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Grant Center announces S.C. Real Estate Hall of Fame inductees and winners of the 2019 Real Estate Awards


November 13, 2019

Conway, SC – The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics at Coastal Carolina University has announced the following businesses as the 2019 winners of its annual Real Estate Awards:

Leon Shamah is a graduate of CCU and the developer of Teal Towne Centre, a complex nearing completion on S.C. 544 a half-mile from the main campus.

“We look forward to serving the community to include the growing student body of Coastal Carolina University,” he said.

Made possible through a gift from the Tony and Carrie Grant Fund, the awards celebrate real estate excellence in five sectors in the Grand Strand and one property within the state of South Carolina.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our community with such a prestigious award,” said Dan Murphy, Living Beach general manager. “Our vision extends deeper than just developing another neighborhood with Living Dunes. We are committed to creating sustainable communities and assisting in the growth of Myrtle Beach.”

An awards ceremony will be presented by the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, from 5-6 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium, Room 116 in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration building. A reception with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will follow in the Wall Building boardroom, located in Room 222.

In addition to the awards, the Grant Center will hold the inaugural South Carolina Real Estate Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the event, which seeks to recognize and honor the legacy of top commercial real estate professionals with outstanding contributions to the South Carolina real estate community. The inaugural induction will be in memory of the late George Dodson Taylor and the late Wilson Springs.

Through the 40 years he spent in real estate, Taylor was involved in the development of many communities along the South Carolina coast, including some in Hilton Head, Georgetown, Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, and Myrtle Beach.

“Each of the developments targeted different markets, and George effectively identified the markets and products that would appeal to them,” said Bill Preacher, past president of Sea Pines company and Palmetto Bluff. “His real estate legacy is that he developed products that allowed purchasers to access the attractive lifestyle on or adjacent to the coast for a wide range of prices.”

Wilson was a Myrtle Beach native whose father founded H.B. Springs Company in 1928, which helped develop and build Pine Lakes Country Club and Ocean Forest Hotel. Wilson managed the company for more than 50 years alongside his brother Albert. He passed away on April 16, 2019.

To RSVP and/or receive more information on sponsorships, contact Hattie Jordan by Nov. 26 at 843-349-2052 or More information on each award-winning property and the inductees is available on the Grant Center website.


The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics serves students and professionals engaged in all facets of real estate and economics and provides market analysis, study-based scholarships, networking opportunities, internships and technical study tours of international sites.

The Grant Center leverages global ties to Coastal Carolina University and key partners, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and board members. It offers courses in commercial and investment real estate, publishes scholarly research and produces applied studies for stakeholders in the region. The Center also hosts an annual Economic Growth & Real Estate Summit, provides seminar talks on a regular basis and consults for various private, government and nonprofit groups.

The Center’s key mission is to support the education of its students to the highest levels of competence and professionalism and to broaden the economic base of the region, serving as a bridge between Coastal Carolina University and the wider community.

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Video: Grand opening of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics