Hilton Head Hires: May 2017

On the Move


Boys, Arnold & Company, a local private wealth management firm, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded in Asheville, North Carolina, by G. Waring Boys in 1977, a second office was established on Hilton Head Island in 1996 and is now located at 4 Dunmore Court. Boys, Arnold & Company provides highly personalized financial planning, portfolio management and fiduciary services to individuals and families, nonprofit institutions and private retirement plans. The firm services clients in over 30 states and several foreign countries and manages more than $1 billion in assets. The firm's Hilton Head team of employee/owners includes Tommy Arnold, Dudley Brickhouse, Eric Magnin, Monique McGlynn and Ann Miller.


RobertsMedical Development Corp., developer and owner of Canterfield Senior Living Communities, is pleased to announce that Susan C. Roberts has been hired as the executive director of Canterfield of Bluffton. Roberts is a graduate of University of Florida (Gainesville), earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications/Journalism.

GuzmanPalmetto Breeze Transit welcomes Kerry Guzman to its growing team. Guzman has joined as the human resources and payroll administrator.

The Sanctuary Day Spa was opened in May 1997 by Lisa Murphy Gomez. After relocating in October 2015 to The Village Exchange on Palmetto Bay Road, the coziness and intimate feel of the spa has allowed Lisa and her team to focus on their clients and treatments, and this is truly reflected in the atmosphere at The Sanctuary. The staff is excellent at what they do, providing state-of-the art facials, body wraps and waxing, in addition to electrolysis, lash services, makeup and spray tans. Having been an esthetician for over 30 years, living on Hilton Head for 20 of them, Murphy Gomez’s passion for the island, her clients, her team and her profession is shown and felt at The Sanctuary. And this year, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary with great offers. Don’t just see the  difference, but feel it. Warm, personal, professional and friendly, The Sanctuary is looking forward to the next 20 years.

BryantSteve Bryant has joined the Berkeley Hall Club team as director of security. Bryant joins Berkeley Hall following a lengthy career in law enforcement. His extensive law enforcement experience spans a wide range of responsibilities within the Lexington, Kentucky, Metro Police Department, most recently serving as a detective assigned to the forensic services unit. Bryant also has more than 30 years of experience in security management and operations at the Lexington Civic Center Corporation, a large multi-use entertainment, convention and sports complex. Prior to joining Berkeley Hall, he served as the captain of operations at Sea Pines. There, he supervised patrols, gate operations and the dispatch office. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kentucky before joining the Lexington Metro Police Department, where he recently retired with over 20 years of experience.

Bill Winans, owner of Meeting Dynamics. and Carolina Weddings, has recently started The Carolina Wedding Group Collective under the direction of marketing coordinator Vanessa Leite. The collective will serve as a resource for couples planning weddings in the Lowcountry or the Coastal Empire of Georgia. The Carolina Wedding Group Collective is an expanding conglomerate of vetted wedding professionals. Many destination and local brides need help in locating wedding vendors that fit their needs, both in style and in pricing. The Carolina Wedding Group Collective fills that need with local event professionals that have extensive experience in the wedding and special event industry.

Gene Balerna, CIMA has joined Oak Advisors as the director of research and asset allocation. His responsibilities include designing and maintaining investment strategies that meet the diverse needs of clients in addition to conducting research on equities, fixed income, mutual funds, ETF’s and other investment products used to construct client portfolios. Previously, Balerna worked at Dividend Assets Capital in Ridgeland, and prior to that was president and chief investment officer of Alpha Investment Advisors, Inc., a wealth management company outside of Boston that he founded in 1999. Balerna has over 20 years of experience in investment research and portfolio management. He earned a master’s degree in finance from the McCallum School of Business at Bentley University and degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Parker Collins
Hilton Head Christian Academy’s new academic dean has an aggressive vision and the work ethic to make it happen. On the heels of the school’s announcement to move to Bluffton, it continues to advance in the direction of excellence in all elements of the school. With the appointment of Parker Collins as academic dean, the school has found someone with the will and means to meet this end. 

A veteran finance manager has been named the Beaufort County School District’s new chief financial and operations officer. Tonya Crosby has been with the school district for 16 years and currently serves as its finance services officer. Her responsibilities in that role have included preparing the district’s $215 million annual budget, developing annual financial statements, supervising the district’s general accounting functions and training district and school-level staff in budget preparation. As chief finance and operations officer, Crosby will direct the budgeting, accounting and reporting of all school district funds; take a lead role in long-term financial planning; direct the development of the district’s capital facilities plan; and be responsible for divisions such as technology and food services.

A veteran Aiken County school bus executive with a broad range of work experience — including three years behind the wheel — is the Beaufort County School District’s new director of transportation. Maria McClure worked in various positions with Aiken County Schools over the past 31 years, starting off as a bus driver. After being promoted to transportation secretary and later to Area 1 transportation supervisor, she was named as Aiken County’s executive manager of transportation, a position she held for 13 years. She also performed driver exams for commercial driver’s license applicants. In her new job, McClure will supervise about 175 drivers and staff responsible for transporting more than 11,000 students to or from school on about 190 buses that travel more than 11,000 miles each day. 


Westin Hilton Head
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa recently announced the opening of The Grand Ocean Terrace; a new all-glass oceanfront event venue this June. The final piece of the resort’s $40 million renovation, this stunning banquet venue offers group meeting and wedding planners a new and exciting beachfront option for high-end events. The Grand Ocean Terrace enjoys unobstructed ocean views elevated above beach level with over 5000 square feet of space comfortably hosting up to 400 guests. Glass walls slide open to a full-length covered balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, while the interior boasts all-season climate comfort amid a chic coastal design. The adjacent stone patio with fireplace overlooks an expansive beachfront deck for picturesque ceremonies. The Grand Ocean Terrace is considered a one-of-a-kind banquet structure along the East Coast of the U.S.

South State Corporation announced that William C. Bochette III has been named treasurer. With 28 years of experience in the banking industry, Bochette has served in several positions for community banks, including CEO, CFO and CRO. He has also worked as a bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, formerly known as the Office of Thrift Supervision. Bochette joined South State Bank in 2011 as senior vice president in the financial management division. In 2014, he was named executive vice president and secretary to the board. In his new role, Bochette will serve as secretary and treasurer. A native of Orangeburg, Bochette earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Carolina.

Le Cookery at Wexford is celebrating its 10th year in business with a birthday celebration May 1-6. Customers will enjoy a 10 percent discount on all purchases throughout the week. There will be special discounts on selected items and a unique gift with each purchase. Laurel Greif, Le Cookery's founder and owner, has planned food presentations and demonstrations at 11 a.m. each day. Among the events planned, “Shrimp, Collards and Grits” will be "setting the table" with Vietri, Caskata, and Beatrice Ball items. A birthday cake and Champagne toast at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, will end the week of festivities.

HansenDuffyResort Rentals of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce recent additions to its reservations department staff. Jane Hansen comes to Resort Rentals from seven years of sales and guest service experience with a large vacation rental company on Hilton Head Island and 15 years with another company on Hilton Head, both as the top sales producer. Michelle Duffy, a resident of Hilton Head for 17 years, joins Resort Rentals after 10 years as a licensed property manager with a large local vacation rental company and five years with another local company in guest services. Duffy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Connecticut.

Richard Spruce is the town of Bluffton’s new chief building official. Spruce has been with Bluffton for nearly a year as the chief plans examiner. In his role as chief building official, Spruce supervises the administration of building and construction codes, permits, facilities management and standards for construction procedures. Spruce is the main liaison between the town and the representatives of the local contractor industry. Prior to Spruce’ position with the town, he worked for 15 years for the Town of Hilton Head Island as a fire inspector, plans examiner and flood plain manager. Spruce also spent 20 years working for the Montgomery Fire Department in Alabama, where he retired as the deputy fire marshal. Spruce also spent 21 years in the Alabama National Guard, six with the Army and 15 with the Air Force. He has been a resident of Bluffton for 10 years.

George Owens, Bluffton’s chief building official for two and half years has retired. Owens had served as the town’s chief building official since November 2014 and worked for the town for nine years. In addition to serving as chief building official, Owens also held positions as commercial, residential and fire safety plan examiner. Prior to Owens’ positions with the town, he worked for 25 years as a chief building inspector, plans examiner and construction superintendent in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Town of Hilton Head Island. Owens is a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Jeff Kent has been named as Colleton River Club’s new Director of Agronomy. Jeff has a rich and varied career in turf management with extensive and successful experience in the Southeast and its particular types of grasses. Jeff will commence his full-time duties on May 5th, in time to supervise the community’s planned Nicklaus golf course renovation.


Mary Lou Franzoni, Paula Tilley and Laura Atkinson with Palmetto Breeze Transit have all achieved certification as certified community transit managers by the Community Transportation Association of America.

J. Banks Design Group received top honors at the ASID Excellence in Design awards ceremony held in Charlotte and the IIDA Design Works awards gala in Greensboro. The award-winning designs included projects by lead designers Joni Vanderslice, Sharon Cleland, Doris Gilch, Cindy Munn, Shelley Wilkins and Anna Ruby.

Congratulations to Bluffton Police Lt. Scott Chandler for his successful completion of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. This is a 22-week program that provides upper-level college instruction in a total of 27 core blocks of instruction that include topics like: leadership, human resources, employee relations, applied statistics, planning and policy, and budgeting. Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes, in addition to a staff study paper that are all required parts of the curriculum. Chandler currently serves as a lieutenant over the patrol division and is the assistant commander of the strategic response team. He began his career with the Akron Police Department in 1999. While with the Akron department, Chandler worked in patrol, special weapons and tactics team, bike unit, crisis intervention, honor guard and was a field training officer. In 2006, Chandler joined the Bluffton Police Department. He has served as a patrol sergeant, traffic unit sergeant, neighborhood services unit sergeant and investigations lieutenant. Chandler received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Liberty University.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry continues to award disaster recovery and rebuilding grants to organizations in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties that are working directly with individuals affected by Hurricane Matthew. Grants totaling $46,280 were recently awarded to four organizations, bringing total Hurricane Matthew-related grants to $174,000 since Oct. 11. The most recent grants were awarded to Coastal District Council of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, Evangelical Free Church of America, Free Born Deliverance Temple and Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Achievement School. This is the fourth series of Hurricane Matthew-related grants the foundation has awarded from its Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund.

Wells Sharpe, a sixth-grader at May River Montessori was awarded first place at the awards ceremony of The Sea Island Regional Science Fair. His project on improving desalination merited a first place prize in the environmental science category. The Sea Island Regional Science Fair is the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair and Broadcom MASTERS Competition affiliate for Beaufort and Jasper counties. The fair is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades nine through 12. They have a pool of approximately fifty judges comprised mostly of retired engineers, scientists, and doctors who volunteer their time between November and April to help support science in education through science fairs and other activities.

More than 300 Beaufort County students, all top finishers at individual school science fairs across the county, competed for honors at the 2017 Sea Island Regional Science Fair. Six Beaufort County School District students won first-place awards in their respective categories, including one middle school student who earned “Best in Show” honors: Jackie O’Riordan of H.E. McCracken Middle School; Alora Orr of River Ridge Academy; Calvin Bernstein of Hilton Head Island Middle School; August Rios of Bluffton Middle School; Luke McGuire of Beaufort High School, who earned the Rob & Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative as well as the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award; and Maile Paulmeier of Bluffton High School. By virtue of their first-place finishes, McGuire and Paulmeier will travel to Los Angeles in May to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. O’Riordan will also make the trip as a middle school-level observer.


So Sandra, new women’s boutique store, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. So Sandra is located in Park Plaza Center near Harris Teeter and next to Trattoria Divina.

Community excitement is building for the "soon to arrive" debut of Jasper County’s latest addition to the senior housing market: Canterfield of Bluffton. Owned and developed by Atlanta-based Medical Development Corp., this elegant assisted-living project is preparing to open its doors in May. The senior living campus of Canterfield of Bluffton is conveniently located at 567 N. Okatie Highway in Ridgeland. Construction of the campus, situated on 7.25 acres, has been underway since the middle of 2016. Winter Construction, based in Atlanta, is serving as general contractor, and First Tennessee Bank is providing project financing. The three-story assisted-living building includes 91 assisted-living apartments along with 22 secure memory care units. The exterior façade is a traditional design that incorporates the best elements of classic Southern architecture, from duel chimneys to a columned portico. Canterfield of Bluffton belongs to the Canterfield Senior Living Communities signature brand that is establishing its footprint throughout the Southeast. In addition to the assisted-living building, the Canterfield of Bluffton campus will feature nine independent living villas, to be built as three triplex units. All villas will have attached garages. Luxurious interior appointments include high ceilings with deep crown molding, fireplaces with detailed mantle work, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless appliances, and spacious storage with large walk-in closets. The campus site was selected because of its proximity to Interstate 95 and Coastal Carolina Hospital, as well as numerous shopping, banking and entertainment venues.

LASER MASSAGE OF HHI is the Hilton Head Island’s only place for laser massage therapy. Laser therapy is a drug-free natural alternative to speed up healing from plantar faciitis, tennis/golf elbow, shoulders and knees, lower back pain and arthritis. Therapist Cindy is certified in medical and sports massage and RockTape kinesiology taping for superior muscle recovery.

The Northridge Event Venue opened last month on Hilton Head, becoming the tourist destination’s newest location for weddings and special events. The 12,000-square-foot flexible-use event space is located mid-island in Northridge Plaza off William Hilton Parkway and can accommodate up to 500 guests. The space was formerly occupied by Arts and Oddities and has many unique features, including lighting, draping, staging and a built-in dance floor. The venue also has plenty of open parking. The venue features a main hall as well as smaller rooms that can serve as the Bride’s Room and Groom’s Room for weddings or as conference rooms for meetings and smaller events. The venue will also feature a children’s suite for onsite baby-sitting. Tables, chairs, tablecloths, customizable lighting, décor and over 25,000 square feet of theme décor will be available through Meeting Dynamics Inc. The venue also boasts an open-vendor policy, meaning that customers can bring in their own vendors, including the caterer of their choice. The Northridge Event Venue is owned and managed by Meeting Dynamics, which has been producing and designing special events in the Southeast for over 28 years and has over 25,000 square feet of furniture rentals, décor, lighting and scenery.


The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing has a long reputation of providing a stellar fan experience. Last year, an estimated 130,000 people attended the six-day event, which pumps $96 million into the South Carolina economy. With fans and media now using smartphones and Wi-Fi devices to share the event with the world, the communications network for the event is becoming increasingly important. Hargray Communications is again providing that network. The RBC Heritage encourages members of #PlaidNation to share their experiences at the event on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. To accommodate guests, Hargray installed access points to provide a consistent, reliable connection at the 18th green and Skybox area to meet customer demands.

The Island Academy of Hilton Head has relocated from its New Orleans Road location into a brand-new building on the campus of Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) at Beach City Road and Finch Street. The Island Academy is a kindergarten through 12th grade innovative private school for students on Hilton Head Island. Based on years of research and practical application, Island Academy focuses on student-centered approaches to learning and project-based curriculum. Founded and created by Jennifer Winzeler and longtime educator and administrator Mary Ann Cyr, Island Academy meets the needs of each student through its small class sizes and individualized attention.

Dr. Gary Thomas of South Carolina Cancer Specialists recently represented the South Carolina Oncology Society as the state society president at the 2017 State Oncology Society Forum in conjunction with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's 22nd annual conference, held in Orlando. The conference’s focus was on innovative methods to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care.

On May 8, Berkeley Hall will hold its 24th annual Realtors and Mortgage Lenders Golf and Tennis Tournament. The event is for members and affiliate members. It is Berkeley Hall’s largest fundraiser of the year, and all net proceeds go to charity, with 50 percent going to housing initiatives.

Sea Pines Community Services Associates Inc. has reached a long-term service agreement with the Uber ride-sharing service. Effective immediately, this long-term agreement provides full entry for Uber drivers to pick up and deliver property owners, guests and visitors within the Sea Pines community. Sea Pines CSA looks forward to Uber continuing to provide service to the Sea Pines community.

Geismar, a manufacturer and distributor of railway maintenance equipment, is launching its new operations in Beaufort County. The development is expected to bring $2.9 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 50 new jobs. Serving the North American railroad industry for more than 40 years, Geismar offers a comprehensive range of tools for track works, including hand-held machinery and heavy equipment. Meeting all rail industry requirements, the company features an extensive product catalog that includes a variety of saws, drills, grinders, track motorcars, loaders and more. Located at 134 Parker Drive in Beaufort, Geismar North America will be constructing specialty rail cars and new railway maintenance equipment. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the second quarter of 2017.

In celebration of 18 years of continual performance and growth, The Jazz Corner has booked fabulous national and international musicians for patrons to enjoy with their fine dining experience. Included in this lineup are Aaron Weinstein, Ulysses Owens, Allan Vache, Rossano Sportiello, Ronnie Leigh, Nikki Parrott, Joe Gransden, Maria Howell, Freddy Cole and Deana Martin, to name a few.

A local convenience store company donated $20,000 to Beaufort County schools as part of an ongoing promotion at its outlets. Parker’s, which operates 48 convenience stores in Georgia and South Carolina, said the proceeds came from its “Fueling the Community” program. That promotion gives 1 cent of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to local schools. Some of the Parker’s donation goes to support the school district’s annual “Support Person of the Year” recognition program, which honors school nurses, social workers, bookkeepers, office managers, teacher assistants, school secretaries, and technology and data specialists. Other funds go to specific schools designated by Parker’s “Pump Pal Club” customers when they purchase their gasoline on the first Wednesday of each month.

Meghan Maloney, MS, PA-C of Hilton Head Dermatology attended the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The annual meeting offered sessions with dermatology experts and decision makers from around the world. The sessions she attended were on the newest techniques of cosmetic fillers and botox, as well as general dermatological issues.

The Town of Hilton Head Island announced that Inspire Savannah Inc., the governing board of TEDx Savannah, has selected town manager Steve Riley as one of its speakers for its May 19 event at the Jepson Center in downtown Savannah. The theme for TEDx Savannah this year is "Bridge," which the 15 speakers have interpreted in a number of thought-provoking and engaging ways on topics ranging from environmental conservation and disaster recovery to the power of play and the importance of face-to-face interactions.

Don Foxe released his first fictional novel in October 2016. “Contact and Conflict,” a science-fiction action and adventure novel, received critical success and a five-star professional review by Readers’ Favorites, a four-star rating by the Online Book Club — the highest rating offered by the club — and averaging five-star reviews by readers on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. While finishing the production on his second science fiction book, “Confrontation,” he and fellow writer Melissa Dolber Grappone of Long Island released a collection of haiku exchanges between the two longtime friends. The collection, “Seasons of Henka Suru: Haiku Exchanges,” reached No. 1 on the Amazon Top 100 list for Japanese Haiku and as high as No. 10 on Amazon’s Top 100 for all poetry books. “Confrontation,” the second in Foxe’s Space Fleet Sagas series of futuristic military thrillers, was released by Caballus Press. Foxe, who also owns Beach City Health and Fitness Center on Hilton Head, says the critical and commercial successes of his books have taken him by surprise.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is expecting to publish additional information pertaining to the draft 2017-18 South Carolina Health Plan. DHEC has extended the public comment period for the draft, which was to end on Friday, April 7, until Friday, May 5. Notice of this extension will appear, officially, in the state register on Friday, April 28. 

Writer Ryan Copeland has published his first book, “The Beauty of Beaufort.” Copeland, a native of Beaufort, is a regular columnist with The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet. Formerly the managing editor of CARE Magazine, he has also contributed pieces to Lowcountry Weekly and Lady’s Island News. His family’s roots in Beaufort trace back to before World War II, when his grandfather, an enlisted Marine, was stationed at Parris Island. His grandmother and the Reames family swore that if the family ever left Beaufort they would never return. The Reames and Copeland families have been there ever since. His wife, the former Leigh Priester, is also a Beaufort native whom he has known since birth. They have two boys, Lukas and Reames. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Clemson University and a master’s degree in information science from the University of South Carolina.