Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Leiper's Fork Homeowner On Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

A Leiper's Fork homeowner will join us to discuss the pros and cons of selling a home in a cyber world. Selling a home a few years ago was simpler  but definitely required the personal touch. Listen to a homeowner's lessons learned while trying to sell her home.  Unfortunately, not everyone who sets up an appointment to view a home is actually there as a potential buyer.

Hear tips on how to spot an imposter posing as a buyer and when not to engage an offer based on one seller's experience. Listeners will hear how one crooked couple from Colorado has been determined to take sellers on an emotional roller coaster ride. No one knows why they have picked the Leiper's Fork area as their playground for their con-games but eight families have been snarled in their tangle web of lies and offers to purchase their homes.

This show will give potential buyers a list of items needed before searching for the perfect house to call home whether looking for a modest price range or multi-million dollar property in the Williamson County, Tennessee. This show promises to give insight and thought to purchasing a home if you a first time buyer or selling your fourth house!

Living Your Best Life is heard on 760AM in the Nashville-Middle TN Region, Inspirational Networks, in military homes, and Ustream.TV worldwide.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Realtors: Beware of Crooked Couple Posing as Multi-Millionaires in the Leiper's Fork Community

My previous post about the Kimberly (Kim) and Phillip W. (Phil) McDowell has generated many emails. And tons of commentary. More and more agents are coming forward stating they crossed paths with The McDowells in the last few years. From Colorado to Tennessee, the behavior of Kim and Phil McDowell was consistently odd and eerie.

Several agents made snap decisions and decided right away, this couple is not going to waste my time and dismissed their inquiries about viewing homes for sale. In Tennessee, the homes The McDowells were fond of viewing were immaculate multi-million dollar homes with every amenities imaginable on sprawling acres of land in Willamson County. The homes Kim and Phil McDowell put contracts on were off the beaten path, isolated and quite in the Leiper's Fork community.

The agents who were not dismissive of The McDowells found themselves being not only realtors trying to broker a multimillion home sale but in need of impromptu therapy after trying to help this "uber wealthy" relocated couple navigate life altering challenges one after another. From Kim's sudden diagnosis of cancer, the day before closing, to their estate lawyer being in a car-wreck on the way to a closing with all of their paperwork to the federal government freezing millions of dollars in an off shore account, The McDowells had agents, buyers and sellers, wishing their inner voice that said 'something is not right' had been louder. Much louder!

Some agents who engaged The McDowells commented that when dealing with the public, one should never judge a book by its cover. True. But The McDowells are not books. They are depraved conartists who claim to be from Wales, England  (Kim) and Littleton, Colorado (Phil) with staff to help them mange their imaginary McMansion. And in this day and age of craze and deranged individuals being the new black, everyone in the business of selling goods and services to the public, must be extra deligient in protecting themselves (and clients) from individuals whose brazen petty crimes maybe an indicator of other hidden deviant activity or the beginning of them escalating into more sinister acts. By sharing The McDowells' con-games with the public, these posts are meant to not only inform sellers and agents but the public as well.

I am in the service business. Without the personal touch of face to face interactions, my 80% referrals from customers would die on the vine. But I have had a few encounters with potential customers that made my skin crawl. And made me grateful for the prayers of my grandmother covering me.

When asked what damages have The McDowells done if they only skipped out on closings, the dollars added up in my head immediately. When agents engage The McDowells, they are helping them continue to string along homeowners. And others. In the selling of a home, it is several companies involved in the transaction not just the sellers and buyers. The agents, inspectors, title insurers, painters, lawn care, and lawyers. Oh, let us not forget the pest control folks! Most of the services provided are paid at closing. But some services are paid along the way.

When The McDowells entered into pretend contracts knowing they were not going to consummate the deals, others, unknowingly, are pulled in as well. Even when Kim and Phil McDowells' devious games are realized early, if you are a Realtor or service provider to homeowners, time has been wasted. For most individuals in sales, their time is their money. Wasting others' time is not crimial but it is sickening to know that they gleem pleasue out of the attention they get by pretending to be super rich and lying about buying multi-million dollar homes.

Agents have picked them up from Drury Plaza and drove them around Leiper's Fork to view homes for sale. WTH? Anyway, Kim McDowell called agents and became friendly by sharing stories about family, grandchildren, and life in England while constantly dangling the love of the property she is planning to buy. I have not known anyone who has ever been arrested for theft of time but entering into contracts with premeditated intent to defraud has given a number of folks a new warrobe of orange jumpsuits.

To date, a few who had dealings with The McDowells have contacted the authorities. Those who have shared information have been agents and sellers.There is an active investigation and the authorities need the public's help, especially realtors.

In the meantime, today is Sunday and realtors are about in droves showing homes. Please beware and be careful! The McDowells maybe calling you pretending to be a multimillionaires from a La Quinta Inn needing a ride to a view multi-million dollar listing!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sellers: Beware of Crooked Couple Wreaking Havoc on Leiper's Fork, TN Families

Follow up post can be found here.

Open houses are usually held on Sundays for those who are selling homes. Buyers set appointments with their agent or the seller's agent to view a home or property. In communities with multi-million dollar homes, home owners and their agents set boundaries regarding who can view their properties. It makes good business sense to pre-qualify buyers so they will not waste agents or the home owners' time by viewing properties that a buyer would not be able to afford or even purchase. Right? Right!

"Were the buyers pre-qualified?," has been asked over and over by the owners of  several multi-million dollar listings in the Leipers Fork Area of Williamson County, Tennessee who became entangled in a web of lies spun by a crooked couple from Colorado named Kimberly (Kim) and Phillip (Phil) W. McDowell. The McDowells have wreaked havoc on unsuspecting sellers by posing as multimillionaire estate buyers who sail from Wales ready to relocate to Middle Tennessee. After putting a contract on the house, The McDowells never appear for the closing. Games similar to a cat toying with a mouse are played with the sellers that have caused several to shell out thousands in upgrades to the their property that is never bought. The games have lasted a few weeks and some have dragged out for months. All of the deals ended with The McDowells never closing on the property but remaining in touch with the sellers through texts messages and even phone calls to "check-in" with the sellers they tried to scam.

Here is how one real estate deal went down with The McDowells.

The McDowells visited one sellers' home on the pretense of buying a horse that was advertised for sell. While there to see the horse, Kim and Phil McDowell mentioned they were also interested in purchasing a home in the area as well. Interesting, the couple's home was listed by agent for sell. How convenient? After inquiring about the house, The McDowells returned a few days later with their agent to view the home. The 12,000 square foot home was so intriguing that The McDowells were ready to make an offer right away. To sweetened the pot, they wanted to buy some of the furniture with the deal as well. You want the house and furniture too? Yes, they wanted it all. After the staff had seen the home. The McDowells did not just want to buy a house for the McDowells' family to visit from Colorado but any home they purchased had to meet the approval of a house manager, a property manager and a chef who has been on TV. Once the "staff" inspected every crack and crevice and made recommendations, the new owners, Kim and Phil, would be as happy as the Bristish drinking tea and eating crumpets. In the meantime, while waiting for their staff to fly in, Kim and Phil made an offer in February 2016 with a closing date set in March, 2016 two weeks away.

Hang on, crazy is about to go into over drive.

The sellers' agent drew up the contract for the multi-million dollar purchase while waiting for the information from the buyers to be sent over along with their proof of funding letter. The proof of funding letter was to be emailed while the earnest money was promised to be wired from a bank in London. Good to go, right? Nope. Don't pack yet!

The proof of funding letter that Kim and Phil McDowell produced had a 615 area code. The funds were never wired from the bank in Wales. As a matter a fact, their lawyer or cousin or whoever she mentioned every other day, stated their assets were frozen at one point and that was the hold up. After failing to show proof of funding and setting the closing date back for a few weeks for everyone to regroup, The McDowells, mainly Kim, began texting and emailing one bizarre story after the next explaining the delays. From "I have been in a car wreck" to "I have cancer and now need chemo," the stories, lies, kept coming. And so did her hired help.

In a three week period, the McDowells sent over or met with property inspectors, estate mangers, and even a Home Shopping Network chef, named Renee, who was hired to cook for the McDowells. These individuals who randomly visited the home shared they were ready to start working for The McDowells once the home was sold.

This is the condensed version of a very awful saga that is still being played out. Kim McDowell still claims the money is on the way in a text sent to the seller on Thursday, August 10, 2016. The home owners have long stopped believing anything these people say but the creepiness of it all shows why it is so important to know who is walking through your doors when you are selling your home. 

The McDowells has played this con game on many individuals. Some have come forward and reported them to the police but many will not out of fear or shame. Very few of us want to admit  when we have been taken for a ride. And there is reason to fear someone who would go this far.

Why string families along like this? No one has been able to figure that out but here is what we do know after many couples have compared their stories with each other since the real estate non mogals' games have been revealed;.

Kim McDowell speaks with a British accent. Not sure if the accent is real or not but click here for a recording of her leaving a message on a home owner's voice mail.

Kim and Phil McDowells have targeted a number of homes in Leiper's Fork including mentioning buying The McGraws' property. Really?

They cruise concierge sites to find estate managers to employ. Several families relocated to the Middle Tennessee Area by registering with staffing firms who The McDowells claimed to use. No one has been able to determine if the staffing services are part of the rouse and to establish if "staff" are actors or actual workers who visited the sellers' home.

Every family that has been pulled into Kim and Phil McDowell's make believe world of real estate buying have underage children. The wives are young and beautiful. In the land of beautiful people, pretty is plentiful in Leiper's Fork but I thought I would share that bit of info because several law enforcement officers took special interest in those similarities. Scary!

The McDowells have been picked up from hotels in Franklin like Drurys and La Quinta. They are driving an older model jeep with an expired Tennessee tag. The vehicle registration address is one of the families that relocated to Tennessee to work for them. That family have reported this to the appropriate authorities.

Kim McDowell is known for playing the cancer card often. When she is cornered or confronted, she tells the sellers she has cancer and needs chemo. (Sick, sick, sick!) Upon hearing this, many couples back up. Maybe this grace given is why they are not in jail for something.  They are also in lots of wrecks! If you fake cancer, you will fake anything!

Phil McDowell has been spotted working at Costco giving our food samples. His eyes twitch often. Phil was born in 1949 but there is no identification on Kim McDowell. When asked if background checks were run on the couple prior to bringing them in the sellers home by the buyers' agent, the details get sketchy.  But independent background checks by a seller's agent reveals Phil has had numerous issues that would deem him unqualified to buy a tree house.

Since open houses are big on the weekends, agents and sellers should be aware that this couple is still actively trying to buy multi-million dollar homes. The McDowells have not harmed anyone physically that anyone know of but they have caused much damage. Their real estate shenanigans can be traced back to Denver, Colorado.

If you have any information to who they really are or if you have had an encounter with them, you can share your information confidentially. One couple feared for the safety of their children after their encounter with The McDowells. The details of that encounter has been kept private but it does make the creep factor surrounding The McDowells sky rocket.

Part Two: Dissecting the Crooked Couple from Colorado

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chuck Beard Talks Fatherhood and More on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, join me to hear a wonderful friend, Chuck Beard, owner of East Side Story, share his journey to fatherhood. (Emily Beard, wifey, shared her story in May.) Often times, the road to parenthood can be rocky and filled with ups and downs.

Chuck, like Emily, will be share his perspective about his hopes and dreams of starting a family after getting married and how he handled several years of trying. Chuck will give a rare glimpse of how men handle loss and the longing to become a parent. Tune in to hear how he balanced his emotions while staying supportive and encouraging to his wife.

On December 26, 2015, Chuck and Emily became the proud parents of baby bubbles, Avett Otis Beard, who has changed their world and the world of family, friends, and even customers of East Side Story! Avett Otis is so darn cute, he even has garnered a huge following on social media! Hear about the adventures of Chuck, now known as Super Dad, raising Avett Otis! Tune in to hear how he balances bouncing one of the happiest babies ever on his knee while managing East Side Story and how he stayed focused to finish graduate school this year. Whew! Hear his encouraging words to couples trying to become parents and life lessons he has learned along the way.

Avett Otis..some one hire this kid!

This show promises to bring you a few tears and tons of laughter this Father's Day weekend!

More about East Side Story! 
The Beards!
East Side Story is more than Nashville’s first, all-local bookstore.  East Side Story is more than a platform for Nashville-area writers to tell their best story while igniting, teaching, and encouraging the spirit of reading and writing in others.  East Side Story is an idea; a blank canvas for all local literary ideas to help make Music City more of a book town.

Like any good idea, East Side Story really started when more and more people besides the person who initially thought about it believed in its mission.  Chuck Beard, a freelance writer, editor, and author, realized that there was a lack of opportunities and spotlights for local aspiring writers and published authors not known on a national scale to hone their craft and share their stories.
In the Summer of 2012, Chuck entered his idea for what would become East Side Story into a nationwide idea contest titled Launch that was put together by Nashville’s own Proof Branding Solutions.  The contest asked anyone with a good idea to explain what it was about, what it would become if realized, and how it would positively affect the community that it is located inside and beyond into the future.  The winner of the contest would be rewarded with a number of services that Proof Branding Solutions provides to help small businesses get started.  Lo and behold, after receiving over a 100 solid ideas for the contest, East Side Story was chosen as the best one!

Chuck then met with the good people of Proof to begin things such as business and marketing plans on top of logo and website designs.  After meeting with Proof and defining the goals and essence of what East Side Story would become, the next step was to find a physical location.  Chuck met with good friends Bret and Meg MacFadyen of Art & Invention and The Idea Hatchery in East Nashville, and, as his running good fortune would have it, they had an opening at The Idea Hatchery for the perfect spot for East Side Story to officially begin and join the creative family of shops on “The Row” at 1108 Woodland Street.

On August 1st, less than a month after winning the idea contest, a lease was signed, keys were exchanged, and door at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, first opened … just in time to paint, design, and start loading the bookstore with local literature-based artwork and shelves of beautiful, locally written books.  Since idea inception, the snowball of positive feedback, more great ideas to make a good thing even better, and pure excitement for more original stories to be shared has grown more by the day.

East Side Story encourages, supports, cultivates, and provides a platform for local writers to tell their best story.  Our goal is to be a viable outlet to share these stories online through this website and at the bookstore.  East Side Story was first inspired by all of the creative talent that is evident in the Nashville area, and we hope to inspire and grow with this community for a long time going forward.
For more info about East Side Story click here:

Photo credits: East Side Story and the Beards

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Danielle N. Lee on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Hip Hop Scientist,  Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D, stops by to engage us on how she shares science to general audiences, particularly undeserved groups. Listen to us discuss the conversations that began at Meharry during the Inauguration Week activities. Dr. Lee was a panelist for Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez and for the Inaugural Falcon Fund Luncheon of the First Lady of Meharry, Phyllis Hildreth. Hildreth follows Dr. Lee on Twitter and wanted to include social media in weaving healthcare, social justice, and service in our stories.

Amanda Williams, Renata Soto, Danielle N. Lee, and Phyllis Hildreth at the Inaugural Falcon Fund Luncheon

Listen to Dr. Lee share about her humble background growing up in Memphis and how at the age of eight she was aware that a college education gave families of color an economic advantage. Dr. lee holds degrees from Tennessee Tech, University of Memphis, University of Missouri St.Louis and does research at the Cornell University. Hear how her field of study, ecology, is funded in part by the military to help in search of mines left behind after war. Also, tune in for a lively discussion about pest control and how it affect the health of infant and elderly.

This is one interview you do not want to miss!

Living Your Best Life is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Dr. Danielle N. Lee, Ph. D

I am interested in how ecology and evolutionary components contribute to the behavior of animals. My research involves examining consistent individual variation of behavior, sometimes called Behavioral Syndromes. My post-doctoral research involves examining the African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys ansorgei) to determine the extent to which they demonstrate behavioral syndromes and if there is a genetic component to the behavioral differences.
My science outreach efforts emphasize sharing science to general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via outdoor programming and social media. My work includes The Urban Scientist a blog about urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences, hosted by Scientific American Blog Network. I am also co-founder of the National Science & Technology News Service, a media advocacy organization.

To inquire about my speaking, presenting or consulting services, please email me. You can follow my updates about education, science, STEM outreach & diversity on Twitter at @DNLee5

PhD Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
MS Vertebrate Zoology, University of Memphis
BS Animal Science, Tennessee Technological University

 2015 TED Fellow
EBONY Power 100 2014 – Social Media Influencer
White House Champions of Change – STEM Access & Diversity
The Grio 100's Class of 2014 - Science & Technology Leader
Huffington Post Science Scientists on Twitter: 30 Biologists and Chemists to Follow
Top Women in Science to Follow on Twitter – Under the Microscope
2011 Black Weblog Awards Blogging Heroine - Niche Blogging in Science
2011 Young Professional of the Year, Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis
2009 Diversity Scholar, American Institute of Biological Sciences

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dr. Sheila R. Brown on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday April 2, 2016, listeners will hear a phenomenal entrepreneur in the healthcare, Sheila R. Brown, D.D.S. Dr. Brown is a force in the field of dentistry with a thriving practice in the Chicago Area that expands over 28 years of service. Dr. Brown's philosophy for living life to the fullest  while giving back to her community has endured her to thousands of clients through the years and helped her climb to the highest levels of leadership in various non-profit organizations. Dr. Brown became the 87th President of the National Dental Association. She served for ten years as the organizations national treasurer.

Tune in the hear what drives and motivates her to give and be her best. Listen to Dr. Brown share about her parents who instilled in her the love of education and told her "where she was going to college not if she was going to college." Her parents' foundation and their investment in her early years has allowed Dr. Brown to teach around the world sharing her wisdom with our global community world wide. Teaching in other countries helped fueled Dr. Brown's love of international travel and makes her a highly sought after speaker on diversity and inclusion. Dr. Brown's work ethics and attention to details about life and living will inspire, empower, and motivate our listeners to live their best life.

Living Your Best Life is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Dr. Sheila R. Brown

Dr. Sheila R. Brown graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a B.S. in biology and received her Master of Education from Texas Southern University. She began her professional life as a teacher focusing in biological sciences. This profession took her across the United States as well as West Africa.
After four years of teaching and uplifting our youth, Dr. Brown began to pursue a Doctorate in Dentistry at the University of Michigan. After graduating, Dr. Brown worked as an associate dentist before beginning her own practice.

In 1987, Dr. Brown began her dental practice, focusing on general dentistry with an emphasis in cosmetics and comprehensive care. Today, with more than 1,200 active patients, S.R.B. Dental is a flourishing practice. Dr. Brown’s success emanates from her knowledge of dentistry and ability to make her patients feel comfortable.
Dr. Brown is a respected member of the community and the dental industry, and has received several awards and honors. She has been a proud member of the Seattle Study Club since 2004. As a member, she works with over 215 specialists across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to advance dentistry and further comprehensive care for the patient.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Judge David D. Watkins on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
On Saturday, March 26, 2016, we will continue to discuss the series on organ donations and transplants. We will be joined by the Honorable Judge David D. Watkins to hear him talk about making the decision, along with his wife, to donate his kidney to Clint Smith, Jr. in 2012. Clint Smith, Jr. was recently featured in the New York Times.

Clint Smith, Jr. Transplant Recipient
Judge Watkins will share how his faith was the catalyst to him waking up one morning and asking, "Why not? Why not me becoming Clint's donor?" Listen to Judge Watkins chronicle his journey to becoming an organ donor and how that journey made him intimately aware of the cultural notions in minority community that keeps more minorities, especially the Black community, on the wait list longer than other groups.

Judge Watkins and his wife, Angela, made the decision together to become donors. Both were tested and Judge Watkins decided to be go through the process first and if he was not a match then his wife would donate. Hear how two families who have known each for many years decided to make a life alternating gift that changed both families forever.

Tune in to hear all the amazing details. This show will empower, inspire, and motivate you to do more. Love more. Give more.  This show will also show you the power of faith in God and the belief in the mankind.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires, and motivates us to live our BEST life, is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Judge David D. Watkins
Judge David D. Watkins, Kidney Donor

David D. Watkins is a Judge in the State Court of Augusta, Georgia and has served for 18 years.  Judge Watkins obtained his basic education in the public school of Glenn Hills High and graduated in 1977.  He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and graduated with a B. A. degree in History.  He was accepted into Law School and received his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1986. Following Law School, Judge Watkins joined the United State Marine Corps where he served as an attorney from 1986-1990. After serving his country, Judge Watkins returned home and practiced law until 1997 when he was appointed a State Court Judge in Richmond County by then Governor Zell Miller.  The following year on July 21, 1998, voters, by an overwhelming majority, re-elected him to this position. Judge Watkins has been married for 34 years to Miss Angela Cumberlander-Watkins. They are the proud parents of two children, Daniel and Christina and the grandparents of twins (girl and boy), Mason Logan and Harper Elizabeth.