Ever wonder who's on the other end of that email, phone call, or letter? The people who work at Carolina Living believe in the Carolinas as the ultimate destination for travel and relocation. So take a moment and read all about us.
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Leyla Mason, Co-Founder
CREATED THE TEAM IN 1986
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Co-Founder, Director of Operations
MOST RECENT POSITION BEFORE: National Meeting Planner & Realtor
RECENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Several Chambers around the Carolinas; Florida State University – Alumni Society of Hosts Board Member; Columbia Museum of Art; Penland School of Crafts; Advisory Board of Columbia College Business School
COLLEGE/POST-SECONDARY LEARNING AFFILIATIONS: BS in Business, Florida State University; Dale Carnegie Course
VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Richland Sertoma Club
MOST CHALLENGING BUSINESS DECISION: Changing the focus of our business organization from a non-profit association to a c-corporation
AN IMPORTANT LESSON I'VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE OR BUSINESS: You can take charge of your destiny. (We did, by founding the Center for Carolina Living)
THE PERSON I ADMIRE MOST: My mother and my husband
FAVORITE BOOK: The Celestine Prophecy
FAVORITE MOVIE: Peter Sellers movies
FAVORITE SONG: "Layla," by Eric Clapton
FAVORITE SPOTS IN THE CAROLINAS: The Outer Banks and Charleston
ONE WAY I SPEND MY FREE TIME: Cycling, walking and gym workout sessions
MY DREAM CAR: Mercedes SL500
MY DREAM VACATION: France, Italy, South Africa
ONE THING I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE: Work less and make more!
Patrick Mason, Co-Founder
CREATED THE TEAM IN 1986
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Inspire, Invent, Lead, Serve.
SPOUSE: Leyla, since 1983.
CHILDREN: I’m the oldest of four adopted. We have none. Happy.
MOST RECENT POSITION BEFORE: Corporate Renegade. Favorite Yoga position is Downward Dog. Then back bends and head stands.
RECENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Member Urban Land Institute, Carolina Green Building Council, David Wolfe’s Society For Ageless Marketing, Clemson University Associate Adjunct Professor, Board Secretary, Alabama Real Estate Holdings (former), SC Wildlife Federation Board.
COLLEGE/POST-SECONDARY LEARNING AFFILIATIONS: Denver University BSBA 1973 Major in Hotel Management, Northwestern University, Executive Program: Industrial Marketing Strategy Course; May 1983. Dale Carnegie Sales Course.
VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Richland Sertoma Club Board, SC ULI Leadership Class for Sustainable Development. Life Member Sertoma International.
MOST CHALLENGING BUSINESS DECISION: Finding great sales people. Adjusting the enterprise culture to the "new normal" economic conditions.
AN IMPORTANT LESSON I'VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE OR BUSINESS: Work and play with your heart front forward. Maintain highest integrity. No withholds. Implement zero stress strategies.
THE PERSON I ADMIRE MOST: Bill Marriott
FAVORITE BOOK: The Aquarian Conspiracy. Common Wealth Economics For a Crowded Planet by Jeffery Sachs.
FAVORITE MOVIE: My Dinner With Andre, Butch Cassidy
FAVORITE SONG: Today...while the blossoms still cling to the vine...
FAVORITE SPOTS IN THE CAROLINAS: Charleston, SC & Asheville, NC
WAY TO SPEND FREE TIME: Jazz, Yoga, Gardening
MY DREAM CAR: Ferrari
MY DREAM VACATION: Round the world cruise
ONE THING I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE: Complete Yoga teacher training in my retirement years.
Ann Record Dolin, Production Director
JOINED THE TEAM IN 1997
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Web-site maintenance; B2C and B2B newsletter production; guide production and design
CHILDREN: Sally and Brian; granddaughters Leah and Berkeley
MOST RECENT POSITIONS BEFORE: Corporate Art Director at Bobbin Blenheim; owner of Towhee & Co. since 1991
RECENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Greater Columbia Obedience Club; Co-owner of Columbia Agility Group; Wesleyan College (Macon, Georgia) alumnae; University of South Carolina alumnae
COLLEGE/POST-SECONDARY LEARNING AFFILIATIONS: BFA, University of SC
VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member of Rosewood Community Council
MOST CHALLENGING BUSINESS DECISION: Yet to happen.
AN IMPORTANT LESSON I'VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE OR BUSINESS: Someone always has more money and power than I do
THE PERSON I ADMIRE MOST: Garrison Keillor
FAVORITE BOOK: Any road atlas
FAVORITE MOVIE: Rear Window
FAVORITE SONG: "Oklahoma"
FAVORITE SPOTS IN THE CAROLINAS: Graveyard Fields, near Cold Mountain, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, mile marker 418
ONE WAY I SPEND MY FREE TIME: Sorting through my long-departed Grandfather's treasures and selling them on eBay
MY DREAM CAR: A reliable Volvo Station wagon
MY DREAM VACATION: A good map and the car ready to roll.
ONE THING I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE: Opportunity to own a vacation home with mountains in the backyard and water in the front yard.
Kathy Pettit, Executive Editor
JOINED THE TEAM IN 1999
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: supervise and coordinate the Carolina Living Guide, assist in public relations and communications, write articles for the Guide and Website
MOST RECENT POSITION BEFORE: Currently President, Media Concepts, Inc., and Executive Director, Good Works Alliance Inc. in addition to Carolina Living responsibilities.
RECENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: American Business Press, South Carolina Association of Non-Profit Organizations, American Arbitration Association
COLLEGE/POST-SECONDARY LEARNING AFFILIATIONS: BA in English, Winthrop University; MA in 20thC American Literature, University of South Carolina, additional graduate studies in Mass Communications, USC.
VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: We Care Center Board of Directors, Project Pet Board of Directors
MOST CHALLENGING BUSINESS DECISION: Quitting my job and starting my business in 1984
AN IMPORTANT LESSON I'VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE OR BUSINESS: Go ahead and write the letter/memo when you have a disagreement with someone at work, but wait until the next day to read it again before sending it. Now that I do that, I am always able to see more clearly, and communicate more effectively after time to reflect.
THE PERSON I ADMIRE MOST: Jimmy Carter and my sister, Shirley, for her intelligence, knowledge and compassion
FAVORITE BOOK: The Fountainhead, The Fifth Sacred Thing, The Prodigal Summer
FAVORITE MOVIE: Dr. Zhivago, Sophie’s Choice. For humor, I could watch Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Arthur at least once a year.
FAVORITE SONG: Maggie May, sung by Rod Stewart; also Dancing in the Moonlight and I Want You Back by Michael Jackson
FAVORITE SPOTS IN THE CAROLINAS: North Myrtle Beach at the family beach house. Saluda/Hendersonville/Asheville
ONE WAY I SPEND MY FREE TIME: walking
MY DREAM CAR: Morgan (forest green, with mahogany trim)
MY DREAM VACATION: a small, luxury yacht to carry me around the Mediterranean, from Portugal to Morocco.
ONE THING I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE: Live outside the U.S. for one year.
Jackie Stone, Fulfillment /Distribution
JOINED THE TEAM IN 1997
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Fulfillment and distribution of CarolinaLiving.com Guide; Executive Assistant
CHILDREN: Tray and Kim
RECENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Executive Assistant, Columbia Marriott Hotel
VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: WMU Steering Committee; Connie Hammond Mission Group; Red Hat Book Review; Greenlawn Seniors Committee, etc.
AN IMPORTANT LESSON I'VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE OR BUSINESS: Don't cry over spilt milk.
THE PERSON I ADMIRE MOST: Jimmy Carter
FAVORITE BOOK: Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, and East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
FAVORITE MOVIE: Pay it Forward
FAVORITE SONG: "On Eagle's Wings" and almost all 50s Beach Music
FAVORITE SPOTS IN THE CAROLINAS: SC-Beaufort, Charleston, Lake Murray, Murrells Inlet. NC-Asheville, Blowing rock, Chapel Hill, Outer Banks, Wilmington
ONE WAY I SPEND MY FREE TIME: Roaming through antique (and junk!) stores
MY DREAM CAR: I don't dream about cars…
MY DREAM VACATION: but I do dream about vacations! An African safari probably ranks the highest.
ONE THING I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE: Visit all the National Parks I haven't yet seen.
JOINED THE TEAM IN 1996
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Interview sources and write articles, captions editor
CHILDREN: Sophie, the "Sophisticated" Boykin Spaniel and Gracie, a very vocal gray and white cat.
WORK RESUME: Aida is a veteran writer and editor, having worked in newspapers, television, magazines and legal newsletters. She is coauthor of Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full, a collection of writings about South Carolina's most beloved restaurants. She recently won second place in the 2010 Green Eyeshade Awards (feature writing, non-daily print category).
RECENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Columbia Media Club
COLLEGE/POST-SECONDARY LEARNING AFFILIATIONS: University of South Carolina, BA in Journalism
VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Helping with the assimilation of the Somali Bantus into Columbia, SC
MOST CHALLENGING BUSINESS DECISION: Saying "no" to freelance work I don't have time for
AN IMPORTANT LESSON I'VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE OR BUSINESS: Surround yourself with honest people
THE PERSON I ADMIRE MOST: Abraham Lincoln
FAVORITE BOOK: "The Shipping News"
FAVORITE MOVIE: "The Piano," also "Enchanted April"
FAVORITE SONG: "Dream a Little Dream of Me"
FAVORITE SPOTS IN THE CAROLINAS: The downtowns of Asheville, Aiken, Hendersonville, Charleston and the neighborhoods in Conway. Also, the winter colony neighborhoods in Aiken. The antique stores in Camden. The peach and pecan groves on The Ridge in South Carolina, between Gilbert and Edgefield. La Cantina restaurant in Clarks Hill in McCormick County. Skinny Dip Falls off the Blue Ridge Parkway is groovy, too.
Also, Old Sheldon Ruins near Beaufort - and the Carolina/Clemson football game when it's in Columbia. Also, a stroll along the Battery in spring in Charleston, a pontoon boat ride on Lake Lure, a hot peppermint patty at Goatfeathers in Five Points before Christmas shopping, listening to Skipp Pearson play "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" on saxophone at Hunter-Gatherer on Thursday nights during the holidays.
ONE WAY I SPEND MY FREE TIME: Reading in bed with my dog beside me
MY DREAM CAR: a convertible - any convertible.
MY DREAM VACATION: Around the world with no deadlines on a variety of transport - camels, luxury trains, boats going through narrow canals in England, sailing down the Nile, poking around Venice, visiting the grottos off Greece and Italy - bet you wish you hadn't asked…
ONE THING I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE: see above.