J. BANKS DESIGN PROJECT EARNS TOP HONORS
J. Banks Design Group-designed John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida, was selected as the first-place winner in the Private Club Remodel category by Golf Inc. magazine in its annual Clubhouse Competition. The contest annually recognizes the best new and renovated clubhouses in the United States and internationally. J. Banks designed the interiors of the 50,500-square-foot club.
AREA MEDICAL FACILITIES JOIN UNDER TENET UMBRELLA
Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital will now be identified as entities of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare. Hilton Head Regional Healthcare will also include The Bluffton Medical Campus, Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center and Bluffton’s future freestanding emergency department. All entities are owned and operated by Tenet Healthcare. Noticeable changes will include a new logo, one website representing both hospitals and unified social media platforms. For more information, go to www.hiltonheadregional.com.
CEO OF COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO RETIRE
Denise Spencer, president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, has announced that she will retire in June 2019. Under her 12-year tenue, the Community Foundation has more than doubled its combined assets to over $72 million. The number of component funds served by the Community Foundation has grown to 350 and grants/scholarships made since inception in 1994 now total $71 million.
PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE EXPANDS TO COLUMBIA
Hilton Head-based Peacock Automotive is expanding to Columbia, with the purchase of Jim Hudson Hyundai and Genesis. With this acquisition, Peacock Automotive will now include 24 automotive dealerships in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
BEE TOWN MEAD & CIDER OPENS IN OLD TOWN
Bee Town Mead & Cidery, South Carolina’s first meadery, opened for business in June in Old Town Bluffton, offering tastings and meads for sale. A meadery is a winery that produces honey wines called mead, which are considered the world’s oldest fermented beverage. For more information about Bee Town Mead & Cidery, go to www.beetownmeadandcider.com.
HILTON HEAD PREP NAMES NEW VARSITY BASEBALL COACH
Chris Wells has joined the staff at Hilton Head Preparatory School as the varsity baseball coach. Wells has more than 17 years of experience coaching high school baseball and holds the most wins in school history at Hilton Head Island High School. He has also been an American Legion head coach, an area scout for the Diamond Prospects and an associate scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
9ROUND OPENS NEW HILTON HEAD LOCATION
9Round, a kickboxing franchise, has opened a new location on Hilton Head Island. The high-intensity program can be completed in 30 minutes. 9Round is located in Festival Center at Indigo Park.
SEA PINES MARKETING TEAM PROMOTES TWO
Sea Pines Resort has promoted Mary Doyle to director of marketing and Shana Banyai to marketing manager. Doyle joined Sea Pines Resort as marketing manager in 2011. She has a degree in journalism from Creighton University and has lived in the Lowcountry since 2005. Banyai has been on staff at the resort since 2007, serving in various sales and marketing roles. She has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
SUNSET RENTALS MARKS 25 YEARS
Sunset Rentals is celebrating 25 years of business on Hilton Head Island. The family owned and operated vacation rental company started with four rental properties in 1993, and today manages over 300 properties island-wide. Sunset Rentals offers vacation homes with three to eight bedrooms, and many are pet friendly and have private pools. Guests also can choose from villas with one to four bedrooms, including on-site pools and ocean views.
IJGA WELCOMES NEW CEO
Justin Perry has joined the team of IJGA as chief executive officer of Premier Corporate Professional Services, an entity that provides services including legal, accounting and HR and IT support for IJGA, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and Heritage Academy. He will be responsible for legal compliance, insurance and risk management, and will also oversee the accounting, HR and IT departments. Perry has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emory University and a law degree from Mercer University.
PALMETTO DUNES ADDS DIRECTOR OF PICKLEBALL
Sarah Ansboury has joined the staff of Palmetto Dunes as the pickleball touring professional and the director of pickleball instruction. Ansboury was a nationally ranked tennis player when she discovered pickleball in 2014. She has earned four medals in the USAPA National Tournament and has been traveling the country to help recreational and advanced players to improve their game.
HARBOUR TOWN INN NAMED ONE OF TOP HOTELS
The Inn & Club at Harbour Town has been named among the top 10 hotels in the South by Travel + Leisure magazine for 2018. The magazine also named Hilton Head Island the top island for the third year in a row. The Travel + Leisure World’s Best awards are based on an annual reader survey.
HILTON HEAD PREP ADDS NEW STAFF
Hilton Head Preparatory School welcomes Darcie Patrick, Ben Kozik, Melanie Williams and Louise Goodman to the staff for the 2018-2019 school year.
Patrick will serve as the director of college counseling and has many years of experience guiding students through the college admission process. She is a retired teacher and former head of school, with a bachelor’s degree from Elon University and a master’s degree from Indiana University.
Kozik will serve as instructor of physical education and assistant football coach. He formerly was the director of athletics and physical education at Sea Pines Montessori Academy. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Syracuse University, where he played football.
Williams will teach upper school physics. She has been a physics teacher for the past 18 years and a science teacher for over 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Susquehanna University and a master’s degree in bioengineering from Penn State University.
Goodman will teach world languages in the upper school, where she also will be a department head. Previously, she has taught in Brazil and Peru and has worked for the U.S. Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and modern languages from Clemson University and is working toward her doctorate from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
ART LEAGUE ADDS GALLERY ASSISTANT
Kristin Griffis has joined the staff at the Art League of Hilton Head as the new gallery assistant. She will provide administrative support in the gallery, working alongside the general manager.
NBSC NOW NAMED SYNOVUS
NBSC Bank will now be known as Synovus. Synovus Bank, a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank, provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services with its affiliates through 250 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
NEW CLIENT ADVISER JOINS UNITED WEBWORKS
United WebWorks, a website development and digital marketing company in Savannah, recently hired Julie Esworthy as a client adviser. Esworthy is a recent graduate from Furman University and has experience working with marketing and public relations agencies in the Southeast.
LOCAL PROFESSIONALS RECEIVE DIPLOMATE CERTIFICATION
Dr. Alan Barbieri and Dr. Frank Barbieri have received diplomate board certifications through the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and a new affiliation with a program initiative for retired NFL football players. Their practice, 2 Sleep Well Again, has locations in the Lowcountry and the greater Charleston area.
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