In the 1970s, Russ Brown played for the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants and never imagined he'd make a life on an out-of-the-way island called Hilton Head.
But an injury ended his football career.
The Giants' owner at the time called in a favor to Sea Pines founder Charles Fraser and landed Brown a job at the golf shop at Harbour Town.
Fast forward 30 years, Brown is a married father of two grown daughters, still loving life on Hilton Head and celebrating the 30th anniversary of his business, RBC Enterprises.
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The real estate development, sales, marketing and property management company is currently developing private residence clubs, including on Daufuskie Island. These next-generation timeshares allow people to buy time at a luxury property. The buyers get use of the property for a set amount of time each year, the length based on their financial investment.
Meanwhile, the company's real estate brokerage arm on Hilton Head Island is selling and managing rentals of homes, condominiums, lots and partial ownership stakes of residence clubs. It also consults with prospective residence-club developments and trains their sales teams.
Along with business growth, Brown has another reason to celebrate.
He's still going strong despite a leukemia diagnosis last year that meant a bone-marrow, stem-cell transplant -- the donor was one of his daughters -- and 100 days in isolation while his body recovered. He's also undergoing chemotherapy.
"I'm very confident. One day at a time," he said. "We're still having a ball."