Emily Benedict, a Charleston native, has witnessed the city's culinary evolution firsthand. With a background in Merchandising and Business from Pratt Institute NY and Psychology from Hood College MD, Emily brings a diverse skill set to her career. She excelled as a top-producing Realtor for seven years and has over two decades of experience as a commercial contracting partner and business development consultant. Emily is also the owner of a renowned tourism publishing company that produces travel guides and maps, allowing her to stay connected with tourists, newcomers, and local restaurant and bar owners.As a Certified Restaurant Broker, Emily prioritizes trust and fosters strong client relationships through open and sincere communication. Beyond her professional endeavors, Emily cherishes her role as a mother to three children and a grandmother to five grandchildren. Her personal interests include dining, travel, kayaking, reading, music, and dancing.
Bernie Bastian, another Charleston native, shares a deep connection with the local community and has built a successful career in real estate, tourism, and the Food and Beverage industry. After earning a BS in Sociology from Francis Marion University, Bernie worked alongside prominent commercial real estate developers, specializing in sales and marketing for single-family and retail developments across the Tri-County area. With extensive experience overseeing hospitality, retail, property management, and various real estate ventures, Bernie later established his own commercial real estate development firm, Tidewater Development. He now leads commercial development and restaurant brokerage at Bastian and Associates as a Certified Restaurant Broker. Bernie's passion for culinary experiences led him to manage McCradys, a French Quarter gastropub at the heart of downtown Charleston's burgeoning dining scene. During his tenure, he fostered strong relationships with countless industry professionals. Alongside his professional pursuits, Bernie embraces his role as a family man with three children and three grandchildren. He also operates a catering business specializing in casual Lowcountry fare.
Tradd Bastian, a proud Charlestonian, carries on his family's rich real estate legacy with over a century of combined experience. Having obtained his MBA from The Citadel, Tradd has excelled as a residential Realtor since 2006. He currently owns and operates Bastian & Associates, a brokerage firm representing residential and commercial clients in Charleston. Tradd's expertise extends to the restaurant industry, as he spearheads We Sell Restaurants Charleston, a division of Certified Restaurant Brokers that facilitates the buying and selling of restaurant businesses and commercial real estate. Tradd's personal life revolves around his wife, Cacky, and their two lovely daughters, Charlotte and Libby. He enjoys treating his family to meals, exploring the outdoors, and playing baseball.