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Hilton Head Hires: MAY 2019

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SEA PINES SELECTS ARCHITECT, CELEBRATES INSTRUCTOR

Sea Pines Country Club has selected golf course architect Phil Smith to create a masterplan for its Arnold Palmer-designed Club Course. Smith has more than 30 years of experience working with PGA Tour and golf course design legends Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. He has led numerous high-profile renovations, including a complete redesign of the Phoenician Golf Club. 

Also in Sea Pines, Tim Cooke, director of instruction at The Golf Learning Center at The Sea Pines Resort, has been named to Golf Magazine’s list of Top 100 Teachers in America for 2019-20. It is the second consecutive year that Cooke has been selected for this honor.

ARROW EXTERMINATORS MERGES WITH CAROLINA TERMITE & PEST CONTROL

carolinatAtlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has acquired Carolina Termite & Pest Control Inc., giving Arrow the opportunity to strengthen its presence in the Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, Bluffton and Daufuskie Island markets serving both residential and commercial customers. Carolina Termite & Pest Control joins Arrow’s other offices in South Carolina and will eventually operate under the Arrow Exterminators brand.

PALMETTO DUNES RESORT HIRES FOUR

Stephen Arnold, Brandi Darbonnier, Kimberly McKee and Taylor Woodward have joined the staff at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

Arnold will serve as general manager of the Robert Trent Jones Course. Originally from Owensboro, Kentucky, Arnold joined the resort as a golf assistant in 2008. He studied sports administration at the University of Louisville.

Darbonnier is the resort’s new group golf sales coordinator. Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, Darbonnier was accepted on a golf and academic scholarship to Northwood University in West Palm Beach.

McKee will serve as assistant manger at Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar. She is originally from Lexington, Kentucky. She owned and operated several restaurants in Charleston before relocating to Hilton Head Island, and is also a licensed real estate agent.

Woodward is the chef de cuisine at Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar. Woodward joined Alexander’s in November 2018 as sous chef. Woodward graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and previously worked for national brands like Whole Foods and Microsoft.

PAWMETTO WALKERS OFFERS FULL-SERVICE PET CARE

Stefany Cerame has opened Pawmetto Walkers, a fully licensed and insured dog walking and pet sitting company. Cerame has been caring for animals professionally since 2010, from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo to the Georgia Aquarium. Offering full-service dog walking, dog jogging, poop scooping and pet sitting, Pawmetto Walkers gives pet owners peace of mind thanks to GPS tracking and notifications.

SONESTA HIRES CONFERENCE SERVICES MANAGER

sonestaLindsay Wooten has joined the staff at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island as the new conference services manager. In her new role, Wooten will be responsible for coordinating meetings, conventions and events at the resort. Previously, she served as catering sales manager at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, as well as multiple hospitality positions at resorts throughout the country.

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE CEO EARNS TOP HONORS

Warner Peacock, chairman and CEO of Peacock Automotive, has been named the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce presents this annual award to an individual judged to exhibit the qualities of a model business person. The award criteria call for the honoree to be an executive for an established business with a substantial history, one that exhibits growth in the number of employees and an increase in sales, responds effectively to adversity and contributes to community projects. Peacock and his companies take an active role in community charities.

THE GREENERY ADDS MANAGER

catrinaCatrina Dickinson has joined the team at The Greenery as a regional seasonal color manager. In her new role, Dickinson will oversee the floral technicians, coordinate maintenance schedules and evaluate the performance of color beds to ensure optimal appearance year-round. She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara and has more than 15 years of experience in floral design and maintenance. She is a recipient of the MALTA award for her commercial color displays and received the Hilton Head Island Beautification award for the Port Royal Plantation entrance.

THE FIRST TEE NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The First Tee of The Lowcountry has welcomed Pat Zuk as its new executive director. Previously, Zuk led The First Tee of Greater Kansas City for 15 years as both program director and executive director. He has also recently served as a consultant for The First Tee, helping refine the national organization’s programs through chapter observations and coach training classes. The First Tee of The Lowcountry is dedicated to positive youth development by teaching young people the fundamentals of golf and building character through nine core values.

HILTON GRAND VACATIONS NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

Hilton Grand Vacations has welcomed Caleb Graham as general manager of the Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. In his new role, Graham will provide strategic oversight of daily operations at the resort, focusing on maximizing owner, guest and team member satisfaction. Prior to joining Hilton Grand Vacations, Graham served as director of operations for The Plaza Resort & Spa and as general manager for Boardwalk Inn & Suites Daytona Beach.