On The Move: Sept 2014

On the Move

Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Brad Tadlock was promoted to the position of fire chief June 20. He replaced Fire Chief Lavarn Lucas,  who retired after 32 years of service.  Tadlock began his career on Hilton Head Island in 1988 as a firefighter/EMT. He has progressed through the ranks and since 2008 has served as the deputy chief of operations, providing oversight of all the fire station operations, the training division and the Bureau of Fire Prevention. 



SleepHomebuilding expert Tim Sleep has joined the staff of Coastal Signature Homes in Bluffton. Sleep has more than 25 years experience working in progressive positions, including sales, operations and product marketing. Most recently, he was director of operations in the Architectural Products Division of Inscape in Jamestown, N.Y. There, he developed an acute understanding of building to exact specifications and cultivated a superior approach to customer service and satisfaction after the sale.

Frank Mackay has joined Gateway Realty as a sales agent specializing in Daufuskie Island, where he and his wife, Sara Jane, have lived for the past 10 years. Mackey was previously the owner of Maximum Response Group, a marketing consulting firm. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s in business management from C.W. Post University. Mackey can be reached at 843-540-8818 or by email at fmackayjr@yahoo.com.

Sharon-McDonnellSharon McDonnell, director of fitness at Sea Pines Country Club, recently received her certification in the program for Nutrition Education for Elite Fitness Professionals. The Precision Certification Program training is focused on changing and improving the nutrition habits of any client, whether beginner or advanced.

John Capin, of Hilton Head, has joined Ashford Advisors. Headquartered in Atlanta, with offices throughout the Southeast, Ashford Advisors is a financial services firm helping individuals, families and businesses build and preserve wealth.

Charleston-based Copper Penny, an upscale women’s boutique, is opening in September at Shelter Cove Town Centre. The shop is located next to the new Poseidon restaurant scheduled to open later this year. The local Copper Penny franchise is owned by Mary Margaret McGaughey, a life-long Lowcountry resident and daughter of Margaret and Wes Jones of Bluffton. Presently, Copper Penny Hilton Head Island is operating from a pop-up location at The Store on Calhoun Street in Bluffton prior to the Shelter Cove opening.


Hans-HuschittChris-RyanHans Huschitt and Chris Ryan have joined the Heritage Classic Foundation as sales managers. Huschitt joins the Heritage Classic Foundation team from Los Angeles, where he worked as a sales executive with the LA Galaxy Major League Soccer team. Ryan previously worked for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in Cincinnati as an integrated media solutions provider.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has been selected as National Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the nation’s leading association of chambers of commerce. The award was announced during the ACCE annual convention in Cincinnati on Wednesday evening. The chamber industry’s most coveted honor, NCOY is the highest national award presented to chambers of commerce. The chamber has won it a record three times, and was a finalist in 2010 and 2012

Lou-KennedyNBSC, a division of Synovus Bank, announced the appointment of Lou Kennedy to its South Carolina board of directors. Kennedy is president, CEO and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp., which is headquartered in Orlando, Fla. Nephron Pharmaceuticals recently opened a manufacturing facility in West Columbia.

RBC Heritage volunteer and chairman Ray Angell will be stepping down from his position as board chairman after the 2015 RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. He was named general chairman in 2006, and was responsible for all 1,200 tournament volunteers. The Heritage Classic Foundation has already begun the search for a new general volunteer chairman.  Tournament Director Steve Wilmot plans to have someone named before the 2015 RBC Heritage so that the incoming chairman can shadow Angell prior to and during tournament week.

barrettFollowing an extensive search, Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island has hired Katie Barrett as director of development at the island’s free health care clinic.

Just Cushions Upholstery & Fabric Gallery has hired Pam Riccardi as a showroom assistant. Ricarrdi has a background in interior design as well as business ownership and management. She will be assisting clients with their design projects and fabric selections for re-upholstery, custom window treatment and specialized bedding.

Bob Casterline has joined Gateway Realty as a sales agent and marketing director for Rick Turner and Associates, a division of Gateway. Casterline has extensive product management experience, degrees in marketing and economics and is skilled at utilizing technology to its fullest potential to help clients accomplish their real estate goals. He was formerly a teacher with Beaufort County Public Schools. Casterline can be reached at 843-441-4201 or by email at bob@rickturnerandassociates.com.

NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank, recently announced its 2014 Jack Parker Scholarship recipients. This year, 94 scholarships totaling $114,000 were awarded to children of Synovus team members. Scholarship funds are generated each year through team member donations and internal fundraising activities. Among the recipients, five students in South Carolina were awarded scholarships. They are Victoria Anderson, of Lexington; Stephanie Futrell and Marian Matney, both of Charleston; Noelle Dave, of Sumter; and Maria Tellez, of Hilton Head Island.

grahamemmettgroup46, a marketing firm owned by Ryan Lockhart and Ed Houston, has recently added new members to its team. Ann Graham is the new media coordinator. She specializes in media relations, with a dedication to determining the best media vehicles for clients. Fallon Emmett has joined the group46 team to assist in branding and advertising. Located at 1323 May River Road, group46 specializes in branding, advertising, digital and consulting.

englandCoastal Signature Homes has hired Leah England, the daughter of a third-generation contractor. She joins Coastal Signature Homes as the customer care coordinator and will work with clients during the planning and construction of their home. From developing architectural plans to deliberating over design selections, England will be with homeowners every step of the way. England received her bachelor of arts from Oklahoma State and master's of arts from the University of Tulsa. She has lived in the Carolinas for close to 15 years, and moved to the Lowcountry in 2012.


Colleen-SullivanMarybeth-BuonaiutoDunes Real Estate, a consistent leader in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton real estate sales since 1979, announced that Realtors Colleen Sullivan and Marybeth Buonaiuto have joined the firm. Sullivan has a passion for Lowcountry real estate that translates into professional knowledge and competence appreciated by her clients and other Realtors. She works out of the Dunes’ island office in Palmetto Dunes and can be reached at 843-338-1708. Buonaiuto brings high energy, strong communication and listening skills and an understanding of space and design from her interior design background to her customers. She works out of Dunes' mainland office in Moss Creek. Buonaiuto can be reached at 843-301-7463.

Chris-WalkerChris Walker has joined Lancaster Real Estate Sales in the Shelter Cove Business Park. Walker has been a Realtor on Hilton Head Island for more than 11 years and is one of the area’s top producing real estate professionals. He specializes in near-ocean homes and villas sales and owns a property management company called Luxury Home Concierge. Walker can be reached at chriswalker@hiltonheadhomes.com

Cindi Loveall has been hired as a sales agent with Gateway Realty. She was previously the front desk manager and administrative assistant at Gateway’s Berkeley Hall office. Prior to getting her real estate license, Loveall’s career experience included marketing, sales support and training, business development and television production. She was the marketing director at Quest Diagnostics in Chantilly, Va., before moving to the Lowcountry.  She can be reached at 843-489-6838 or by email at cloveall@gatewayrealtysc.com.

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island recently announced its leadership team for 2014-15. They are: Andrea Siebold, president; Bruce Siebold, president elect; Don Brashears, vice president; Karen Cully, secretary; Joe Nahman, sergeant-at-arms; Paul Walter, past president; and board members Lindsay Bunting, Joe Chappell, Peter Cooper, Robert Eberly III, Nathaniel Jones, Michael Marks, Dean Roberts, Kay Roshnow and Denise Spencer. The executive director is Linda Neff.
The club, the island's largest service organization, was established in 1967 and meets at 12:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Sea Pines Country Club.


The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s board of trustees recently awarded $145,436 in grants to nonprofit organizations that provide valuable services to the community. In addition, two new trustees and officers have been elected to the board of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Inc. Jerilyn Farren and David Schweiger have been elected for three-year terms beginning July 1. In addition, the board elected the following officers July 18: Perry Washington, chairman; Helen (Dede) Mavrogordato, vice chairwoman; John Weymouth, vice chairman; Beth Mayo, treasurer; and Denise K. Spencer, president and secretary.

The Rev. Christopher Benek received his doctorate of ministry degree this summer from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The program, which originated via engagement with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the first of its kind in the world, and focused on the intersection of science and theology. Benek is associate pastor at Providence Presbyterian Church.

Jean Heyduck, executive director of the Literacy Center (formerly Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry), a Beaufort County nonprofit offering adult literacy instruction, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 South Carolina Annual Literacy Leader award. The award is presented by the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia to individuals or groups which have had a statewide impact on literacy.

Michael G. Ciavolino, of the financial services firm Edward Jones on Hilton Head and Bluffton, recently won the firm's exclusive Spirit of Partnership Award for outstanding performance during 2013. Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner, called Ciavolino a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve. Ciavolino was one of only 1,053 financial advisors out of the firm's more than 13,000 to receive the award.

Miles Graves was recently featured in the July/August edition of the Urban Ag Council’s magazine “Young Professional Spotlight.” He has worked for The Greenery for 11 years, and continues to progress in leadership and management roles. He currently serves as operations manager for the employee-owned company. Because of his dedication to the industry, Graves has been The Greenery’s representing member of the S.C. Landscape and Turf Association for the past five years. In January, Graves was named president of the association.

Wexford Plantation was one of only 12 facilities recently selected to receive a 2014 USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility Award. In addition, Wexford Plantation was rated one of the Top 100 Residential Courses in the United States by “Golfweek,” making a huge jump on the magazine’s Residential Top 100 list for 2015, leaping 28 spots (from 2014) to No. 66 Best Residential Course in America.  


Timeless Interiors opened its new Bluffton headquarters Aug. 15. The store is located at 4380 Bluffton Parkway. The facility is a 52,000-square-foot building, with  26,000 square feet of retail space and 26,000 square feet of warehousing.

Seasons, at Shelter Cove Harbour, is expected to open in October. At Seasons, women will find unique apparel for all ages, including lightweight dresses for summer, casual coastal wear, maxi dresses, tops and skirts, purses, shoes and jewelry accessories. The inventory will refresh each season to allow shoppers to find new pieces throughout the year.

Spex, voted Chicago’s “Best Eyewear” in the Chicago Reader annual Best of Chicago poll, will open its newest location in October at 890 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 93, on Hilton Head Island. The new Spex location will be at the Fresh Market Shoppes on William Hilton Parkway. Island resident Dr. Natalie Lieberman, specializing in primary eye care, will be the in-house optometrist. Hours of operation will include evenings and weekends.

Dr. Gary Thomas
attended the annual membership meeting of the SC Oncology Society, which was held recently in Charleston. The meeting was entitled Diagnosis to Palliation: The Complete Spectrum of Cancer Care. Thomas is the vice president of the SC Oncology Society. He is the medical director of SC Cancer Specialists on Hilton Head and in Bluffton/Hardeeville.

In order to better serve its customers, Porsche of Hilton Head, the premier Savannah area Porsche dealer, has begun renovating its dealership facility in the New River Auto Mall. The remodeling will be based on the most current Porsche North America showroom blueprint. Construction is expected to be completed by late October or early November. As the renovation work commences, both the sales and service departments will continue to operate from a mobile office adjoining the dealership. The modern, up-to-date facility will provide coastal Georgia and Lowcountry drivers with a unique dealership experience, one that is designed to be a reflection of the Porsche brand itself.

Fringe Salon has hired three new employees. Donna McCauley recently relocated from New Hampshire and is an Aveda-trained nail service technician with 13 years of experience. She brings a new level of expertise to Fringe. Sarah Bailey, a hairstylist with eight years of experience, joins fringe with exacting and creative talent for hair coloring, hair cutting and event hair. From Valdosta, Ga., she and her family are busy making Hilton Head their home. Hannah Gardner was born and raised on Hilton Head. Her passion for arts and fashion led her to study within the hair fashion industry. Makeup, hair color, hair cutting and event hair skills adds to Fringe’s talented team of artists. Contact: 843-785-7400, fringehiltonhead.com.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's Junior Leadership Program presented three scholarships to recent high school graduates Audrey Bensch, Heidi Stine and Greg Warren, members of the chamber's 2013 class, thanks to a generous grant provided by Driving Young America. The  ollege scholarships were awarded to the graduates, who volunteered during the 2013 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance.    

The Hilton Head Firefighters’ Association (HHFA) is partnering with the Island Recreation Center to provide life-saving equipment for the outdoor pool. The HHFA’s donation of an AED (automated external defibrillator) will provide a safer environment for all of those who enjoy the Island Rec pool. The HHFA is committed to assisting Lowcountry charities and other nonprofit entities through the donation of grant funds and lifesaving equipment.

The American Heart Association announced that Robert and Eileen Hutton have been named the 2015 chairs of the Hilton Head Heart Ball. Additionally, John and Mary Kate Boyle will serve as the 2015 co-chairs. The Huttons and Boyles will host the 18th annual event, which will take place Feb. 7 at the Hilton Head Island Westin Resort & Spa.

J Banks Design received the 2014 AmericasMart ICON HONOR for achievement in Branding Identity and Development at the ICON HONORS Gala held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. The fith-annual ICON HONORS celebrated the best in global innovation as top achievers and superior achievements were recognized before a record-breaking audience on the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. “We could not have received this honor without the amazing team at J Banks Design,” J Banks Design president and owner said. “I would especially like to thank Anna Ruby, who leads the branding and identity development at J Banks Design. I am honored by this recognition and appreciate all who contribute to our success.”

The USCB Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training is now offering an island ambassador program. It is complimentary. It will feature three seminars focused on enhancing guest experiences: island knowledge, island culture and island ecology.