Hailey was born in South Africa to her mother, a native of South Africa, and her English father. She and her family later made a move to Zimbabwe to join her grandfather and his farming business. She fondly remembers growing up surrounded by family and having all her cousins nearby, all whom are now scattered all around the world. Throughout her childhood, her parents would frequently visit the United States. They found and fell in love with the small rural town of Franklin, North Carolina, where they ultimately purchased land, built a home and relocated to when Hailey was in her early teens.
Hailey graduated from high school in Franklin, during which she ran track and broke regional records at swimming. After high school she attended one year of community college. During that time her mom worked for a local residential real estate firm owned by her now in-laws, together they set her up on a blind date with her now husband, Cory. Although they hit it off, Hailey moved to Wilmington to be closer to her brother, Marc, and finish college at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Cory soon followed! Hailey graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management.
After graduation, Cory and Hailey moved to Myrtle Beach where she worked as the Manager of Membership Services for the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association. Shortly after the move, Cory proposed! After five years of dating, the two got married in 2012 in beautiful Clayton, Georgia (the midpoint for his family in Atlanta and her family in Franklin).
In 2013, Cory got a job transfer as an Account Representative with Hagemeyer which brought the couple to Charleston. A board member and hospitality connection Hailey made in Myrtle Beach recommended she apply for a Public Relations and Marketing position at Maverick Southern Kitchens, a family of restaurants in Charleston. Not too long after she accepted the job, the company began outsourcing their Marketing and Hailey was searching for her next professional move.
Hailey met commercial real estate Broker, Jon Chalfie, through the Mount Pleasant Business Association. He suggested she apply for the Marketing/Broker Assistant position at his company, Lee & Associates Charleston. In 2014, Hailey was offered the job and happily accepted. Her first introduction to the staff was at The Windjammer during Lee’s annual summer party. What an exciting way to start a new job!
Shortly after starting at Lee, she got her brokerage license with the long-term goal of becoming a commercial real estate agent. After one year in the position of Marketing/Broker Assistant, she also took on the responsibilities of Office Manager and quickly became a valuable member of the Lee & Associates Charleston team.
In April 2017, Hailey and Cory brought their daughter, Stella, into the world. A year later, nearly four years after her first day, Hailey decided to take the next step in her career. She decided to enter the Associate role with our firm where she could use her extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge to better serve clients.
After several years of working as his assistant, it was a natural transition for Hailey to begin working with Jon on office assignments. After a few months of establishing their specific roles and responsibilities, the two have become an unstoppable pair. He focuses on the big picture, primarily handling business development and she delivers a huge advantage with her back of house experience, exhibiting keen attention to detail, organization and communication skills. Lee clients basically get two agents for the price of one when they choose the real estate duo. Her immediate goal is to build her clientele as she continues growing within the brokerage role. She views her current career choice as the best decision she has ever made, both personally and professionally.
In her spare time, Hailey enjoys a good game of tennis and working on her golf stroke. She loves spending time with Cory, her parents (who moved to Charleston last year), and chasing after her little one, Stella. The three enjoy their time outdoors and frequently visit Charleston parks and beaches on the weekends. Hailey’s loyalty and determination make her an asset to Lee & Associates Charleston’s growing team of agents and we consider ourselves lucky to have her on our side!