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On the Move: December 2013



LowCountry Neuropathy, the office of Atul M. Gupta, MD, is celebrating its 1-year anniversary. Dr. Gupta, along with nurse practitioners Jessica Lowther, Cindy Long and Patricia Shay have the area’s only treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy without the use of any pills, prescriptions or surgery. Gupta has been in the Lowcountry for 11 years, training originally as a surgeon and emergency physician. He opened LowCountry Neuropathy to bring our community an option to actually get rid of the suffering from Neuropathy rather than just getting prescriptions to mask the symptoms. Patients have been experiencing relief of pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and problems with their balance; and after only one year of opening, they are letting their success stories be heard. The readers of Hilton Head Monthly voted Gupta and his staff at LowCountry Neuropathy the best doctor and medical practice for 2013.

hopman1The Hilton Head Preparatory School Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Jon Hopman as Hilton Head Prep’s next headmaster, beginning July 1, 2014. The Headmaster Search Committee unanimously recommended Hopman’s candidacy after a lengthy search, citing his breadth of experience, character and reputation, and leadership qualities as ideally suited to leading Hilton Head Prep in the years ahead.

Encore Professionals Group has named Dean Roberts as executive director, replacing founder Susan Harper, who is relocating to the Charlotte area. EPG is a consulting service for nonprofits which matches volunteers (primarily retirees) having specific business, leadership or professional skills with short-term, strategic projects at Lowcountry nonprofit organizations.

wescheDr. Daniel Wesche was named the Interim Headmaster of Hilton Head Christian Academy. On Sept.18, the Board of Directors made Dr. Wesche’s position as Headmaster permanent. Dr. Wesche came to HHCA as the Academic Dean for the 2012-2013 school year and was appointed acting Headmaster following Matt Skinner’s resignation.

Anna Enriquez has been promoted to office manager of Bon Sain Complete Women’s Healthcare. Jenni Pirtle, the previous office manager of Bon Sain, will assume the position of marketing and events manager after returning from maternity leave in February of 2014.

bleamDouglas L. Bleam, CPA has joined the firm of Carey & Company. Bleam has experience in both public and private accounting. Industries served include construction, insurance, medical, retail, restaurant and staffing among tax, accounting, auditing and consulting services for a wide variety of business and individual clients. Bleam is a graduate of Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

Dean Cochenour, CPA has joined the firm of Carey & Company. In his new position, Cochenour specializes in tax, accounting, auditing and consulting services for a wide variety of business and individual clients. Cochenour is a graduate of Ohio University and received his MBA from Capital University.

prueshCheryl Bennett Pruehs, CPA has joined the firm of Carey & Company. In her new position, Pruehs specializes in individual and corporate tax matters. Born and raised in Tuscon, Ariz., she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from New York Institute of Technology.

Ananda Montilha serves as the public relations coordinator at the law office of Jay. A Mullinax. Originally from Brazil, where she attended law school for two years, Montilha is currently a student at University of South Carolina-Beaufort. Montilha is pursuing a degree in business with a marketing concentration.

gharperGinger Harper, an experienced real estate assistant formerly with Alliance Group and Re/Max, joins Collins Group Realty as a closings coordinator and will provide support and assistance with pending contracts.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry announced new officers for its Board of Directors. Russell Whiteford was named president of the board. Jeff Grime was named first vice president of the board. Terry McLoud will serve a one-year term as board treasurer. John Preston will serve a one-year term as board secretary. Karen Golden is the immediate past president of the board and owner of Karen Golden Realty.

honeggerElaine Sue Honegger has joined Mortgage Network Inc., one of the largest independent mortgage lenders in the eastern U.S., as a loan officer in the company’s Hilton Head Island branch. Honegger will serve borrowers throughout the Lowcountry area.ap

Professional Tennis Registry announced that Helma Cap has been promoted to director of membership for the organization. Cap started her career in tennis working for Dennis Van der Meer in 1976.



longcLong Cove Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Xavier Gomez as its new executive chef. Prior to joining the acclaimed Hilton Head community, Gomez served as the executive chef at River Run Country Club, as well as Prestonwood Country Club and Bald Head Island Country Club in North Carolina. Over three decades of private club and high end hospitality experience have contributed to Gomez’s journey into the world of culinary excellence. Born in Mexico to a Japanese father and Sicilian mother, Gomez moved to America at the age of 14. His first culinary experience began at Shadows German Restaurant, San Mateo, Calif., where he quickly learned his passion for food.

emisonHairstylist and makeup artist Annie Emison, originally from Pittsburgh, has joined the team at Karisma Salon in Okatie. Emison moved to the Bluffton area from Las Vegas, where she worked for celebrity hairstylist Kim Vo at his Mirage Salon.





Encore.org announced that Narendra P. Sharma, from Hilton Head Island, is a 2013 Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize is the country’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs and other creative problem solvers in the second half of life. Sharma was named a fellow because of his “out of the box” approach to tackling poverty locally with the Neighborhood Outreach Connection.

The South Carolina Realtors presented its Realtor Advocate Award to Andy Twisdale of Hilton Head Island at its annual conference in Charleston. The award is given annually to a member of the association who demonstrates a constant and unwavering commitment as an advocate for the real estate industry. Twisdale is a Realtor with Charter One Realty in Hilton Head.

reyneckeJackie Reynecke, longtime tournament director of the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, recently received top honors for her volunteer work in the Hilton Head Island tennis community. The United States Tennis Association South Carolina named her the League Volunteer of the Year for 2013 for her work with the organization’s South Carolina tennis league.

Coastal Carolina Hospital was recently named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital was recognized for its achievement on pneumonia and surgical care.

Port O’Call, Shipyard Plantation, has received the “Certificate of Excellence” award from TripAdvisor. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

TidePointe, a Vi community, was named one of the “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. The survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor 40 South Carolina employers that benefit the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.

diamondJoan Diamond, with Diamond Realty & Property Management, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors. Diamond joins the three percent of real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR designation.

J Banks Design was awarded with the 2013 Gold Key Award for Best Resort for its project, Hotel Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resort, at the 33rd annual gold Key Awards held in New York City. Sponsored by Boutique Design Magazine and HOTELS Magazine, the IHMRS Annual Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design celebrates design excellence across all sectors of the hospitality industry.

Kelly Brock, a veteran travel specialist at AAA’s Hilton Head/Bluffton office, recently received the 2013 AAA/CAA Superlative Awards for the Highest Sales Volume, Highest Revenue Produced and Highest Preferred Cruise Sales for the nationwide association at the annual AAA Travel Conference in Dallas.


Capitol Materials’ return to Hilton Head Island is another sign of better times ahead for the local construction and real estate industry. Located at 33 Mathews Drive, Capitol Materials offers a complete line of power tools, fasteners, drywall, ceiling systems, insulation and stucco products for professional contractors, facility engineers and property managers.

delaneyBluffton attorney Douglas S. Delaney recently opened a new office at 23 Plantation Park Drive, Suite 501 behind Dairy Queen in Bluffton off U.S. 278. Delaney has been practicing in Beaufort County since 1996.

Kroger, located at the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre, is scheduled to open on Dec. 11. Also opening will be the new Kroger fuel center. Stores open now are Belk and Jos. A. Bank which is located at the Centre’s new main entrance directly off of U.S. 278.


leahLeah McCarthy, owner of Weddings with Leah and Downtown Catering Company, was listed among the top wedding vendors in the United States in the first-ever Wedding Industry Hall of Fame. The hall was created by wedding websites TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com and is comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities. The Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. The list of 331 inductees includes less than 2 percent of wedding professionals. McCarthy’s businesses specialize in wedding planning, event planning and full service catering.


DayBreak Adult Care Services, the leading provider of in-home senior care, has announced an exclusive partnership agreement between DayBreak of the Lowcountry and VetserV. VetserV helps war-time veterans and their spouses, over 65 years of age, qualify for a government pension that pays for at-home assistance with activities of daily living.

The Art League of Hilton Head has launched an all new website, www. artleaguehhi.org. The site has been supported by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry through grant funding.

Family Promise of Beaufort County and Palmetto Animal League has joined forces to create PAL’s Promise, a collaboration of the two organizations to keep families and their pets together.

Kroger customers and associates throughout the Atlanta Division donated more than $469,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and more than $247,000 to Kroger’s “Giving Hope a Hand” campaign, for a total of $716,000.

The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, is proud to have partnered with the Hilton Head Island High School Cross Country Team to raise over $1,100 at a recent Flapjack Fundraiser. All proceeds will be used to help send students on college visits.

Coastal Carolina Hospital made a $20,000 donation to the Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers In Medicine Clinic at the organization’s annual fundraising reception in Bluffton.

Hilton Head Hyndai has a new location, now located at 51 Auto Mall Blvd. in Hardeeville.


HOGSHEAD-KITCHENNow open for half a year in Moss Creek Village and gaining quite a following, HogsHead Kitchen and Wine Bar is thrilled to be the recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award for Bluffton’s Rookie of the Year restaurant. Fourtime James Beard Award-nominated chef John Pashak is proud to offer Lowcountry cuisine in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Whether you eat atop the 200-plus year-old barn doors in the bar area or butcher block tables in the dining room, you won’t be disappointed. Visit www.hogsheadkitchen.com for more information, call them at 843.837.4647 or Like them on Facebook.com/hogsheadkitchen