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On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. (access required)


Hoss Hinson is a cool name, and the guy who has it has the cool to back it up, too. The wrap-around-sunglasses-sporting, pickup-truck-driving, beard-wearing, hard-hatted and safety-vested vice president of the Monroe-based Godfrey Construction Co. showed up at East Mecklenburg High School taking swigs through a straw in a Big Gulp cup full of Mountain Dew.

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Commercial Confidential: Rock Hill Commerce Center (access required)

Milton Silver is betting his success in York County will continue, this time in Rock Hill. Photo by Payton Guion

Milton Silver used to consider York County outside his wheelhouse. Silver, the owner of Silver Investments Limited, a Charlotte-based commercial real estate firm, said he didn’t think the South Carolina county just to the south of Mecklenburg had much demand for his company’s niche: smaller, multi-tenant office and warehouse buildings.

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Drawn to Souths: On the Level with Jim Burbank of Saussy Burbank (access required)


Over the past quarter-century, Jim Burbank has built a lot of houses, in Charlotte, Raleigh and the Charleston area. Along with them, he also has built a reputation for solid and not overly adorned quality homes as contractors used to build, with solid wood, two-panel interior doors, simple but beautiful moldings and classic layouts opened up to accommodate contemporary tastes.

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Not exactly ‘The Godfather’ : On the Level with Darin Brocklebank (access required)


Eschewing the cliché of starting a successful business on the back of a paper cocktail napkin, Darin Brocklebank started out Metro GreenScape at the bottom of a paper grocery sack. Usually, On the Level calls or emails subjects and begs them for a half-hour of their time. Brocklebank emailed us, saying he wanted to meet us so he could do us a favor. That was a new one, so we agreed to meet, but only if he let us interview him in exchange for hearing about his offer.

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On the Level with Bill Miley of Metrostudy (access required)


Get this: As a kid, Bill Miley used to play tennis with … but we’ll let him tell you. The Charlotte regional director for the Houston-based Metrostudy housing analytics firm just released his latest quarterly report, and it says that developed lots in the nine-county Charlotte market are … well, it’s complicated; better you should hear it in his words.

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Renaissance Man: On the Level with Frank Spencer, president of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte (access required)


On the Level apologizes to Frank Spencer. All the articulate gent wanted to do was talk about Habitat for Humanity Charlotte. But we kept interrupting him and encouraging him to digress. That's because Spencer, president of the Charlotte affiliate of the national affordable-housing nonprofit, is a dang interesting guy.

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