Hilton Head Hires: September 2017

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PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE OPENING NEW AUDI DEALERSHIP

Peacock Automotive broke ground Aug. 22 on its new 30,000-square-foot, $6 million Audi dealership at New River Auto Mall. Construction is expected to be completed by spring of 2018. The new facility is expected to bring 20 new jobs to Peacock Automotive, which currently employs 600 people. The new Audi dealership will feature a state-of-the-art repair center, plus an Audi sports facility that will expand inventory of high-performance sport models and offer more sport factory parts and accessories.

J. BANKS HIRES THREE, WINS HONOR

J. Banks Design Group has hired executive assistant Jennifer Drugge. She was most recently employed by Drayton Hall Preservation Trust in Charleston as manager of corporate and foundation relations. Drugge is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  She will assist J. Banks Design’s president and founder, Joni Vanderslice, with all functions.

Also, J. Banks Design Group recently added Victoria King and Emily Redlinger to the team. King, a residential design assistant, previously worked for Russell Tobin & Associates in New York and has more than five years of experience in the fashion industry. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Redlinger, now office assistant in the accounting department, was the executive assistant to the vice president at Responsive Education Solutions in Lewisville, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business applications from Crown College.

Finally, J. Banks Design Group was the interior designer for the award-winning Courtyard Charleston Summerville Hotel, which was named “Hotel of the Year” by the Marriott Courtyard franchise. The Courtyard Charleston Summerville was selected as the premier Courtyard in 2017 out of more than 1,100 Courtyards worldwide.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY ADDS TWO

SchorrVargas PradaBailey Schorr and Leslie Vargas-Prada have joined the staff at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

Schorr will serve as program associate, assisting with grant management and administration, serving as a liaison to several fund advisory committees and providing support for special projects and initiatives. He’s a recent graduate of University of South Carolina-Beaufort where he majored in psychology and minored in French. While a student, Schorr and a classmate built and maintained a hydroponic garden. Vegetables grown were donated to the Jasper County Boys & Girls Club and integrated into a cooking class that taught the children about healthy cooking and the benefits of eating vegetables. Schorr is from Bel Air, Md. 

Vargas-Prada recently moved to the Lowcountry from the Atlanta area. Her professional background includes over 20 years of administrative management and client relationship experience, primarily in the financial industries. Most recently she was employed for over 12 years with VRA Partners, an investment banking firm in Atlanta, and prior to that worked with The Robinson-Humphrey Company in both Atlanta and Hilton Head. In her new position, donor services liaison, she’ll serve as a liaison between the Community Foundation and select donors, handle aspects of donor relationship management and engagement, undertake outreach efforts with constituent groups and assist with various donor and development committees.

Vargas-Prada received a bachelor’s in business administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.

US LAWNS OF HILTON HEAD RECEIVES HONORS

Nathan Schuppert, vice president and operations manager of US Lawns of Hilton Head, was honored by CEO Ken Hutchinson at the company’s annual conference held at Williamsburg, Virginia, from July 28-31. US Lawns of Hilton Head, a locally owned commercial landscaping company, received honors for brand Leader and national service. The company supports the corporation’s scholarship program, disabled veterans,and the Special Olympics.

TurnKeyTURNKEY EXPANDS TO HILTON HEAD

TurnKey Vacation Rentals, the third largest vacation rental management company in the United States, opened a new office location on Hilton Head Island. Cindee Schirmer will serve as the location’s general manager of the new location. TurnKey is a technology-enabled company that delivers services to vacation rental owners at an 18 percent commission, compared to the traditional 25 percent to 50 percent commission charged by most other rental companies. Established in 2013, the company currently manages more than 2,300 vacation rental homes in 43 markets.

HOMEBUILDERS GROUP NAMES NEW EDUCATION CHAIRWOMAN

EdwardsThe Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association has named Lindsay H. Edwards as its new chairwoman of the group’s Education Foundation. Edwards is an active member of the association through her employer Pella Windows and Doors. The Education Foundation is made up of business professionals who represent, promote and support excellence in the homebuilding industry. The foundation also provides scholarships to deserving high school students. For more information, go to education.hhahba.com.

HILTON HEAD HEALTH NAMED BEST RESORT BY USA TODAY

CarterHilton Head Health, a nationally recognized resort for health and weight loss, was named the best health and wellness resort by 10Best from USA Today readers. The resort was chosen from 20 other nominees, including Canyon Ranch, The Ranch Malibu and The Art of Living Retreat Center. Hilton Head Health is under new leadership this year, with Kevin Carter serving as its president. In 2016, Hilton Head Health served nearly 1,000 guests, with an average stay of 10 days.

MONTHLY ADDS TWO

Abbie BlackAbbie Black has joined Monthly Media and IRMA Does Marketing as marketing coordinator and office manager. She graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business and a focus in marketing and management. She has lived in the Lowcountry for a year. Her responsibilities include administrative tasks as well as marketing research and managing marketing plans for the company.

shakiraShakira Weary is a new intern in the editorial department at Monthly. She is a senior at Savannah State University majoring in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in online journalism. After finishing an advanced degree, she would like to teach English or journalism. She is from Covington, Ga. Weary will be with Monthly until December.

NEW GASTROPUB OPENS IN FORMER BOWLING ALLEY SITE

Gourmet sandwiches and melts are one the menu at Club Seats, which has opened on the north end of Hilton Head Island. The restaurant is the newest eatery opened by the Cheap Seats restaurant group. The gastropubthemed restaurant also features craft beer, martinis and live music, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. Rob Hummel, coowner of the restaurant group, said the company has spent months renovating a 3,500-square-foot space in the former “Bowling Center” building at 2600 Main St. Cheap Seats Tavern first opened on Hilton Head in 2010. It was followed by Cheap Seats Tavern 2 in Bluffton in 2015.A third location, Cheap Seats Riverwalk, opened in Ridgeland in January.