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Business 9-25-08 Keller Williams, Curves, Knox Alum
By Betty Morrow
Sep 25, 2008 - 9:17:26 AM

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Karen Norris, a realtor with Weichert Realtors® -- SouthShore created a crystal necklace won by Lyyn Seevers of Keller Williams. Howgill made the presentation to Seevers at the Weichert office.

Open house brings Weichert® and Keller Williams agents together

­Broker/Owner Colin Howgill and Co-owner Pam Howgill of Weichert, ­Realtors® -- SouthShore are firm believers that part of the reason for their office’s success is that “they work with everyone for the bene­fit of our clients first and greatly enjoy working with brokerages that share the same ethic.” Those who share in the philosophy, Colin Howgill added, “also get to know the market better, an obvious ­advantage to pass on to clients.”
The case in point that Howgill spotlighted was a recent open house “exchange,” where agents from the Weichert® agency and agents from a local Keller ­Williams office attended each other’s open houses -- to the benefit sof clients “by working to sell properties, regardless of the listing agency,” Howgill said.

Look At Us Now -- Loving Life

Betty Burnham and Louise Greentaner lived within six miles of each other in upstate NY and had their children at the same hospital in the same year and had the same pediatrician for their children.  Louise’s husband was the pastor at the church that Betty attended functions at.  Despite all these parallels, the two did not meet until they were both in a pool at the same time in Ruskin, FL. A friend invited Betty to try Curves. Betty was seriously overweight and walked bent over. Physical therapy was not helping her one bit. At first, Betty was not even sure she would be able to do the Curves workout because of nerve damage in her legs. In the beginning, Betty had to be helped in and out of the machines and it was months before she could put her feet up on the leg press by herself.  Betty then invited her friend Louise who relied on a walker to get around to try out Curves. On Louise’s first few visits she used a walker to get into Curves from her car. They made a commitment to work out with each other, and stuck together through the bad and good mornings. They have been Curves members for two years and are still working out 3 times a week. Together they have lost 180 pounds, 110 pounds for Betty and 70 pounds for Louise. Their doctors are thrilled and their husbands are so proud of them. Both of their husbands have remarked that no matter what their financial situations, they will always have Curves in their lives. Louise, a type II diabetic has gone from 3 pills a day down to 1 and has retired her walker. Betty thinks that the education and encouragement she has received through Curves has been critical. Louise thinks that it is so important that the staff respects the members and there is no judgment at Curves. They describe themselves today as “a couple of undaunted ladies…loving life” and acknowledge that this journey has been “a team deal” for them…and what a team they make! Their success has been an inspiration to many of the Sun City Curves members and their laughter on the circuit always brightens my day. 
Betty Burnham and Louise Greentaner

Knox Aluminum: A Family Business

By Julie Ball
Ken Knox and his father started Knox Aluminum over 30 years ago in the late 1970s. It started because of an opportunity in Florida. “My father was a retired engineer and liked to stay busy. I had just finished my apprenticeship and was getting my journeyman license, so it seemed like a good idea,” said Owner Ken Knox.

Knox Aluminum specializes in screen rooms, carports, glass enclo­sures, screen entrances, awn­ings, and room additions. They can also do mobile home roof-overs, pool cages, sliding garage door screens and repairs. However, their customer service is what they really specialize in and are always willing to help clients. They will go out of their way to work with people to do customized orders and find specialty items.

Before moving here, Knox worked in Michigan testing out prototypes for cars at General ­Motors. He says he just hated working indoors. “When I first came to Florida it was like being out in the country. There was ­nothing in Ruskin, but I loved that. We used to pick fresh ­oranges from the field across the street ­every day,” said Knox. 

Currently he enjoys boating and riding his motorcycle and says good service from Knox Aluminum will only continue in the future. Knox Aluminum also supports Shriner’s Hospital for Children which provides specialty ­pediatric care.

Knox contributes the success and growth of his company to good employees and honest business. “We have always been an honest business with honest people working here and that has really made our business what it is today,” said Knox.
Knox Aluminum is located at 709 12th St. N.E. in Ruskin and for estimates or more information they can be reached at 645-3529.

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