This month, Monthly invited local women in business, education, sports and the arts to discuss their work and how they define success. In their profiles, these Lowcountry influencers share advice and connect across a diverse range of expertise and industries. They discuss their obstacles, accomplishments, backgrounds, motivation and the people who have inspired them. From the owners of small family businesses to the team that leads Hilton Head Island High School, these local women have made a positive impact in the community.
Hilton Head People
CAMILLE COPELAND IS EXCITED ABOUT A NEW LOCATION
Q. Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
A. Our building project at 9 Palmetto Bay Road has been an invaluable learning experience. We are almost ready to move there, and I’m scared and thrilled all at the same time.
ONE STUDENT AT A TIME WITH AMANDA O’NAN
Question. What project or accomplishment is the most significant in your career?
Answer. Each day a student finds success is really the best feeling. Every now and again, I have students who are homeless, who face horrible tragedies, and who often are labeled as failures long before they become teens. To watch those students walk across the stage and to have goals for their lives … it doesn’t get any better. But if I had to name accolades that impacted the school community the most, I would have to say winning Palmetto’s Finest, being named by a top school in the country by The Washington Post, and winning top ratings on the school report card. Our school is truly one of the finest.
VICKI HEAD, DALE WATERS, MARCIA MCMANAMAY AND TINA SPANO KEEP HILTON HEAD ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
Question. How long have you been in your current role, and what does it mean to you?
Vicki Head. I’ve served Hilton Head Island for 24 years and H & H Auto Body for 10 years — “H & H” stands for “his & hers,” by the way. It’s our honor and privilege to be trusted to ensure vehicle maintenance and safety for all our valued customers. Our motto is, “Our friends became our customers and our customers become our friends.” We’ve been voted the area’s “Best Auto Repair” shop 12 years in a row.
JORDAN YOUNG HAS KEYS TO THE ISLAND
Question. Describe the most significant accomplishment of your career.
Answer. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, it became very clear how important the property managers are to those who have trusted Coastal Rentals with their property. My team and I immediately responded to requests for updates, and within hours of the storm we were able to assess each property and facilitate any repairs. This experience helped our homeowners trust us during Hurricane Irma, knowing we would be boots on the ground for them in any emergency.
"BUSINESS SUCCESS REQUIRES A STRONG WORK ETHIC," SAYS LAURA WULLER
Question. What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Answer. The biggest accomplishment of my career has been taking over a successful business and then making it better through inventory acquisition and diversification, as well as improvements in company procedures and relationship building.
SUSAN ROBERTS RAISES THE BAR ON SENIOR CARE
Question. What is your biggest accomplishment?
Answer. The most significant accomplishment in my career to date would be obtaining my South Carolina long-term care administrators license and working from the ground up on opening up Canterfield of Bluffton.
GOLF TEACHER IS AT THE TOP OF HER GAME
Question. What is your biggest accomplishment?
Answer. When I first moved to the Lowountry in the early 2000s, as director of instruction at Belfair I had a huge opportunity to make an impact on the community. The learning center had cobwebs in it from being underutilized. I created and developed a comprehensive instructional program at Belfair, bringing in what was leading technology at the time — high-end video and the “K Vest,” which is biofeedback 3-D software.
TOP PRODUCING REALTOR IN BLUFFTON, SUN CITY & RIVERBEND
Q. I have heard that you have achieved some very prestigious awards recently. Can you tell me about those?
A. I was recently named the top producer among the four local Weichert offices here in the Lowcountry. In addition, I found out that I am sixth in the nation among all Weichert real estate agents. I'm the top listing and selling agent in Sun City Hilton Head according to MLS stats and have been awarded the prestigious Chairmans' Award for overall sales production. I'm the top producer out of all 739 Weichert agents in the Carolinas --both North and South Carolina. I guess all of my long hours of hard work have paid off!
JAMIE PARKER-KRAUSE OUTFITS THE LOWCOUNTRY
Question: What has been your biggest success?
Answer. One of the most significant projects in my career was growing my store from 2,400 square feet to a little under 5,000 square feet.