Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, and they inspire us to challenge, create, innovate and contribute. In this annual feature on the emerging leaders of Brunswick County, “Life in Brunswick County” presents the Future 10 — all of them younger than 40. And our very own agent, Dana King made the list!
Real Estate Broker, Century 21 Sweyer & Associates
When she’s not helping her clients find their dream homes, managing her investment properties or keeping up with her three daughters’ busy schedules, Dana King, real estate broker for Century 21 Sweyer & Associates, can be found running the business side of her dance studio, Inspirations Dance Centre, in Boiling Spring Lakes. King purchased and resurrected the dance studio with the hope of increasing awareness and access to the performing arts in Brunswick County.
“The amount of visual artists we have in our communities is outstanding,” King says. “We just don’t have a lot of performance art features.” In addition to dance, the studio offers a Combative Concepts curriculum, which teaches self-defense and confidence-building for children and adults.
A self-described “serial entrepreneur,” King and her husband have opened and sold businesses over the last 20 years, beginning as real estate investors. Owning her own rental properties attracted her to the world of consumer real estate.
“I like having my hands on the pulse of real estate in the area,” King says. “I want my clients to know everything that’s on the market, whether it’s foreclosures, new construction or existing homes, so I can best match them to properties.”
King sees herself getting into the development side of real estate in the future, possibly building affordable housing for the growing communities. “As someone who owns rental properties, I see first-hand the large need for affordable housing,” she says.
As King sees it, the future of Brunswick County couldn’t be brighter. “There is the rural part of the county that reminds me of the farm I grew up on in Whiteville, and when mixed with the beach, it’s an unbelievable place to live,” she says. She believes it’s those characteristics that attract new retirees to the area, “bringing with them culture from the Northeast, so we get a mix of Northern culture and Southern charm.”
Humble by nature, King says she is usually embarrassed when the spotlight shines on her. But being named as part of this year’s Future 10 put things in a different perspective. “It was such a nice surprise and a complete honor. I’m at a place in my life right now where I’m ready to step into the recognition.”
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