As the times comes to wave goodbye to 2015, we’ve been reviewing ICND’s progress, and wow – what a year!
As the times comes to wave goodbye to 2015, we’ve been reviewing ICND’s progress, and wow – what a year!
We love to feature our employees as they achieve some major accomplishments. You may recall us blogging back in June about Caitlin winning the State Championship Tennis match and going on to Regionals. Well, this past weekend, our very own Caitlin Negethon competed in the South Carolina Singles State Tennis Championships and for the second year in a row, she took home first place with her team in the 4.0 18+ division!
More than 300 players participated in the championships this year. Divisions are grouped by age and competition level. Caitlin captained both years for the team as they went on to win the State Championship. Pictured below are (from left to right) Lindsay Wallace, Kristin O’Neil, Capt. Caitlin Negethon, and Co. Capt. Amanda Gallup.
VRMA Annual was held in San Diego this year from October 26th-29th. The ICND team was there in full force, with SEO Director Conrad O’Connell, Social Media Director David Hutnik and ICND President Brandon Sauls taking the 6,000 plus mile round trip journey to VRMA.
During the conference, we were demoing our newest, latest greatest booking engine integration featured in our most recent vacation rental website launch. We heard from tons of attendees that the features built into were “downright amazing”, “truly innovative”, and even “F*!^ing AWESOME!”. More brainstorming sessions and early morning programming went on to continue developing this so if you haven’t had the chance to check it out, let us know and we’d be glad to show you.
It’s my great pleasure to welcome a new team member and account executive to the ICND Crew and her name is April Burns. April came to ICND with over 20 years of experience in the tourism/hospitality industry as the Vice President of Operations at the American Hospitality Academy. She worked with hotels and resorts across the nation.
The ICND team casts a blind vote each month for who we think deserves title of “Employee of the Month”. The winner gets the coveted front parking spot and the honor knowing that their coworkers voted for them 🙂 This month, the smiling face you’ll always see when you come into the ICND office, Caitlin Negethon, wins the employee of the month award for June 2014. Let’s take a minute to learn a little more about Caitlin.
Sweet Home Alabama, maybe not the most highly acclaimed movies of all time, but hey I like it
Anything with Dark Chocolate, what girl doesn’t love chocolate
Anywhere warm and tropical where I can have an umbrella in my drink and toes in the sand!
I adopted a Rhodesian Ridgeback that I named Jameson, yes I do come from an Irish family. Although, my parents currently stole him because he’s so awesome.
I have severe Beach ADD so anything from Bocci to Volleyball
Just got my Nissan Altima
South Shore of Boston, Ma – “because I love that dirty water”
“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress” – Coco Chanel
I am addicted to playing and coaching tennis. I was also one very lucky girl at 5 months old to be adopted by my parents J
The InterCoastal Net Designs is lucky to have such talented team members, but the talents you don’t know about are some of the most interesting. Did you know we have a resident Tennis Superstar?
(Caitlin is in all black)
Help us in giving Caitlin Negethon a HUGE congratulations! If you’ve called up to ICND with any questions or support issues in the last 9 months, there’s a really good chance that you had a friendly voice on the other end and her name is Caitlin. Well, in her spare time, she is a ferocious tennis player and very well known in the tennis community. In fact, this past weekend, Caitlin traveled to Greenville, SC to compete in the 2014 South Carolina State Tennis tournament. In the adult 18 & over 3.5 Ladies division, guess what place she took?
Thats right, next time you call up to ICND and you hear that nice voice on the other side be sure to give Caitlin a big congratulations. We’re incredibly proud of her!
Next up for Caitlin is Regionals held in Lexington, NC on July 25th. She’ll be competing with the rest of her team against teams across the entire Southeast US.
Brad Faircloth, of Myrtle Beach, brings 18 years of internet executive experience to local web company.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC. — InterCoastal Net Designs (ICND), a website design and online marketing agency specializing in customized solutions and superior results, has recently grown its expansive team with the addition of Brad Faircloth. Faircloth will serve ICND as the vice president of operations. Faircloth has over 18 years of experience in managing mid to large size organizations within the web development and digital marketing industry.
Prior to joining InterCoastal Net Designs, Faircloth was the director of e-business for Burroughs & Chapin, a land development company in Myrtle Beach, SC. Previous roles include DuPont and Cancer Program Professional Services. Involvements outside of work include serving on the Board of Directors for Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success, as well as chair of technology and PR committees for the school.
President, Brandon Sauls said, “I’m very happy to welcome Brad Faircloth, our new VP of Operations. Brad brings years of real world / web development management experience to the table. With his wide set of skills, he is helping us improve our project processes and assist in development of new and improved products.”
InterCoastal Net Designs, started in 1999 by Sauls, has since seen fast-paced growth in clientele and employees. Over the past five years, Sauls has focused on the vacation rental and real estate world, developing customized websites and tailored products for both industries.
Faircloth has joined ICND at an imperative time in the company’s growth as a whole. Faircloth commented, “I am excited to be joining ICND as a part of this extraordinary team. I look forward to helping accelerate their already impressive growth, and leading the incessant drive to become even more efficient and customer focused. This is a rare opportunity to be a part of a company that has such amazing talent, giving ICND virtually unlimited potential to improve and grow.”
InterCoastal Net Designs offers a wide array of website services, including web design, web hosting, search engine optimization, social media marketing and targeted email marketing. At ICND we specialize in customized solutions, superior results.
David Hutnik, Social Media Director and beloved team member of InterCoastal Net Designs was just named the Employee of the Year for Brunswick County. Since moving to Brunswick County exactly two years ago this spring, David has become a valuable player for both ICND and Brunswick County alike. We couldn't be more proud of his recognition as employee of the year being that it is well deserved for David!
Not only does he stay on top of all the up and coming social media trends, but he also represents our company and in return Brunswick County by speaking at multiple conferences and businesses throughout the US, educating them on Social Media and how it can help improve their business. David carries our company motto of superior service with him everywhere as he does this.
Hutnik is the chair of the Oyster Festival road race, new mud run in Brunswick County as well as a member of the Leadership Brunswick County organization. David leads a service project team that has created a website HelpBrunswick.com where the mission is to promote volunteerism in our county. This website is completely designed, built and hosted by ICND volunteers. He is also putting on a new running event in Sunset Beach to benefit the Sunset Beach Seaturtle Watch Patrol
David has proven to show a real passion for both his career and community, thus making him the best fit for this award. We consider him the morale booster here at ICND and are happy to see him sharing that positive attitude and work ethic with Brunswick County too.
ICND reachs nationwide with our client base, but David's volunteerism in our local county shows attention to detail when it comes to our local roots as well. Way to go David!!
It was the summer of 1999 and the one man operation that is Brandon Sauls, was just getting his feet wet. While running a charter boat service, Brandon became acquainted with some folks over at Century Contractors based out of Matthew, NC. Already well versed in web development, Mr. Sauls was offered a chance to manage Century Contractors site. Arrangements were made, business was finalized and the birth of ICND was about to take shape.
Flash forward 15 years and InterCoastal Net Designs has now become one of the premier web design, development and Internet marketing firms along the Carolina coast. From the one man operation who chartered fishing boats to a 28 person full service firm, those days of catching sun and chatting about web sites seem like yesterday.
Which brings us to this photo. While recently sifting through a file cabinet, Mr. Sauls found his very first invoice from Century Contractors. Nostalgia and the realization of not only owning his own business but maturing this idea into a thriving, successful firm quickly set in.
We here at ICND are all proud of the dedication Brandon exudes, and want to honor this Throwback Thursday with a well-deserved thank you! Here's to the first 15 and to many more ahead of us!
ICND hit the road to join Red Sky Insurance and Barefoot Technologies for a Vacation Rental Managers Mini Conference in Tybee Island Georgia. The mini conference was held at Tybee Island Social Club, and was a great success! Local vacation rental managers came to learn about Travel Insurance, Property Management Software, and Internet Marketing.
Tybee Island is a unique island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. The drive down from Ocean Isle Beach wasn’t too bad, about 4.5 hours. When we arrived we were greeted with salty air and 75 degree weather. Tybee Island Social Club is a very charming venue. Decorated coastal shabby chic, it is the perfect place to hang out when in Tybee. Our attendees were local vacation rental managers who are eager to learn how to help their business grow.
Laird with Red Sky Insurance spoke about how travel insurance can help YOU make revenue. Not only is it good to help protect your guests, but in selling travel insurance to renters, YOU make a portion of the commission. Ask Red Sky Insurance how!
Mike Mueller spoke on niche marketing. From weddings to pet friendly homes, know your niche, know your renters, and get a marketing plan in place to promote it the best you can!
Brandon and Dave with ICND spoke on How To Leverage Social Media Like a Pro— This popular presentation was originally given at the VRMA conference in Nashville and showed guests how important social media and other online marketing tools are.
After all of the presentations, we were treated to cocktails and appetizers provided by the Social Club. If you ever make it out to Tybee I highly recommend checking out this local hot spot!
ICND would love to give a big thanks to Red Sky Insurance for hosting this event, Barefoot Technologies for speaking, Tybee Island Social Club for being so hospitable, and all of our attendees for coming out!