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On the Move: September 2013

New Hires/Promotions

Schultz joins Bishop Eye Associates
SchultzScott Schultz, MD, has joined the team at Bishop Eye Associates. Shultz is certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a fellowship-trained glaucoma subspecialist, a medical and surgical director of glaucoma and is a specialist in glaucoma and cataract surgery. He is the director of glaucoma care and surgery for Bishop Eye Associates, but also provides state-of-the-art cataract surgery and comprehensive eye care. He received his glaucoma training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation’s No. 1 eye hospital, and is the Lowcountry’s only glaucoma specialist.

akersDr. Richard Akers, of Atlantic Ophthalmology in Beaufort, is now seeing patients at Carolina Optical in Bluffton. Akers has over 21 years experience and uses the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment while respecting the safety and care of his patients. In addition to routine eye examinations, he will provide top quality eye care to treat a range of eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and corneal disease. Call 843-836-3937 for an appointment.

bonvittbowmanCavanaughMayerHilton Head Properties, a new real estate company owned by Robbie Bunting, recently has added four longtime agents including John Bonwitt, Steve Bowman, Sam Cavanaugh and Cheryl Mayer.

karpikJulie Karpik is the new loan officer at the Sun City branch of Coastal States Bank. Karpik brings 24 years of experience in mortgage lending, most recently with Huntington National Bank. She and her husband recently moved to Bluffton from Albany Ohio. The Sun City branch is located at 30 William Pope Drive, Suite 101, in Bluffton.

Christine Beltran is a new agent at Keller Williams Realty. Beltran is originally from Dayton, Ohio, with the last 15 years spent in Los Angeles prior to moving and falling in love with Hilton Head. Her background is a successful career in financial lending and financial market research. Beltran is passionate about real estate and design with a commitment to superior customer service.

zappCoastal Properties Owners/Brokersin-Charge, Joe and Karen Ryan, welcome Jeffrey A. Zapp to the agency’s sales team. Zapp is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, serving eight years in the United States Air Force and the Air Force Reserve. He holds a bachelor of science in aerospace and a master of arts in technology from Kent State University. A regular visitor to the Lowcountry since 1995, Zapp and his family moved to the area in 2012.

Palmetto Sands Vacation Rentals is pleased to announce Marsha Haycock has joined its staff as a vacation counselor and property manager. Prior to coming to Palmetto Sands, Haycock was sales manager for DermaTran Health Solutions.

badenbauchR. Stuart Bedenbaugh has joined BB&T Carswell Insurance Services as an employee benefits consultant in its Bluffton office. Bedenbaugh has 10 years of experience in the insurance industry and specializes in claims analysis, benefit analysis and carrier negotiations for fullyinsured and self-funded accounts.

Bryan Wilson has been named principle of Grace Advisors LLC. He is a graduate of Cannon Trust School, Cannon Private Banking School and National Commercial Lending School. He also has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of South Carolina.

kerrColleton River Plantation Club, a premier private golf community, announced Stephanie Kerr as its new chief financial officer, succeeding retiring CFO Tim Snyder. She oversees all of the club’s financial and accounting functions.Kerr comes to Colleton River from Moss Creek Plantation, where she served as controller for the past six years.

Linh Craig has been named food & beverage manager at Hampton Hall Club. He has worked at both Sea Pines and Oldfield country clubs and has continued his education in food & beverage management with the Club Managers Association of America.

barbieriDr. Frank Barbieri, a longtime Lowcountry orthodontist and dental sleep medicine practitioner, recently joined the American Academy of Cardiovascular Sleep Medicine. Sleep Medicine is the management of sleeprelated breathing disorders, such as snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Donald E. Beaver Jr. has been named  CCM, CCE and general manager at Hampton Hall Club. Beaver is a North Carolina native (UNC-Chapel Hill grad) and has spent his entire 36-year career in the club management field.

Floyd Joins Hilton head Honda
William-FloydWilliam Floyd, a native of the Lowcountry from Charleston, has been hired by Modern Classic Motors to be their general sales manager of Hilton Head Honda. Will has over 24 years of automotive retail experience and prides himself on exceeding customer expectations. Contact Will at 843-815-2880 or e-mail him at before you purchase your next new or used vehicle.

Brent Carlson has been named head golf professional at Hampton Hall Club. Carlson was awarded Golf Professional of the Year for the area three consecutive years beginning in 2003. He joined the team in the spring of 2013.

Parker Stafford has been named executive chef at Hampton Hall Club. Parker made Bluffton his new home in the summer of 2013, coming from the Tampa Bay area. Parker was classically trained and certified through the American Culinary Federation at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, N.H.

collinsJudy Collins has joined the Bluffton office of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate. Prior to working for Sotheby’s, Collins was the director of sales and marketing at a hotel corporation based out of Savannah. Collins is from Chattanooga, Tenn., where she received her degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in criminal justice with concentrations in pre-law and English.

Susan Eison is the new director of marketing for the Lowcountry location of DayBreak Adult Care Services. Eison joins DayBreak with extensive experience in sales implementation and marketing strategy, as well as deep knowledge and understanding of the healthcare industry.

Coastal Properties Owners/Brokers-in-Charge, Joe and Karen Ryan, welcome Alice Lee to the agency’s sales team. With over 13 years experience in real estate, first with the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors as Director of Membership and administrative assistant and then as a real estate agent, Lee has returned to her real estate career. Alice and her family lived in Woodhaven, Queens and Huntington, Long Island prior to relocating to Hilton Head Island in 1997. In 2005 they made the move to Sun City. Alice is active in the “Bon Appetit” and “Sew What” clubs and enjoys organizing everything from pantry closets to business offices. She most recently served at Youth Minister for St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

walkerBB&T Carswell Insurance services has named Kristin Walker as family risk manager in sales for the Personal Lines Department in their Bluffton office. She is based at 2 Westbury Park Way, Suite 103. Walker brings over 14 years of experience in the insurance industry to her new role and holds a CISR designation from The National Alliance. She was previously a personal lines agent.

Collins Group Realty, a Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award recipient, has two new team members. Debbie Beck, a licensed Realtor formerly with Carson Realty, joins Collins Group Realty as a Beaufort area specialist. She will assist buyers and sellers north of the Broad River with their real estate needs. Jeri Hollifield, formerly of Keller Williams, joins the team as a closings coordinator and will provide support and assistance with pending contracts.

deckertWeniger Plastic Surgery would like to welcome the new marketing director, Jessica M. Deckert, to the team.

Chuck Lobaugh, owner of Curry Printing HHI, announced that Renee Burcin has joined Curry Printing as account executive. The Maryland native brings over 13 years of experience in business development, marketing, advertising, Internet marketing and online Cloud collaboration. For the past six years, Burcin has focused on building strategic partnerships with small to medium size businesses and organizations whose goals were to grow or expand their operations or membership.

masonDr. Aaron Mason has joined the team at Weniger Plastic Surgery. He comes to the Lowcountry with 18 years of experience. His credentials are; Fellowship: Craniofacial Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario; Residency: Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; MD: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; BA: Biology, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.

Jennifer Mathis has joined FirstService Residential as the technology and communication director at Sun City Hilton Head. Mathis joins the Sun City Hilton Head Community Association after five years as the Director of Community Services for the Association of Landowners of Port Royal Plantation. She previously worked as manager of operations for the Sea Pines Real Estate Company, vice president of organizational development for VeriSign and quality control manager for Hargray Information Systems International. She has a bachelor of arts degree in communication and a master’s degree in management, graduating with honors and distinction.

The Hilton Head Shore Notes are excited to announce new director mclanahanFaye McLanahan from Jacksonville, Fla. Current director Beth Green, who has been with the Shore Notes for the past 3 1/2 years, is stepping down and passing the torch due to some schedule challenges resulting from additional projects and her son’s preparation for departure to college next year. Beth assures the Shore Notes that she’s dusting off her pom-poms to be in the front row for their exciting show next March 1 at the High School’s Visual & Performing Arts Center. Throughout the years McLanahan has held many chorus leadership positions as well as a regional education faculty position for 10 years.

jacobyRG Realty is pleased to announce that Bryan Jacoby has joined its sales team. He will oversee sales of the Reed Group’s latest  community, May River Preserve. Jacoby brings more than 12 years of real estate experience to RG Realty. He was part of several successful sales teams for area communities including Bermuda Pointe, Oakview, The Townhomes at Berwick Green and Fuller Pointe. Additionally, he has served on the development side of the business, from designing and envisioning new community concepts to sitting on architecture review boards and property owner associations. A 35-year resident of the Lowcountry, Jacoby is a Marine Corps veteran, a former deputy sheriff for Beaufort County and a member of First Presbyterian Church with his family.

Foundation Realty, a Hilton Head Island-based real estate firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Debbie Iredell to their team. Iredell has been an island resident for over 30 years and has decades of sales experience in the real estate industry. Iredell and her husband, Tom, a former PGA golf professional, have two daughters and live on the island.

sliterBB&T Carswell Insurance services has named Sherry Slifer as family risk manager, in sales for the Personal Lines Department in their Hilton Head. She is based at One Park Lane, Central Park, Hilton Head. Slifer brings over 13 years of experience in the insurance industry to her new role and holds a CISR designation from the National Alliance. She was previously a Personal Lines Agent and prior to working for BB&T Carswell, she was a managing principal in compliance for American Express.

The Heritage Library Foundation is pleased to announce a new member of its board of directors. Lou Benfante, chairman of the History Department, Heritage Library, has accepted a position on the board. Benfante comes with a degree in history from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. He spent his career in supply-chain management and moved to Hilton Head Island in 2003 to work as director of materials management for Coastal Carolina Hospital and eventually Hilton Head Hospital.

Ferguson joins Carson Realty
fergusonTim Ferguson has joined Carson Realty as a certified property manager to expand THE FERGUSON TEAM into both rentals and sales. Ferguson has been a local resident for 25 years and possesses great familiarity of the Lowcountry. He was a collegiate golfer for The College of Charleston and graduated in 2006. He can be reached at 843-341-3000 or

Wendy Morrison has joined the team at The Energi Center on Hilton Head Island. Wendy is a sacred sound therapist and a CranioSacral Therapist who has recently moved to Hilton Head Island from Indiana. Morrison is certified in Sound Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and Vastu. Wendy is also a Oneness Blessing giver and is passionate about sharing the awakening journey with others. Cranial Tuning, combining Sound Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and the Oneness Blessing, is Wendy’s signature modality as it transforms both the client and the therapist.

celiaRupp Dengerl team joins Sotheby’s
Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty has twokey new sales associates who bring impressive experience in real estate and marketing to Hilton Head Island. Terri Dengler and Bill Rupp work together as The Rupp Dengler Team. This successful couple brings together a synergy of experience in real estate, marketing, and business that provide their clients with a level of service that only two fulltime professionals could offer. They will work out of offices on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton.


Allen Patterson Residential, a locally owned and homegrown Beaufort company, has won the Southern Living Magazine Home Award for “Best Planned Community” for Midtown Square. This national recognition came after a team from Southern Living Magazine spent days with the architects, planners and the Allan Patterson team to find out how they turned a dilapidated block of homes in downtown Beaufort into a community embodying the style and quality that Southern Living is known for.

The Professional Tennis Registry announced that Peggy Edwards, director of communications and Editor of TennisPro Magazine, was presented with two 2013 APEX Awards for writing. TennisPro is the official publication of PTR tennis teachers and coaches. This is the 25th Annual APEX Awards, a competition for writers, editors, publications staff and business and nonprofit communicators.

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s board of trustees recently voted to award more than $120,000 in grants to four area organizations, bringing its total grantmaking to more than $47 million in its 19-year history. The grants awarded this cycle went to Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour, Memory Matters, Sandbox Children’s Museum, Society of Bluffton Artists, University of South Carolina Research Foundation and the Volunteers in Medicine clinic.

lynesYoga instructor returns to island
A Lowcountry native, Mollie Lynes-Kinard has returned from Texas to her roots, Hilton Head Island. In March of 2012, Mollie received her 200-hour teacher training through Yoga Alliance approved Lex Gillian of The Yoga Institute in Houston, and went on to received her Kids Yoga training with Shana Meyerson of Mini Yogis. You can find her teaching throughout Hilton Head, but she has been spending most of her time with The Art of Yoga on New Orleans Road. Contact her at

New Business

vanderKeith Vander Schaaf, of Keith Vander Schaaf Photography, is a freelance photographer in the Bluffton, Hilton Head and surrounding areas. Vander Schaff specializes in restaurant, commercial business and home décor. Find samples of his work and more information on his website,

Using the Lowcountry’s natural beauty as inspiration, Southern Coastal Homes is now building houses in the Bluffton/Hilton Head Island region. A subsidiary of Reed Group, the company’s mission is to design and build homes with the ideal balance of quality, creativity, livability and value.

Coastal Carolina Hospital is proud to announce that it is launching a new obstetrics and gynecology program in the spring of 2014 by expanding the hospital’s women’s health services and preparing to deliver newborns in Hardeeville for the first time in eight years. The new unit will feature 16 beds and the latest equipment and enhancements for the care of mothers and their newborns.

Palmetto Electric Cooperative sold Palmetto Security Systems Aug. 1. Existing accounts will be served by a new company owned by Marcus McDougall of Bluffton. McDougall, former vice president of Palmetto Security Systems, will serve as president and CEO of the new company.

New Location

The Sea Pines Real Estate office that is usually located in the Sea Pines Beach Club has temporarily relocated to the Sea Pines Welcome Center until the new Sea Pines Beach Club is completed in June 2014.

The two island branches of Wells Fargo Advisors have consolidated into one branch in a new location. Formerly located at 90 Main Street and 55 Hospital Center Commons, they are now at 400 Merchant Street. The branches now have 15 financial advisors and a support staff of five.

Happy Anniversary

The King Neptune Statue and Sundial located at Shelter Cove Harbour was given its own “day” at a ceremony at the statue on Aug. 18. The event was attended by Town of Hilton Head Island officials; Charles E. Davis, president of the Shelter Cove Harbour Company; and Bob Onorato, former president of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. The Town of Hilton Head Island issued a Proclamation making Aug. 18 officially King Neptune Statue Day and a plaque will be installed commemorating the anniversary.

Twelve years ago, Sandro Virag, a champion dancer from Hungary came to America in search of a future in dance. He met Armando Aseneta (originally from the Philippines), at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Durham, N.C. and a business partnership was formed. It all started in a crowded little 2,000-squarefoot space on Cardinal Road on Hilton Head Island 10 years ago, where the Fred Astaire Dance Studio began to take hold. Despite the tough economy, ballroom dance seemed to flourish. In December 2010, they moved to a 7000- plus square foot building in Bluffton, (Seaquins Ballroom), and both Virag and Aseneta are amazed that they are now celebrating their 10-year anniversary. They have now added a third instructor, Savannah Scott, and are preparing a 10 year celebration. On Sept. 7, The Fred Astaire Dance Studio will host a Black Tie Gala Ball to celebrate 10 years. For more information call 843-837-6161.

TrueFit Pilates and Training Center’s co-owners, Jenn Wolfe and Meghan Harris, are celebrating the studio’s one year anniversary with special class offerings and events this month open to the public. With classes ranging from pilates, personal training and group fitness to massage, nutrition, health coaching and a monthly cleanse detox program, there is a class or program available to fit a variety of fitness and nutrition needs. Find more information online at

The staff at Lil’ Sprouts Christian Childcare Center recently celebrated the school’s one-year anniversary. Opening a quality, faith-based childcare center in the Lowocountry was a dream that T’lene Sanders and her daughter, Sarah Sanders, finally made into a reality last July. The mother-and-daughter duo have extensive experience in child care and education. T’Lene, a Lowcountry native and mother of three, was a preschool teacher for 10 years before she became Deputy Clerk of Court for the Town of Ridgeland. Sarah is certified in Infantand Toddler Care and obtained her certificate in early childhood development. She has 12 years of experience as a nanny for local families.