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Charleston Company Recognized as Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US

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Sands Investment Group (SIG) is ecstatic to report today that once again they have made the Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The annual Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Through innovation, and a strong focus on relationships created by win-win deals, collaboration, and transparency, the company not only survived one of the worst economic crises but has thrived and they are only headed up.

“At a macro level we should all be excited about what we are building towards. We are on a rocketship that is starting to take flight and as we do, everyone will be lifted to new heights. It won’t be easy and will take hard work but I know that we will be ready for the challenge, ” said Ryan Passe, Executive Vice President of Operations.

This hard-fought victory in the face of the pandemic makes this listing even more special than last year. SIG was started by a husband and wife team in 2010, in the heart of an economic downturn, and has weathered the ups and downs of the market for the past decade, especially the wild landscape of the pandemic.

“We’re honored to be named to the Inc. 5000 and are proud of our team’s growth and accomplishments through a challenging year,” said SIG CEO Chris Sands. “We’re projecting another record year in 2021 — a tremendous testament to our team’s commitment to continue serving our clients and cultivating a successful future.”

None of this growth would be possible without the sizable investment SIG has made in recruitment and training. By prioritizing talent acquisition and implementing a thorough training structure, the company is prioritizing the future of their business and their clients. In the past two years alone, the company has doubled in size, building up a strong team of 100+ brokers to meet the needs of their clients. SIG is rapidly becoming the largest and most qualified, formally trained brokerage team in the industry.

“SIG offers an environment where people around you care about your growth,” said Doug Roland, Net Lease Advisor in Charleston, SC. “There is a lot of energy here, and the mentality is ‘rising tides raise all ships’ as opposed to ‘every man for himself.’ SIG takes hiring seriously and is very selective in who they bring to the team to ensure it still feels and functions like a family.”

Additionally, SIG is leaning into new digital strategies to continue to build upon their reputation of offering the most advanced proprietary property marketing technology available today. The framework and platform they have built allows them to help their clients achieve their goals. SIG brokers are winning more listings, closing more deals, and growing their bottom line while providing better service to clients.

This year, despite the pandemic, the company’s growth is off the charts, and there is no indication of a slowdown on the horizon. At the mid-year point, they have exclusively listed and sold $1.6 billion, closed 335 transactions, listed 415 properties, and have over $800 million in active inventory.

“The story here is not just that we are growing as a company but that there is power in numbers and we are all stronger together than we are alone. We have built a powerful machine and the engine is driven by the hard work and dedication of our team members,” Passe said.

In addition to supporting their commercial brokerage teams with streamlined brokerage operations, technology, and training to fuel business growth, SIG believes in giving back. Life is about more than just the work done and the deals closed for clients. There’s a big world outside of the real estate bubble, and success comes with responsibility. Because of this, SIG’s leadership team created SIGives, a program that donates 10 percent of their revenue to organizations that work to improve the lives of others. These organizations are selected by employees, so SIG knows that the money they give helps the communities and charities most important to their people.

With relationships, technology, and teamwork at the heart of all they do, SIG is truly at the top of their game. After another banner year, the sky’s the limit for SIG, as they take their platform improvements and the lessons of the pandemic and make strides to fine-tune and solidify their standings as one of the top brokerage firms in America.

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