REALTORS® of the Year
Each year, we honor one residential, one commercial and one global Realtor® as Realtor® of the Year, who is nominated by their peers and colleagues. The residential Realtor® of the Year is announced during the annual Realtors® of Distinction luncheon, the commercial Realtor® of the Year is revealed during a Commercial Investment Division luncheon and the global Realtor® of the Year is revealed during a Global Business Chapter luncheon.
Congratulations to the 2022 Realtors® of the Year!
Sarah Coleman Lee | Residential Realtor of the Year
Sarah is a Broker Associate of Charleston’s Best Home Team with Realty ONE Group Coastal. She was born and raised in Prichard, AL., the youngest of 12 siblings and the proud single mom of one daughter, Jessica A. Lee.
To meet Sarah is to encounter pure positive energy; that she has drive is obvious. She
began her real estate career as an investor, while serving on active duty. Her military background was in the field of health care where she earned an MBA in Health Care Management.
After a 22-year career in the United States Air Force, she started a full-time real estate career in 2008, at the height of the market meltdown. But make no mistake, she has proved through her achievements and involvement in the community that she has what it takes to not just survive but thrive. Throughout her real estate career, Sarah has been recognized as a Realtor of distinction, the top 10% of agents within the tri-
Sarah has served as a member and President of the Multiple Listing Services Board of Directors and currently serves as Past President. She is a member of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, serves on the South Carolina Realtors Board of Directors, along with several other committees. Sarah also currently serves as President of the newly found, Women Council of Realtors Coastal SC.
She has earned her certification as a certified sales representative (CRS), accredited buyers’ representative (ABR) and as a military relocation professional (MRP). However, Sarah’s passion to serve others goes way beyond the world of real estate. She is heavily involved in the community and gives much of her time and finances to support other organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, St Jude, Wounded Warriors, to name a few.
Sarah is the founder of Women Destined for greatness, the visionary of its annual summit and provides scholarships to assist women-owned businesses. Sarah states, “While this award is meant to recognize an agent's contributions and work, it is also a reflection of the amazing Charleston area community I have the privilege to serve as a real estate agent each day. I want to express my deepest gratitude to my clients, colleagues, mentors, family, and friends for their constant support. I also want to acknowledge the incredible talent and dedication of my fellow real estate professionals, who inspire me every day to strive for excellence. I’m grateful and humbled to receive this award, and it will serve as a reminder of my commitment to uphold the standards that it
Dana Gipson | Global Realtor of the Year
Gipson is a Charleston native who works with EXP Realty. She holds a degree B.A. in Public Relations (Johnson C. Smith University) and A.A. in Commercial Arts(Trident Technical College).
She always loved traveling, which fuels her interest in international real estate. Recently, she served as 2021 President of the Charleston Global Business Council in addition to serving on many other local and national boards. She currently serves on the South
Carolina Realtors Board of Directors and the NAR CIPS Advisory Board. She is also a past member of the NAR(National Association of Realtors) Global Alliance Committee.
Passionate about global real estate, Gipson has continued to leverage her know-how and
experience to exceed her clients’ expectations. She has formed Global partners in several
countries; Portugal, Dubai, Costa Rica, Jamaica just to name a few. She is a Certified
International Property Specialist and Global Real Estate Practitioner.
Gipson enjoys working with all types of clients, from the first-time homebuyer to the downsizing baby boomer, and targets her services to each and every client’s individual needs.
When not working she enjoys spending time together with friends and family, whether walking in the parks or enjoying the many Festivals Charleston has to offer. Time with her family is something she never takes for granted.
Chip Shealy | Commercial Realtor of the Year
Chip Shealy is a First Vice President within the Office Services team at CBRE. Chip leverages his unique insight and experience to serve the specialized needs of tenants and owners in Charleston’s office market. As part of the CBRE network, Chip has access to local office market expertise and market research tools to help clients make strategic and informed decisions.
Chip focuses on leasing, development, acquisition and disposition of office properties in Charleston and is working with a diverse group of building owners and companies to optimize each client’s needs and values. He has been involved in multiple sale and leasing transactions of predominantly office properties in the Charleston area of over 2.4 million square feet grossing over $310 million since joining CBRE in 2013.
Some of Chip’s Professional Accomplishments
2022 CTAR Commercial Realtor of the Year
2022 and 2023 President of SC Commercial MLS
2021 President of the Charleston Commercial Investment Division (CID)
Board of Directors – South Carolina Realtors
Board of Directors – Charleston County Board of Assessment Appeals
Board of Directors – Commercial MLS, Charleston Trident Association of Realtors (CTAR)
Board of Directors – Commercial Investment Division of CTAR
Realtor of Distinction 2016-2022 – Commercial Circle, CTAR
SIOR Designation – 2017
Licensed Real Estate Broker, South Carolina