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As a family-owned business, Hodnett Cooper takes pride in celebrating the individuals who contribute to our success every day. Our founder, Roy Hodnett, continually emphasizes the importance of a positive attitude.

Every month this year, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate will be presenting the “Roy Hodnett Positive Person Award” to one team member in the Brunswick office and one team member in the St. Simons Island office. The award can be given for any number of reasons that fall under the “positive person” umbrella. For example: helping a fellow employee with a difficult situation, participating in a charitable event, rescuing a dog, covering the front desk for a sick employee or taking food to a family in need. The award winner is the person that never says “no” when someone needs assistance, or the person that always makes you smile. The award recipient chooses the next month’s recipient based on those criteria.

Last month’s recipients, Carly Oxenrider, of our Brunswick office, and Emily Holcomb, of our St. Simons Island office, nominated and awarded the recipients for May:

Melissa Johnson – as Carly describes, “I chose Melissa because every day, no matter how busy she is, I am always greeted by her smiling face at the front desk. She remains positive, even when things are not going well, or as expected. Melissa consistently exceeds expectations,” said Carly.

Holly Ponsell –Emily Holcomb passed the award to Holly Ponsell for her leadership and astute business skills. “Holly is a great businesswoman, and is always helpful in coaching and training our newer agents,” said Emily.

All of us at Hodnett Cooper thank and congratulate both Melissa and Holly!


Melissa Johnson
Brunswick Office Staff
11 Trade Street
Brunswick, GA, 31525

Melissa Johnson and her husband Jamie reside on St. Simons Island with their three children.  Melissa has lived in the area for close to 10 years, and enjoys traveling, baseball, and spending time with her family and friends.


Holly Ponsell
Real Estate Professional
Office Phone: 912-291-3493
Cell Phone: 912-217-1631
Office Fax: 912-264-6616
Contact This Real Estate Professional
520 Ocean Blvd
St Simons Island, GA, 31522

Holly Ponsell brings a wide range of experience to her real estate career. She worked in human resources to interview and screen call center employees. In addition, she worked with the family business, Ponsell Heating and Air, managing and assisting in all aspects of the business—from scheduling to marketing to customer service. As a result, Holly is professional, organized, hard working, creatively solves problems and values positive customer relations.

Holly enjoys meeting new people and developing strong relationships based on respect, trust and integrity. Holly’s skills are varied and honed—with a sensitivity and astuteness that comes from being a business owner. Whether her clients are first-time home buyers, investors, or relocating, she handles each with the individual attention and care they deserve. Holly recognizes that buying a home is one of the biggest decisions in life and she works hard to keep clients informed and educated.

Holly is married to Tommy Ponsell and they have three children. She loves fishing, antiquing, gardening, traveling and is an avid numismatist (coin collector).






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