The Gulf Shores based, eight-week beach house renovation reality TV show “Beach Flip” on the HGTV network recently concluded amid a fair amount of fanfare, according to critics from the New York Post and Scripps Networks Interactive.

A Chicago couple, Martha Montross and Alex Borre, ultimately won the $50,000 grand prize for adding the most value to their “project” Alabama beach home under the watchful eye of HGTV stars David Bromstad (“My Lottery Dream Home”), Nicole Curtis (“Rehab Addict”) and Josh Temple (“House Crashers”). The celebrities delivered the news to the winners based on the results of calculated averages put together by experts from across the surrounding area.

Local real estate agents received a healthy amount of face time during the program’s finale. In essence, these homegrown professionals chose the winner based on their collective expertise from decades of working in and inhabiting the Baldwin and Mobile county real estate markets.

Among the professionals seen front and center for their Cecil B. DeMille close-ups were: Joe Emer, Roberts Brothers (Studio 10/WALA); Gloria Sims Crump, Gulf Shores Re/Max; Ballard Sweat, Re/Max Paradise; Clarissa Rambo, Realty Executives; Drew Watson, Watson Appraisal; Geoff and Susan Gaberino, Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals; Jared Giddens, Roberts Brothers Mobile; Tony Mach, Roberts Brothers Mobile; LaDonya Merrell, Roberts Brothers Fairhope and Betsy Duggar, Alabama Appraisal Company, Fairhope.
“The fact that ‘Beach Flip’ chose our area is supporting evidence that we can expect continued interest from all over the U.S. I am seeing an increase in the number of vacationers and buyers from states where I normally do not, such as Nebraska, Arizona, New York and even North and South Dakota. I interpret this to mean they are being introduced to our area through TV programs like ‘Beach Flip,’” Ballard Sweat with Re/Max Paradise said.

“There is a multiplier effect associated with TV programs like ‘Beach Flip.’ Meaning, it is not just Gulf-front real estate that will continue to see increased demand. But moreover, it’s the money vacationers and buyers spend on gas, food, clothing, souvenirs, entertainment, recreational activities, etc. Simply put, the show will drive outside dollars into our community in a substantial way. I anticipate that the long-term impacts of this multiplier effect will even outweigh the potential positive effects on real estate prices,” Sweat added.

Commercial real estate moves
Fairways Indoor Golf Club has leased 3,200 square feet of retail space at Spanish Fort Town Center near Bass Pro Shop, with plans in place to open in November. Raymond Faircloth with Milling Commercial Realty worked for the tenant. Michael Wilson and Sharon Wright with White-Spunner Realty worked for the landlord.

Amedisys Home Health of Mobile recently relocated and expanded its offices at Mobile Office Park. Amedisys is now located in Suite 204, Building 2, and occupies more than 5,200 square feet of medical space. Jill Meeks of Stirling Properties handled the relocation and expansion.

OneMain Financial has leased 2,400 square feet of office space on an outparcel of land in the Springdale Mall complex, adjacent to the Shoppes of Bel Air. Amber Dedeaux of Vallas Realty worked for the landlord. Located at 171 E. Interstate 65 Service Road S., the national small-loan lending company expects to open the new branch later this year.

 John Delchamps with the Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc. recently sold a 5,400-square-foot office building at 1060 Springhill Ave. to an undisclosed company for $375,000. In a separate transaction, the 18,000-square-foot former Sawyer Furniture property at 207 Saraland Blvd. was leased to a non-local furniture retailer. Delchamps was the sole broker on both transactions. 

Kennedy tapped as new president of Providence Health System
Todd S. Kennedy has been named president of Providence Health System, part of the Ascension Gulf Coast Ministry market. Ascension is the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

Kennedy has served Providence since February 2012 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He came to Providence from St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham, where he served for six years as president and COO of St. Vincent’s East, a 328-bed acute care hospital.  

“Todd is an exceptional, experienced health care leader with a deep commitment to the mission and values of Ascension and Providence Health System,” Susan Davis, senior vice-president of Ascension Health/Gulf Coast Ministry, said. Ascension Health is the health care delivery subsidiary of Ascension.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to contribute to the growth of Providence Health System, which has served our community for over 160 years,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy received masters’ degrees in health administration and business administration from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also holds a bachelor’s in health administration from Auburn University. He participates on the boards of numerous community organizations and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama.

Kennedy replaces Clark P. Christianson, who is retiring after almost 15 years as the 29th president of the Providence health ministry. The Providence Physician Network has grown to 14 practice locations offering primary and specialty care in southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi.

Keith Palmer’s Toyota CAC fundraiser generates $25,500
Keith Palmer’s Toyota Superstore in West Mobile recently announced it has donated more than $25,500 this year to the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Mobile. The lump sum represents total funds raised during a 19-day fundraising effort in July initiated by the auto dealership. During the drive, sales teams at Palmer’s Toyota Superstore and Palmer’s Airport Hyundai agreed to donate $100 to the CAC for every vehicle sold.

During the past 21 years Palmer’s has raised upwards of $287,400 for the CAC through this major annual charity event. At a luncheon ceremony, it was also announced Palmer has received the Toyota President’s Award from Toyota Motor Sales. According to a news release, only a handful of Toyota dealership owners across the country receive this prestigious award annually.

The CAC is a community response organization that coordinates services for victims of child sexual and severe physical abuse. Twenty-eight professionals from eight agencies work together to provide recovery services for abused children and their non-offending family members. In 2014, more than 2,900 children were treated through CAC programs.