1. HILTON HEAD NAMES ADVISOR TO TOWN MANAGER

Benjamin Brown, a community development professional, has been named senior advisor to the Hilton Head Island town manager. Brown has 20 years of experience in community development and planning. He was director of planning and property operations for the Palmetto Dunes Property Owner’s Association, where he was involved with a $50 million capital improvements program and other priority projects.

1. HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HIRES NEW DIRECTOR AND ADDS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Veteran arts administrator Steven Shaiman has been named the Director of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and HHSO Education and Community Engagement by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. He served as Senior Vice President/Director, Artist Management at Concert Artist Guild in New York City for more than 16 years. Shaiman succeeds HHIPC Director Mona Huff. Susan Hartmann was hired for the newly created position of Development Associate. 

1. BLUFFTON SELF HELP NAMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 

Courtney Hampson has been named Chief Executive Officer at Bluffton Self Help. Kimberly Hall, former CEO, stepped down from the position because she and her family will move out of state. Hampson joined the team in January as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Bluffton Self Help she was the Vice President of Marketing for Palmetto Bluff for 16 years.

1. TOWN OF HILTON HEAD NAMES ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER

Shawn Colin has been named the Town of Hilton Head’s assistant town manager- community development. He will manage the town’s newly realigned Community Development Department. Colin joined the town in October 2006 as a senior planner. He was promoted to comprehensive planning manager in 2010, community development deputy director in 2013, community development director in 2018, and interim deputy town manager in 2020.

1. THE LANDWORKS GROUP NAMES NEW PRESIDENT 

Shannon Boyles has been named president of The Landworks Group. A Hilton Head Island local, Boyles has more than 16 years of experience in the landscape industry. He previously held the position of sales and estimating at the Landworks Group.

1. THE GREENERY WELCOMES NEW BRANCH MANAGER
Gary Ostroski has been named The Greenery’s branch manager at the Hilton Head Island Commercial branch. Ostroski will be responsible for the success of the Hilton Head Island Commercial business unit including business development, account management, people development and operational excellence. Ostroski has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from York College (Pa.) and an MBA from UMass-Amherst.

1. SECOND HELPINGS VOLUNTEER JOINS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amy Fee, a Hilton Head Island resident, was recently named to the board of directors of Second Helpings. Fee has extensive experience in sales and marketing. She retired in 2019 from Morgan Stanley as vice president and director of business development. 

1. NEW STAFF MEMBERS WELCOMED TO HILTON HEAD ISLAND-BLUFFTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce welcomed four new staffers to its organization. Michelle Pivik is the new Director of Member Recruitment and Engagement. An island resident for 12 years, she was previously a small business owner and worked in broadcast sales and property management. Seth Richardson joins the chamber’s Visitor & Convention Bureau division as the Director of Sales and Partnership Management. He was previously the assistant director of sales at the J.W. Marriott in Savannah and has worked at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, and the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans. 

1. SECOND HELPINGS APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Marcus Tanner has been appointed as new executive director at Second Helpings. 

A native of northwest Tennessee, Tanner had a 27-year career in the Marine Corps. He has been stationed throughout the U.S. and has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in Africa and the Mediterranean. He retired from the military in October. 

1. BEAUFORT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES OFFICER TO LEAD STUDENT SERVICES 

Juliet White, PhD, was selected to lead the Beaufort County School District’s Student Services division, which encompasses special education, alternative programming, guidance counselling, adult education, nursing, athletics and additional student services/initiatives. White, who has served as the district’s Director of Special Education since 2019, has 28 years of educational experience.