-oriented business woman with experience in corporate banking, financial analysis, risk management and small business  ownership. She represents both buyers and sellers and utilizes her own experience as a business owner to help clients make informed decisions through the buy/sell process. Melissa understands that the buying and selling of a business is likely one of the most important decisions in a person’s life, both professionally and personally, and will represent you always with that in mind.

Melissa is a graduate of The University of North Carolina and lives in Mt Pleasant with her husband, Ben and three children. In her home life  she enjoys  reading,sailing and cheering on her kids’ various pursuits, and is  an active member of St Thomas’ Church

G.C. Pennington portrait
G.C. Pennington
Senior Broker
G.C. Pennington portrait
G.C. Pennington
Senior Broker

G.C. Pennington is a business broker in the Sunbelt Network, focusing on the middle market in multiple verticals. He founded the Pennington Law Firm, LLC in 1995 in Columbia, South Carolina. He grew the firm to approximately fifty attorneys and staff with a national practice and sold most of the practice in 2016. He continues to practice law today. He is licensed in South Carolina and Georgia but has assisted with transactions nationwide. He leverages his extensive business and legal experience in multiple industries to assist buyers and sellers in the middle market achieve the best outcomes. He has enjoyed a varied and diversified practice, including deploying wireless infrastructure and technology; commercial real estate transactions; in-building connectivity agreements; utility and fiber deployment agreements; broadband deployment; and software licensing/ technology agreements. He has extensive M&A experience in multiple industries, primarily in wireless infrastructure and tower assets. His success is based upon his ability to negotiate complicated agreements and see them through to closing.

He is a graduate of The Citadel and The USC School of Law. He currently resides in Beaufort, South Carolina. He enjoys driving/racing cars, boating, and fishing when not working.

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