NEW WEST MARINE STORES OPENS ON HHI
West Marine, a Waterlife Outfitter, has opened a new, larger store on Hilton Head Island. The 13,000-plus-square-foot store is at 430 William Hilton Parkway. Store Manager Tom McEwin and his staff of 16 have more than 125 years combined experience in boating, fishing, sailing, cruising and paddling experience. The store specializes in fishing gear, apparel, engine parts, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks and electronics.
COURT ATKINS GROUP ADDS FOUR
The Court Atkins Group recently hired four project designers and one design assistant.The firm specializes in residential and commercial architecture, planning and interior design.
New project designers are Anne Bauer, Ashley Huffman, Brianna Huffman and Neha Kaimal. Bauer previously worked as an architectural intern and interior design assistant at the firm. She earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and recently completed a master’s degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Ashley Huffman also interned previously with the firm. She received a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Huffman previously worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Brianna Huffman has a master’s degree in architecture from of SCAD and a bachelor’s degree from University of Idaho. She interned at Lenity Architecture in Salem, Oregon.
Kaimal has a bachelor’s degree from the Dr. Baliram Hiray School of Architecture in Mumbai, India. She graduated from SCAD in 2017 with a master’s degree in architecture.
Design Assistant Cali Hitt has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Western Carolina University. She interned for Design Associates in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. She will assist the Court Atkins Group’s interior design team, 501 South Studio.
J. BANKS DESIGN WELCOMES THREE
Elizabeth Simpson, Alyssa Perna and Kathy Stanas have joined the staff of J. Banks Design Group.
Simpson will serve as director of marketing and will be responsible for directing brand exposure, managing public relations and providing social media and website content. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, public relations and graphic design.
Perna will serve as commercial design assistant. She is a recent Virginia Tech graduate with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. She will provide administrative support to the commercial design team.
Stanas is a new retail associate at 35 Main St. on Hilton Head Island. She has more than 30 years of experience in retail sales and management, and will assist retail customers and design clients.
BERKELEY HALL LAUNCHES PREMIER BUILDER PROGRAM
Berkeley Hall Club has launched a premier builder program. Industry leaders Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Bluffton firm ACH Custom Homes and Grayhawk Custom Homes of Charleston will build furnished models on club-owned lots. The model homes will be open daily for tours. The "Monceau" custom model home by Arthur Rutenberg Homes is under construction now.
TWO JOIN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Terece “Teri” Torquato and Daniel “Coach” Godson Sr. have joined the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island as youth development professionals. Torquato will serve as assistant unit director and is a graduate of William Patterson University in New Jersey, with a degree in communications. Godson will serve as teen director and youth development specialis. He is a graduate of Baruch College of the City University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and small business management.
RADER JOINS SEA PINES RESORT GOLF CENTER
The Sea Pines Resort has hired Dana Rader as an instructor at its Golf Learning Center. She is a member of LPGA’s Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame and was named a Top 100 Teacher in America in GOLF Magazine and a Top 50 Greatest Teacher in America in Golf Digest Magazine. Rader is the author of “Rock Solid Golf: A Foundation for a Lifetime.”
WYCOFF JOINS CHAMBER
Michelle Wycoff has joined the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce as vice president of partner advancement and strategic development. She has more than 20 years of experience in leading teams and client development for companies including IBM, Accenture and MarketSource. Wycoff is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has an executive degree in management of technology from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
PEDIATRIC REHABILITATION CENTER MOVES TO BLUFFTON
Beaufort Memorial Hospital has moved its Bluffton pediatric rehabilitation center to a new, more kid-friendly space at 31 Innovation Drive. Extended hours offer more access to its physical, occupational and speech therapists. The new facility features a swing room, where therapeutic swings help patients work on balance, core strengthening and other treatment objectives.
ISLAND GIRL HIRES MARKETING MANAGER
Emily Bonvissuto is the new marketing and online store manager for Island Girl Boutique. She is responsible for promoting the boutique events, as well as marketing research and planning. Bonvissuto is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a degree in retail management. She has been with the company since the age of 15.
STORM RECOVERY LOANS OFFERED TO BUSINESSES
The Small Business Assistance Corporation has up to $30,000 in financing available to businesses for assistance with recovery from the effects of Hurricane Irma. Eligible uses include building repair, equipment repair and/or replacement, inventory replacement, and bridge loans to insurance claim payment and operating capital. The Storm Recovery Loan Program is available for small businesses in Hampton, Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston and Dorchester counties. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 912-232-4700, or go to sbacsav.com.
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES ADDS NEW DIVISION
Construction Management Services of Beaufort has expanded its offerings from commercial construction management services to residential building and remodeling, under the name Hohl Homes. Hohl Homes was created to meet the explosive growth in homebuilding and home renovations throughout the Lowcountry. Danielle Hohl has been named director of home building services, while Kevin Lydon, general contractor and founder of CMS, will continue to oversee the commercial division of the company.
LONG COVE DONATES $129,000 TO LOCAL NONPROFITS
The Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee (LCCCAC) recently awarded $129,944 in grants to 33 area nonprofit organizations. A grants awards presentation was held at the private community on Hilton Head Island. LCCCAC was created in 2003 by the directors of Long Cove Club in collaboration with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and from tax-deductible donations by Long Cove members. Grants are awarded to deserving, local nonprofit agencies. Since its inception, the group has awarded $847,319 to local nonprofits.